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    I have 6.0 Apex TrailWinder (symmetrical). I...

    I have 6.0 Apex TrailWinder (symmetrical). I sleep a little warm, and I’ve had this down to 25F comfortably. But early on I got cold at 35F. Here’s what I found with testing:

    For initial...
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    Climashield doesn’t compress as much, but it’s...

    Climashield doesn’t compress as much, but it’s not heavier. Indeed, depending on the comparison quilts with Apex can be lighter as there is no baffling needed. Here’s a thread from a few years ago,...
  3. Linville Gorge, NC - Table Rock to Shortoff Nov 11-13

    Long report to tell the whole story. This was the first trip to the East Rim of Linville Gorge for everyone in my group. It was post-tropical storm, pre-first snow, with warm, cold, and wind. Failed...
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    I did Table Rock to Shortoff and back this...

    I did Table Rock to Shortoff and back this weekend. The remnants of TS Nicole dumped 4+ inches of rain on Friday. Gully Pipe was flowing, and the MST on Shortoff was practically a river. Shortoff...
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    Might see you up there if Veterans Day weekend!...

    Might see you up there if Veterans Day weekend! But we won’t be doing that many miles.

    2 weeks ago, a buddy and I did Rock Jock -> Pinch-In -> LGT -> Conley loop with one night along LGT. It took...
  6. Thanks for sharing these. If I’m sleeping, I’m...

    Thanks for sharing these. If I’m sleeping, I’m hanging. Hammocks are what made backpacking enjoyable again.

    Y’all have had some nasty heat amd drought in the west. Here’s hoping for some...
  7. Thanks for the ideas. I’ll look more closely at...

    Thanks for the ideas. I’ll look more closely at the Sykes Hot Springs trail in Big Sur and Coe SP.

    I’d love to hike the Hetch Hetchy Loop. Yosemite is on my bucket list, but I don’t think I’ll...
  8. 3 day and 2 night backpacking on central CA coast

    Iím an east coaster but plan to be in Santa Cruz CA in early November for work, and Iíd love to squeeze in a 3 day backpacking trip. I may rent a car, but Iíd prefer something close enough to Uber...
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    Bump on this this thread. Iíd love to hear how...

    Bump on this this thread. Iíd love to hear how similar efforts turned out.

    Iím a tall guy (6í4Ē) and I have had general success in 11.5í and 12í hammocks with a pillow under my knees. But wouldnít...
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    Makes one truly appreciate the talent of some of...

    Makes one truly appreciate the talent of some of our cottage vendors who make big tarps from this stuff. To continue your quote “you gotta count your money” and gladly give it to a talented vendor...
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    I like hand sanitizer for this - the thicker gel...

    I like hand sanitizer for this - the thicker gel stuff seems to help break up the sap. I havenít observed any damage to the straps so far.


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  12. Thread: Hammock care?

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    I wash my hammock about once a year - usually in...

    I wash my hammock about once a year - usually in the early autumn when I start prepping gear for another season of camping (I donít camp much in the heat and humidity of Southeast US summer). I...
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    Dutchm used some Kam snaps on his underquilt to...

    Dutchm used some Kam snaps on his underquilt to convert it into a slug when needed. I have been playing with this idea but havenít yet tried this.

    Combine an Under Quilt Protector and Lazy Slug?...
  14. Thread: VA/ NC Info

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    I hope you had a great trip - would love a trip...

    I hope you had a great trip - would love a trip report. It’s been a couple of weeks and I’m itching to get back there for a breeze and temperatures I can actually hike and sleep in.
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    Depending on how you are using it, Venom webbing...

    Depending on how you are using it, Venom webbing from RSBTR may be the solution at 2.2g/ft

    https://ripstopbytheroll.com/collections/webbing/products/venom-uhmwpe-ultralight-webbing

    It doesn’t...
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    +1 for these big tarps from SLD. I also have...

    +1 for these big tarps from SLD.

    I also have a 13ft SilpolyXL winter haven in Robin Egg Blue. I have a 12ft hammock, and I like the extra tarp space for hanging my pack at my head.

