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  1. Z line is a spectra core line with a woven dacron...

    Z line is a spectra core line with a woven dacron sheath around it to protect the spectra. As such, you can't splice it or make it into whoopies or UCR's since it is not a hollow braid like amsteel...
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    No problem

    No problem
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    Those are "tarp keys" made by forum member...

    Those are "tarp keys" made by forum member Bloomgore. You can find out more about them on his website...

    http://smartoutdoors.webs.com/apps/webstore/products/show/2428459
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    I just ordered 4yds of XL (grey). Now we shall...

    I just ordered 4yds of XL (grey). Now we shall see if an 11' x 6' gathered end hammock can replace my Ridgerunner. If so, then I may just have to purchase some of the 0.5 noseeum netting to make a...
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    Thanks Paul. This is now on my list of future...

    Thanks Paul. This is now on my list of future purchases. Not only is it lighter than what I currently use, but it also looks a bit easier to clean.
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    Super Dinner Bivy weight?

    I'm in the market for a new freezer bag cozy. Does anyone know how much the Super Dinner Bivy weighs? Mr. Gibson?

    I did a few web searches that seemed to indicate "less than an ounce", but I...
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    Edelrid 19g is the lightest climbing rated biner...

    Edelrid 19g is the lightest climbing rated biner that I know of. I bought mine off of Amazon, but they appear to only be available as a quickdraw set currently on Amazon.
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    Yer gonna die! [emoji6]

    Yer gonna die! [emoji6]
  9. Saw today that the bear they trapped and killed...

    Saw today that the bear they trapped and killed was the wrong bear. The DNA test did not match. The park shot another bear, but was not able to track it, so they are not sure if it is dead. They...
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    Reminds me of a movie with the Governator in...

    Reminds me of a movie with the Governator in it......

    https://youtu.be/9v-33jcEDk4
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    Be careful with the cat cuts on the side. I have...

    Be careful with the cat cuts on the side. I have one of simply light designs streamliner hammocks with the cat cuts on the sides. It is comfy, but the fabric has some pretty good sag. The sag...
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    I was just reading some stuff from Andrew Skurka...

    I was just reading some stuff from Andrew Skurka (30,000+ trail miles all over the world). He most commonly uses his food bag as a pillow.

    As for me, I prefer to hang my food away from me. My...
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    double post.... removed

    double post.... removed
  14. sharp things

    Knives are such a personal choice.... I have a drawer full of them, and I still am not satisfied. I want something light, but with lots of utility.

    Leatherman Juice S2 4.4oz - pliers, blade,...
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    T-Rex. I use a Exped Synmat UL7 LW mat in mine...

    T-Rex. I use a Exped Synmat UL7 LW mat in mine with no issues. The wide sizes are pretty necessary for me.
  16. Woah SGT Rock! Haven't seen you in these parts...

    Woah SGT Rock! Haven't seen you in these parts for a while. Been wondering what kind of new innovations you have been coming up with.
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    FS: That is a great price for Tenkara USA's most...

    That is a great price for Tenkara USA's most recent rod. The Sato can be set at 10'8"/11'10"/12'9" lengths so you can use it for different situations. Good luck selling it. I imagine it wont last...
  18. I'm neither a looper nor a clipper.... I'm a...

    I'm neither a looper nor a clipper.... I'm a biner.

    Looping isn't very convenient since I use Ti cinch buckles and 12' straps for my ridgerunner. Ti dutch clips work fine, but I noticed a bit of...
  19. Dutch, Another option would be to pick a...

    Dutch,

    Another option would be to pick a neutral color like gray or olive, and make that the standard color. Stock the standard color in 10' and 11'. Then make the different colors and lengths...
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    Your all welcome. Backpacker is still a good...

    Your all welcome.

    Backpacker is still a good publication. I will still occasionally pick up their gear guide or an issue with a particular story that interests me. But for the most part, I don't...
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    A good alternative is Trail Groove magazine. It...

    A good alternative is Trail Groove magazine. It is free and has some pretty good articles and information. Some of the contributors are very experienced hikers.

    http://www.trailgroove.com/
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    Glad I could bring a smile to your face. ...

    Glad I could bring a smile to your face. Picoseeum may be a bit obscure, but it makes sense to me.

    Maybe something "UL 0.47 Noseeum Netting" might be a more descriptive name though... (where...
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    Hmmm... thru-hiker.com calls 0.67oz/sq-yd...

    Hmmm... thru-hiker.com calls 0.67oz/sq-yd material Nanoseeum. So maybe you could call RBTR's Picoseeum.
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    Billygoat, Unfortunately, sometimes having a...

    Billygoat,

    Unfortunately, sometimes having a shelter night is unavoidable. I use a double layer bridge hammock with an exped LW pad. This system works great when I do have to stay in a shelter...
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    Billy Goat and Flounder, I would be careful...

    Billy Goat and Flounder,

    I would be careful going on what the ranger told you, because that is not what their regulations actually say. If you are a thru-hiker and have a valid thru hiker's...
  26. High on Le Conte blog puts up daily status...

    High on Le Conte blog puts up daily status updates that indicate temperatures, snow amounts, and sometimes what trails have been broken after snow. It is centered on the trails leading up to Le...
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    From the Rules and Regulations printed on the...

