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    No doubt 30ー is a good starting point, although...

    No doubt 30ー is a good starting point, although many seem to think it's sacrosanct and demands critical precision. It doesn't. :)
  2. Nice trip! I love that area but have not walked...

    Nice trip! I love that area but have not walked in from the Overlook side in quite a while, but usually via Prediger Rd, which now has a nice parking area unlike many years back.

    Echo Lake brings...
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    I do agree that it is one of the...

    I do agree that it is one of the analysis-paralysis issues. It isn't nearly as critical as I was led to believe in my early experiences with hammocks. Ballpark is nearly always good enough. That's...
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    I have used only 3.3 and 1.9 (from Autumn...

    I have used only 3.3 and 1.9 (from Autumn Ultralight, although not currently listed. Some report of issues, but I've not had any) and still prefer the 3.3 because of its rougher weave, which holds...
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    Ha! You're diving right in! Good on ya. :laugh:

    Ha! You're diving right in! Good on ya. :laugh:
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    Might want to check out the Catskill 3500 Club...

    Might want to check out the Catskill 3500 Club.

    It's good to hook up with folks who do a lot of this stuff, and gradually work into overnight trips and then multi-nights as you progress.

    As far...
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    I've always hated this period between last leaves...

    I've always hated this period between last leaves and first snow.

    There were also no animals, not even birds... just the distant coyote howls at 2:30 am.
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    I did an easy, late-day pop into Brien Shelter...

    I did an easy, late-day pop into Brien Shelter area Tue-Wed.

    Very droll and dreary overall so not much inspiration to take pics, but just as I was nearing the parking lot the morning sun poked...
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    If you have un-used clothing layers, put 'em on!...

    If you have un-used clothing layers, put 'em on!

    A technique I use all the time in winter to reduce pack weight is to sleep in my down parka and down pants. I've used a 20ーF top quilt down to a...
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    Also, if you feel the need to pee, just get up...

    Also, if you feel the need to pee, just get up and take care of it.

    There is a claim that keeping this extra volume of liquid warm saps energy that would otherwise keep the body warm. I actually...
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    If you carry a CCF sit pad, try putting that...

    If you carry a CCF sit pad, try putting that under your bum and lower back.

    Make sure base layers are totally dry before hopping in for the night. Some folks suggest a high-energy snack before...
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    Indeed. It took me a while to figure out that the...

    Indeed. It took me a while to figure out that the vast majority of the rigamarole isn't needed.

    But I still don't head out on a big trip without fully understanding some critical piece of gear or...
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    See post #6

    See post #6
  14. UQ not living up to temp rating due to improper...

    UQ not living up to temp rating due to improper adjustment has got to be the #1 complaint mentioned on HF.

    Try Firesong's suggested remedies and also check out Shug's video on UQ adjustment. It is...
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    Ha, showing our "vintage".... :)

    Ha, showing our "vintage".... :)
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    lol kinda funny, that. I've found something...

    lol kinda funny, that.

    I've found something that always works. Hike in 5 miles from just about any trail head. Make a 90ー turn either left or right and go 500 yards. Guaranteed solitude. Well,...
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    Great locale — Catskills out the back door and...

    Great locale — Catskills out the back door and ADKs not too far! :cool:
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    Welcome. You're on the right track starting...

    Welcome.

    You're on the right track starting with Shug's videos!

    Where upstate? I love to get up the Catskills and ADKs when I can.
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    Great view! I'd imagine the tarp was tough to...

    Great view! I'd imagine the tarp was tough to pitch. :laugh:
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    First of all, wear several lighter layers instead...

    First of all, wear several lighter layers instead of 2 thick layers so that you can better regulate your temperature during the day and reduce sweating in the first place... if it's 20ーF outside, you...
  21. Consider that all these other options also have a...

    Consider that all these other options also have a price tag and potential for unanticipated problems.

    By the time you kludge together a stop-gap collection of other bits and pieces that might or...
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    Yes, MSH is adjustable, but only by releasing it...

    Yes, MSH is adjustable, but only by releasing it and re-tying the knot. Beetle is micro-adjustable in situ.
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    Just another of my personal tics, I suppose, but...

    Just another of my personal tics, I suppose, but TWO adjustable systems is repetitious redundancy repeating over again and again. :)

    Granted there are situations where gee if I had 60 feet more...
  24. I also agree that EE is doing better these past...

    I also agree that EE is doing better these past couple of years. Previously they were reputed—deservedly so in my personal experience—to be more than a tad generous on their temp ratings. More like...
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    Beetles AND whoopies? Get some 12' or 15'...

    Beetles AND whoopies?

    Get some 12' or 15' polyester straps, put the beetles on 'em and hook the little T parts straight into hammock CLs. Trees about 18' apart. Done.

    Some of the suspension...
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    Since you're happy with the length, you can...

    Since you're happy with the length, you can either make another one with a fixed eye or convert the adjustable one to a fixed eye.

