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    I've used a GG pad for a couple of years on early...

    I've used a GG pad for a couple of years on early to mid-spring AT hikes in Virginia and like it because it blocks drafts in my HH. I first trimmed mine to about 34x36, and at that size I folded it...
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    I have the Gossamer Gear wide pad, which I have...

    I have the Gossamer Gear wide pad, which I have trimmed to be maybe 36 inches wide (and may trim a bit more). On my last hike (Connecticut AT in October), I slept in a shelter three times, and was...
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    seaelf, I do sleep diagonally, and quite...

    seaelf, I do sleep diagonally, and quite comfortably. My hammock is a Hennessey Backpacker Asym, several years old, and it helps to hang it with the foot end higher than the head end (maybe 8-15...
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    I have a wide GG Evazote pad, which I cut down to...

    I have a wide GG Evazote pad, which I cut down to about 36 inches wide (x72 long). To carry it, I folded it first in half ((to 18x72) and then rolled it and cinched it with a strap, then put it under...
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    I've never used a quilt, but I like the...

    I've never used a quilt, but I like the "nestiness" of a sleeping bag, and as others have said, if you're too warm, you can just unzip it until you feel comfy. I'm a very cold sleeper and like to...
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    I'm a blender, too. I go with olive/dark brown...

    I'm a blender, too. I go with olive/dark brown for my hammock and tarp, and those colors plus dark blue, sage, and black, mostly for clothes. That said, I do carry a little orange, especially in...
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    I much prefer olive drab. Don't like calling...

    I much prefer olive drab. Don't like calling attention to myself or my location when in the woods.
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    HH backpacker asym, back hill. It's a tad cooler...

    HH backpacker asym, back hill. It's a tad cooler out there, and I'm trying to figure out what to do with my Gossamer Gear wide pad. So far, I've trimmed 3 inches off the long side.
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    Not hanging out of the wind. Not keeping the...

    Not hanging out of the wind.

    Not keeping the fly low to the hammock. More than once, a clear evening has turned into a stormy, windy night.
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    I have a Hennessey Backpacker Asym, and I've...

    I have a Hennessey Backpacker Asym, and I've marked the foot end by tying a small piece of green cord around the suspension rope at the entry end. That way, I don't have to guess. You might want to...
  11. Thread: Dehydrator

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    Also have a 5-tray Excalibur and love it. In...

    Also have a 5-tray Excalibur and love it. In addition to trail meals and snacks (dried fruit, mainly), it's handy for drying cherry tomatoes. Nice to have if you garden as well as hike.
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    I have an HH Backpacker Asym that's several years...

    I have an HH Backpacker Asym that's several years old, and I love the bottom entry. It's really mosquito proof, and you feel snug once you're in.
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    subdued is my preference.

    subdued is my preference.
  14. Thread: DIY dog hair UQ

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    Dog-hair fabric is called chiengora. Here's a...

    Dog-hair fabric is called chiengora. Here's a link (disclaimer: I have no connection to this site, but I do have a husky, and we have a big bag of shed hair, but haven't done anything with it. Yet):...
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    Poll: pillow? who needs a pillow?

    pillow? who needs a pillow?
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    I've cut mine to a length of maybe 5 ft. (I'm 4-6...

    I've cut mine to a length of maybe 5 ft. (I'm 4-6 inches taller than that), and I angle it across my HH backpacker asym, from right side at the head to left-ish side at the foot, avoiding the entry...
  17. husky hair - ugh! It intermittently mucks up the...

    husky hair - ugh! It intermittently mucks up the fridge coils in spite of my best efforts. there are people who spin dog hair into yarn and use it for garments. the product is called chiengora, I...
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    the jrb 8x8 over a hennessey asym blends in...

    the jrb 8x8 over a hennessey asym blends in pretty well with its surroundings.
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    I'd never consider hammocking without a bug net....

    I'd never consider hammocking without a bug net. It's a great feeling to hear the buzzing outside while you're comfy within.
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    I like a bag because I'm a very cold sleeper. I...

    I like a bag because I'm a very cold sleeper. I think of it as my "nest", and if it gets too warm, I just unzip it.
  21. Thread: Why Stealth?

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    In addition to most of the above reasons, stealth...

