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    There are probably going to be a lot of bugs in...

    There are probably going to be a lot of bugs in June in upstate New York. I've never even tried to go camping in upstate NY in June - I've heard the bugs are horrifying. I have never gone to upstate...
  2. I doubt they slept in luxury since one side of...

    I doubt they slept in luxury since one side of the hammock was rubberized.
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    I've actually gone swimming with my backpack...

    I've actually gone swimming with my backpack (more than once, in winter), and nothing got wet. Of course, I use waterproof stuff sacks, then everything goes in a garbage bag liner in my pack.

    I...
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    I just used whoopie slings this weekend for the...

    I just used whoopie slings this weekend for the first time in two or three years. I gotta admit - though beetle buckles (which I have been using) have their advantages, the whoopie sling is the...
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    As I mentioned to the OP in post #4, I think...

    As I mentioned to the OP in post #4, I think you're using a Dutch hook, not a Dutch Clip. A dutch clip is used for hammock suspension, not tarp suspension.
  6. I was hoping for much colder weather, but...

    I was hoping for much colder weather, but forecasts peg us with highs of 53 to 55* F, and lows of 36 & 43* F. And of course, showers predicted for Friday and Saturday. I will bring my trusty (as in,...
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    Dutch clip? Don't you mean Dutch hook? A Dutch...

    Dutch clip? Don't you mean Dutch hook? A Dutch clip is used in hammock suspension, not tarp ridgeline.

    https://dutchwaregear.com/product/continuous-ridgeline/#type-and-color

    I personally avoid...
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    How much storage do you seek? If you brought it...

    How much storage do you seek? If you brought it all in a car, or on a motorbike, seems like you already have sufficient storage.

    And what kind of privacy are you seeking? I have a winter tarp, and...
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    The most common issue I see with DCF tarps are...

    The most common issue I see with DCF tarps are people who leave the tarp out in the sun too much. DCF will delaminate from excessive UV exposure. There have been a few people on HF who hung their...
  10. Just realized that Spiguyver did not make this...

    Just realized that Spiguyver did not make this hang. Maybe he got lost?
  11. I got site 11. Remember vagabound? Didn't...

    I got site 11.

    Remember vagabound? Didn't bring a topquilt because he thought he'd be fine with just a 0* underquilt. Unfortunately, temps were 17-18 * F and he almost froze to death!

    It was a...
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    Sounds like you have an ENO, or similar. They...

    Sounds like you have an ENO, or similar. They don't really make a two-person hammock - it's just marketing.

    The only two-person hammocks that I know of are made by Clark (now owned by Dutchware)....
  13. Only thing new on Tony is a hip replacement!

    Only thing new on Tony is a hip replacement!
  14. Spent the entire afternoon cooking collard...

    Spent the entire afternoon cooking collard greens, black-eyed peas, and making salsa verde. My beagle Joey was especially interested when I cooked some bacon (collard greens and black-eyed peas need...
  15. Don't you have any drugs to take the edge off?

    Don't you have any drugs to take the edge off?
  16. Black-eyed peas are soaking overnight. Collard...

    Black-eyed peas are soaking overnight. Collard greens are ready to be cooked. Salsa Verde will be epic, with habaneros, and serrano peppers from my garden. And I'm bringing various hot sauces, from...
  17. Yes, there is a water pump.

    Yes, there is a water pump.
  18. When I first started hammock camping, all I had...

    When I first started hammock camping, all I had was synthetic insulation. Luckily, I had a 90 liter North Face backpack, and it was always crammed full. One night I went hiking in the NJ Pine Barrens...
  19. Phunny - I'll go Astros in four.

    Phunny - I'll go Astros in four.
  20. I stack the shorty on the outside - so I'll have...

    I stack the shorty on the outside - so I'll have a 0* full quilt and a 20* 3/4 on the outside. Works great for me.
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    Somehow I almost entirely missed the paracord...

    Somehow I almost entirely missed the paracord craze. I remember using it once 50 years ago to construct a wilderness shelter, but have never personally used it since. While it's a versatile, durable...
  22. Tried to send a private message but you haven't...

    Tried to send a private message but you haven't paid your ten dollar dues, dude.
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    Yeah, might be cool to establish an "Archives"...

    Yeah, might be cool to establish an "Archives" section where you could still access the posts but they're not listed under "Manufacturers and Services." The title itself implies that the...
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    I don't avoid designated campsites, unless I have...

    I don't avoid designated campsites, unless I have to. It ain't that hard to stealth camp. When stealth camping, I always wake up at the break of dawn, pack up and get out of there.
  25. Yo momma is my squirrel of choice. Ohmagod, is...

    Yo momma is my squirrel of choice. Ohmagod, is she squirrely!:lol:

    Are you gonna bring your cornhole and throwing knives? Great entertainment for a one-eyed old man like me.
  26. For newbies to Batona Camp, you should check out...

    For newbies to Batona Camp, you should check out Carranza Memorial, just 100 ft. from the entrance to Batona Camp. Here's a quick blurb:

    The Carranza Memorial in Tabernacle marks the spot where...
  27. Also, you are theoretically supposed to go to the...

