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  1. SC/GA/NC/TN -> Southern Appalachian 500

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    Iím trying out a long form trip report. Weíll see how it goes.

    PART 1: The Route

    https://caltopo.com/m/LFRG
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  2. Well the real Haven hammock is over $200 so 99%...

    Well the real Haven hammock is over $200 so 99% doubt this is the real thing. Probably similar to the Amok scams going on during Facebook.
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    Thank ya. I need to check that out. We did a...

    Thank ya.

    I need to check that out. We did a side trip on Saturday night and hung over near Whitetop Mountain.
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    VA-> Grayson Highland / Mt Rogers

    Grayson Highlands once again serving up equal parts beauty and sublime power as the wind blew from 5 directions under the moonlight. Thank you old friend....
  5. Quick trip report. Chappy and I hiked around...

    Quick trip report.
    Chappy and I hiked around Whitetop Mtn / Buzzard Rock area Sat/Sun. Camped in a DIY dry place that we had to ourselves. Clouds rolled in that night. ...
  6. Yea kinda tough to find any solitude thatís for...

    Yea kinda tough to find any solitude thatís for sure. Pretty much weekdays and shoulder season if you can. I donít mind the crowds - seems I can usually find a place with some quiet especially if you...
  7. Not sure what it includes - it is Grayson County...

    Not sure what it includes - it is Grayson County so one could call them if inclined. If it was state level ban, then Iím pretty sure stoves like propane are ok which I loosely interpret as canister...
  8. I updated the original post with pricing info...

    I updated the original post with pricing info since I just reserved a spot.

    $8 per car per night plus a one time $5 fee for whatever. Looks like they reserve out 40 spots - thatís the highest...
  9. Grayson Highlands requires reservations for backcountry parking

    Heads up.
    Parking for the backcountry lot has always cost $ but you could pay at the entrance station.
    Reservations are now required in advance to park in that lot.
    Guessing this will cause...
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    Looks like a great trip Swampfox. That pic of the...

    Looks like a great trip Swampfox. That pic of the cooler on the kayak - wow.
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    Beautiful.

    Beautiful.
  12. Yíall have a good time. Wish I could make the...

    Yíall have a good time.
    Wish I could make the fall hang but wedding anniversary and kid home from college has me staying at home - no complaints but I do miss hanging at Grayson.
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    Cost of Going Lighter

    Yep well said. Thatís how it is for me - the number of purchases decreased and anything else really gets a lot of scrutiny.

    Iíd add itís also nice once you have all this to not weigh everything...
  14. New bridge, interesting ideas. What does Just Bill think?

    Thereís a thread on the Haven... this may help if you havenít seen it. If you have the ignore.

    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/155515-Anyone-see-this-kickstarter-Haven-tent
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    The persistent DCF water weight myth

    Back to the original post... are we saying DCF doesnít absorb water but will retain it via surface tension? Whereas other fabrics will likely absorb and retain via surface tension?

    Iím probably...
  16. Another together unless wet or sappy

    Another together unless wet or sappy
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    I donít have that tarp but the one time I had...

    I donít have that tarp but the one time I had water come through my tarp ridgeline was when water pooled along the seam because a pole mod created a valley for it to collect.
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    The persistent DCF water weight myth

    Good stuff.

    Is this another way to look at it?

    Assuming the DCF tarp retains water at the same rate as a Silpoly or SilNylon (for example doubling the dry weight)... doubling the weight a...
  19. Enjoy! Iím jealous

    Enjoy! Iím jealous
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    Iím also in the 11í tarp for 11í hammock club. ...

    Iím also in the 11í tarp for 11í hammock club.
    And instead of a longer tarp ridgeline I prefer doors (I have the standard with doors).
    Iíve run into enough situations in the mountains here where...
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    Iím not aware of any videos like this. You...

    Iím not aware of any videos like this.

    You might want to reach out to the Palmetto State hangers to see how they work with the state parks in South Carolina. Iíve been to some of their hangs...
  22. Good to see we are consistent in our answers :)

    Good to see we are consistent in our answers :)
  23. If you have the newer straps and buckles, watch...

    If you have the newer straps and buckles, watch this.

    https://youtu.be/lBvgGC6v8nE

    If your buckle does not have the little cord on it, you have the older style.
    Watch this....
    ...
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    Sounds like a great trip. Been on my list to do...

