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    Sounds a little scary. I've came face to face...

    Sounds a little scary.

    I've came face to face with a good sized bobcat (about 18" - 20" high shoulders) once. I was hiking alone while following an animal trail along a contour of a hill. The...
  2. Thread: Stealth Camping?

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    Kankujoe - I belive in some bright stuff. I have...

    Kankujoe - I belive in some bright stuff. I have a orange safety whistle attached to my yellow compass lanyard/string/necklace thing. Not so others can see me; but, so I am less apt to loose it in...
  3. Thread: Stealth Camping?

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    Good posts here and good responses. I stealth...

    Good posts here and good responses.

    I stealth to blend in and avoid anyone from detracting from my wilderness experience. Also, I like to keep my experience from distracting others.

    "stealth":...
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    I guess we must all be Alpha Dogs? Yep, dude...

    I guess we must all be Alpha Dogs?


    Yep, dude had some good slack-lining skills.
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    One disadvantage of this method is if a crafty...

    One disadvantage of this method is if a crafty critter does manage to get your food stash/backpack.... well its going to be tough to pack everything out in a shredded backpack.

    I usually sleep...
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    I thought about this same thing the first time I...

    I thought about this same thing the first time I set up. I wound up clipping one of my carabiners from the end of the tree hugger through the triangular adjustment rings as well so I would know...
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    Yeah..I wouldn't use my "good" straps. ;) ...

    Yeah..I wouldn't use my "good" straps. ;)

    Actually, some cable or chain and something like part of an old tire wrapped around the tree to protect it might be good. You wouldn't have to worry...
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    Yep, a cheap tarp is what I have suspended above my canoe. Outside..it only lasts a season and its done for, cheaper than a new canoe every year.

    I'd rather look at tree branches than a cheap...
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    I've had a few synthetic and natural fiber...

    I've had a few synthetic and natural fiber hammocks that I brought back from Mexico that I'd left up in the past. Even in the shade of trees they deteriorated quickly. I'm talking several weeks to...
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    Have a great time on the rocks! (Whew.. I'm...

    Have a great time on the rocks!

    (Whew.. I'm glad my BB is on the way) :D
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    There are some nice ideas in the other thread. ...

    There are some nice ideas in the other thread. Thanks salmonofdoubt for the link.

    Personally, I'd thought of building a wall on each side of my tarp out of blocks. All you really need is a...
  12. Thread: So Cal Hang!

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    I'd be into San Gorgonio if I could make it. ...

    I'd be into San Gorgonio if I could make it. Right now my schedule this fall is cRaZy. So I really don't know if and when I could make anything at this point.

    Will do my best to make it though....
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    That is good advice. Another thing I will...

    That is good advice.

    Another thing I will do.. is relive my bladder at strategic locations around my camp. Particularly by any trails, gaps between rocks, etc.. that any animal might use in...
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    I like to. For car/canoe camping I bring a...

    I like to. For car/canoe camping I bring a little camp pillow from REI. It's blue, about 9"x12" and works great.

    For backpacking.. I fold my fleece sweater (hard to describe how I do it.. you...
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    Poll: I voted for All-Cal; but, still think it would be...

    I voted for All-Cal; but, still think it would be good to do all three. (No option for that)

    Pretty much we could try to pick areas based on location/season. i.e. coastal or lower foothills in...
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    Looks like you did OK. I've had some serious...

    Looks like you did OK.

    I've had some serious misery in rain before. It gets easier with practice.. but after days of continual rain it gets harder and harder to keep stuff dry.

    A few tips-
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    You sound like a warm sleeper to me. On a...

    You sound like a warm sleeper to me.

    On a recent trip...

    A friend of mine used a zero degree bag and still thought it was cold out. (he is a cold sleeper)

    I was in a 35 degree bag just a...
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    Keep hiking.. you will start carrying them. I...

    Keep hiking.. you will start carrying them.

    I used to be "tough" and just wear shorts when raining.. (still a great tactic) but during cold weather/winds you really need something on your legs.
    ...
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    In ideal conditions, I try to hang just about...

    In ideal conditions, I try to hang just about high enough to pivot out and put on my shoes.. My hammock is best served as a bed.. and a chair.
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    They must get some sort of "hammock effect" as...

    They must get some sort of "hammock effect" as they do that.. Must be comforting.

    :D
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    Hollow nylon climbing webbing has stretch that...

    Hollow nylon climbing webbing has stretch that falls somewhere between a dynamic climbing rope and a static rope.

    When hanging a hammock.. you tend to use more/longer amounts of webbing.. which...
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    Poll: Funny, never heard about Johnsdale before. Looks...

    Funny, never heard about Johnsdale before. Looks like its in a nice area. Were you camping out there?

    If we ever do get to Big Sur there are some places to camp just south of the summit of...
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    Bears love hammocks

    It might have been posted before.. (I searched.. I really did!)

    But the safest place for food.. is not in your hammock!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rxNJPR94u0

    Pretty funny.. I like his...
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    Sticky: +1 Did the same. :D

    +1


    Did the same. :D
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    Nice photos! Thanks for sharing with us.. and...

    Nice photos!

    Thanks for sharing with us.. and more importantly with your son. Looks like you had a good trip.

