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  1. Looks comfy. That was a lot of wood... and I...

    Looks comfy. That was a lot of wood... and I didn't know they made nice little chainsaws like that... Perfect! :)
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    This always boils down to "Light - quality -...

    This always boils down to "Light - quality - cheap... pick any two..."

    HG Quest (and there are others) is quality with a fair compromise of the other two.

    Early on in my hammock journey I got...
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    The only way to totally eliminate ice build-up in...

    The only way to totally eliminate ice build-up in extreme cold is to wear vapor barrier clothing and breathe through a snorkel... a tube with a couple of simple flap valves for intake and exhaust...
  4. There are some places where GtG is more...

    There are some places where GtG is more practical, such as peaks without suitable hanging spots, or deserts, etc. But I do struggle with the notion of actually sleeping on the ground again. I did a...
  5. You'd think so, but very few do. And they're...

    You'd think so, but very few do. And they're usually taped, not brushed with a liquid.
  6. My custom tarp came in the mail 2 days ago and I...

    My custom tarp came in the mail 2 days ago and I was able to get out to the woods today to rig up the cordage.

    Mine is a custom Trail Bird (ground! ... 9'x7'x5') without the cat cuts and only a...
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    I should add I'm on the other end of the scale......

    I should add I'm on the other end of the scale... most UQs work at or a bit below advertised ratings for me. I once slept thru a -6°F night in my 0deg Incubator and was warm all night.
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    I'm not going to disagree with hutzelbein's...

    I'm not going to disagree with hutzelbein's analysis, but my personal experience with 20deg and 0deg Incubators used with GE hammocks at/near their actual rated temps is that drafts have not been a...
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    I've only seen and briefly handled a Trailheadz...

    I've only seen and briefly handled a Trailheadz quilt in person (belonging to Phantom Grappler) and the quality appeared to be excellent.
  10. Becket (slipped sheet bend) without back-up can...

    Becket (slipped sheet bend) without back-up can slip with the various 'flavors' of UHMWPE webbing. WB has this video that shows one way to back it up. There are other methods that use more wraps of...
  11. FS: PP payment sent. Shipping address via PM.

    PP payment sent. Shipping address via PM.
  12. FS: I'll take the R1 hoodie!

    I'll take the R1 hoodie!
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    Can't go wrong with the HG Econ Incubator for car...

    Can't go wrong with the HG Econ Incubator for car camping.

    Motorcycle might be a bit different because although a few extra oz of weight (vs the Premium) is not a concern, volume might be. A...
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    Indeed, after a certain thickness and length it...

    Indeed, after a certain thickness and length it becomes impractical.

    However, for climbing ropes there are techniques that incorporate some similar anti-tangle strategies.
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    https://youtu.be/0PicTsgj5lA Sent from my...

    https://youtu.be/0PicTsgj5lA

    Sent from my SM-G991U using Tapatalk
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    Fortunately I've never had any of my makeshift...

    Fortunately I've never had any of my makeshift windscreens fall over!

    Sent from my SM-G991U using Tapatalk
  17. Great testimonial! Jared is making me a custom...

    Great testimonial! Jared is making me a custom ground (eek!) tarp soon. Gotta order the material, Xenon .9 silpoly, so it'll take a few days. But I've ordered other items and Jared never fails to...
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    Truer words never spoken! [emoji16] I think I...

    Truer words never spoken! [emoji16]
    I think I ended up using some rocks or my pack.

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    This 'dual use' issue also bit me once when I was...

    This 'dual use' issue also bit me once when I was using my sit pad for a wind block for my stove. It worked great but I had nowhere to sit! [emoji57]

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  20. Glad to hear of successful experiences! :cool:

    Glad to hear of successful experiences! :cool:
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    Thanks a bunch... still thinking about this! :)

    Thanks a bunch... still thinking about this! :)
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    A poncho is usually not big enough for a sock but...

    A poncho is usually not big enough for a sock but certainly it could be strung up on one side of the hammock for an additional wind block. Still, its coverage is not nearly enough to substitute for...
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    Maybe your camo worked so well he didn't see it!...

    Maybe your camo worked so well he didn't see it! :laugh:

    I remember the first time (around 2014, I think) I saw a backpacker using a hammock and big tarp and I was a bit puzzled at first. But I...
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    Thanks for the info!

    Thanks for the info!
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    That's not bad for hammock+UQ. But is anybody...

    That's not bad for hammock+UQ.

    But is anybody making these now? Sheltowee website indicates everything "Unavailable" ..... :(
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    You guys spell autumn differently than we yahoos....

