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    1. November 2. Anywhere 3. Mogollon Rim would...

    1. November
    2. Anywhere
    3. Mogollon Rim would be nice
    4. I'll bring my cathole trowel
    5. Jeep Wrangler, accept no substitutes

    --Kurt
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    There's also been a LOT of rain by Sierra...

    There's also been a LOT of rain by Sierra Vista/Huachucas. We could do Carr Canyon if car camping was important.
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    I am back from my Oregon/Wisconsin trip and...

    I am back from my Oregon/Wisconsin trip and starting to think about the next outing. I can do this Saturday night. Chiricahuas?
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    Genius! Do the clips slide on the ridgeline? ...

    Genius! Do the clips slide on the ridgeline? The only downside I see to this, is I use the removable (small) pocket for wallet, keys, etc. which are all relatively heavy and bulky, not something I...
  5. Thread: SHT?

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    The other advantage of going in September is the...

    The other advantage of going in September is the fall color. The area around Lutsen in mid-September can be spectacular.

    --Kurt
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    Way too hot. The hike is on the west slope, and...

    Way too hot. The hike is on the west slope, and in the afternoon you just cook. SAR pulls out somebody almost every weekend with heat stroke and dehydration.

    If I want to do the Catalinas in the...
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    I did this one last October: ...

    I did this one last October:

    http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/gila/null/recarea/?recid=2012&actid=50

    Short hike, lots of trees for hanging, hot springs, easy water access, short hike upriver to a...
  8. Thread: Hello from AZ

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    Greetings from a fellow AZ Kurt! I'm in Tucson,...

    Greetings from a fellow AZ Kurt! I'm in Tucson, and have been hammocking for about 7 years.

    --Kurt
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    I've hiked and hammock camped in Aravaipa twice. ...

    I've hiked and hammock camped in Aravaipa twice. There are several challenges with this:

    1. You need a permit: https://www.blm.gov/az/aravaipa/hikingcalendar.cfm
    It can be tough to get a permit...
  10. Thanks, that was very helpful! Coming from AZ,...

    Thanks, that was very helpful! Coming from AZ, I'm quite accustomed to carrying a fair amount of water, so no issue there.
  11. Great stuff! Lived in Chanhassen for 30+ years,...

    Great stuff! Lived in Chanhassen for 30+ years, and did the trail from Chaska to Shakopee several times. Keep up the great videos!!

    --Kurt
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    I am doing the Three Sisters Loop August 9-14. ...

    I am doing the Three Sisters Loop August 9-14. You probably don't have time to do the whole loop, but we could meet at the Lava Lake TH on Sunday night (Aug 9) and we could do one or two nights...
  13. Hanging issues on the Oregon Three Sisters Loop?

    I am planning to do a week-long circuit of the Three Sisters in early August:

    http://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Trail_around_Three_Sisters_Hike

    I plan to do some of the side trips up to...
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    I am thinking maybe the weekend of July 18, or...

    I am thinking maybe the weekend of July 18, or maybe the following. I have a lot of flexibility with dates. Couple of thoughts:

    1. I am a hiker/backpacker, so I prefer to walk a ways from the TH...
  15. Thread: Hung Far Low

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    Hung Far Low

    Walking through Chinatown in Portland, OR. Saw this restaurant sign - it admits of multiple interpretations, but I'm thinking of using this as my hammock trail name...
    110094

    Apparently this...
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    I am travelling most of June, but will be doing...

    I am travelling most of June, but will be doing some hanging in the Chiricahua Mtns in July if you are interested. They are not far from the NM/AZ border.
  17. I had my AHE Shangri La tarp with me, but as I...

    I had my AHE Shangri La tarp with me, but as I mentioned I didn't bother to put it up due to the zero chance of rain. I need to update my profile - it has become my go-to tarp, great stuff!!
    ...
  18. Video: How to hammock/backpack in Saguaro National Park

    Another one of my little backpacking videos, in this case how to do Saguaro National Park near Tucson, AZ:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW0omUDDq3E

    Not many people backpack there, as there...
  19. Thread: SeAz here

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    You are close to some great hanging in the...

    You are close to some great hanging in the Huachucas. Just head up Carr Canyon to the campsites at the end of the road, plenty of trees and cool summer temperatures!
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    Welcome to the forums! I lived in Chanhassen for...

    Welcome to the forums! I lived in Chanhassen for many years, and you would have been jealous of my backyard there! Enjoy your WBBB, there are so many great places in MN to hang. At some point you...
  21. Video: Superstitions loop from the Rogers Trough TH

    Great loop trail for hammock camping in the Superstitions. Water, trees, views, history, indian cliff dwellings, what else could you look for?

    Oddly enough I have no footage of my hammock setup...
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    What do you do for a tarp? Not many of the...

    What do you do for a tarp? Not many of the standard hammock tarps will cover a hammock almost 12' long...
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    I am big into gear robustness, i.e. its ability...

    I am big into gear robustness, i.e. its ability to continue to function under adverse conditions. The other thing I still like about the HHSS is its performance in wet weather. I've had an UC for...
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    Oh yeah. The Palo Verde and ocotillo are in full...

    Oh yeah. The Palo Verde and ocotillo are in full bloom, hedgehog and cholla cacti are cranking up, prickly pears just starting.
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    I just commented to your blog, but the HF forum...

    I just commented to your blog, but the HF forum folks might be interested as well. As a Tucson resident I have hammocked extensively on the AZT in the Catalinas, Rincons, Santa Rita, Huachucas, etc....
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    Well, he should be 1/2 done. Here's a blog post...

