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    I suppose so... they're so similar that one was...

    I suppose so... they're so similar that one was probably thought of as a variation of the other. I don't know how long tautline has been around but midshipman's must date back a few hundred years, so...
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    Yes, on the final wrap the Tautline is reversed,...

    Yes, on the final wrap the Tautline is reversed, goes in the same direction with Midshipmen's.
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    Excellent observations that apply to every one of...

    Excellent observations that apply to every one of us!

    The main thing is just to get out there and use whatever you've got.
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    I also do not condemn categorically, and I have...

    I also do not condemn categorically, and I have seen your hands-on reviews many times and appreciate them. They're a real service to the community.

    Wasting money when it is 'tight' is one thing,...
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    Yowza that thread got outta control in a hurry! ...

    Yowza that thread got outta control in a hurry!

    What would be helpful is for folks to do what Spiguyver did and have the product in question in hand to set up and review, and, even better,...
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    I think you did the right thing. Would have been...

    I think you did the right thing. Would have been an uncomfortable evening at best.

    And it's a lesson that will not soon be forgotten!
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    LOL wear those on the trail if you want people to...

    LOL wear those on the trail if you want people to leave you alone! :scared:
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    I did a 2-night trip a few days ago and took...

    I did a 2-night trip a few days ago and took along my Palace.

    First night featured a spiffy little breeze of about 10-15mph, which has a distinctive 'bite' when ambient temp is around 25°F. I...
  9. That is a gorgeous little peak and we passed it...

    That is a gorgeous little peak and we passed it many times while driving up Rt 16 on the way to Pinkham Notch, always saying we've got to hike that mountain some day. Finally got to do it about 20...
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    BTW another decent alternative is Kelty Triptease...

    BTW another decent alternative is Kelty Triptease, but Glowire has far better handling and tangle resistance in my experience, and I used Triptease quite a bit in years (okay, decades!) past.

    I...
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    It's like Star Wars Light Saber. :laugh: This...

    It's like Star Wars Light Saber. :laugh:

    This doesn't really do it justice, but you get the idea:

    https://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/7/4/1/1/4/glowire_night_shine_small.jpg
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    I don't know the weight/foot, but it is light...

    I don't know the weight/foot, but it is light enough given its characteristics of visibility, tangle resistance and great for knots/hitches. I've been happy with the 2mm stuff.

    I'm a fairly...
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    Even gorgeous-er!! Kudos for superb skill and...

    Even gorgeous-er!! Kudos for superb skill and craftsmanship! :boggle:
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    If you're wearing snowshoes, walk around your...

    If you're wearing snowshoes, walk around your hammock/tarp site and compact the snow before stringing up hammock or tarp. Depending upon how dry and/or unconsolidated the snow is, you might have to...
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    Looks great! Very respectable weight for a 20deg...

    Looks great! Very respectable weight for a 20deg synthetic. :boggle:
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    The 20oz weight is for the LW (77x25) according...

    The 20oz weight is for the LW (77x25) according to this, altho it is a mummy shape.
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    You can also shorten an Xtherm max by cutting off...

    You can also shorten an Xtherm max by cutting off excess and re-sealing it with a hot iron. I have one that was nominally 78" long, but even after inflating it—which actually shortens it compared to...
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    Almost certain that will work... pushes the...

    Almost certain that will work... pushes the dewpoint out. But the moisture will then collect in the blanket.
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    High relative humidity seems likely. The air...

    High relative humidity seems likely. The air contains a lot of water vapor so moisture from body and breathing that would normally evaporate has "nowhere to go" and condenses.
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    Looks cozy and well deployed, though the hammock...

    Looks cozy and well deployed, though the hammock itself isn't visible. Hopefully the foot end is a bit higher than head.

    Tree distance looks fine to me. I've hung with my 11' tarp having barely a...
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    OK, now you've gone and reminded me that I forgot...

    OK, now you've gone and reminded me that I forgot my Jack Daniel's last night. The campfire and cigar were good, though.

    And I drove over Bear Mountain Bridge on the way home this morning. It is a...
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    Sorry, clearly I misunderstood! :(

    Sorry, clearly I misunderstood! :(
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    Indeed, all in good fun. I'm UL now but I've...

    Indeed, all in good fun. I'm UL now but I've carried my share of heavy packs over the decades, and there's no more fervent preacher than the sinner saved. :laugh:
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    To be clear, RR, BMBH and the like (incl some of...

    To be clear, RR, BMBH and the like (incl some of JB's Towns End) are not technically bridge hammocks—as JB once explained—but spreader bar hammocks.

    And although I am not a bridge/spreader bar...
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    lol I was typing my missive as JB was posting...

    lol I was typing my missive as JB was posting his! :laugh:

    So I guess I'm that UL jerk. :lol: OK, I admit I was cringing at the mention of the BA modular system.

    To be fair, however, I only...
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    First, decide whether you want to go with a GE or...

    First, decide whether you want to go with a GE or bridge.

    If you decide to go with GE, simply get a lightweight setup, including UQ, and add an air mat to it. There are very few people who are...
  27. What you say about "Push your butt rearward, 'up...

