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  1. Thread: Going to Ground?

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    To ensure a taut pitch don't peg/stake the tarp...

    To ensure a taut pitch don't peg/stake the tarp directly to the ground but use lines to keep things up off the ground a bit. Helps with airflow as well. Don't worry about rain getting in, even with a...
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    Just made myself a correctly sized :blush: stuff...

    Just made myself a correctly sized :blush: stuff sack for my hammock when I noticed that I'd got the tension wrong so needed to adjust it. So a tip...

    With some of the extra material you ordered...
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    Type "Learning to use a sewing machine" into...

    Type "Learning to use a sewing machine" into Google and look at the videos. There'll be one of the series/channels that you gel with. I ended up watching those from a channel "Made to sew" but it's a...
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    Just remembered: Alpkit have a (very small) line...

    Just remembered: Alpkit have a (very small) line of hammock kit including two tarps - 3m x 3m and 4m x 4m. At the bottom of this page -https://alpkit.com/collections/camping-shelter If you are near...
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    In the UK there's also Henge Hammocks -...

    In the UK there's also Henge Hammocks - https://www.hengehammocks.com/, I've had a couple of deliveries from them.

    Getting material to make your own is also tricky since brexit since many EU...
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    Home made hammock 3.3m (11ft) with suspension -...

    Home made hammock 3.3m (11ft) with suspension - 500g
    Home made tarp (1.1oz silpoly) - 400g
    Cumulus 350 top quilt - 570g
    Cumulus Selva 250 UQ with suspension - 590g

    Total of 2060g
  7. Thread: Asym tarp

    by Bob-W
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    Ta. As my dad used to say: "The man who never...

    Ta. As my dad used to say: "The man who never made a mistake never learnt anything"

    Like I say, very much a mixture of a prototype and me learning the ropes regarding sewing. When I do the second...
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    There's a rule in cycling: The correct number...

    There's a rule in cycling:

    The correct number of bikes to own is N+1 (Where N = number of currently owned bikes) :lol:

    I must admit I'm a bit of a magpie when it comes to gear, I'm still using...
  9. Thread: Asym tarp

    by Bob-W
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    Asym tarp

    I've been using an Alpkit Rig7 https://alpkit.com/products/rig-7 as my hammocking tarp but it's not ideal: in A-frame mode it's not long enough to fully cover my 3.3m (11ft) hammock and in the...
  10. Thread: Going to ground

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    I mainly bikepack so managing weight (and bulk)...

    I mainly bikepack so managing weight (and bulk) is important. When *everything* has to fit in 20 litres of space you make sure it's going to work! :D

    Have a tarp that works if you go to ground,...
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    I knew that there were dry stone walls in New...

    I knew that there were dry stone walls in New England but hadn't realised their extent or known about the reasons for their construction. Very common here in the north of England where the land was...
  12. Only just seen this, not been on the forums for a...

    Only just seen this, not been on the forums for a while.

    I'm slowly working my way down the temperature scale pushing the limits as it were. I'm a warm sleeper BTW. So...

    Last night: Cumulus...
  13. Use a figure of eight knot through the eye. The...

    Use a figure of eight knot through the eye. The knot looks exactly as its name suggests. Here's how to tie it - https://www.animatedknots.com/figure-8-follow-through-loop-knot

    Normally you want to...
  14. Thread: Comfort ratings?

    by Bob-W
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    Not sure how UQ ratings are arrived at, I can...

    Not sure how UQ ratings are arrived at, I can guess, but for sleeping bags it's ISO-23537 (EN13537 was sufficiently successful it became an international standard).

    That standard lists four...
  15. Basically a commercial version of the...

    Basically a commercial version of the stone/pebble idea that @seanMcC mentions, not cheap though - https://www.hengehammocks.com/product-page/clip-on-tarp-pull-outs-tato-pair
  16. I asked RBTR and their response was: I'll...

    I asked RBTR and their response was:



    I'll go with the 1.1 silpoly :D
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    Actually what I'm saying in my last post is that...

    Actually what I'm saying in my last post is that the corners are irrelevant whether you lap or mitre them. If you mitre the fabric you'll get one double rolled hem all the way round. If you don't...
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    Forget about height and width for a moment. ...

    Forget about height and width for a moment.

    What you are doing when you hem is folding to a line. It doesn't matter what the shape is or the allowance, fold to the line and you will end up with...
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    This doesn't make sense! Your second hem along...

    This doesn't make sense! Your second hem along the left side leaves the height the same, or should if you are doing the hem properly. There's some overlap at the corners that makes things a little...
  20. Has anyone had any success bonding 300D HyperD to...

    Has anyone had any success bonding 300D HyperD to 1.1oz Silpoly? I've currently got a couple of test patches curing but would like to know of any issues I should be aware of.

    Edit: Appears to bond...
  21. I've come to hammocking from tarp camping rather...

    I've come to hammocking from tarp camping rather than tent camping. My first impressions of hammock tarps was "They're huge!", my standard go-to tarp for ground camping is just 2.5m x 1.5m in size,...
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    Probably my favourite film of all time. Anyway...

    Probably my favourite film of all time.

    Anyway ...

    There's always a bright spark!
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    The one (only?, main?, one of?) problem I can see...

    The one (only?, main?, one of?) problem I can see with the Mccarthy Hitch is that if you want your stake X units away from the tarp you need 2X plus a bit units of line.

    When we were shifting...
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    I first saw it in the arrivals hall at Reykjavik...

    I first saw it in the arrivals hall at Reykjavik airport. Slightly ironic having arrived by a 200 tonne plane!
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    Interesting. Will have to give that a go - by...