    Well, he should be 1/2 done. Here's a blog post from someone who did just the southern 300 miles SOBO in a hammock:
    ...
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    The good news is Verizon is the only carrier with...

    The good news is Verizon is the only carrier with coverage past Duluth, so what you'll have is as good as it gets.
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    I threw every bit of insulation I had to survive...

    I threw every bit of insulation I had to survive at that temp - in the UC I had a 2nd sleeping bag, heavy synthetic insulated jacket, etc.
    In the hammock I used a 0F synthetic bag with a fleece...
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    I used my SS extensively when I lived in MN. ...

    I used my SS extensively when I lived in MN. Warmer bag is not the lightest option - it will compress beneath you. I often wore fleece pullover and/or pants in cold conditions as fleece does not...
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    Thanks! The details is kinda necessary because...

    Thanks! The details is kinda necessary because there's no signage on the trail.
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    Every time I travel around the state/country,...

    Every time I travel around the state/country, when I return to Tucson I marvel at the magnificence of the Santa Catalinas.



    Lucky guy!



    They are easy to drive to from Phx - straight down...
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    My pleasure! Send me a PM the next time...

    My pleasure!



    Send me a PM the next time you are in town if you'd like to do a hike/hang.



    It is a great trail to train for the Grand Canyon. If you go all the way to the top, its the...
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    Video: Good hanging spot near Tucson, AZ

    Made a little "How-to" video for a little-known backpacking spot very close to Tucson AZ:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJoQYX_5-YQ

    This is my go-to trail when I can't decide where else to...
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    There are places closer to your home. I've...

    There are places closer to your home. I've hammock camped on the Reavis Ranch trail in the Superstitions. Wanted to get back there this spring for the wildflowers, but running out of time.
    The...
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    As someone who has hammock camped through both...

    As someone who has hammock camped through both the Kekakabic and Border Route trails I heartily endorse their use there. You left out one other bane of the BWCAW, probably because you are a canoer:...
  36. Thread: Night sounds?

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    Use an iPod

    I always take my iPod + earbuds with me on backpacking trips. After the sun goes down, I climb into my hammock to get warm and comfy and listen to books on tape or podcasts. You can adjust the...
  37. Thanks for the feedback guys - much appreciated. ...

    Thanks for the feedback guys - much appreciated. Nice to hear the perspective of others with the same/similar rigs.
  38. BackpackGearTest.org review of Streamliner DL

    Hey guys, I just posted my owner review of the Streamliner DL to the BGT site:

    http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews/Shelters/Hammocks/SLD%20Streamliner%20DL/Owner%20Review%20by%20Kurt%20Papke/...
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    I always removed the SS pad every morning and...

    I always removed the SS pad every morning and rolled it up into a waterproof stuff sack. That compressed it pretty well and kept it dry regardless of where I stowed it. Once you do this a few times...
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    If I was to do an AZT through-hike (and it is on...

    If I was to do an AZT through-hike (and it is on my list), I would do it as I suggested with a very low-weight double-layer netless hammock, pad + pad extenders (e.g. ENO HotSpot), and my 8x10'...
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    Not a thruhike, but I have hiked several...

    Not a thruhike, but I have hiked several segments, some with a hammock (mountain regions), some with a tent (Grand Canyon). The trail runs just a few miles from my house in Tucson.

    This trail...
  42. Great video as always Shug! That stretch of the...

    Great video as always Shug! That stretch of the SHT from Gooseberry to Split Rock was the scene of my very first backpacking trip years ago - brought back fond memories.

    I made my 2nd attempt to...
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    It took me 4 years after moving from Minnesota to...

    It took me 4 years after moving from Minnesota to Arizona to convert to a no-net hammock. The Skeeters are so bad in the upper Midwest, that unless you are winter camping you have to use a bug net....
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    I through-hiked the Kek 5 years ago with my HH,...

    I through-hiked the Kek 5 years ago with my HH, and had no problems finding trees to hang from. This trail is a mix of the best and worst: the burn areas are pretty ugly, but some of the lake areas...
  45. Yes. I have been using a Siltarp 2...

    Yes. I have been using a Siltarp 2 for many years. If set up on the diagonal, it will be asymmetric, but so are many hammocks! It is tough to beat an 8x10 for the number of configurations it can...
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    The Bear/Bean lake campsites are among the most...

    The Bear/Bean lake campsites are among the most beautiful AND the most crowded on the SHT. If you want to spend the night there, especially on a weekend, plan to arrive by noon or so, otherwise the...
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    Nice report and pics. I've had good intentions...

    Nice report and pics. I've had good intentions of doing bikepacking, but doing trails with a Mtn bike, not a road bike. Nonetheless, I'd love to see your gear list and any comments you have on the...
  48. In my last use I folded it lengthwise into...

    In my last use I folded it lengthwise into thirds, then inserted it across my shoulders in my double-layer hammock to supplement the SOL. Good down to ~35 degrees.
    Yeah, in general pads are a PITA...
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    Yes, you need the SB directly under the hammock. ...

    Yes, you need the SB directly under the hammock. It works best if you actually use the SS OCF pad, as it will hold the SB snug against the hammock. If you use the SS OCF pad, you should be able to...
  50. Yes, or even OCF in the case of the HHSS which I...

    Yes, or even OCF in the case of the HHSS which I still use from time-to-time.
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