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  1. These days I try to set up the tarp is parallel...

    These days I try to set up the tarp is parallel to the wind instead of broadside (as I used to do). My reasoning is the end of the tarp presents less surface area to the blowing rain, and the tree...
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    Climb_au, a belated "Welcome to the forum." The...

    Climb_au, a belated "Welcome to the forum." The CRL also give you a place to hang out your quilts and such when you have the opportunity to air them out. Here in the Pacific NorthWest, when using a...
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    Hopefully, you only have one or two things that...

    Hopefully, you only have one or two things that are wet - an outer jacket and maybe rain pants. Maybe a hat too. Those can be hung on the hammock suspension under the tarp. One reason why I'm a fan...
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    I usually have a small sheet of black Visqueen....

    I usually have a small sheet of black Visqueen. The main reason for the ground sheet is to minimize standing directly on twigs/leaves/dirt while putting on shoes. But if water got on the sheet, it...
  5. For me, my warmest TQ is rated at 0° and I have a...

    For me, my warmest TQ is rated at 0° and I have a sewn foot box. My Lighter TQ's (20° or 40°), have a drawstring closure - less mechanically complicated than a zipper. If I were swapping the TQ...
  6. If you like it a little less firm, go with the...

    If you like it a little less firm, go with the dream-tex and/or a single layer. As far as "feel", I usually wear cotton jammies so everything feels like cotton. But early this year I pulled out an...
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    I have to remind myself that those published...

    I have to remind myself that those published temperatures are usually the temperature in town, not up on the mountain. So it pays to think "It can get colder."
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    I believe "fence rail pipe" is the usual...

    I believe "fence rail pipe" is the usual material. Unfortunately, in the last two years, the Home Depot price has jumped from $9.98/pole to about $17.95/pole. These poles are 10 ft long with about 6...
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    TieDownKing - Just a note that if you search for...

    TieDownKing - Just a note that if you search for those 4-legged stands you'll see they don't need any cross bracing at all. They do need a line connecting the two legs at each end so they don't...
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    Note that 4-legged hammock stands have been...

    Note that 4-legged hammock stands have been presented in this DIY sub-forum and sold by the once viable Hammeck company. They hold up without the "guylines" but those lines probably reduce a little...
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    In a past post (video?) Shug mentioned an...

    In a past post (video?) Shug mentioned an overboot he got from a motorcycle supply vendor. They were on sale when I picked mine up. they are very light - just a traction solo and zip-up outer nylon....
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    Depends on if you are planning to Summit Mt....

    Depends on if you are planning to Summit Mt. Shasta. If you are, you will be staying way above the treeline for your assent. Some years back, this was my experience ...

    Bob Speik and I left Bend...
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    I don't use any shock cord on my ridgeline. I use...

    I don't use any shock cord on my ridgeline. I use NAMA Claws and I connect the split ring at the end of the tarp to the claw with a little double fisherman's knot loop (but for a project I'll make a...
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    I enjoy the CRL too. It keeps any "pull" off the...

    I enjoy the CRL too. It keeps any "pull" off the tarp And you quickly get the tarp in the air by just stringing a taut line between two supports. Then, using NAMA Claws or prusik knots you just slide...
  15. You are lucky that DutchWare is just starting...

    You are lucky that DutchWare is just starting their sale at 20% off for a 12 ft hammock. But remember the tarp. If you are going to do a day hike and afternoon naps, you may find yourself looking up...
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    Spoutch, I feel your pain. How about this ......

    Spoutch, I feel your pain. How about this ... because you are car camping, take TWO shelters; the tent for gear and clothes changing and the hammock for comfort. I often do that kayak camping. And...
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    Spoutch, welcome to the forum. Understand that...

    Spoutch, welcome to the forum. Understand that there are two ends of the Tensa4 and the force is different on each one. If you pay very careful attention to balance, the head-end tether is hardly...
  18. I might have missed it, but no one mentioned a...

    I might have missed it, but no one mentioned a pulk (sled). There comes the point where you refocus on the goal, "getting your gear to camp", rather than the method, "I have to carry it on my back"....
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    JeffP, the 20° quilt is a good all-around choice....

    JeffP, the 20° quilt is a good all-around choice. The deep winter environment is different and might demand gear you'd only use a few times during that season. The 20° UQ quilt can serve you through...
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    JeffP - we are all a little different so a 20° UQ...

    JeffP - we are all a little different so a 20° UQ may work for you in 26° weather.

    For me, it would get a little light. I need about a 10° hedge - like a 10° (or warmer) UQ if it will be in the...
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    Pop_Eye, "cougarmeat" of course. All these, "I...

    Pop_Eye, "cougarmeat" of course.

    All these, "I keep the spray in an organizer/saddle bag cause me to wonder if they are using their bug net. I can't imagine spraying something while inside the...
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    I think the sock vendors don't want to carry an...

    I think the sock vendors don't want to carry an inventory of different-length socks as well as different colors. It's sort of one length fits all. Note that the WB BB sock is shorter than others....
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    SkeezyT - welcome the forum. You are unique in...

    SkeezyT - welcome the forum. You are unique in that I've never seen a post where the poster had a zero post count. Some kind of quantum physics voodoo? :)

    Do not think that everything has to be...
  24. cosmonaut, you may not want to compare your...

    cosmonaut, you may not want to compare your sleeping behavior in a bed to what you'll experience in a hammock. In a bed, you developed pressure points and your body moves to alleviate those. In a...
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    Maybe there's a study about how many bear...

