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  1. Sorry I missed Friday night but I did get to hang...

    Sorry I missed Friday night but I did get to hang with the Savages on Saturday (p.s. cold is just a relative state of mind…��). Thank you Phantom for organizing and Taz for the most excellent...
  2. Thanks for sharing this. I spent a lot of time in...

    Thanks for sharing this. I spent a lot of time in the 80s as a teenager along the AT in North Carolina and committed to hiking it at some point. I’ve done plenty of section hikes but not sure when/if...
  3. Phantom - thought I had a conflict this weekend...

    Phantom - thought I had a conflict this weekend but appears to have cleared so I may add myself to the list. Saturday for sure and maybe Friday depending on work. No bears in the Uwharries like at...
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    You can do it, especially with getting your kit...

    You can do it, especially with getting your kit dialed in for lower weight. not sure if youíve seen any of Early Riserís videos but he did it in 3 days banging out 20+ milers. Iím not doing those...
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    I’d like to thru hike the trail, probably on an...

    I’d like to thru hike the trail, probably on an aggressive miles per day calendar given it’s tough for me to get consecutive days off work. Also up for joining anyone on section hikes and staging...
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    I use CRLs too for the same reason, although I...

    I use CRLs too for the same reason, although I did have a hell of a time this winter with my hands being so cold in the Smokies that I could not get the prusiks to release from the main line. Both...
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    Thanks. The used Minifly I’m looking at has the...

    Thanks. The used Minifly I’m looking at has the gridstop like your Mambajamba. The Thunderfly I have looks exactly like yours. The owner has the original order sheet which does specify 20D silpoly,...
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    Warbonnet 20D Silpoly Tarps

    Can anyone confirm if Warbonnet is now using a Xenon silpoly with gridstop vs the non-gridstop version? My Thunderfly is smooth with no gridstop but Iím looking at a used one that has a grid pattern....
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    FS: Sold on another forum.

    Sold on another forum.
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    FS: Dream Hammock Darien

    Listing my DH Darien RTS in the 1.2 MTN XL Foliage Green - 11' x 64" wide. Iíve decided to switch to a symmetrical hammock so putting this one up for sale.

    Itís an assym right lay with the .9...
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    I have the wider winter mesh version and think it...

    I have the wider winter mesh version and think it would be fine with an UQ and sleeping bag. My 20 degree top quilt isnít that much smaller than my down bag and it all fits nicely.
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    I have the 2QZQ and it’s fine, does the job of...

    I have the 2QZQ and it’s fine, does the job of wind break nicely. I’ve also seen the Warbonnet version with top cover in action on a Blackbird XLC. The integration seemed well done and the owner was...
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    Thanks - the orange thread does seem to contrast...

    Thanks - the orange thread does seem to contrast well with the olive nylon. No gear pouch, but I did get Jared to make me a detachable peak shelf for the head end. That’s included in the 16oz weight....
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    Thanks. It’s a tick over 16oz with the windshield...

    Thanks. It’s a tick over 16oz with the windshield removed. And ~20oz with it zipped in for winter mode. I know some of the ultralight fabrics or netless could have gotten me lighter, but I like the...
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    New Trail Lair

    I ordered a new 11' hammock from Jared for my backpacking trips. I wanted it lightweight but also modular for all season camping. After canvassing the forum for some fabric opinions, I chose to go...
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    Appending to this thread rather than starting...

    Appending to this thread rather than starting anew. Smkymtns and I completed the ~26 mile loop including Chestnut Branch to the AT, over to Crammer Ridge Fire Tower and then up the AT to Cosby Knob...
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    So I take it from reading these comments that at...

    So I take it from reading these comments that at user weights closer to the 200lb stated limit (i.e. 180-190lbs), best to stay away from Cloud 71, Monolite 1.0, HyperD 1.0, and stick to MTN 1.2 or a...
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    Thanks for the suggestion. It’s an interesting...

    Thanks for the suggestion. It’s an interesting fabric for sure but I’d be concerned it would prove too fragile for my weight and intended use. I hike/camp in some pretty remote locations so while...
  19. FS: Do you know what the material is on the asym...

    Do you know what the material is on the asym tarp? Do you know the weight? Thx
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    Lightweight Hammock Material

    I'm considering ordering a second hiking hammock made out of either the mtn 1.2 XL material or Dutch's Hexon 1.2. I don't need/want a hammock wider than 60", so I would trim the mtn XL to save weight...
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    chef4 - thanks for the notes and thoughts about...

    chef4 - thanks for the notes and thoughts about your trip - very helpful. What length mesh skin/catchall did you use for the hammock and quilts? Are longer ones any more effective/easy for stringing...
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    Great pics as always Pat. Sorry I missed this...

    Great pics as always Pat. Sorry I missed this one. Seems like you weaved the weather window perfectly this time.
  23. Three of us (smkymtns, El Gordo, and me)...

    Three of us (smkymtns, El Gordo, and me) attempted the full section hike from Hughes Gap to 19e back in Oct. It rained the first two days and turned to freezing rain/sleet/snow the first night at...
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    Closing thread.

    Closing thread.
  25. I just took my Superfly and hammock kit down to...

