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    lol yeah, I think there is some confusion here....

    lol yeah, I think there is some confusion here. 0C is pretty mild in the scheme of things. :)
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    +100 And they never come back and say "Umm......

    +100

    And they never come back and say "Umm... we wuz wrong..." :unsure:

    We once got a weather forecast that called for 10 inches of snow, and it ended up that there wasn't enough snow in the...
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    Snow is clean, snow is dry, snow means you don't...

    Snow is clean, snow is dry, snow means you don't have to search for water, snow is a great construction material, snow means there are no spider webs across the trail, snow smooths out rocky trails,...
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    I'm 5'9" and perfectly happy in my 10'/64"...

    I'm 5'9" and perfectly happy in my 10'/64" Dariens... one with 1.7 Robic and another 1.2 Robic. If I could have but one it'd be the Robic 1.7 (now called MTN XL)... I think...

    I'd email the Smurfs...
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    Link to map w/tracks... Pharaoh Lake Wilderness...

    Link to map w/tracks... Pharaoh Lake Wilderness 2019

    https://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/7/4/1/1/4/pharaoh_lake_wilderness_map_01.jpg
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    lol I say the same thing about many other places...

    lol I say the same thing about many other places I see in trip reports! What a country! :laugh:



    It is one of the neatest places I've ever camped. First time I hiked there I came in from Crane...
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    OK I uploaded most of them directly to Gallery so...

    OK I uploaded most of them directly to Gallery so these should "show up"!! :shades:

    Mileage total was 33.82 by Ambit3 track. 8.07, 8.96, 10.57, 6.22... We were takin' our time and smellin' the...
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    lol what a difference a month makes with the...

    lol what a difference a month makes with the bugs!

    Sorry you can't see the photos.... they are URLs from Google Photos and I posted one in the test thread to make sure it'd work and it was fine...
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    Pharaoh Wilderness, Adirondacks, Oct 2019

    I've done a couple of trips before to Pharaoh Wilderness, but never in peak fall season, so this recent trip with my friends JimmyB and Lisa was definitely the best yet. The colors were absolutely...
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    CCF is "Closed Cell Foam", which also doesn't...

    CCF is "Closed Cell Foam", which also doesn't "breathe" and will collect condensation. Now, the surface texture of CCF might (I don't know this for a fact) disperse moisture a bit better and promote...
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    Yes, AAI in Bellingham! Only pic I could find...

    Yes, AAI in Bellingham!

    Only pic I could find is this one of our camp on the Coleman glacier (yes Coleman glacier, Colfax is the smaller adjacent peak... what I get for going from old memories)...
  13. I had, and used for several trips, one of KC's...

    I had, and used for several trips, one of KC's Glasgow KISS tarps and it was about as minimal as I would go with a tarp that I'd carry on a regular basis. Worst conditions it ever saw was moderate...
  14. Thread: Speed Tips

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    In that kind of situation it's nice to get dinner...

    In that kind of situation it's nice to get dinner someplace before arriving at the trailhead and then hike in a bit, throw up the tarp and hammock and climb in... and hope for a nice morning! :)
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    Well, since you've just started recently I'd say...

    Well, since you've just started recently I'd say give it some time.

    A good 15-20 mile walk, nice dinner, melatonin and ear plugs is usually a good formula, but 20-30 nights with absolutely nothing...
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    Since you're fairly new to hammocks, how many...

    Since you're fairly new to hammocks, how many full nights have you actually slept in one?

    I ask because at home I am a belly/side sleeper but in a hammock I happily sleep for 10 hours or more on...
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    Dutchware has them (Kevlar 3.3, 1" width) listed...

    Dutchware has them (Kevlar 3.3, 1" width) listed up to 15' but I'll bet he'd make you some 20' ones if you email about it.

    That said, just about the biggest you should need with typical 15-18'...
  18. Thread: Damp and down

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    Whew, that'll be a good test!! :eek:

    Whew, that'll be a good test!! :eek:
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    After using Downtek-treated products for the past...

    After using Downtek-treated products for the past several years, it's still far too early IMO to draw any conclusions about the effects of the treatment on longevity since a decent-quality...
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    Pumps, whether hand or battery, are heavy! ...

    Pumps, whether hand or battery, are heavy!

    Something as simple as a small plastic bowl from a Chinese take-out restaurant is fine. I used a 20oz Gatorade bottle and it worked A-OK.

    Treat with...
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    Yes, it works great with straps to CL but also...

    Yes, it works great with straps to CL but also Amsteel to CL.

    However, straps are IMO better... a little easier to handle and to untie.

    No buckles and carabiners... hmm.... welcome to the dark...
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    J-Bend...

    J-Bend will work Amsteel-to-Amsteel.

    J-Bend is a clever variation on the Marlinspike Hitch and is the only (or at least one of the very few) knots/bends/hitches that works with just about anything...
  23. Thread: Speed Tips

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    Practice is the big one. Knowing what comes next...

    Practice is the big one. Knowing what comes next and doing it is always faster than standing there with a puzzled expression. :laugh:

    UL helps... Less stuff to begin with.

    Use a systems...
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    I experimented with several types of webbing,...

