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    Well, I would do the same test, however, in this...

    Well, I would do the same test, however, in this case the cotton would not be my material of choice. Polyester straps would be great- strong and no stretch unless the weave is loose. Nylon, not very...
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    troyji, Ooops! You are right that the...

    troyji, Ooops! You are right that the recommended bury length should be 3 to 3.5 fids. There is no doubt that a longer bury does add to the strength of the splice. Anyway, one can "get away" with...
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    Yes, of course you are right, a short bury would...

    Yes, of course you are right, a short bury would be inadequate just like a single overhand knot is inadequate. Early on, at least a couple years ago the hammocking community here became aware of...
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    Continous loops do look nice, but they are...

    Continous loops do look nice, but they are actually stronger than knots. Generally when ropes are put on a load test machine they fail at the knot. Right angle or greater bends in a rope make for a...
  5. Thread: Pct?

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    Posting my PCT Journal

    Forgot to post the URL for my PCT journal which is below. I am a little over a month from starting and so far, so good.

    I decided to order a Darien UL from Dream Hammocks which should be arriving...
  6. Thread: Pct?

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    You're right, I WOULD:) be surprised by the...

    You're right, I WOULD:) be surprised by the number of hanging opportunities in SoCal.

    In fact I do have a Zpacks hex tarp with doors, but I am giving serious thought to taking my Hyperlight HH...
  7. Thread: Pct?

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    enyapjr, Thanks for starting this thread. I am...

    enyapjr, Thanks for starting this thread. I am late to the party as usual, but I too am planning an attempt of the PCT in 2014. Like you I was hoping to do this with a hammock (with ground option...
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    Sticky: Whoopie- The name says it all :). Glad the...

    Whoopie- The name says it all :). Glad the tutorial was useful. Sounds like you've got the family involved, too. What a great thing.

    And to everyone else that has said nice things, much...
  9. if you have the Warbonnet Yeti underquilt you can...

    if you have the Warbonnet Yeti underquilt you can set it up and then just slide it down by your feet along the support elastic. That way you can pull it up under you if you get chilled or leave it...
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    Yes, I would agree. Make sure everything is snug...

    Yes, I would agree. Make sure everything is snug when they climb in and it should be fine.

    I used rings with my Hennessy for over a year before I started to see the wear ( I'm about 155 lb), but...
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    Michelle I was just wondering what kind of seam...

    Michelle I was just wondering what kind of seam did you use to connect the two halves of the original hammock?
    -Mark
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    Welcome! Glad to have you join us. Lurk no...

    Welcome! Glad to have you join us. Lurk no more:laugh:
    You will love the Blackbird. Really nice rig.
    -Mark
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    Not really a problem, but as has been said you...

    Not really a problem, but as has been said you need to rethink a little from what you're used to in a tent. If you have a big tarp then the only difference is that now you can sit in your hammock and...
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    To sleep on the ground you will need a ground...

    To sleep on the ground you will need a ground sheet as mentioned and of course a pad of some kind. You can pitch the hammock as a bivy to keep the bugs at bay if you need to, but if the bugs aren't...
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    Great Question. I was already a confirmed...

    Great Question.
    I was already a confirmed ultralight backpacker ( 40lb base weight down to 10 lb base weight) when I discovered hammocks. So using a hammock actually added a few ounces to my pack,...
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    Garda Hitch

    Although I certainly like Whoopies, before that I used the Garda hitch with rings on my HH and I really like it. Works well, very simple, fairly easily adjustable.

    I am no stranger to knots, but...
  17. Thread: Cord Stowing

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    I leave the lines on the tarp. NO wrapping or...

    I leave the lines on the tarp. NO wrapping or figure-8'ing, or looping or bags or nothing. I just flip the lines onto the tarp then roll up the tarp. Hardly ever tangles.
    -Mark
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    I would agree that if the overnight temps get...

    I would agree that if the overnight temps get below 70 I use a quilt.
    -Mark
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    Sticky: Wow! That's amazing. To lose 13 oz by just...

    Wow! That's amazing. To lose 13 oz by just switching suspension.
    -Mark
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    HH Expedition Asym Classic

    The Hennessy Expedition Asym Classic is $159 for the classic and $169 for the side zip. That is hammock, tarp, and suspension. That leaves you $140 or $130 for an underquilt. Arrowhead Equipment has...
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    Sticky: You're Welcome- and Thanks to Hammock Forums!

    Appreciate the thanks of everyone that has found these instructions useful. Even better if you have actually made a whoopie or two. I still find them kind of amazing. The a piece of wire bent in half...
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    Long ago I researched this for making climbing...

    Long ago I researched this for making climbing harnesses. (I thought is would be kind of important for the harness to hold together should I stress it:) )

    At that time a box stitch was considered...
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    Sorry I'm so late in getting back to this. Yes, I...

    Sorry I'm so late in getting back to this. Yes, I have posted these before here and over on BackpackingLight.com. The Hammock is on the ground. The poles are holding up the tarp primarily. The...
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    Here are some pics of my old Hennessy pitched as...

    Here are some pics of my old Hennessy pitched as a tent/bivy on my lawn. Protect the hammock fabric from the ground and this is a workable solution especially in a buggy location. I'm not sure how...
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    Only when I fly on the Space Shuttle:lol:

    Only when I fly on the Space Shuttle:lol:
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    Just Fine!