    Interesting. Will have to give that a go - by which score your video is successful:) I do tend to gravitate between techniques and setups. I've not tried snake skins yet, I've stuck with the "stuff...
  26. Here's the RSBTR post about reinforcement patch...

    Here's the RSBTR post about reinforcement patch stretch and gluing patches -...
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    Something I've noticed on here is that whenever a...

    Something I've noticed on here is that whenever a tarp is pictured in "ground mode" then it's staked right to the deck. That's not the way to do it - doing so reduces airflow and you get pretty bad...
  28. An interesting question. As with Nanok I think...

    An interesting question.

    As with Nanok I think arced reinforcement patches are preferable but the differences in the forces along the perimeter when compared to a straight edged are minimal - the...
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    Pretty much this for me. My last hang had one...

    Pretty much this for me. My last hang had one tree with a 3m (10ft) girth and one with maybe 60cm (2ft) girth. I use 4m tree hungers which normally let me connect the CLs with J-bends but with the...
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    Sadly another attack, made news here in the UK -...

    Sadly another attack, made news here in the UK - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-57763443 - the headline is "cyclist" but she was actually camping so could have been anyone. Seems like she...
  31. There's DD Hammocks and Henge Hammocks here in...

    There's DD Hammocks and Henge Hammocks here in the UK who sell Amsteel. Look up Tac Blades for YouTube tutorials on how to make continuous loops amongst other Amsteel items.

    The structural ridge...
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    OK, update to my choice list (yes, I'm still...

    OK, update to my choice list (yes, I'm still waiting for the sewing machine to be repaired!)

    1. Hex tarp 3.3m (11ft) ridgeline. Make a pair of Grizz Beaks with remaining material.
    2. The Cowboy...
  33. Ah. Won't hold my breath then :) I've been...

    Ah. Won't hold my breath then :)

    I've been looking at various *Fly reviews and it seems that the Minifly's doors are 16" so that would appear to answer question #2. With that info and looking at...
  34. I came across this old thread when searching for...

    I came across this old thread when searching for feature inspiration for an upcoming project. A couple of questions:

    1. Has it become your INCH tarp? I.e. what's the long term report like?

    2....
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    It never gets truly dark (on a clear night) at...

    It never gets truly dark (on a clear night) at this time of year, there's always some light on the horizon even when the sun has "set". Always a bit "odd" to look north and see bright sky! You...
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    Lakes (UK) charity ride

    This weekend we headed over to The Lake District (one of the UK's national parks) to take part in a charity mountain bike event. The JennRide is named after an editor of an MTB magazine who died from...
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    Interesting. One idea I had was to fix Linelok3s...

    Interesting. One idea I had was to fix Linelok3s to the "inner" end of the grosgrain that the ridgeline D-rings will be attached to. Basically a Grosgrain dog-bone with the D-ring at one end and the...
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    More prevarication :rolleyes: Am I correct in...

    More prevarication :rolleyes:

    Am I correct in thinking that if your hammock sags the "recommended*" 83% then a tarp equal to the flat length is the minimum required? I.e. if I start with a 3.3m...
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    Yeah, I sort of phrased that bit incorrectly. A...

    Yeah, I sort of phrased that bit incorrectly. A better way (assuming I get it right this time) is: I've a 2.7m x2.4m tarp that I currently use but only in summer. I've used it in a diamond pitch but...
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    I thought I'd have a look for the thread I...

    I thought I'd have a look for the thread I mentioned. As luck would have it it's a sticky in this very sub-forum and titled " Hex vs Diamond tarp"
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    There's a thread on here where someone drew up...

    There's a thread on here where someone drew up the coverage of various sized tarps. I think it was originally comparing a Hex tarp vs a Diamond or something like that. Turned out the limiting factor...
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    Which tarp style to choose?

    In a way this could go in one of several sub-forums but it's DIY related so ...

    I've got a long length of silpoly and associated accessories from RSBTR to make a tarp but am a bit indecisive as to...
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    I can't remember where I read it and haven't...

    I can't remember where I read it and haven't verified it but a 50% increase in fill power equates to a 100% increase in insulation for a given weight. Down being a natural product there's variation...
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    I've come to hammocks from ground camping, more...

    I've come to hammocks from ground camping, more specifically bikepacking with tarps rather than tent.

    Mixing ground and hammock camping means you need to look at what gear can be used for both and...
  45. Dunno about arborists but as a very keen climber...

    Dunno about arborists but as a very keen climber for over thirty years I'd never heard of the Valdotain Tresse and having looked it up I cannot remember ever seeing it, maybe it's a North American...
  46. It varies depending on what I've been reading is...

    It varies depending on what I've been reading is the latest and greatest method :rolleyes:

    Actually, I've modified what/how I tie things over the years but there are some constants. As per TUH, a...
  47. cougarmeat: 1m80 is 5'11", 1m85 would be 6'1" ...

    cougarmeat: 1m80 is 5'11", 1m85 would be 6'1"

    Ed the Ted: the UK is probably 5C or more cooler than southern Europe during the summer. There's even a noticeable difference between somewhere like...
  48. I have the Selva 250, I bought it last summer....

    I have the Selva 250, I bought it last summer. It's my first underquilt so I have nothing to compare it to.

    I'm 1m80 tall and the UQ covers from my feet to just above my shoulders, I just need a...
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    For me there's frequency of use to consider. We...

    For me there's frequency of use to consider. We don't get seriously cold winters here in the UK, we had a recent "cold snap" and some isolated locations got down to -11C or so for a night but -6C was...
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    A slight hijack, my cold weather attempt (or what...

    A slight hijack, my cold weather attempt (or what passes for cold weather here in the UK)

    In the garden obviously - we are in Covid tier 3 (for those not in the UK, it's like lockdown but random...
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