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    I hang over the dying fire comes to mind.

    I hang over the dying fire comes to mind.
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    Great color and reference. Always helps when a...

    Great color and reference. Always helps when a good photographer is doing it :)
  3. My 10' Blackbird was my goto hammock for a while....

    My 10' Blackbird was my goto hammock for a while. I still use it these days. And while I don't get wet in any hammock with an 11' tarp, it's just nice to see that noticeable buffer when hanging up...
  4. I didn't notice much difference. Not enough to...

    I didn't notice much difference. Not enough to matter. I didn't like how high the ridgeline was on the 11'. I also didn't like getting the hammock ends closer to the tarp ends (little more nervous...
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    FYI - - As I mentioned, the battery in my iPhone...

    FYI - - As I mentioned, the battery in my iPhone 8 went downhill fast on this trip. It's about 3 years old. I got a cheapo kit on Amazon to replace it myself...and the battery is great!
    ...
  6. Sounds like a plan!

    Sounds like a plan!
  7. The gauge near Grayling had a discharge around...

    The gauge near Grayling had a discharge around 180 and 0.75' depth. That's a low spot by M-72 but probably a good reference point for how the rest of the trip will play out. It's a pretty consistent...
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    I use the ACR 375 ResQLink+. I don't always take...

    I use the ACR 375 ResQLink+. I don't always take it backpacking. Just depends on where I'm at mostly.
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    Cheapo VHF radio. Great for FM. Pretty good on...

    Cheapo VHF radio. Great for FM. Pretty good on VHF channels for a hand held. Along with my PLB it's a nice combo to have.

    That's the battery charger. That thing is solid! I run mine down/charge up...
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    It's pretty standard. Takes a Brunton 70P but I...

    It's pretty standard. Takes a Brunton 70P but I just haven't pulled the trigger. Another "one of these days" scenarios, much like pulling out the workbench in the garage and cleaning up that box of...
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    That's the Wilderness Systems Tempest 170. I have...

    That's the Wilderness Systems Tempest 170. I have a few batteries now. An old "lipstick" size 3200mah I rarely use. A 5200 rarely used. The two I use most have a % display so I know exactly how much...
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    Video: Horseshoe Bay, Lake Huron

    One more trip before the hellacious heat and humidity set in for good. I never publicized trips very often but now that covid has unleashed the entire world into the wilderness, there's really no...
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    I just undo the lines and start pulling the...

    I just undo the lines and start pulling the snakeskin. Sometimes I roll each line around my hand neatly, but other times I just swallow the whole mess. Usually things don't get tangled. I use small...
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    Good, simple answer. I do this a lot. Sometimes...

    Good, simple answer. I do this a lot. Sometimes when packing for a trip I'll even decide ahead of time if I'm going to even take stakes.
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    I’ve been to their McDonald’s drive thru. That’s...

    I’ve been to their McDonald’s drive thru. That’s it, sorry to say. I’ll need to spend time in the future. I’m in St. Ignace right now.
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    Thanks I like the sound of this! I'll put it in...

    Thanks I like the sound of this! I'll put it in my notes for a future trip. But I do want to focus on the river-to-great lakes theme first.
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    It wasn't anything to do with the material or...

    It wasn't anything to do with the material or construction. I was just packing up in the morning and I tripped on a guy line hard. It didn't feel bad but I heard a pop and knew I messed up.



    I...
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    Perfect!!! Thanks! I didn't go that far north but...

    Perfect!!! Thanks! I didn't go that far north but what the heck. Lots of options there. Been wanting to get some MN action anyway, hiking or kayaking.
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    MN, MI (UP), WI River Advice

    Trip planning or paddling section? Please feel free to move if necessary.

    I just finished my thru-paddle of the Manistee River in Michigan into Lake Michigan. I also have the Maumee River...
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    I wish I knew for sure. I'm leaning towards that...

    I wish I knew for sure. I'm leaning towards that as well. Worse in the winter with my breath adding to the moisture.

    I really hate the thought of using my bug net all the time though. Getting into...
  21. It's the only sort of-affordable place left that...

    It's the only sort of-affordable place left that I know of. $8.67 each after shipping for 5 meals. That's still not cheap, but worth it for a good dinner. I loved Packit Gourmet, but it came to $14...
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    That’s what I meant. Ha! Well said.

    That’s what I meant. Ha! Well said.
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    I finally tested this, not by choice. I thought...

    I finally tested this, not by choice. I thought bugs would be out for last week's trip so I took the Warbonnet Blackbird. Didn't see bugs but I zipped up anyway.

    All 4 nights were a fairly...
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    I recently kayaked a 5-day trip. 4 of those days...