    I just took my Superfly and hammock kit down to 24 degrees for a back yard test drive. Very versatile tarp and enjoy the full door coverage.
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    Bump. Will also consider other 0 degree UQ...

    Bump. Will also consider other 0 degree UQ options if they’re backpack friendly. Thx.
  27. I enjoyed this too, especially the drone footage....

    I enjoyed this too, especially the drone footage. I had a similar experience recently on the AT at Thomas Knob wearing trail runners. Temps dropped to freezing and we got some snow and sleet. Wish I...
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    JRB Greylock 4

    Looking for a Greylock 4 (0f) underquilt. Prefer the green but orange works too. Thanks.
  29. Timber Rattlesnake / Canebrake. They can also be...

    Timber Rattlesnake / Canebrake. They can also be dark gray / black in the mountains here.
  30. Sounds like a Copperhead, or a Timber...

    Sounds like a Copperhead, or a Timber Rattlesnake. Both inhabit the gorge and are poisonous so good thing you didn’t step on it.
  31. Glad you all had a good trip. Water is usually...

    Glad you all had a good trip. Water is usually more plentiful there unless you’re on the northern ridge line trail between 109 and Yates. We’ve had a rather dry fall so the streams have been low. I...
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    https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Shortoff-M...

    https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Shortoff-Mountain/forecasts/890

    when I was there last week it stayed in the high 60s overnight on the LGT near the river, felt very humid too. When I camped...
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    A few of us did the Ellicott Rock Wilderness loop...

    A few of us did the Ellicott Rock Wilderness loop back in May which included sections of the Chattooga River Trail and Foothills Trail. I kept commenting how nice it was not to have to carry much...
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    Nice trip report! Too bad about your distance...

    Nice trip report! Too bad about your distance falling short, but sounds like you all made the right choice. I hope to do Oconee to Table Rock this winter or early spring. My load out with food and...
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    I just finished the south loop in my Saucony...

    I just finished the south loop in my Saucony Peregrines. They were fine on the rock trails and my feet didn’t overheat. My brother came along this time and wore mid cut boots (Keen Targhees). He said...
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    BTW - if you use the Avenza maps some of the...

    BTW - if you use the Avenza maps some of the water sources noted on the map (on the east rim) are dry. The pipe at Shortoff was flowing well as were most of the streams off the LGT on west side. If...
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    haha. Excellent tip. OneClick, I just got...

    haha. Excellent tip.

    OneClick, I just got back Tuesday from another ITAYG southern loop. The water levels were higher than my last trip back in April. They usually go down in the fall but we’ve...
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    Jared makes them in 13’ ...

    Jared makes them in 13’

    https://www.simplylightdesigns.com/collections/tarp-accessories/products/single-skin-stuff-sack
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    Mods - this thread can be closed. Thank you.

    Mods - this thread can be closed. Thank you.
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    Bump. Still looking.

    Bump. Still looking.
  41. Thanks. We did the loop over a Sunday/Monday so...

    Thanks. We did the loop over a Sunday/Monday so not very crowded on the trails or campsites. We only saw 3 other campers while hiking the loop. The Park also requires you to reserve the dispersed...
  42. GSMNP - Noland Divide / Deep Creek Trail Loop

    Did ~19 mile loop in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last weekend with El Gordo. We chose a single overnight loop starting at the Deep Creek Trail Head within the Deep Creek Campground...
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    Underquilt Protector

    Looking for a light weight (Argon 90?) underquilt protector std length for an 11' gathered end hammock. Figured I'd try here first before buying new in case anyone has one not being put to good use....
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    PG - do they have bears in Uwharrie? Watch out...

    PG - do they have bears in Uwharrie? Watch out for that food bag tied to your suspension…

    I’m going to try to make it although my wife may have scheduled me to be out of town that weekend. I’ll...
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    Checked out your Lighterpack list. Impressive...

    Checked out your Lighterpack list. Impressive piece of kit so I don’t have much to add. Your pack is considerably larger than what I would normally carry for most trips but I see you are packing near...
  46. NC > GSMNP Noland Divide/Deep Creek loop 9/19 - 9/20

    Doing an impromptu overnight loop in the Smokies next weekend. Starting Sunday morning and doing the Noland Divide -> Deep Creek Loop with an overnight on the deep Creek side. El Gordo is joining and...
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    I have a 12’ tapered mesh snake skin with the...

    I have a 12’ tapered mesh snake skin with the pockets on the end to tuck in my CRL. I like it for the reason CVKealey states plus I don’t use a stuff sack and simply store it on the mesh exterior...
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    Thanks for adding your recap and pics to the...

    Thanks for adding your recap and pics to the thread Pat. Your photos are stunning, last one looks like a panoramic post card. Sorry we missed each other on the trail. A few of us are contemplating...
  49. Thread: Touch Me Not

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    DB - is there a big weight volume/difference...

    DB - is there a big weight volume/difference between your hammock kit and the SMD solo? And I know it’s not UL but do you ever bring lw sandals to deal with wet feet at camp after hitting trails like...
  50. Thread: Touch Me Not

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    Thanks for bringing us along DB. I’m amazed at...

    Thanks for bringing us along DB. I’m amazed at how efficient you kit and Kumo seem to be. Parts of that trail look like game trails down this way - lots of overgrowth and infrequent foot traffic.
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