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    There will be plenty of trees, big ones! So bring...

    There will be plenty of trees, big ones! So bring extra straps. You might want to call the parks to find out the official policy on hammocking. I know hammocks are frowned upon (ignorance), I'm not...
  2. My vote is for the " Minus 26 Minnesota Backpack...

    My vote is for the " Minus 26 Minnesota Backpack Hammock Quest On The SHT " video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jnoo4BPe2eo&feature=plcp

    My personal favorite, due to the fact this was the...
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    Very Cool! The only input I have so far is " 550...

    Very Cool! The only input I have so far is " 550 cord stretches."
    Hope that helps and good luck!

    Optimus
  4. Thanks everybody :) I'll have to take some...

    Thanks everybody :) I'll have to take some pictures of the flaps cut off.
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    +1 on Hobo'n (who doesn't like to slum it every...

    +1 on Hobo'n (who doesn't like to slum it every now and then?)

    And unicorns . . . That's hilarious :)
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    Here's a thread from a whiiiile back. It keeps me...

    Here's a thread from a whiiiile back. It keeps me dry ( I might have to scrunch a bit ) but I'm in California so that's not saying much :)
    ...
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    I like to bring one of my ukuleles. :boggle: ...

    I like to bring one of my ukuleles. :boggle:

    I have several, but my lightest is less than a pound (15oz) and small enough to fit inside the pack if it's raining (but usually rides on the...
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    Congrtas to the winners! Thanks for squeezing me...

    Congrtas to the winners! Thanks for squeezing me in after the bell.

    That was totally fun!

    With you in our community . . . We're all winners!

    Optimus :)
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    snap! missed it by thaaat much. lol Merry...

    snap! missed it by thaaat much. lol Merry Christmas Fronks :)
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    I'm so in! (awesome!) :)

    I'm so in! (awesome!) :)
  11. Been thinking about this . . . I am reminded of...

    Been thinking about this . . . I am reminded of the tarp-sag issue I experienced when I would attach my tarp ridgeline to my hammock suspension. When I got in the hammock everything sagged and my...
  12. I like the idea. It might be a challenge packing...

    I like the idea. It might be a challenge packing it up wet.
  13. How about down filled tubes made of Insultex.It...

    How about down filled tubes made of Insultex.It would add R value, be lighter than nylon, and it has a stiffer hand so that might help with the bunching issues. You might even be able to slide your...
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    Welcome from the Central Valley :)

    Welcome from the Central Valley :)
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    Welcome, to the forum! :)

    Welcome, to the forum! :)
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    Verrry nice RJ ! I liked the whole thing! ...

    Verrry nice RJ ! I liked the whole thing!

    I've made a few video's, but so far no narration. I'm not the biggest fan of my own voice, maybe someday.

    But you pulled it off beautifully, and...
  17. Poll: Foot end a bit higher. My top half is heavier so...

    Foot end a bit higher. My top half is heavier so at level, I slide toward my feet. With the foot end higher don't slide. That's the only difference I've noticed.
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    Awesome. Thanks for the tour Shug. I'm 31 and...

    Awesome. Thanks for the tour Shug. I'm 31 and just starting my "nut hut".
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    We missed you Shug! That was a good'un. Glad you...

    We missed you Shug! That was a good'un. Glad you had a safe drive home, and some time to have some fun.
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    Dinkey Lakes Wilderness near Shaver Lake,CA.,...

    Dinkey Lakes Wilderness near Shaver Lake,CA., Willow Meadow trailhead, the ridge beginning at Rainbow Lake up to Three Sisters Peak (high point but ridge continues).

    Don't tell everyone ;) It's...
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    Thanks for the kind words everyone, I sure feel...

    Thanks for the kind words everyone, I sure feel lucky to have such beautiful wilderness areas practically right in my back yard.

    One of these days I'll get a better camera, I'm still using my five...
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    Video: Ridgeline Ramble

    Hey everybody :)

    I went on a hike with two of my friends a few weeks back. It was awesome! . . . as always!

    Mapkin and I had our hammocks. Both reported fiddle factor. :confused: Odd...
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    Great pictures, it's so beautiful up there. Me...

    Great pictures, it's so beautiful up there. Me and a few buddies were up there in the beginning of the month and did the Three Sisters ridge all the way from Rainbow lake to the peak (Video coming...
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    Thank you

    Thanks everybody :) It's nice to go enjoy myself then come home and create something others can enjoy too, even if it's just for a few minutes.

    Molly thought her pack was a scuba tank as soon as...
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    The woods, the mountains, they call me. I live in...

    The woods, the mountains, they call me. I live in a long valley that I drive the length of nearly every day. I see them, I can't help but look. They always look different, but they're always the...
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    Fixed! (technical difficulties)

    Fixed! (technical difficulties)
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    Video: When in Roam

    Hey everybody, Finally got to take the Mrs. on her first hike!