    This tarp...
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    I have previously done a loop starting at Elk...

    I have previously done a loop starting at Elk Garden, following the AT around then picking up Pine Mountain trail or Creat Trail back to Rhododendron Gap when the AT breaks north for Old Orchard....
  18. Thread: VA/ NC Info

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    VA/ NC Info

    Just a quick weather reportÖ while central N.C. was under a heat advisory, we had temps in the 70s and 25mph winds at Grayson Highlands at 5400ft. My teen actually got chilly once we made camp and...
  19. Thread: VA/ NC Info

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    For Hammocking, there are more good sites at...

    For Hammocking, there are more good sites at Rhododendron Gap than Thomas Knob. We had a hard time finding something near the Thomas Knob shelter to handle 2 hammocks. But there were lots of choices...
  20. Thread: VA/ NC Info

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    Have better infoÖthe first big set of camping...

    Have better infoÖthe first big set of camping spots near where the Horse trail and AT come together is just under 2 miles from the Elk Garden parking lot. The trail to the water source was marked and...
  21. Thread: VA/ NC Info

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    The parking lot at Elk Garden has room for ~30...

    The parking lot at Elk Garden has room for ~30 cars. When I arrived at 2pm on Monday, there were 6 cars. When I left at 6pm on Tuesday, there were 5 cars. I suspect that lot gets full early on...
  22. Thread: VA/ NC Info

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    I have an impromptu trip with the 16 yr old to...

    I have an impromptu trip with the 16 yr old to Grayson Highlands Mon-Wed. We are going to probably hike in from Elk Garden, stay near Thomas Knob shelter, and do a loop over 3 days / 2 nights. I’ll...
  23. Thread: VA/ NC Info

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    The water source is there, but itís not...

    The water source is there, but itís not convenient. Itís a walk from the camp along a trail that isnít highly traveled.


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  24. Very nice! Thanks for sharing. This post had me...

    Very nice! Thanks for sharing. This post had me looking back at your others. I have now added “backpacking Japan” to my bucket list.
  25. Thread: VA/ NC Info

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    There is an Avenza map for Grayson Highlands - it...

    There is an Avenza map for Grayson Highlands - it shows the trail to the water source that is about half way up from the Elk Garden labeled as Deep Gap Spring Trail. When I was there last fall, that...
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    Have you tried a 12ft length? I found that a...

    Have you tried a 12ft length? I found that a longer hammock made for a more comfortable sleep. While there are sometimes limits with fabric width, it’s easy to make a longer hammock. Many of the...
  27. Thread: New NC Hanger

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    Welcome from Durham. I’m a big dude at 6’4” and...

    Welcome from Durham. I’m a big dude at 6’4” and 260lbs, and I use a symmetrical single layer Hexon 1.6 for my main backpacking hammock. But I like it a bit longer at 12ft.

    I tend to camp more...
  28. Thread: VA/ NC Info

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    Indeed! Iíve never done it, but I understand the...

    Indeed! Iíve never done it, but I understand the hike up Mount Mitchell is a challenge. Still, the temperatures up top only occasionally get above 70F in July. Thatís my kind of summer!
    ...
  29. Thread: VA/ NC Info

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    Grayson Highlands is a great choice for cooler...

    Grayson Highlands is a great choice for cooler temps and great scenery. We parked at Elk Gardens for our trip last fall. There were lots of other cars there, and we didn’t have any issues, but I had...
  30. Most of the campgrounds on the Outer Banks are...

    Most of the campgrounds on the Outer Banks are geared toward RVs and have few trees, especially on the ocean front side. The trees that are there tend to be short and gnarly - great for surviving...
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    Beautiful! What’s the finished weight?

    Beautiful! What’s the finished weight?
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    Iíve worked with Hexon 1.0 and found it very...

    Iíve worked with Hexon 1.0 and found it very slippery. I havenít worked with Hexon 1.2, but I have worked with HyperD 1.2 and it was much easier to work and make a rolled hem as compared with Hexon...
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    Welcome to the adventure! I similarly started...