    Sounds like a great trip.
    Been on my list to do this section one day. Probably would have been easier to do when I lived in Portland :)
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    Thanks for sharing. Something I always wants to...

    Thanks for sharing. Something I always wants to do.
  26. FS: Iím in for bundle 2

    Iím in for bundle 2
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    Welcome from the Queen City.

    Welcome from the Queen City.
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    They wouldnít be in my top 5 vendors to buy a...

    They wouldnít be in my top 5 vendors to buy a hammock setup. Take that with a grain of salt as I havenít used their hammock but many of their products seem to miss the mark on what I look for based...
  29. It looks like the setup process is real...

    It looks like the setup process is real intuitive.
    I would have loved that when my wife and 2 daughters were just starting. As it was it took me more time to explain about prussiks and MSHs than...
  30. I enjoyed the write up of some great spots. Next...

    I enjoyed the write up of some great spots. Next youíll have to hike the Mountains To Sea trail and connect all 3 areas :)
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    Posts in the Introduce Yourself forum donít...

    Posts in the Introduce Yourself forum donít count. It was put in place so folks donít run up their post counts just to get 50 to sell things. And now you know :)
  32. Put me down for # 2 thanks

    Put me down for # 2 thanks
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    Iíve hung on the Lumber River SP near Boardman...

    Iíve hung on the Lumber River SP near Boardman and it was nice. Not in this heat though.
  34. FS: Iím in for bundle 2

    Iím in for bundle 2
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    Did you close and restart the browser?

    Did you close and restart the browser?
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    I have a amsteel continuous loops on the ends of...

    I have a amsteel continuous loops on the ends of my hammock so the shoeline goes on that - not an issue bunching up. But I could see how it would on the webbing. Does your webbing attach directly to...
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    I was able to access the site just now.

    I was able to access the site just now.
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    Looks like a sufferfest :)

    Looks like a sufferfest :)
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    I also put together a list of tips here on...

    I also put together a list of tips here on rain... also a sticky in this sub forum.

    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/149559-20-tips-for-hammock-camping-in-the-rain
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    Yea literal twists in the webbing between the...

    Yea literal twists in the webbing between the tree and the hammock. That allows less water to gather up on the webbing before it hits your water break.

    Totally jealous of the hike. Used to live...
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    Yep cotton shoestrings work great. Also if you...

    Yep cotton shoestrings work great.
    Also if you use webbing in your hammock suspension, put a few twists in it - amazing how much water will flow down it if it is flat.
    And be sure the drip lines...
  42. I went with zpacks zline on the 4 main tie outs...

    I went with zpacks zline on the 4 main tie outs and shock cord on the doors with Line Lock Hooks from Dutch.

    I use an marlin spike hitch to connect the guylines to the stake. Simple.
    Of course...
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    Another here with an 11í Standard DCF with doors....

    Another here with an 11í Standard DCF with doors. Been through some big rain storms without an issue under it. I started out a little worried since I came from using a SuperFly but never had an...
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    I side sleep with my knees up sometimes. Iíve...

    I side sleep with my knees up sometimes. Iíve found an 11í gathered end works best for me.
  45. Best knot for rigging tarp/hammock guylines to ground

    You could. Good choice to crank it down.
    I still use the MSH in this case.
    Iíll wrap the line around the root a few times then still attach the line via MSH to a stake.
  46. I keep it simple and use an MSH. Quick to tie...

    I keep it simple and use an MSH. Quick to tie and later release.
  47. Loki this is referencing the Shining Rock...

    Loki this is referencing the Shining Rock requirement I believe. Not required at John Rock.
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    Awesome. That is a great section of trail. Glad...

    Awesome.
    That is a great section of trail. Glad you got to see it. And not any easy section. Iíve had my butt kicked going up some of those hills. And the downhill can be relentless too. Iíve...
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    So what did you end up doing with your food at...

    So what did you end up doing with your food at night PG?

    Did you go from Carvers Gap to 19E or some other route?

    With the heat we are having Iím sure you stuff will dry in no time.
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    I donít believe one method rules them all. Iíve...

    I donít believe one method rules them all. Iíve switched back and forth over the years and currently settled on split ridgelines.
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