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    I would rethink your attitude towards BLM lands....

    I would rethink your attitude towards BLM lands. Back in the late 1980s/early 90s, I moved to Tucson, Arizona. I was fascinated by the different ecosystems all over the state. Soon, I discovered the...
  2. Thread: DCF Tarps

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    Like CountryBois says, "if you are up at the...

    Like CountryBois says, "if you are up at the break of dawn and down after dark, and never spend a rainy day under it, it may not make any difference." I don't lounge in my hammock during the day - to...
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    Looks like an MSR Groundhog? I've personally...

    Looks like an MSR Groundhog? I've personally never cared for those stakes. I found them rather flimsy.

    Don't even try to use those stakes during deep winter when the ground is frozen. You can't...
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    Just a quick look at this archaic shelter system...

    Just a quick look at this archaic shelter system from the early 20th century: Waxed canvas weighs 18 oz. per square yard? So a 12 x 12 tarp weighs 72 ounces? My math ain't that good but it sounds...
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    Well, it's Ali Express. For that kind of money...

    Well, it's Ali Express. For that kind of money you could buy an HG Economy Incubator Stock 40* UQ for $139.95.

    No way I'm spending a dime on something I've never heard of, and will probably never...
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    I never had any luck staying dry when I used a...

    I never had any luck staying dry when I used a diamond configuration. I gave it up and went to a 11 x 10 winter tarp with doors. I haven't gotten wet in eight years!
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    HG doesn't have 9 x 6 Traverse tarp. They have a...

    HG doesn't have 9 x 6 Traverse tarp. They have a 10 x 8 or a 9'6" x 9'6" Traverse tarp. Regardless, both are for ground camping:

    "Our Traverse (SilPoly Flat Tarp) is intended and ideal for ground...
  8. I think Chill Gorilla is done!

    I think Chill Gorilla is done!
  9. I tried shock cord with my silnylon fly and...

    I tried shock cord with my silnylon fly and immediately dumped it. If the tarp is gonna sag from wet weather, I'll just tighten it up.

    A DCF tarp, however, doesn't sag, so the shock cord does...
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    I don't think it has anything to do with calf...

    I don't think it has anything to do with calf ridge. Sounds like a dehydration issue. You can go a few days without hydrating properly, and won't notice it until you do something strenuous like...
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    BillyBob58 is one of the few people who has never...

    BillyBob58 is one of the few people who has never experienced condensation (or sweating - whatever you want to call it) using a pad. My genetics are different. I used a pad for the first two years of...
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    You want to pay $145 for a simple, gathered end...

    You want to pay $145 for a simple, gathered end hammock and suspension from Poland?
  13. Unfortunately, Opie used some third-party photo...

    Unfortunately, Opie used some third-party photo service (Photobucket) to post those pictures. A few years ago the service decided it wanted to charge people for their free service, so now we've lost...
  14. Side sleeper in bed as well. When I first started...

    Side sleeper in bed as well. When I first started hammock camping, I realized side sleeping wasn't very comfortable for me in a simple, gathered end hammock. I couldn't get comfortable until the...
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    May as well use it if you brought it!

    May as well use it if you brought it!
  16. I've never seen a waterproof topcover. A topcover...

    I've never seen a waterproof topcover. A topcover is more an attempt to keep heat in - which also keeps condensation in. I still haven't figured out when to use one and when not to use one. My...
  17. Hammocks that double as ponchos? How would that...

    Hammocks that double as ponchos? How would that work? The hammock would have to be waterproof - that means you're going to end up in a pool of condensation. Not to mention that you couldn't very well...
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    Heat retention? If there were any "heat...

    Heat retention? If there were any "heat retention" benefit, it would not even be measurable.
  19. Thread: Tarp length

    by SilvrSurfr
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    Longer tarp means heavier tarp, but if weight is...

    Longer tarp means heavier tarp, but if weight is not an issue for you, go for it.
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    Your suspension angle is supposed to be 30...

    Your suspension angle is supposed to be 30 degrees - that photo looks like closer to 15 degrees, at most. Time to consult the Hammock Hang Calculator!
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    That is not normal. I wouldn't hang in that...

    That is not normal. I wouldn't hang in that hammock for a second. Time to contact Warbonnet!
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    I have never understood why some people think...

    I have never understood why some people think they need to be able to stand underneath their tarp. I go under my tarp for two reasons: 1) to get in the hammock; or 2) to sit down on the ground and...
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    I like stuff sacks because they create a...

    I like stuff sacks because they create a predictable volume in my pack. Just stuffing the quilts into the pack with no stuff sack allows the quilts to expand to whatever volume is available.
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    My first DCF tarp was an HG Standard with doors....

    My first DCF tarp was an HG Standard with doors. I only owned it about six months before getting rid of it - I couldn't stay dry for the life of me. Then I got the HG Winter Palace - same basic size...
  25. I need a bugnet three months out of the year. I...