    Makes me miss the Rockies.
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    From my experience as a ground dweller.. the...

    From my experience as a ground dweller.. the bottom is more important than the top.

    I used to work retail in the outdoor industry and had people complain about being cold in a 20* mummy bag. ...
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    Poll: Plowhorse brings up a good point about hunting...

    Plowhorse brings up a good point about hunting season. I'd think you'd be pretty safe in a NF campground area; but, it's something to consider if intending to make our own camp somewhere.

    I'd...
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    I wonder if it could charge your iPod during an...

    I wonder if it could charge your iPod during an electrical storm. :confused:
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    I just got back from a fogged in campout. I...

    I just got back from a fogged in campout. I needed to air/dry out my sil tarp once I got home.

    Basicly, anything with loft you need to store "loose"; anything else.. you need to make sure it is...
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    Poll: Yeah, central location could/would be key for me...

    Yeah, central location could/would be key for me and others. Just a bit south of Yosemite would be good for most. I'd prefer north.. but.. well. I live north. :D

    I did some car camping near...
  31. Thread: Straps, How Long

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    Poll: I'm using two nylon straps at 15' long each -...

    I'm using two nylon straps at 15' long each - hand sewen loops at one end of each strap. I intend to replace them with poly eventually.

    I might shorten them a bit; but, will try them long for...
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    Agreed. Thinsulate is garbage IMO. No loft,...

    Agreed. Thinsulate is garbage IMO. No loft, breaks down, just outright bites..
  33. Thread: Woohoo maybe??

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    I just checked the REI website and it didn't...

    I just checked the REI website and it didn't indicate the SMC rings were out of stock. I added them to my cart, no notice of being out of stock. Goto their main site and search for "SMC rings"
    ...
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    Down is the best as far as I am concerned. ...

    Down is the best as far as I am concerned.

    People here summed it up well.

    Down -

    Pro:
    -Compressibility
    -Lightest - Best/Warmth to weight ratio
    -Way more durable
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    I think the invention of bridge hammocks comes...

    I think the invention of bridge hammocks comes well before the existence of anyone alive today. I've seen hammocks with bridges from several different cultures. When researching the "hemp" hammocks...
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    Actually, I noticed that Rockwoods discription of...

    Actually, I noticed that Rockwoods discription of Taffeta lists it 40D to 70D. Most of the Taffeta fabric listed on their site does not specify what denier it is; but, the shipping weights vary.
    ...
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    There are lots of areas east of Sacramento to go...

    There are lots of areas east of Sacramento to go camping. Check out Desolation wilderness just west of Lake Tahoe. Lot's of summer cabins at the lake; but, the forest around there (north and south)...
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    Thanks for the heads up and info.. just curious.....

    Thanks for the heads up and info.. just curious.. Why are you going for the UL over the Pro?
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    Thanks for the quick response. I like light;...

    Thanks for the quick response.

    I like light; but, its not everything for me since I am not through-hiking and my backpack trips are pretty mellow nowdays.

    I've got an ENO for now and will...
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    Anyone know anything about this fabric? Nylon...

    Anyone know anything about this fabric?

    Nylon Taffeta Camouflage Fabric - NatGear

    ...
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    Sticky: "Another beer please", I asked in the best...

    "Another beer please", I asked in the best Spanish I could muster.

    I savoured my cold beer while relaxing and sitting alone in the shade of a beachside palapa in a small coastal town of southern...
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    Yep, Warbonnetguy has it right. The old style...

    Yep, Warbonnetguy has it right. The old style biners are more prone to failure from side loading, than the newer wire gate biners.

    With any carabiner, look for markings like 24(arrow symbol)kn. ...
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    Well.. doing some research I found a 5.8oz weave...

    Well.. doing some research I found a 5.8oz weave and 7.5 oz "summercloth" that look promising. I'm sure a hammock made from this would be pretty overbuilt. Any input?

    I could probably go...
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    I've have a white long sleeved hemp shirt that is...

    I've have a white long sleeved hemp shirt that is a favorite of mine in the tropics. It never retained odor any more than any other shirt I owned.. in fact, it has outlasted pretty much every other...
  45. Thread: Hemp fabric

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    I've been interested in using hemp for a hammock...

    I've been interested in using hemp for a hammock as well.

    I'd want to use it in warm/tropical areas and I am more concerned about breatheablity than I am with weight or even longevity.

    I've...
  46. Thread: Welded Rings?

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    Good to know about the hardware store rings. I...

    Good to know about the hardware store rings. I wasn't too sold on their quality; but, I was glad to try out rings in the backyard.

    I have some SMC's on order and they should be here later this...
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    I got some 2" diameter rings today at home depot....

    I got some 2" diameter rings today at home depot. They were $1.79 for a pair. The packaging lawyers say "not to support human weight" but the specs say they hold 200lbs each.

    Being made of...
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    DEET tends to weaken and discolour nylon, so I...

    DEET tends to weaken and discolour nylon, so I second the Permethrin ideas. You should be able to soak or wash it into your straps at home before use. Its intended for use on clothes - DEET is...
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    I worked in the outdoor industry years ago and...

    I worked in the outdoor industry years ago and was given a few of these as a gift from a SD rep. They are nothing more than a small hanging nylon pouch with a drawstring. The pouch can be adjusted...
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