    I recently kayaked a 5-day trip. 4 of those days were solid paddling 6am to 7pm with only a couple 10-15 minute breaks. I don't think I would have finished the trip without that quality rest each...
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    Dark Foliage Green

    Just had to come here to say how AWESOME the Dark Foliage Green color is. I went with this for my replacement Thunderfly tarp after I ripped my old one in Evergreen. The foliage green is darker and...
  26. They're a bit tough to get, like bikes now. My...

    They're a bit tough to get, like bikes now. My local shop ordered stuff last April for stock this summer. Not sure they even got them.

    And forgot to mention, I lost 9 pounds on this trip opposed...
  27. Hawk Vittles for dinner every night on this one!...

    Hawk Vittles for dinner every night on this one!

    When I watched this myself just to see how it came together, I laughed at 13:48. That totally seemed like a Shug moment! :lol:
  28. Pics on dropbox now, which is yet another shady...

    Pics on dropbox now, which is yet another shady host. Not holding my breath but should work unless you have a hardcore firewall (usually at a workplace).



    It sure changes a lot! It went from a...
  29. Yeah pics stopped working for me now. Google!...

    Yeah pics stopped working for me now. Google! Iíll put them over on Dropbox when I get home. There were just a few.
  30. Video: 175 mile thru-paddle of the Manistee River (Deward, MI to Lake Michigan)

    After completing the full Maumee River last year, I decided to finish up the other four Great Lakes via river thru-paddles. But I wasn't sure what to do next.

    Fate would do the work for me when a...
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    I don't really like camo anything, but man that...

    I don't really like camo anything, but man that HG camo is a nice pattern. I sold mine for other reasons but it looked good in the woods.

    I can't to the usual greenish white or whatever. Looks...
  32. Had to post this. That eye!! LOL!! Everything is...

    Had to post this. That eye!! LOL!! Everything is fine as long as I don't make eye contact.


    https://youtu.be/DknuWy3Pi7k
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    Definitely good for my back. Lower back pain that...

    Definitely good for my back. Lower back pain that started around 2015 is basically gone these days.

    I just moved my nightly hammock from the extra room upstairs to the basement since it's getting...
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    Hard to beat. I used this all weekend. Laid...

    Hard to beat. I used this all weekend. Laid around and did nothing, drinking beer in the hammock. It was hotter than hell, so I could move the stand to get into the best shade. All without taking...
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    Kind of like the shelving unit I bought at home...

    Kind of like the shelving unit I bought at home depot. "1500lbs per shelf". NOPE! Maybe in a laboratory with plate weights and a gentle fork lift.
  36. I think the stretch is good. The only time I had...

    I think the stretch is good. The only time I had a hammock seem to interfere with the UQ negatively, related to the fabric itself, was a 1.7 ripstop. Zero stretch from what I could tell. It had no...
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    Good to know! I love the design of these with the...

    Good to know! I love the design of these with the little grommet. No wear happening there!
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    Visqueen hammock!

    Visqueen hammock!
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    Yes cat and fish when wet. Silly fish, you're...

    Yes cat and fish when wet.

    Silly fish, you're already wet. (oh my, time to call it a day)
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    Trip report turned superthread.

    Trip report turned superthread.
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    Good info. While not a repellent, I still feel a...

    Good info. While not a repellent, I still feel a slight sense of protection by walking into the woods smelling like a combination of fertilizer plant, petroleum refinery and chemistry lab after an...
  42. As the story often goes, I have no need for...

    As the story often goes, I have no need for these...into the cart they go :)
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    I'm going to ask Jared if he could make an...

    I'm going to ask Jared if he could make an electrified version. Kind of like those blue lanterns. So I can watch those worthless beings fry when they come in to steal my blood.
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    I really like fence rail stand. There's a long...

    I really like fence rail stand. There's a long thread on that. Very simple and few pieces of mess with when setting up/storing.


    https://youtu.be/GZVoJyxi_E0
  45. Thread: Hexon 1.2

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    It's a unique formation! Turnip Rock, just off...

    It's a unique formation! Turnip Rock, just off the thumb of MI.
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    At 5'9" a 10-foot is plenty for me. The 11'...

    At 5'9" a 10-foot is plenty for me. The 11' didn't make a noticeable difference, so when I made my own I did 10.5' just to split the difference.
  47. I'd hate to have to carry that, but definitely...

    I'd hate to have to carry that, but definitely better than liquid!
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    I'm not sure we'll ever have a definite answer on...

    I'm not sure we'll ever have a definite answer on this, but if you take both and struggle to get them in together I would pass. You just kinda know when it's too much.

    A good option would be to...
  49. Too funny! Can't wait to see how this turns out....

    Too funny! Can't wait to see how this turns out. I remember my Aussie producing giant tumbleweeds of fur blowing down the street. Would have probably worked out.
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    Yes, closing those mini doors is like adding a...

    Yes, closing those mini doors is like adding a few FEET to the tarp IMO. Massive protection bump by adding almost nothing (1.4oz and negligible bulk)
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