    I need a bugnet three months out of the year. I don't need a bugnet in spring, fall or winter - just in summer. It's a bugnet - it's for bugs.

    However, there are those who like a bugnet or...
  26. Lyme disease comes from ticks, and ticks don't...

    Lyme disease comes from ticks, and ticks don't jump into your hammock (not in my last 10 years of hammock camping). A bugnet is for mosquitoes, which are typically an issue only about three months...
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    No, I haven't tried them. I'm sticking with 1.6...

    No, I haven't tried them. I'm sticking with 1.6 or higher.
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    As for tarp suspension, I've been using a...

    As for tarp suspension, I've been using a continuous ridgeline with Dutch Wasps and Hooks for years. The only complaint I have is that sometimes the prusik loops that connect the tarp to the...
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    I tried the UL hammock route - didn't work out...

    I tried the UL hammock route - didn't work out for me. The 1.0 and 1.1 ounce hammocks just don't support my 5'11", 165 lb. frame. I can't trust those UL hammocks so I stick with minimum 1.6 oz....
  30. I don't consider 15 mph to be "windy conditions."...

    I don't consider 15 mph to be "windy conditions." That's barely a breeze. In all likelihood, you're just making your ridgeline too tight.
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    Oh yeah. You start hacking on a Warbonnet hammock...

    Oh yeah. You start hacking on a Warbonnet hammock and you won't be able to give that hammock away, well enough resell it.
  32. Sometimes you have to rub the Samthane coating...

    Sometimes you have to rub the Samthane coating off. Just slide the prusik back and forth until it gets really hot. Best done with gloves!
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    Ampersand!

    Ampersand!
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    Do you carry a ladder to get into your...

    Do you carry a ladder to get into your hammock?:lol:
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    How high can you hang before it's bad for the...

    How high can you hang before it's bad for the hammock? Wrong question - stick with the "how far are you willing to fall" question.
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    Welcome from the Jersey Shore. To accelerate...

    Welcome from the Jersey Shore. To accelerate learning, try to get to a group hang. You'll see folks who really know what they're doing, and people who don't!
  37. Thread: Fess Up

    by SilvrSurfr
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    Nasty, nasty, nasty. Over on the left of the...

    Nasty, nasty, nasty. Over on the left of the screen, there's info on your location, hammock, tarp, insulation and suspension. I think there should also be a "do you pee in your hammock?" notation, so...
  38. No idea. All my quilts are from Hammock Gear...

    No idea. All my quilts are from Hammock Gear though. Their website says they use 10D.
  39. I have a 51 lb. beagle and he sleeps in the...

    I have a 51 lb. beagle and he sleeps in the hammock with me. I don't have any problem with his nails so haven't sought out heavier fabrics.
  40. I have a Chameleon and would not think of...

    I have a Chameleon and would not think of installing an adjustable ridgeline. That's gonna put you in the situation of putting too much stress on the hammock or bugnet. Besides, increasing the sag...
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    I haven't seen a UQ protector that weighs less...

    I haven't seen a UQ protector that weighs less than 5 ounces, and even if I did, it wouldn't matter. I'd rather have a 4-season tarp with doors. UQ protectors seem like they're addressing the issue...
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    I used to be 5'11" but may have shrunk an inch...

    I used to be 5'11" but may have shrunk an inch over the years. For me, discovering 11 ft. hammocks was a godsend. I went from sleeping fitfully, to sleeping like a log.

    The trend toward 12 ft....
  43. I guess your argument is: shorter hammocks equals...

    I guess your argument is: shorter hammocks equals more possibilities with trees.

    Sure. I'll agree with that. A shorter hammock will of course be able to accommodate shorter spans.

    However,...
  44. Can you explain that a bit further? I don't...

    Can you explain that a bit further? I don't understand that.
  45. Here in the Northeast, especially the coastal...

    Here in the Northeast, especially the coastal areas and mountains, the wind is constantly shifting. I quickly found that a tarp without doors was inadequate. I've been using a winter tarp with doors...
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    My all-time low is a bit lower than yours: -3* F....

    My all-time low is a bit lower than yours: -3* F. However, I had another night that was -1* F with 30 mph winds and a -30* windchill.

    What I have found is that condensation becomes a real issue...
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    I agree - that looks extremely unsafe. However,...

    I agree - that looks extremely unsafe. However, it's a good way to get on the evening news!
  48. Huh. I have never seen the need for hardware on...

    Huh. I have never seen the need for hardware on any of my guylines. My Zing-It is permanently larksheaded onto the tarp, then I just use a marlin spike hitch on the stake end.
  49. That's a spindly-looking tree.

    That's a spindly-looking tree.
  50. That looks completely unworkable. You should...

    That looks completely unworkable. You should check out the Hammock Hang Calculator.

    https://theultimatehang.com/hammock-hang-calculator/

    For a 30 ft. span, your tree straps will need to be...
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