    I experimented with several types of webbing, including a couple of "flavors" of UHMWPE (Venom and Myers) and found that their characteristics are much more like cord than webbing, and I've heard the...
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    Yes, in that case I would also recommend Becket...

    Yes, in that case I would also recommend Becket Hitch, J-bend or Lapp Hitch (and there are others) and skip the toggle altogether.
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    When using with whoopie slings, the position of...

    When using with whoopie slings, the position of the MSH isn't terribly critical anyway.

    But you'd have to be a pretty bad at knot tying to miss it "by several inches"! :rolleyes:
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    Great area! Glad you had a good time and enjoyed...

    Great area! Glad you had a good time and enjoyed being solo. Much more convenient to go when others can't.

    I've been there with friends but it was nowhere near peak color, so I would like to go...
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    OK, do you have a dog? A properly trained dog...

    OK, do you have a dog?

    A properly trained dog might help because you can mentally relax knowing that the dog will alert you if something comes sniffing around.

    There are small tents for dogs...
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    Yep, I smoke a cigar occasionally but never in...

    Yep, I smoke a cigar occasionally but never in the hammock! :scared:

    And I pay attention to wind direction so that others are not annoyed by the smoke. However I am frequently surprised at how...
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    Beautiful place... hard to believe it's been 39...

    Beautiful place... hard to believe it's been 39 years since the eruption! Nice to see how Nature bounces back.

    That blister is heinous. Seriously, get some help with footwear that fits. It can be...
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    Have you tent camped and/or are you okay in a...

    Have you tent camped and/or are you okay in a tent? If so, maybe a large tarp with complete coverage would help.
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    I also noticed from photos/video on their website...

    I also noticed from photos/video on their website that Hummingbird hammocks do not have a structural ridge line (SRL), and if you really want to reduce frustration factor and get a consistent lay,...
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    I noticed in their specs Hummingbird lists it as...

    I noticed in their specs Hummingbird lists it as 116" (9.66ft... ok, close enough to 10') and width of 63" which, depending upon your height, should work fine.

    I'm 5'9" and have three 10' Dream...
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    Glad you made it and had a good time. :) Now...

    Glad you made it and had a good time. :)

    Now that you've done Pingyp and did a solo hike/hang, the rest is easy!

    Here is the view from near the top of Pingyp. The cut thru the trees is the...
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    I agree with both, and note that you can also do...

    I agree with both, and note that you can also do both to maximize the epiphany. :)

    Combine these with regular moderate aerobic exercise and the benefits are huge... imagine not dreading hills,...
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    Cost per CBU (I like that ;)) aside, the more...

    Cost per CBU (I like that ;)) aside, the more important difference between these 2 is not so much the weight or the down that is used, but the shell material. Econ is 20D and Premium is 10D, and 10D...
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    Winter hang a couple of years ago... I think the...

    Winter hang a couple of years ago... I think the overnight low was 4F. First time using my 0deg Incubator IIRC. Time was 4:17pm and the sun was setting already!
    ...
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    That's a good point. If you plan to camp at...

    That's a good point.

    If you plan to camp at Stewart Camp the last night, get water at Chase Hill Brook before the climb up toward Puzzle Mtn. Some maps show a stream near the camp but when we were...
  39. Thanks for testing. And taking one for the team....

    Thanks for testing. And taking one for the team.

    This confirms my suspicion.
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    After about 3 hours of whippoorwills going at it...

    After about 3 hours of whippoorwills going at it you might change your mind! :scared:

    I don't know what the heck they're doing all night, but it can be maddening.
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    lol not exactly a good ambassador for AMC....

    lol not exactly a good ambassador for AMC. Certainly the most bizarre behavior I've ever encountered in the hills.
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    Without highlighting of some sort it's easy to...

    Without highlighting of some sort it's easy to miss... HERE it is! :)
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    They certainly live up to the 'gossamer'...

    They certainly live up to the 'gossamer' standard!

    Ease of field repair is a big factor and would certainly affect my choice of gear.
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    Thanks for that link. Those sil compatible...

    Thanks for that link. Those sil compatible patches must be fairly new... I had need of such just a few months ago and all the sil field repair kits had patches with a little tube of liquid glue.

    I...
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    Yes, lost in the haze of distant memory, but I'm...

    Yes, lost in the haze of distant memory, but I'm certain that for me this practice was adopted after opening some stuff sack or other and being horrified to not find the expected items therein....
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    I put stakes in another ziploc and stow those...

    I put stakes in another ziploc and stow those with the tarp.

    Indeed, HYOH but I always think in terms of systems, keeping critical bits with their main components.... suspension with hammock,...
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    lol that's waaaayyy too easy. :lol:

    lol that's waaaayyy too easy. :lol:
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    Yep definitely helps with chipmunks. I've never...

    Yep definitely helps with chipmunks. I've never seen a squirrel near a pack in Harriman, but maybe some have observed it.

    I usually hang the pack off my hammock CL... piece of cord with a clove...
  49. That's a very good rundown of current go-light...

    That's a very good rundown of current go-light options.

    No offense to anyone but per MikekiM comments, and as a witness to the event, I would scratch Monolite off the list.
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    A really beautiful part of the world! Great...

    A really beautiful part of the world! Great photography. :cool:
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