    She's always loved camping, and marched plenty when she was in the Army, but this was her first real overnight hike . . . for fun. It...
  28. Awesome! The wolf . . . wow! and Congrats on the...

    Awesome! The wolf . . . wow! and Congrats on the 100th toutube video!
  29. Awesome! Much appreciated . . . It's a total...

    Awesome! Much appreciated . . . It's a total treat when you put out a new video!
  30. Awesome! Motivates me to get working on my...

    Awesome! Motivates me to get working on my woodburning set up.

    Optimus :)
  31. YESSS ! (what's my prize :lol:)The guyline is...

    YESSS ! (what's my prize :lol:)The guyline is what gave it away. Brilliant Shug! Wish I would have thought of it, I've been thinking about angles and how to add steady motion to the shot. Especially...
  32. That was great Shug, looking forward to pt.2 :) ...

    That was great Shug, looking forward to pt.2 :)

    The chase scene . . . hmmm . . . the best I can come up with is, the camera sorta wadded up in your tarp for padding, tossed away from you and . . ....
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    I was wondering what you've been up to Shug. Glad...

    I was wondering what you've been up to Shug. Glad to hear you've been busy, sure beats the alternative!

    Optimus :)

    (formerly Slopes)
  34. Thread: Wally Watch.

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    Clovis, Ca. - Converted Fresno (pinedale), Ca....

    Clovis, Ca. - Converted

    Fresno (pinedale), Ca. - fabric section

    Los Banos, Ca. - Converted

    Turlock, Ca. - fabric section

    Arroyo Grande, Ca. - fabric section
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    Poll: I use 12' straps. One day I hope to connect them...

    I use 12' straps. One day I hope to connect them via carabiners, around a single Giant Sequoia and hang in the hammock on the side of a single tree. Uncomfortable for sleeping, but whatta cool...
  36. Barefootchild - "I'll do my best." ;):lol:...

    Barefootchild - "I'll do my best." ;):lol: :: wondering to himself, how close the weight of 7,895 Optimus stoves is . . . to a jeep ::

    Moderators - Thanks for the changes made . . . and...
  37. Avalonmorn - I guess I should have researched the...

    Avalonmorn - I guess I should have researched the word optimus in the backpacking world . . . I'll just have to use the standard line. . .

    "no relation"

    ;)
  38. Poppabear - Thanks Terri :) Gargoyle - Dude,...

    Poppabear - Thanks Terri :)

    Gargoyle - Dude, that pic is badass :) We have the same join date, if your posts weren't so
    good I'd ask you to slow down (you're making me look bad) :lol:
  39. My new name trailname, or . . . same great service!

    Hey everyboby,

    When I first joined the Forum I needed a "handle" or "nickname", so I made one up. I was starting
    to get into skiing, and the idea of backcountry skiing, plus when I went hiking...
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    Hey Mapkin! Welcome aboard. Buckle up (or...

    Hey Mapkin! Welcome aboard.

    Buckle up (or more appropriately, strap down your wallet), cause it's a comfy ride!

    Everybody, Derek's a buddy of mine and is totally good people!

    But we gotta...
  41. Thread: HF Moderators.

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    Great job guys, We all appreciate the the hard...

    Great job guys, We all appreciate the the hard work.

    Slopes :)
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    Hammock of choice . . . DIY. I love to hear "you...

    Hammock of choice . . . DIY. I love to hear "you made that?".

    Slopes :)
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    Very Cool . . . let us know how it works ...

    Very Cool . . . let us know how it works

    Slopes :)
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    +1 for the clear nail polish. One coat, dry to...

    +1 for the clear nail polish. One coat, dry to still tacky, big drop plus a small over lapping (1/8") patch of the same material if you can extract one from another area.
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    Thanks Hawk-eye, That was truly awesome. Great...

    Thanks Hawk-eye, That was truly awesome. Great day out, but what a teaser I'd bet. Thanks for the trail work, something I aspire to participate more in.

    Slopes :)
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    That PCT HDTV cracked me up, thanks for the...

    That PCT HDTV cracked me up, thanks for the video.

    Slopes :)
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    Great video Shug. Looked like a great bunch to...

    Great video Shug. Looked like a great bunch to hike with, nice weather, and nice countryside. I'd imagine a large group like that would be alot of fun, never a dull moment . . . post-coffee of...
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    Thank's for all the kind words . . . my Dad got a...

    Thank's for all the kind words . . . my Dad got a kick out of it :)

    Trouthunter - we were climbing Bald Mountain near Shaver Lake, Western slope of the central Sierras. Beautiful area for sure. :)
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    Video: Father/Son Hike

    I took my Dad out on a short hike a few weeks ago. He has been a camper all his life (got me into the outdoors) but this was his first
    time "backpacking". He did great, impressed me, even pushed...
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    VID E O! VID E O! VID E O! Slopes :)

    VID E O! VID E O! VID E O!

    Slopes :)
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