    I've got an adjustable SRL on one hammock and even with a...
  27. Haha, yeah I think they're going to be great for...

    Haha, yeah I think they're going to be great for their intended application but way too noodly for us. Need something a bit more al dente.
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    I concur with all. Not your post, for sure,...

    I concur with all.

    Not your post, for sure, but it seems to me that some people get stuff mixed up a little bit... sometimes I do as well.

    But lengthening the SRL will result in less sag, not...
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    Nice shakedown for your new pack! Crazy mild...

    Nice shakedown for your new pack!

    Crazy mild this weekend.
  30. Thread: 1000FP

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    Things are definitely reaching the point of...

    Things are definitely reaching the point of diminishing returns! :)

    The 7D/950 quilts I have are already amazingly light and stuffable, and it's reaching the point that I (personally!) would have...
  31. I'd like to buy a piece of this stuff just to get...

    I'd like to buy a piece of this stuff just to get a rough feel for its side deflection.

    But .446 sounds awfully skinny for a spreader bar, especially with a material that is designed to flex more....
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    Depending on how tall/wide you are,...

    Depending on how tall/wide you are, maybe/yes/probably. :)

    A properly sized hammock with firmer material and a structural ridge line (for consistent sag) might provide some needed contrast. Might...
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    I've looked at the Jerven website...

    I've looked at the Jerven website and do not see this specific product. Are they actually selling it?

    No doubt there are some bushcraft, military, hunting, SAR and other applications for it....
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    I have both and quite frankly could easily live...

    I have both and quite frankly could easily live without the zippers. Still easy enough to stick out a leg to ventilate.
  35. Thread: Tree Straps

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    Welcome, Bud. :) If you can find some 1" wide...

    Welcome, Bud. :)

    If you can find some 1" wide polyester webbing with 1500lb rating, this makes for a good, inexpensive alternative. Make a loop in one end that is tied with a simple overhand knot,...
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    Perhaps it would be best to describe precisely...

    Perhaps it would be best to describe precisely what you're looking for in a tarp — amount of coverage, height, type of weather, car camping or backpacking, intended usage (extended lounging, hanging...
  37. I've used #30 floral wire for 1.75mm Zing-it.

    I've used #30 floral wire for 1.75mm Zing-it.
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    Good starter info HERE...

    Good starter info HERE.

    Also check out Shug Emery on YouTube. TONS of great info.
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    Maybe try some vitamin E...

    Maybe try some vitamin E in addition to good hydration and electrolytes.

    I've never had cramping issues but I used to hear about them with some cyclists, and I remember this helped them.
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    I've only used integrated nets with zippers and...

    I've only used integrated nets with zippers and have not had any issues. Yet.

    I've not read any reports of people blowing out zippers, although I suppose it must happen from time to time. Maybe if...
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    I don't keep a diary or journal, but I backpack...

    I don't keep a diary or journal, but I backpack year-round and have hammocked on the trail every month since I got into the whole hanging thing in Oct of 2017.

    Here's a pic from my 2-night trip a...
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    I checked DH and that (staple style) was the only...

    I checked DH and that (staple style) was the only one I saw.

    I'm a fan of Lawson HD Ti shepherd hooks but they also no longer carry them. If I need more, the go-to is going to be Dutchware's Burly...
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    If the Hennessy is asym, perhaps it doesn't...

    If the Hennessy is asym, perhaps it doesn't permit you to try with head/foot position reversed? Maybe comfort can be achieved simply by switching your lay direction.

    Most people end up sleeping...
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    That's a good point. My fave Darien is 10' in...

    That's a good point. My fave Darien is 10' in length but the width is 64" as recommended by the Dream Hammock gurus for my height 5'9". Also an asym net so less material flippity-floppin.
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    There's nothing wrong with it if it works for...

    There's nothing wrong with it if it works for you.

    As a backpacker of the UL inclination and one who needs a bug net, my fave is my DH Darien, which checks all my boxes. :laugh:
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    I used to be very much into bicycling, both road...

    I used to be very much into bicycling, both road and MTB.

    Concepts like this remind me of what I used to say about 'hybrid' bicycles... they're both lousy road bikes and lousy mountain bikes.
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    I've got a 50' piece (Statline, orange) I'll send...

    I've got a 50' piece (Statline, orange) I'll send you. My memory's fuzzy but I think it's still in one piece.

    PM me your address.
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    Although I luvs me some carbon fiber I've piddled...

    Although I luvs me some carbon fiber I've piddled around with it enough to realize it ain't meant for stakes, at least not here in the rocky NE.
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    Also beware when somebody pulls stuff out of...

    Also beware when somebody pulls stuff out of his/her pack that still has the price tag on it. :scared:
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    Been using DCF tents and tarps for a long time...

    Been using DCF tents and tarps for a long time with no problems. But I do carry 'proper' DCF repair tape in my kit, and I've read that duct tape will also work.
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