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    Be careful, once I get started itís hard to get...

    Be careful, once I get started itís hard to get me to shut up
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    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20191112/85009fc5...

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20191112/85009fc5d490d711c6ed27c8ef4a9564.jpg

    I donít have much, we were camped wayyyyyy over at A20, and hadnít seen each other in a while so we mostly hung by...
  3. Well in what seems to be becoming a post Thru...

    Well in what seems to be becoming a post Thru hike tradition for me, Iíme heading up this afternoon!

    Iíve gotten my buddy and his girlfriend to finally commit to joining me - weíll be at A20 in a...
  4. Aw man I was hoping to hang out with ya finally....

    Aw man I was hoping to hang out with ya finally.

    Maybe Iíll get up to jersey in the spring
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    I have the let palace also, but if thatís too...

    I have the let palace also, but if thatís too much why not get a foam pad? Or get a fleece blanket? Lots of options out there. Ruffwear has some options
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    UQP for 3/4 Yeti

    Chris, also known as Two Speed, made mine for me to fit my UQ

    Heís got a shop on Etsy called Two Speed Hammocks and heíll help you out.

    Edited to add; Two Speed is also a member here as well as...
  7. I was; I still have lots of video to go through....

    I was; I still have lots of video to go through. The last one I think I posted was Crater Lake
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    My dcf tarp from hammock gear has lasted two Thru...

    My dcf tarp from hammock gear has lasted two Thru hikes now
  9. Ireland! It was great to see you again, man! ...

    Ireland! It was great to see you again, man!

    Iím not entirely sure I remember the acton and onyx area.

    Funny enough a storm right before wrightwood is what convinced me to get my tent; was just...
  10. Pacific Crest Trail 2019 Thru hike hammock overview

    Most companies use some form of treated down, to my knowledge. All mainstream companies and I think all but a few cottage companies.

    I donít know specifically if anyone used an untreated down...
  11. Pacific Crest Trail 2019 Thru hike hammock overview

    Alright Iím going to try to go through questions one by one:

    I think the standard hex tarp was sufficient, yeah. Honestly I used it way more on the AT. Sure I wouldnít mind doors, but back then...
  12. Pacific Crest Trail 2019 Thru hike hammock overview

    That was just in the desert, and again only because I decided I enjoyed cowboy camping with my friends. Iím going to edit the post a bit to stress that. If I were solo Iím certain I could have hung...
  13. Wooo buddy! I confess that while I loved my...

    Wooo buddy!

    I confess that while I loved my hammock for the whole AT there were times on this one where I may have preferred a tent and Iím really not sure why.

    Maybe because I spent so much...
  14. Pacific Crest Trail 2019 Thru hike hammock overview

    Hey folks!
    Like Two Speed before me, I cast off my Appalachian roots and headed west this year, starting the PCT as a northbounder on April 22nd. I finished on October 1st.
    ...
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    I put mine in the skin, fold each half towards...

    I put mine in the skin, fold each half towards the center and wrap my cord around it and slip it into the shock cord on the outside of my pack.

    Iíve done this for the entire AT and most of the...
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    This is exactly my issue as well

    This is exactly my issue as well
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    Shock cords, yes or no and why?

    I used zing it on my AT thru and switched to shock cords for (most) of the PCT this year

    I like them for trip hazards but mostly it was for curiosity.

    Iím going back to zing it, I think
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    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20191003/427c52fd...

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    Somewhere in Washington on the PCT
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    Iíd so go with a full zip Either the half...

    Iíd so go with a full zip

    Either the half zipped or the Darien, though honestly your chameleon is fine.

    Iíd definitely recommend splurging on a dyneema tarp, though. Theyíre wonderful and donít...
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    HYOH Podcast - Episode 42 (Rhys Hora)

    I now feel as if I stand among the greats...of rambling!

    I will try my best to pull a Shug and enjoy the coffee from the hammock in style while on the PCT

    Rhys the Fool
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    Why thank you, sir :)

    Why thank you, sir :)
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    Bring your hammock, my friend, donít let the...

    Bring your hammock, my friend, donít let the weather deter you.


    I didnít have any serious wind issues until I was in the smokies, and that was just plain poor site selection on my part - I had...
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    If youíre not sure start with both Youíll...

    If youíre not sure start with both

    Youíll probably send the of back home.

    It cannnnnn be nice to just toss a pad in a shelter but on a bad rainy day (the only time Iíd do so) they are crowded...
  24. Thread: Im stuck

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    Check out hanmockgear; they are having a sale on...

    Check out hanmockgear; they are having a sale on the quest and the journey...one of those is comparable to the superfly

    Since youíre new Iíd say either way go with more coverage.

    Down the road...
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    I am an REI employee We, at least I, donít...

