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    Welcome! And yes - put those in the future...

    Welcome! And yes - put those in the future upgrades category. Get out there and hammock. Youíll figure out which upgrades are priorities for you and your style of camping.

    Be sure to check out...
  2. Thread: Knots book?

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    Wow! As a client, I would appreciate the...

    Wow! As a client, I would appreciate the instructor teaching and using rhymes to help me remember.
  3. Thread: Ground cloth?

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    I use a 2í x 3í piece of Tyvek. I stitched some...

    I use a 2í x 3í piece of Tyvek. I stitched some loops of grosgrain ribbon to the corners so I can stake it down if I want to.

    As others have shared, it is nice as a clean, dry place to step when...
  4. Beware of the sewing machine! It will cause a...

    Beware of the sewing machine! It will cause a complete dissatisfaction with all off-the-rack items. You will want only bespoke items: clothing, packs, hammocks, etc. - all customized to meet your...
  5. In our case, the dog saw our kids walk up and...

    In our case, the dog saw our kids walk up and pawed at the bug net in excitement. He also pawed at the netting when my husband returned from watering a tree at 2AM (he should have taken the dog with...
  6. Hammock camping with kids, dogs and spouses...

    Regarding the Pet Palace, there is a lot of room in it. However, we prefer to keep the dog at the foot end of it rather than directly underneath the hammock.

    The saying is, ďNever hang higher...
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    Great video! I think it is valuable information...

    Great video! I think it is valuable information even for those of us who may never hike the CDT. Thanks!
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    Off the top of my head: I would start by...

    Off the top of my head:

    I would start by using a few of them for prussik loops to hang things from the ridgelines and pack straps.

    Beyond that, you may want to look into paracord projects. I...
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    Midweek is definitely the best time to hike there...

    Midweek is definitely the best time to hike there - especially in the fall. It is a popular location with leaf peepers. For good reason.
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    Awesome! We have camped there, but that was...

    Awesome! We have camped there, but that was pre-hammock days. We need to revisit. Thankfully, we have some hammock stands which make it a little easier.

    Did you get to do any hiking? The TN Rock...
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    Chameleon is a great hammock. My husband is 5í11Ē...

    Chameleon is a great hammock. My husband is 5í11Ē and not quite your weight, but has no problems with his 1.6 single layer hammock.

    You may want to consider the asym bug net. It can be flipped as...
  12. Pretty trail. Love the music. Thanks for sharing.

    Pretty trail. Love the music. Thanks for sharing.
  13. Iím thinking of making or buying a gear...

    Iím thinking of making or buying a gear hammock/hammock chair. I like to keep my pack off the ground. And having a hammock chair to deploy on day hikes would be handy.

    Regarding the Tensa 4. My...
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    Wow! Just wow! Thanks for sharing

    Wow! Just wow!

    Thanks for sharing
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    This is awesome! My son is a Trailman...

    This is awesome! My son is a Trailman (Adventurer) and needs one more elective badge before he can begin working on the Freedom Award. Thanks so much!
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    That was my first thought, too.

    That was my first thought, too.
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    Yeah, I call this one Psycho Dog. He was born in...

    Yeah, I call this one Psycho Dog. He was born in early 2020 and his first owner did not get him out around people. Not good for a German Shepherd mix. Weíve been working with him since Christmas. My...
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    My husband bought a Pet Palace for his dog. It is...

    My husband bought a Pet Palace for his dog. It is nice with screen all the way around. That does make it cooler in the summer. However we found that this particular dog really NEEDS something more...
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    Congratulations! And thanks for sharing the...

    Congratulations! And thanks for sharing the highlights of your journey with us.
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    I really like my mesh snakeskin. As others have...

    I really like my mesh snakeskin. As others have stated it is not so much for drying out the tarp, but for ease of setup and takedown.

    While setting up. I can center my tarp before deploying it....
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    Have you looked into the Tensa Solo pole? With...

    Have you looked into the Tensa Solo pole? With four hammockers in our family, it can sometimes be difficult to find enough trees for all of us to hang - let alone be somewhat near to each other. So...
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    It depends. I have a Superfly. It has great...

    It depends. I have a Superfly. It has great coverage for one. For two, you would need to be extremely careful when one person was entering or exiting as the spreader bar will hit the sides of the...
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    After three trips to Lowes, I would be done for...

    After three trips to Lowes, I would be done for the day, too. Haha!



    That icicle hitch looks interesting. Iíve never seen that, but it is very reminiscent of the taut line hitch that I love....
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    That looks great! I do have one question: I...

    That looks great!