    Also, you are theoretically supposed to go to the office to get your camping permit, but nobody's done that since the COVID pandemic. Just print your reservation and bring it with you to the...
  28. I see a few new people who say they are bringing...

    I see a few new people who say they are bringing dogs. Just keep in mind that you will need to register your pet with copies of pet license and rabies registration on njportal.com. If you did not...
  29. Most likely, 20* quilts will suffice, but Batona...

    Most likely, 20* quilts will suffice, but Batona Campground is car camping, so you can bring extra stuff to supplement your quilts. If the temps look to be low, you can always ask to borrow a quilt...
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    I'm from the Jersey Shore, so the closest place...

    I'm from the Jersey Shore, so the closest place for me to get wilderness camping is the Pine Barrens (Wharton State Forest). For car camping, Batona Campground is awesome. They have a water pump that...
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    I'm not much of a Harriman fan myself, but...

    I'm not much of a Harriman fan myself, but cmoulder is. Contact him for recommendations!
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    I try to eliminate any plastic in my hammock...

    I try to eliminate any plastic in my hammock setup. Winter does not like plastic.
  33. If you're looking for sun protection from DCF...

    If you're looking for sun protection from DCF tarps, you're probably barking up the wrong tree. Personally, I can't see buying a DCF tarp if you're looking for UV protection - that implies you're...
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    When I first started hammock camping, I would...

    When I first started hammock camping, I would announce on HF that I was going out, and asked if anyone wanted to join. I almost never had company in those days (12 years ago), but I nevertheless went...
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    I just tie the door tie-outs to the panel...

    I just tie the door tie-outs to the panel pull-outs with a slippery half-hitch on the guylines. When it's time to close up for the night, I just pull the slippery half-hitch and stake out the doors.
  36. Thread: Down color

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    I'll go with the katabatic and JRB response -...

    I'll go with the katabatic and JRB response - they use less "weenie" words. The other vendors talk about testing, but don't say what that testing was (I personally doubt you could come up with any...
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    That's mold. Perhaps you stored it without airing...

    That's mold. Perhaps you stored it without airing it out first.

    I have a synthetic 0* bag (Polyfill II) that looks exactly like that. I don't know - I probably stored it wet. Back then I used to...
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    Sure looks like mold to me.

    Sure looks like mold to me.
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    Well, if I'm buying a cheap tarp, I'd probably go...

    Well, if I'm buying a cheap tarp, I'd probably go a bit bigger, at least 11 x 10.

    A cheap blue tarp should be good for 2 or 3 nights. Personally, I can't get much more use out of them than that....
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    Sounds about right to me. I'll always pick...

    Sounds about right to me. I'll always pick comfort over weight. I don't hike more than four miles in the winter, so I can handle a little extra weight.
  41. I wouldn't expect to be warm any lower than 30*...

    I wouldn't expect to be warm any lower than 30* F. You have ground pounding insulation for hammock hanging so don't expect it to perform to its ground-pounding ratings. And the pad is just a...
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    Bonefire Gear went out of business a few years...

    Bonefire Gear went out of business a few years ago. See post #64 for the announcement.

    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/99693-New-Vendor-Bonefire%E2%84%A2-Gear/page2
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    When I first started hammocking, I tried a...

    When I first started hammocking, I tried a variety of tarps before settling on an 11 x 10'4" HG Winter Palace made from Dyneema (aka DCF aka cuben fiber). It's now called the Dyneema Fiber Palace...
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    I have a basic rule - I don't camp anywhere there...

    I have a basic rule - I don't camp anywhere there are no trees. It's relatively easy to avoid treeless areas - use Google Maps to check your route.

    I've gotten to the age that I will not camp on...
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    Your 20* quilts will work in just about all...

    Your 20* quilts will work in just about all weather, if you can vent properly. So that's why I think 0* is the next most important, while 40* quilts are just a luxury.
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    In my opinion, my 20* quilts are the greatest...

    In my opinion, my 20* quilts are the greatest value. I use them almost nine months a year. My second favorite is my 0* quilts, because I love cold weather. My 40* quilts don't get much use - I just...
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    You might wanna check out fallkniven's negative...

    You might wanna check out fallkniven's negative review of EE underquilts in post #30 of this thread:
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    You might want to talk to fellow HF member...

    You might want to talk to fellow HF member fallkniven (also a Jersey resident). He joyously changed all his quilts to EE quilts, before getting rid of them all, shortly thereafter, out of...
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    You'll get the most bang out of an underquilt....

    You'll get the most bang out of an underquilt. However, don't do what my friend did - he bought a 0* UQ and thought he was all set. We went camping and about 4 am in the morning, I went to water the...
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    I like the Hexon 1.6 - firm enough for me....

    I like the Hexon 1.6 - firm enough for me. However, I love my polyester hammocks because they're REALLY firm. Polyester hammocks have never been particularly popular - Dutch had the PolyD line but he...
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