    You guys spell autumn differently than we yahoos. :)
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    Got my Timmermade quilt in the mail yesterday. ...

    Got my Timmermade quilt in the mail yesterday.

    Ordered on Aug 6 with queue of 14 weeks, so it was right at 13 weeks, 6 days. :laugh:

    Quilt looks fantastic, although with 50deg rating I won't...
  28. Indeed, gotta keep batteries warm. With devices...

    Indeed, gotta keep batteries warm. With devices like smartphones and cameras, it also helps to keep them inside a ziploc bag because body moisture can really foul up the electronics and the optics. ...
  29. From DEC... already! :cool:

    From DEC... already! :cool:
  30. On my recent hike with Dirtbag I was all set to...

    On my recent hike with Dirtbag I was all set to GtG but just couldn't bear the thought and switched back to the hammock setup. When you just know there's an abundance of great hanging opportunities...
  31. For anyone who might want to do this awesome...

    For anyone who might want to do this awesome hike, here's my Caltopo link to it.

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  32. GULP!! :scared:

    GULP!! :scared:
  33. I emailed NYSDEC to see if someone might provide...

    I emailed NYSDEC to see if someone might provide some insight about what they were doing up there! :cool:
  34. You really packed a lot into a quick trip!...

    You really packed a lot into a quick trip! Beautiful country even if a bit past prime fall viewing.
  35. That reminds me also of the spider webs strung up...

    That reminds me also of the spider webs strung up over the trail at night during the warmer seasons. I find hiking through those to be über maddening!!
  36. Thanks for linking your report, Obdewlax......

    Thanks for linking your report, Obdewlax... somehow I missed it the first time, and I've always wanted to hike the Guadalupes.

    I was using my Vasque Snowblime boots and they worked well but I had...
  37. I was raised down South (FL, MS) and read all the...

    I was raised down South (FL, MS) and read all the Jack London books as a kid and always wanted to experience ice and snow. My first trip in snow/ice was Harriman State Park, NY, in 1985 and although...
  38. Thread: Storage

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    I wouldn't store either down or synthetic quilts...

    I wouldn't store either down or synthetic quilts in compression sacks, especially synthetic which loses loft in a much shorter time span than down.
  39. Thanks, BB58! Although that is a much...

    Thanks, BB58! Although that is a much photographed vista from Wittenberg, it's never the same from trip to trip because the cloud bases are always tickling the peaks up there.

    At one time I had...
  40. Thread: Storage

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    TQs usually have a snap and a draw cord around...

    TQs usually have a snap and a draw cord around the top (neck) seam.

    Fasten the snap and cinch down the draw cord, then use a regular clothes hanger thru the top opening.
  41. Another great trip and video! Those drone shots...

    Another great trip and video! Those drone shots really give some 'context' to the landscape up there... gorgeous country. :)

    I love my trail runners as well, but when it's consistently around 32°F...
  42. Haha, bop on up to New Yawk and we'll take you to...

    Haha, bop on up to New Yawk and we'll take you to the Adirondacks in January — snow guaranteed!! :laugh:
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    What good is it gonna do ya if a bear attacks?...

    What good is it gonna do ya if a bear attacks? Much better to keep it with you in the hammock, unsheathed! :laugh:
  44. Got back yesterday afternoon from a 3-day trip to...

    Got back yesterday afternoon from a 3-day trip to the Catskills with Dirtbaghiker and we were both very happy to experience our first encounter with the white world this season.

    It was only a...
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    I'm also subscribed to those NYS-DEC updates and...

    I'm also subscribed to those NYS-DEC updates and read about the usual falls with twisted ankles, people getting lost, running out or water etc, but the machete guy is definitely one of the more...
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    Sometimes the confluence of bad luck is so bad...

    Sometimes the confluence of bad luck is so bad that you just have to laugh and be a trooper and roll with it.

    Which is what it sounds like you're doing. Have a great time in Pinchot! :cool:
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    Ha, yeah I've done both of those, the full BFT...

    Ha, yeah I've done both of those, the full BFT loop, actually, and they're good as well. BFT is a tough loop with lotsa up and down. Starting at Slate Run and going counterclockwise is a bit gentler...
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    OLP is good, not too hilly.

    OLP is good, not too hilly.
  49. All good advice above. I would especially echo...

    All good advice above. I would especially echo BillyBob58's recommendation for the torso length CCF pad and head gear. I have a fleece beanie and buff that are mandatory winter items.

    What is...
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    Ha, good (or bad) catch.... humans' capacity to...

    Ha, good (or bad) catch.... humans' capacity to defile things is limitless. :(
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