    I like that folks think I'm crazy. Keeps the "Riff-Raff" away. Just think if everyone starts using hammocks then all the good trees will be taken when you show up at the campground or when you pack...
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    Looks like fun, but I'm on call this weekend.:(...

    Looks like fun, but I'm on call this weekend.:( Maybe next time.
    -Mark
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    WV, Any chance you can direct me to any of your...

    WV,
    Any chance you can direct me to any of your posts on your right angle hammock. At this point in my life, I am unlikely to get around to making anything like this, but I would love to see or read...
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    Hey Grizz, Good to be 'round. Thanks for the...

    Hey Grizz,
    Good to be 'round. Thanks for the link to the Exped hammock. Very interesting and it is a mere 24 oz heavier than yours, thus proving the superiority of my design.:lol: I will need to...
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    Tought

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    Very nice. Appreciate the clear detailed step by step on the video.

    As you note, the biggest weight saver is the use of the hiking poles as spreaders. One outside the box idea I have had...
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    Welcome! Sorry I don't live anywhere near, but...

    Welcome!
    Sorry I don't live anywhere near, but you are right is would be wise to try before you buy. When you get a tent you are pretty much done, that is shelterwise there is nothing else to buy...
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    Erin, I used to live in Eugene a couple of years...

    Erin,
    I used to live in Eugene a couple of years ago. Spent at least one day a week hammock camping through out the mountains between August and the following May. Never, ever had a problem with...
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    Use a smooth dowel or piece of smooth tubing for...

    Use a smooth dowel or piece of smooth tubing for the toggle to make it easier to get the toggle out of the marlin knot at the end of your stay. Once you set up the hammock and finish with the...
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    Sticky: Yeah, as I mention a couple of posts ago, wire is...

    Yeah, as I mention a couple of posts ago, wire is the way to go. Back in the day, when I did the tutorial, I didn't have any wire:mellow:, but I was able to raid my wife's sewing box, so yarn darner...
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    Sticky: To the newer folks: Welcome! and thanks everyone...

    To the newer folks: Welcome! and thanks everyone for the positive feedback.
    Glad the whoopies are working out for you. (gd___ you should post some pics. That sounds like an interesting variation.) ...
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    Sticky: To friartuck, Ras Billy, Beatle405, etc, Glad...

    To friartuck, Ras Billy, Beatle405, etc,

    Glad the instructions were helpful. It is hard to believe this thread is still going after all this time.

    One tip is to ditch the yarn darning needle...
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    I start well back from the end, like about 1.5 -...

    I start well back from the end, like about 1.5 - 2 inches. Mark your two strands A1 & A2, skip a pair and mark 2 more strands B1 and B2. Then carefully pull the B1 and B2 strands before pulling the...
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    Think of it as a learning experience:D Glad you...

    Think of it as a learning experience:D
    Glad you got it, though.
    -Mark
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    Thanks Grizz, I'm glad the tutorial has been...

    Thanks Grizz, I'm glad the tutorial has been useful, but it was ZA206, Frawg, TeeDee, and Hangnout that got me started on whoopies. I just wrote it out so I could understand it. And speaking of the...
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    Depending on the pad they tend to be a little too...

    Depending on the pad they tend to be a little too narrow for a hammock. Usually they are about 20 inches wide. Since hammocks wrap around your shoulders and hips, a pad that can encompass your...
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    Yeah, I would agree, he is a good sport. ...

    Yeah, I would agree, he is a good sport.

    Sounds like you may have had the hammock strung a little tight if 190lb snapped the ridgeline. I know Hennessy diagrams show a straight line tree to tree,...
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    Love Whoopies (the name says it all), but I use...

    Love Whoopies (the name says it all), but I use buckles and straps, too. Used to use rings and garda hitch on my original Hennessy, but the rings chewed up the line too much. Thats when I started to...
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    I use Red tape or string on some part of the...

    I use Red tape or string on some part of the suspension at the Head end. Red = Head. Rhymes which works for me.
    -Mark
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    If you start at 30 deg then the wt will take it...

    If you start at 30 deg then the wt will take it to more than 30 degrees which will actually reduce the tension on the suspension which may be a good thing for people of size.
    The angle should be...
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    Sticky: Looks like you're doing a nice job. I will second...

    Looks like you're doing a nice job. I will second the taper. Remove half the total number of strands as shumway states. The tutorial uses a 12 strand line so 3 pairs (6) were clipped. For eight...
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    Sticky: Whoops! Sorry about that.:blush:

    Whoops! Sorry about that.:blush:
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    Nice- a DIY Bridge. Very cool. I was happy to be...

    Nice- a DIY Bridge. Very cool. I was happy to be able to tie a knot at both ends of 3 yds of cloth and call it a gathered end hammock.:D That is as far as I got with my hammock making. Welcome.
    -Mark
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    Sticky: I'm added. Interesting- no one from Delaware or...

    I'm added.
    Interesting- no one from Delaware or Wyoming, yet. I'm pretty sure they have trees in those states.:D
    -Mark
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    That was a great article. Probably the best I've...

    That was a great article. Probably the best I've ever seen on WPB for the real world. The take home message from the article was that, in spite of all the hype from the marketing folks, there are no...
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    Actually BackPackingLight.com just finished a...

    Actually BackPackingLight.com just finished a series on WPB fabrics and even though this jacket is an eVent product renamed, the actual trail tests measuring temp and humidity inside and outside the...
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