    Welcome to the adventure! I similarly started using a hammock for camping, and it’s allowed me to get back into backpacking.

    I’m 6’4” and 270 lbs. I have a DIY made with a single layer of...
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    20F quilts should keep you fairly warm at those...

    20F quilts should keep you fairly warm at those temperatures, but if you are a “cold sleeper” then you might want to augment with some fleece pants, loose fleece or wool socks, and a fleece top. Have...
  35. Nice report! I’d love to hear your reflection on...

    Nice report! I’d love to hear your reflection on your shoes….would you bring boots next time or stick with trail runners?
  36. Jellyfish has a nice video series where she...

    Jellyfish has a nice video series where she documents how she made her zippered bugnet hammock.
    https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCis_G8K3XHk0hyKBcdsckZw/videos
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    Hi from Durham! I use 25ft of zing it with...

    Hi from Durham! I use 25ft of zing it with Prusiks made with LashIt to attach tarp. I like the ZingIt, but my prusiks don’t always hold and will slip. I switched to using a Klemheist friction...
  38. I used this video to convince my 15 yr old to...

    I used this video to convince my 15 yr old to visit Stone Mountain SP this past June during a few week days. The weather was humid and relatively warm with lots of cloud cover and temperatures...
  39. Thanks for producing and sharing this video. As...

    Thanks for producing and sharing this video. As with your others, I appreciate the extra time it takes when solo to place the camera, get footage of hiking, then retrace your steps. I bet you add...
  40. Thoughts from first DIY: Hexon 1.6, Hexon 1.0, nanoseeum

    TLDR: Hexon 1.6 is easy to work with. Nanoseeum mesh is tricky. Hexon 1.0 is slippery and a pain. Unless you already know what youíre doing. I did better after watching JellyFishís videos.

    After...
  41. Haiku tribute to hammock forums.net and DIY

    I got into hammocks last summer - started with an old ENO doublenest. After a chilly night with a small hammock and no underquilt, I found hammockforums.net. Iíve been falling down the rabbit hole...
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    Very nice! Glad to read the Walmart packable...

    Very nice! Glad to read the Walmart packable throws kept you warm. I’m always looking for the cheapest option as new Scouts ask to try hammock camping. This also a great, low effort entry point to...
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    1. The biggest advantage is weight/length ratio....

    1. The biggest advantage is weight/length ratio. With a whoopie sling, I can get lots of distance for a few grams. This is most useful for folks packbacking.
    2. Cost to replace - I can make these...
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    It would not be any more dangerous than hanging...

    It would not be any more dangerous than hanging from a couple of tree in your yard. The stand isnít very tall, and lightning is more likely to strike a tall, non-metal object than your low metal...
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    I havenít seen any study specific to hammocks vs...

    I havenít seen any study specific to hammocks vs tents, but there is a general safety rule for lightning: Donít be (or be near/under) the tallest thing around e.g. the only trees.

    So Iíd suggest...
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    Pisgah NF has also ended camping along the AT, at...

    Pisgah NF has also ended camping along the AT, at least for a while. I hope this is an unusual year and not the new normal for these areas.
    ...
  47. Nice. Very nice. I’m eyeing a trip to that area...

    Nice. Very nice. I’m eyeing a trip to that area in the next 8 weeks to escape the heat of central NC. Do you know your total vertical ascent? On the map, it looks a like a lot more up and down...
  48. I took 2 old hair bands and wrapped those around...

    I took 2 old hair bands and wrapped those around the clews where they join to a split ring. When I need to pack up, I slide one hair band coil down to the base of the UQ, which binds all the clews...
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    Bought some bags from the local Dollar store. ...

    Bought some bags from the local Dollar store. Inflated and got comfy. This seems to work! And then the POP and a deflated bag. I tried a couple of others, all with the same result. I guess the...
  50. Jared / SLD is making an Apex top quilt, and he’s...

    Jared / SLD is making an Apex top quilt, and he’s famous for turning around quality work very quickly. Depending on length and width, you can get a 40 degree quilt at under 20 oz for a better price...
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