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  1. Thread: Fess Up

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    That's actually a pretty good excuse. Those...

    That's actually a pretty good excuse. Those skeeters down there can be horrendous.
  2. Thread: Fess Up

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    So what is the much more convenient method? ...

    So what is the much more convenient method?

    Personally, I get up, walk a few feet downwind and take care of it.

    This topic comes up often enough that it seems some people think it's a...
  3. Very similar here, except the pack itself is...

    Very similar here, except the pack itself is poly/DCF hybrid material (Arc Blast) so I also skip the Nylofume bag.

    I have sometimes used a DCF dry bag for the few extra clothing items that I...
  4. FS: Bumpitation.

    Bumpitation.
  5. Very impressive. That is some tough hiking, so...

    Very impressive. That is some tough hiking, so that young lady is a real trooper. Still seemed happy at the end! :D
  6. FS: In the immortal word of Inspector Clouseau... ...

    In the immortal word of Inspector Clouseau...

    "BIMP!"
  7. FS: Steripen is sold. Leatherman KF4 $30 shipped...

    Steripen is sold.

    Leatherman KF4 $30 shipped CONUS

    Swissbuck $30 shipped CONUS.
  8. FS: Steripen is yours. PM incoming.

    Steripen is yours. PM incoming.
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    Over the years I've used a fair number of DCF...

    Over the years I've used a fair number of DCF items — packs, tarps, tents, stuff sacks, ground sheets, poncho — and never noticed any shrinkage.
  10. I'm pretty happy with my small repertoire of...

    I'm pretty happy with my small repertoire of knots but I did switch from MSH to Clove Hitch (loop-under-loop technique) for the stake end. I use Ti shepherd hooks and the small loop in the MSH can be...
  11. FS: Bump and prices reduced! Steripen Classic 3...

    Bump and prices reduced!

    Steripen Classic 3 $30 shipped CONUS.

    Leatherman Juice KF4 $38 shipped CONUS.

    Swissbuck $35 shipped CONUS.

    $85 shipped for all 3 as a package.
  12. FS: Morning bump. Prices reduced!

    Morning bump.

    Prices reduced!
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    The Wooki is lay-specific. Are you certain that...

    The Wooki is lay-specific. Are you certain that you have the correct one?
  14. FS: Steripen Classic 3, Leatherman Juice KF4, Swissbuck Taskmate I

    Steripen Classic 3 has been used very little. As shown with instruction pamphlet, no box. Uses 4 AA batteries, not included. $38.75 shipped CONUS.

    182198

    Leatherman Juice KF4 is used but in...
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    Mine is very similar to this, using micro...

    Mine is very similar to this, using micro whoopies, shock cord and mitten hooks. (I subsequently cut the gates off the mitten hooks to make them easier to use; they have never come off...
  16. Just make some loops with 3/32" shock cord and...

    Just make some loops with 3/32" shock cord and loop them around the pole handles and tips. You really need a reasonably taut ridgeline over the tarp to hold the poles up.

    It really is as simple as...
  17. Per hangerdave, pulling them up and out is key....

    Per hangerdave, pulling them up and out is key. Some sort of arrangement using trekking poles or purpose-made poles over the tarp ridge line works, as does tying the pull-out guy lines to other...
  18. If you want to try something truly decent without...

    If you want to try something truly decent without spending a bundle, consider a Dutch netless in Hexon 1.6 with fixed SRL, Knotty mods (essential for symmetrical netless hammocks, IMO!) and CLs only,...
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    That's a nice parable, and true, but I find that...

    That's a nice parable, and true, but I find that most of the time folks do try to explain the specific reasons for the way they do things and some potential issues with "new" ideas that really aren't...
  20. Nice to see people thinking but it'd be more...

    Nice to see people thinking but it'd be more useful if the problem of securing the free end of the UCR were addressed. Using a whipping or a Prusik are some of the standard solutions, and how one of...
  21. Over the years I have read through and...

    Over the years I have read through and participated in massive amounts of interwebs discussions about CCF/air mat combo and which is better. I've got a fair amount of experience and have tested both...
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    Personally, I don't like to compromise the...

    Personally, I don't like to compromise the strength by splitting plastic in that manner. Having it pop out during a nasty wind event would be mighty inconvenient.

    Instead, I would recommend using...
  23. What temps? GE or bridge hammock? Personally,...

    What temps? GE or bridge hammock?

    Personally, I'd just get a warm air mat such as Xtherm and a good underquilt adequate for the temps. If you need to you can stack the UQ and the TQ when sleeping...
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    Soft shackles are really nifty and super strong,...

    Soft shackles are really nifty and super strong, but I'd go with Bob-W's recommendation to stick with Evo loops.

    Evo loops are easier to make, and in the field they are MUCH easier to release...
  25. Excellent summary.

    Excellent summary.
  26. Thread: Camp setup

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    Zing-it works fine for tying directly to a...

    Zing-it works fine for tying directly to a tree... no need for straps/ratchets. Girth hitch to haul loop, wrap around the tree and tie a bow.
    ...
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    I've been labeling stuff for about 3 decades,...