    What you say about "Push your butt rearward, 'up the wall'" is, if I'm understanding correctly, achieved by having the foot end of the hammock higher. IIRC, the theory is that this is because most of...
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    I am using 2mm but some people prefer 2.5 or 3mm....

    I am using 2mm but some people prefer 2.5 or 3mm. (The cord in the photo above with the mooring hitch is some unknown 3mm, not Glowire, that came with the tent, which is a MLD Duomid.)

    My guess...
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    But you are right... look to people from cold...

    But you are right... look to people from cold climes to come up with easy knots... like the Lapp knot!
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    Haha, lotsa good ways to skin this cat! I also...

    Haha, lotsa good ways to skin this cat!

    I also like the stick and rock when I forget my stakes, which has happened exactly once in the last 25 years or so! I like your spiral idea, although I used...
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    Blake's hitch remains tied to the tarp D-rings so...

    Blake's hitch remains tied to the tarp D-rings so there's really nothing to tie after the initial rigging to tarp. I'm a firm believer in leaving ridge and guy lines attached to tarp. It's one less...
  32. TQ can be fudged easily by wearing down parka and...

    TQ can be fudged easily by wearing down parka and pants. I've used an optimistically rated 20°F top quilt down to -6°F this way.

    UQ not so easy to push.
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    For a deadman, use a stick and tie a mooring...

    For a deadman, use a stick and tie a mooring hitch to secure the guy line to the stake, leaving the tail exposed when burying. Yank the tail and it comes right out. If you use any kind of hardware,...
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    I've been using Blake's hitch...

    I've been using Blake's hitch with Lawson Glowire for a few years with no problems. It stays tied at the tarp end so no need to re-tie, and I use MSH at the stake end.
    ...
  35. You have received good advice above! An...

    You have received good advice above!

    An additional thing to consider if you're going to be out for several nights consecutively in extreme cold is the build-up of moisture. Over time, humid vapor...
  36. You're probably going to get at least some...

    You're probably going to get at least some condensation, so test in an easy in/out location before committing to take it deep into the hills. Some people claim buckets of condensation, some get...
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    It's ironic how the most prevalent problem in...

    It's ironic how the most prevalent problem in winter is overheating! Must vent/peel at the first sign of warmth.

    I'm glad for you and at the same time jealous that you have snow. :laugh:
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    I use 10' hammocks and 11' tarps so that...

    I use 10' hammocks and 11' tarps so that definitely should be taken into consideration.

    I did a hang once with a tree distance of about 11' (Copper Lake, Cascades) and it took a bit of "field...
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    We have a lot of oak, elm, beech, birch and...

    We have a lot of oak, elm, beech, birch and occasionally pine and cedar but I never use the evergreens around here (southern NY) although I have in Maine and the Cascades (WA)

    Come to think of it,...
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    4" min. diameter, about 15' (~5 steps) apart is...

    4" min. diameter, about 15' (~5 steps) apart is my guide.
  41. This section... edge stitching is not even, hem...

    This section... edge stitching is not even, hem is not finished, lapped unevenly, and what's the little patch below the door loops??

    Personally, I would suggest purchasing from one of the reliable...
  42. Hey, no offense, and buy what you want, but...

    Hey, no offense, and buy what you want, but you've been warned.

    Southerners are well familiar with the phrase "pig in a poke" and it applies here.
  43. See above. Zoom in on the photo of the doors and...

    See above. Zoom in on the photo of the doors and look at the stitching and the hems/edges. Even in a low-rez photo it screams crap.
  44. Just be careful and get some close-up photos. BPW...

    Just be careful and get some close-up photos. BPW is renowned for atrocious "workmanship." Zoom in on the stitching and hems on those doors and it looks as if it was made by a total noob.
  45. LOL a lot like what I do. :laugh: Short jaunts...

    LOL a lot like what I do. :laugh:

    Short jaunts into the woods late into the day when I want to test some piece of gear or other, or just a break from news/people/daily routine. Sometimes take a...
  46. I'm a no-hardware advocate, but for pitching...

    I'm a no-hardware advocate, but for pitching close to the ground LLs are hard to beat... you can tension the full length of the guy line right down to the ground.

    Michigandave makes a good point....
  47. I agree that 20D and 30D are going to be pretty...

    I agree that 20D and 30D are going to be pretty close in packed volume, with the nod going to 20D. You can also get 15D tarps these days, and Gossamer Gear and Enlightened Equipment have tarps that...
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    Yes, good description you have. J-Bend is MSH...

    Yes, good description you have. J-Bend is MSH with the CL acting as toggle, and then a slipped bight of the MSH tag end thru the CL keeps the CL from pulling back thru the MSH loop. Very clever...
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    Concur with Phantom. Funny that I've never...

    Concur with Phantom.

    Funny that I've never actually tried it, however Amsteel-to-Amsteel with J-bend doesn't slip, and if ever it was gunna...!! Also, I formerly used MSH with Zing-it for guy...
  50. So many places, but camping high on a peak is my...

    So many places, but camping high on a peak is my favorite because of the lofty views and dramatic sunrises and sunsets.

    Sunrise over Giant Ledge, Catskill Mtns, NY. The night before this was my...
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