    From the Rules and Regulations printed on the GSMNP official trail map.
    http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/upload/GSMNP-Map_JUNE14-complete4-2.pdf

    6. Use of tents and hammocks at shelters is...
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    I second the Mt. Cammerer hike. There is a great...

    I second the Mt. Cammerer hike. There is a great stone fire lookout tower at the top with a glass enclosed room surrounded by a porch. Great place to hang out and eat lunch. Mt. Cammerer is a...
  29. Davenport Gap is a nice shelter, but it was one...

    Davenport Gap is a nice shelter, but it was one of the early ones that they renovated in the Smokies. Here is what some of the others look like. Note the high windows, covered porch area, benches,...
  30. All of the shelters along the Appalachian Trail...

    All of the shelters along the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park used to have chain link fences across the front. The idea being that you would take your food into the...
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    I love my dutch Ti cinch buckles! I was...

    I love my dutch Ti cinch buckles!

    I was tempted to go away from my strap suspension (on my bridge hammock) to go with speed hooks, but I decided to wait and see. I weigh in at 270, so I wanted to...
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    I'm in! Great idea for a giveaway. Thanks for...

    I'm in!

    Great idea for a giveaway. Thanks for your generosity.
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    Steve, The best place to start for GSMNP trip...

    Steve,

    The best place to start for GSMNP trip planning is downloading the latest backcountry map from the park. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/upload/GSMNP-Map_JUNE14-complete4-2.pdf

    It...
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    Robblandon, It is against park regulations to...

    Robblandon,

    It is against park regulations to sleep in your hammock at a shelter, unless you are a thru hiker with a valid thru hiker permit. To be considered a thru hiker, on must start their...
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    Yeah, I kind of feel the same way. I have met...

    Yeah, I kind of feel the same way. I have met some really great people staying in the shelters over the years. But invariably, my thoughts on the shelters are darkened by several less than...
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    Plan your first night at campsite 113 where you...

    Plan your first night at campsite 113 where you can use your hammocks. It is the former sight of Birch Springs Gap shelter. They have taken out the shelter and put in tent platforms. That would...
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    Just a word of caution on the carbon fiber...

    Just a word of caution on the carbon fiber spreader bar....

    There have been multiple reported failures of carbon fiber spreader bars when used as head and foot end spreader bars on bridge hammocks...
  38. I was in the Smokies a few weeks ago when they...

    I was in the Smokies a few weeks ago when they had a massive rain (5.5") and 80MPH wind gusts. When we were setting up camp for the night, I had trouble finding good trees because the cleared area...
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    These rubber bumpers at AHE work great. They...

    These rubber bumpers at AHE work great. They mostly stay in place, are easy to use, don't require loose hardware, are extremely light, and they are super cheap. I'm glad I bought them to give me a...
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    BillyBob, cuben durability is a matter of debate....

    BillyBob, cuben durability is a matter of debate.

    I think the general consensus is that cuben is not as abrasion resistant as silnylon. So for applications like backpacks, you have to be careful...
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    Request: Dutch, design a keychain Ti...

    Request:

    Dutch, design a keychain Ti bottle/can opener with dutchwaregear.com engraved/stamped/etched/relief carved/woodburned(?) on the side of it. Great promotional doohickey, and an easy way...
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    Thanks UrsaMajor. I have been treating my cuben...

    Thanks UrsaMajor. I have been treating my cuben carefully up til now, and was concerned about how it would fare in some really rough weather.

    If anything, this experience has given me new...
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    It was a very strange night. It would go from...

    It was a very strange night. It would go from normal light amounts of wind, to massive wind gusts that lasted just a minute or two, and then back to calm. I did get some sleep, but very little. ...
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    Dutch, Oh man, it was a mess of a trip. Check...

    Dutch,

    Oh man, it was a mess of a trip. Check out my quick reviews on your Wasps and on my HG cuben tarp to see a bit more information on the weather. 80MPH gusts of wind and falling trees which...
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    My method: Roll up tarp and stuff it in...

    My method:

    Roll up tarp and stuff it in storage sack. Wind up ridgeline tightly around tarp stuff sack. This is much quicker to wind up this way than using the figure 8 hank, causes less hand...
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    EXTREME weather vs HG custom cuben tarp

    I just got back last night from a 5 day trip in the Smokies where I got to put my custom HG cuben tarp to the test against some particularly nasty weather. Adam made me a 0.52 cuben tarp to work...
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    EXTREME weather vs Dutch Wasp

    I use a continuous zing-it ridgeline over my tarp. At one end I have a Dutch Hook and at the other end I used to use a Dutch Flyz, but I was starting to look for alternatives because it was...
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    EXTREME weather vs Dutch Ti Cinch Buckle

    I loved my original dutch cinch buckles, but I just replaced them with the Ti version to save a little bit of weight. I use them with my bridge hammock at 20-25 degrees with warbonnet 1" poly...
  49. On my bridge hammock, I made the loops on the...

    On my bridge hammock, I made the loops on the amsteel dogbones large enough that I could just take the two loops together and larks head them onto the cinch buckle. It works great. But when my...
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    I find cinch buckles easier to work with than the...

    I find cinch buckles easier to work with than the two part triangle thingies that Warbonnet uses. The cinch buckles are much easier to adjust.

    I just put the new Ti buckles on my Ridgerunner...
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