    Maybe there's a study about how many bear encounters happen with people in a tent/hammock vs out on the trail. I'd think I'd be more vulnerable in my hammock/tent if something large came into camp...
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    The pull-out (or edge guyline) to trekking/ski...

    The pull-out (or edge guyline) to trekking/ski poles works and is a double function. I have a little problem with double-function gear While it's used for one thing, it can't be used for another.
    ...
  27. I kinda like head right, feet left but I got a WB...

    I kinda like head right, feet left but I got a WB BB before I know there was such a thing as head preference and their standard is head left feet right. Now I have a mix of hammocks with both...
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    You may find that it is NOT comfortable with two...

    You may find that it is NOT comfortable with two in a hammock. All those double or "two-person" hammocks are just a bit larger than regular ones; larger for ONE person. The only actual two-person...
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    Some things just can't be done (easily) - like...

    Some things just can't be done (easily) - like asking gravity not to exist. If you are out "in it" for a long time, and don't have a sunny day to let your down air out, it will become heavier and...
  30. Hopper333 - Welcome to the forum. There are...

    Hopper333 - Welcome to the forum.

    There are probably a few YouTube videos out there that cover the material you are asking about. Also, I can imagine cutting large pieces of fabric can be a...
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    3 Feet High and Rising - there are a couple of...

    3 Feet High and Rising - there are a couple of schools of thought on bungee cord as part of the tarp suspension - usually side guylines (and external pole mod) and much less seldom on the ridgeline....
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    The UQ for the RR is somewhat rectangular so it...

    The UQ for the RR is somewhat rectangular so it can also double as a "throw" blanket to cover you on the couch while watching a movie - just in case you wanted to feel that down goodness before you...
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    You might rethink the "full tension along the...

    You might rethink the "full tension along the ridgeline" criteria. Why does it need to be "full tension". Sometimes we make rules that aren't really there - like the trap ridgeline has to be level....
  34. Clown Pusher - sailors have to deal with mold...

    Clown Pusher - sailors have to deal with mold potential all the time. Check out a Marine supply store or Google to find a variety of solutions.
  35. I use a sock most the winter at home because my...

    I use a sock most the winter at home because my hang, though outdoors, is under a roof. Condensation is just a challenging condition to play with. My GE sock has a zipper on one side, my RR sock has...
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    tinktheman12 - kind of depends on if the ground...

    tinktheman12 - kind of depends on if the ground freezes. If you can put stakes (boom, orange, or other) in the ground, here's another thought. I saw one video, or maybe a (LowTech) post, where the...
  37. Makia, welcome to the forum. Remember that any...

    Makia, welcome to the forum.
    Remember that any numbers you see - lengths and heights - are "about's, ish's, and approximately's". The main criterion is your comfort.

    For example, WarBonnet...
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    We had a new storefront open in Bend. They...

    We had a new storefront open in Bend. They offered a puffy jacket for $6,000. The rich are different from you and me.
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    Nice job on your video. Thank you for sharing.

    Nice job on your video. Thank you for sharing.
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    In my trip report on Orcas Island...

    In my trip report on Orcas Island circumnavigation, I have pictures of the Solo. It was absolutely necessary as I committed to hammock or ground bivi if necessary. Usually, I take a tent backup...
  41. >Store in a dry place, and always lay gear out to...

    >Store in a dry place, and always lay gear out to dry after each camping trip, before storing.
    :thumbup1:

    Make sure it is absolutely dry and clean (as practical) before storage. Same goes for...
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    Remember, the UQP hangs under the hammock/quilt...

    Remember, the UQP hangs under the hammock/quilt so there is some airflow. Though your TQ protector would be breathable, if it laid right on top of the TQ, you'd probably get condensation issues....
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    Also, look around for a local ham radio club. Ham...

    Also, look around for a local ham radio club. Ham operators very, very often have extra gear they've accumulated and are willing to sell. I have gear that is decades old - works just fine. Like any...
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    I always think in terms of hammock hang distance....

    I always think in terms of hammock hang distance. Then I have to remind myself that it's the Tarp that's the driver. An 11 ft hammock, with normal sag, only needs about 9 ft but and 11 ft tarp needs...
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    offthegrid, Paracord is almost never used for the...

    offthegrid, Paracord is almost never used for the reasons you cite - it is stretchy. I can understand the idea the a little "give" is a feature, but that can be achieved in other ways - like using a...
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    Datahiker, sometimes the 5 - 6 inch sewn step...

    Datahiker, sometimes the 5 - 6 inch sewn step between chain loops is too much. I made a small Amsteel loop, about 6 - 8 inches. I can fold that in half, put it in the Daisy Chain loop and connect the...
  47. Jeepmaxx, quantum physics aside, my guess is you...

    Jeepmaxx, quantum physics aside, my guess is you are either inside or outside the hammock so you need some "find me" reflection cord for both cases. I'm not sure what you mean by "... move all the...
  48. Make sure that the thickness (R factor) of the...

    Make sure that the thickness (R factor) of the Gossamer Gear CCF pad is what you want. I have some GG CCF sheets and they would be good for a foot pad in a hammock or something to sit on if the...
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    One of my packing goals - something to work...

    One of my packing goals - something to work towards - is to limit my dry bags to 3 or 4. One each for clothes, food, shelter/camp gear, and cooking supplies (stove, fuel, bowls, etc.) - which could...
  50. The "foam pad" is also referred to as a CCF pad -...

    The "foam pad" is also referred to as a CCF pad - Closed Cell Foam - note the word "Closed". they're often seen strapped to the top or bottom of a backpack. When packed, some are rolled into a...
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