    I do have one question: I canít see from the pictures, but do you have anything preventing the ends of the hammock from sliding toward each other? From here it looks like if you...
  25. From the King of Lollygag:...

    From the King of Lollygag: https://youtu.be/fON6dlt85kQ
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    68 miles in 24 hrs Wow! You were quite motivated...

    68 miles in 24 hrs Wow! You were quite motivated to get out of a tent and back into a hammock! Haha!
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    Wow! Beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing.

    Wow! Beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing.
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    When car camping, I generally set up our 12í x...

    When car camping, I generally set up our 12í x 12í canopy (AKA an easy up) at the edge of my Superfly. It is great for preparing meals and storing gear. At night Iíll usually lower it.

    Some...
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    I pack my hammock separate from my quilts as the...

    I pack my hammock separate from my quilts as the continuous loops tend to get a little wet in the GA rain even if the tree spacing is enough to use the whoopie slings. (I generally attach the hammock...
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    One other suggestion: check out the Dutch Half...

    One other suggestion: check out the Dutch Half Wit. The bug net only covers the upper body. It is permanently attached but can be pulled out of the way. It is lighter than the half zip and chameleon...
  31. Good question. Dog hair can definitely become...

    Good question. Dog hair can definitely become matted - we have had to cut mats out of dogsí hair. However alpaca fiber and wool are more easily matted (technically it is called Ďfeltedí) than dog...
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    Were you sleeping in the clothes (and especially...

    Were you sleeping in the clothes (and especially the socks) that you wore that day? Perspiration can build up in clothing. You wonít feel the dampness, but it will chill you at night. I always change...
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    Two Speed goes CDTing

    Oh! I see that now. YUM!

    And is this warning about not eating it in one sitting a voice of experience?
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    Are those peach fritters? Great pictures. It...

    Are those peach fritters?

    Great pictures. It is good to hear that you have been able to find places to hang.
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    It depends. If the hammock will be used often...

    It depends. If the hammock will be used often over the next few years, go with a 9 or 10. It will wear out before he needs a longer one. If the kid will not be using it often, or if you want to...
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    I built a turtle-dog stand and use it in the yard...

    I built a turtle-dog stand and use it in the yard quite often. You can find directions for several different stands on here.
    ...
  37. Interesting. One spinner in our fiber arts guild...

    Interesting. One spinner in our fiber arts guild collected hair from a large, long-haired dog, combed and spun it, then knitted a picture frame with it for the dogís owner.

    Iíve also heard of...
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    My hammock also has a double-sided stuff sack. I...

    My hammock also has a double-sided stuff sack. I just leave it on end of the hammock. That way I donít lose it and breaking camp is super simple. Tightening it down on the continuous loop also...
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    Iím no expert. And my machine is very old. This...

    Iím no expert. And my machine is very old. This does look like a tension issue, though. Does the bobbin case not have a tiny screw on the side of it for adjusting tension?

    A good cleaning can...
  40. I use Dutchís mini-biners to attach the tarpís...

    I use Dutchís mini-biners to attach the tarpís double rings to the prussiks.
  41. Regarding the tapered ends, I have a single...

    Regarding the tapered ends, I have a single snakeskin with one tapered end and one that gathers with a shock cord. Now that I have used it, if I bought another one, I would choose that both ends have...
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    As an alternative, perhaps an umbrella might...

    As an alternative, perhaps an umbrella might help? Iíve used mine on occasion so that I did not have to hang my tarp quite as low. It helped protect my gear from blowing rain or provided a bit more...
  43. Thread: Poison Ivy

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    There are herbalists who can help with building...

    There are herbalists who can help with building immunity to it. One, Darrell Patton, actually swallows a tiny bit of a leaf, wrapped in bread, each spring and swears that it helped him. Others may...
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    Are you using a snake skin? It would definitely...

    Are you using a snake skin? It would definitely help in those windy situations.
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    Happy hiking! Looking forward to seeing pictures...

    Happy hiking! Looking forward to seeing pictures and hearing stories.
  46. Shug Emery on YouTube and Derek Hansenís book,...

    Shug Emery on YouTube and Derek Hansenís book, The Ultimate Hang are the best references available.
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    Smart! I like the simplicity of design.

    Smart! I like the simplicity of design.
  48. I use a taut line hitch on all my guy lines.

    I use a taut line hitch on all my guy lines.
  49. One other consideration: will your wife be...

    One other consideration: will your wife be backpacking with it? Or, do you want her to try backpacking with it? If so, the little extra weight and space might be a factor. Iím not an ultra-lighter,...
  50. You made me laugh out loud.

    You made me laugh out loud.
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