    I am an REI employee

    We, at least I, donít overtly push our products. Admittedly REIís hammock game is weak. Most of our customers are often surprised when they find out you can camp in a hammock....
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    I definitely just read that and heard Ace Ventura...

    I definitely just read that and heard Ace Ventura in my had saying ďFinkle is Eindhorn! Eindhorn is Finkle!!!Ē

    And then giggled to myself.
    Man having the flu sucks
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    I started working there and after a few weeks...

    I started working there and after a few weeks asked if I could do some of the backpacking related classes.

    At the time there were two thru hikers at the store so I think they were eager to use us....
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    Yeahhhhh buddy, I never said I was the smartest....

    Yeahhhhh buddy, I never said I was the smartest.

    Iím actually getting ready for the PCT now and the only time Iíve set up my tent was for a class about lightweight shelters I was teaching at REI....
  29. Thread: DCF snake skins

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    I would imagine the mesh skins would be the same...

    I would imagine the mesh skins would be the same weight or lighter.

    Plus they air out more; DCF would just lock the moisture in. I really canít see any benefit from using a DCF skin aside from...
  30. No worries man. That was definitely me and you...

    No worries man. That was definitely me and you answered all of my questions.
  31. Yeah Iím def going to get a peak bag or...

    Yeah Iím def going to get a peak bag or organizer....not having the shelf will be an adjustment
  32. Regarding width; going from an XLC to a Dream Darien

    Howdy folks!

    So I have a beat up XLC; I love the thing. Carried it the entire AT and itís seen shorter trips to Shenandoah and Dolly Sods since.

    Iím looking to shave a few ounces for another...
  33. Thread: Hammock pillow

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    On the ground I love the S2S, itís thicker than...

    On the ground I love the S2S, itís thicker than most, which is great for a side sleeper like me.

    In a hammock you have so many more options.

    I started with a small down pillow from Loco Libre,...
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    Chop for president!

    Chop for president!
  35. Iím a side sleeper with an older XLC I...

    Iím a side sleeper with an older XLC

    I typically start on my back and get all comfortable, make sure the UQ is good and all that then enjoy laying. Soon thereafter Iíll get sort of a halfsies side...
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    Pad for ground/floor use on AT?

    So much this.
    Going lighter is pretty much always better, until you go stupid light, of course, but once youíre out there it matters a lot less.

    Like, youíll spend hours researching online about...
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    Hahahaha, my first night in my hammock; my one...

    Hahahaha, my first night in my hammock; my one and only shakedown hike before the Trail,
    I puked my brains out.

    My stepdad gave me a small bottle of scotch as a gift so I took it with me to have...
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    Start practicing with the pad now - some people...

    Start practicing with the pad now - some people just canít do the pad, and Iím one of them. Make sure you iron out any kinks you find now so you donít face any problems on trail (because that sucks,...
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    Underquilts4lyf

    Underquilts4lyf
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    Were I to do it again, Iíd still bring the...

    Were I to do it again, Iíd still bring the underquilt.

    Itís worth mentioning that I carried a neoair xlite for the Smokies and stubbornly all the way to southern Virginia. Not counting the Smokies...
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    The trek isnít the best source for this sort of...

    The trek isnít the best source for this sort of thing.

    Or rather, whatís popular on the AT isnít the best source of info.

    Most people who start the AT have very little experience backpacking...
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    Youíre good to go bud, have fun

    Youíre good to go bud, have fun
  43. Oh yeah I mean I felt the envy but it was the...

    Oh yeah I mean I felt the envy but it was the laziness of it that appealed to me.

    I greatly preferred my hammock over any shelter or bunk
  44. I very much want to try out a bridge, and the RR...

    I very much want to try out a bridge, and the RR is going to be the one, I think, some day
  45. How often did you go to ground, in shelters or...

    How often did you go to ground, in shelters or otherwise?

    I remember feeling intense envy when my friends just blew up tiger pads and called it done for the day. More so on a cold wet morning when...
  46. Man you carried a neoair that far?

    Man you carried a neoair that far?
  47. I remember crossing the rail road but no...

    I remember crossing the rail road but no specifics after that. Plenty of places to camp. Honestly pretty much anywhere on the AT a hammocker can find a spot off trail if they take a good look.

    I...
  48. I want to point out that situations like he...

    I want to point out that situations like he mentioned are probably rare. Frankly anyone showing up after 9 is rare and considered rude to everyone else.

    On the flip side, I was at a Smokey shelter...
  49. I canít really remember what sections near...

    I canít really remember what sections near Connecticut youíre referring to, but short answer is yes you can hang wherever. Unless itís someoneís private property (it will be marked) just camp...
  50. Thread: Stuff sacks

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    I just stuffed everything into my liner on the...

    I just stuffed everything into my liner on the AT. I abandoned a stuff sack for my Blackbird a few days in and just rolled it up and shoved that down on top of the quilts
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