    I've been labeling stuff for about 3 decades, soon to be 3 years with hammock stuff. Silver color Sharpies are indeed great for the job.
    ...
  28. Thread: Camp setup

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    Just to clarify, the widely accepted definition...

    Just to clarify, the widely accepted definition of base weight (just so we're all on the same sheet of music, so to speak) is the weight of your pack and everything in it, minus food, water and fuel....
  29. Thread: Camp setup

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    I tie mine to the hammock CL with a spare 3' dog...

    I tie mine to the hammock CL with a spare 3' dog bone or some Zing-it, using a slipped clove hitch.

    If it's likely to rain, I will cover it with my poncho.
    ...
  30. A good cord to make the Klemheist knots with is...

    A good cord to make the Klemheist knots with is Atwood Micro cord... it is a braided polyester 1.2mm diameter. A larger diameter polyester cord might work, but my experience with Zing-it on Zing-it...
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    Very sorry to hear this. RIP Rain Man.

    Very sorry to hear this.

    RIP Rain Man.
  32. I've used those and more, except daisy chain......

    I've used those and more, except daisy chain... haven't used that one.

    If you use Dutchware Spider-Poly straps with Beetles that might be a good way to start because they're easier to adjust while...
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    Wow, well stated... dead-bang on! This should...

    Wow, well stated... dead-bang on!

    This should be a STICKY as the most concise explanation ever. :cool:
  34. Wow, that's nasty! Skiing injury? There are...

    Wow, that's nasty! Skiing injury?

    There are very light hammock setups weighing less than a pound, and combined with a well-thought-out UL kit can keep total pack weight to a bare minimum. Sounds...
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    28.5oz is quite heavy nowadays for a 30deg quilt....

    28.5oz is quite heavy nowadays for a 30deg quilt.

    Versatility might be good but maybe not. It's like a 'hybrid' bicycle that has some things in common with road bikes and other things similar to...
  36. Lots of good suggestions already! I'm 5'9" and...

    Lots of good suggestions already!

    I'm 5'9" and am very happy with my 10' Dariens that are 64" width. However I am also quite comfortable in a Dutchware Half Wit that is 10.5'/58" width.

    There...
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    Before making your decision it would be good to...

    Before making your decision it would be good to try a GE hammock with a good down underquilt.

    UQs offer a totally different (and FAR better!) sleep experience than air mats in my opinion. I tried...
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    When I started out hammocking I was lent some...

    When I started out hammocking I was lent some good gear (BIAS weight weenie micro symmetrical) by a friend of mine and was able to try both directions, but immediately and strongly preferred head...
  39. Depends on tree distance, however for my typical...

    Depends on tree distance, however for my typical 15-18 ft hang that would be a bit low.

    This is why I try to keep in mind that the head-foot differential is measured at the hammock head and foot...
  40. Indeed, but I just luv-luv-luv a good tweak.

    Indeed, but I just luv-luv-luv a good tweak.
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    Depends on where and what seasons you hike. ...

    Depends on where and what seasons you hike.

    Living in NY and backpacking a fair amount around the NE, I use titanium shepherd hook stakes because they can frequently be coaxed/cajoled/hammered...
  42. Super! A bit more adaptable and adjustable with...

    Super! A bit more adaptable and adjustable with zero extra hardware or weight — very handy! :laugh:
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    OK, another thing to take into account is that it...

    OK, another thing to take into account is that it employs karo baffles that let the down migrate to different chambers, so it might help to redistribute it. I've done that to mine by carefully...
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    What year did you buy it? I ask because EE had...

    What year did you buy it?

    I ask because EE had for some time been known for having marginal temp ratings, at best, and 2-3 years ago started putting a bit more down in their quilts. I have some...
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    Some great advice thus far, however I would also...

    Some great advice thus far, however I would also ask if you're generally a cold sleeper and whether or not you're a backpacker, moto or bikepacker, which means that volume and weight are of some...
  46. For just this scenario I have a couple of 2"...

    For just this scenario I have a couple of 2" kevlar huggers that I take with me when I go someplace I'm not familiar with. Baxter State Park in ME requires them and they actually do check, and you...
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    A lot of people have benefited from your...

    A lot of people have benefited from your experimentation, both from knowledge and from good deals on lightly used gear. :)
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    Also, I'd imagine that there's a huge number of...

    Also, I'd imagine that there's a huge number of blowdowns after Isaias blasted through. I'm doing a hike/camp there tomorrow and coming back early Sunday so I can do an update on that. Heck, I might...
  49. Thread: Knots book?

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    Obviously, knot tying can be a hobby in itself,...

    Obviously, knot tying can be a hobby in itself, and although I love to use knots instead of hardware I am not a knot hobbyist per se but rather a seeker of the simplest practical knots for specific...
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    Technically, no, but it does happen a lot....

    Technically, no, but it does happen a lot. Supposed to be in proximity of a shelter, but there are many other 'rogue' campsites that are used quite regularly.

    I was there a couple of weeks ago...
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