    In addition to most of the above reasons, stealth also comes in handy when you find yourself in the middle of nowhere with darkness approaching, or when you come to a really nice spot and just decide...
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    For montbell bags on sale, try www.campsaver.com

    For montbell bags on sale, try www.campsaver.com
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    solo for sure. I enjoy socializing when I meet...

    solo for sure. I enjoy socializing when I meet people along the trail and in the evenings if I happen to be near a shelter, but I also enjoy the chance to be alone with my thoughts, hike at my own...
  24. Thanks, I'll try it. The tarp ridgeline isn't...

    Thanks, I'll try it. The tarp ridgeline isn't sagging now, so I don't expect to see a huge difference.
  25. tarp suspension: ridgeline above, with prussiks

    Apologies if this has been asked and answered elsewhere, but I don't have time to search (I'm at work). I'm wondering if there's any advantage to having the ridgeline pass through the loop in the...
  26. Thread: Cooking Shelter

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    I have a GG camo 9x9, and I really like it. But...

    I have a GG camo 9x9, and I really like it. But the last trip, the much lighter JRB 8x8 won out.
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    You are very noble. It's pouring in Connecticut,...

    You are very noble. It's pouring in Connecticut, too, but I'm not planting my garden. I'm running my sump pump!
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    The plastic mesh bags that grapefruit come in...

    The plastic mesh bags that grapefruit come in make fantastic pot scrubbers. The ones I get are red or yellow (easy to find if you drop them). I just cut a small square and throw it into my cook kit:...
  29. Thread: Diagonal or not

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    definitely diagonal (HH).

    definitely diagonal (HH).
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    Let me rephrase. It didn't cover me completely,...

    Let me rephrase. It didn't cover me completely, and I'm not talking about the part of me that is on the pad. I thought it would be really, really drafty.
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    I ordered one because I was looking to save...

    I ordered one because I was looking to save weight, but when I saw it, I returned it right away. I'm average sized (female), and it didn't wrap all the way around me. I'm also a cold sleeper, and I'm...
  32. I'm pretty happy with my ems bag on ccf pads in a...

    I'm pretty happy with my ems bag on ccf pads in a hennessey backpacker asym. it's really not that big a deal to get into the bag and get comfy. Once I am, it's like being in a little draft-free nest.
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    there's a six husbands trail in nh; I'm sure you...

    there's a six husbands trail in nh; I'm sure you could have a field day with that.
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    Clouds, alas, obscured the view here in...

    Clouds, alas, obscured the view here in Connecticut.
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    I set up my hammock on the back hill for a couple...

    I set up my hammock on the back hill for a couple of shakedown nights before a section hike. Once, around midnight, a very surprised deer nudged it. There was that characteristic snorting sound, and...
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    EMS 20-degree Mountainlight for me. I'm a cold...

    EMS 20-degree Mountainlight for me. I'm a cold sleeper, and on warm nights I just open the zipper.
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    Just one, the Hennessey Ultralight Backpacker....

    Just one, the Hennessey Ultralight Backpacker. But I do have three tarps: the stock one, the Sportsman's Guide 9x9 camo, and my current fave, the JRB 8x8 (brown, like the hammock).
  38. Thread: Solo trips

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    Poll: I voted always solo, but if there had been an...

    I voted always solo, but if there had been an "almost always solo" option, I would have picked that.
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    No hiking for me, either, except maybe a couple...

    No hiking for me, either, except maybe a couple of long walks in the park with my husky. I'm planting my veggie garden and dehydrating food for my AT section hike in PA in late June.
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    I pretty much do what DuctTape does, and I've...

    I pretty much do what DuctTape does, and I've never had a problem. I align the bag on the diagonal first (with the foot end to my left as I'm facing the head end). It hasn't been that big a deal for...
  41. Thread: Best tarp color

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    Another vote for colors that blend in: brown,...

    Another vote for colors that blend in: brown, olive green, even camo. That's the "tiptoe" way.
  42. Thread: Animal pokes

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    I was doing my annual pre-hike hang on the back...

    I was doing my annual pre-hike hang on the back hill a couple of years ago, and a deer nosed the hammock. I know it was a deer because they often sleep on the hill and because I heard the telltale...
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    You mean this...

    You mean this?

    What size sewn loop would you recommend?
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    Replacement Tree Huggers?

    Will Hammock Bliss Tree Straps work with a HH Ultralighte Backpacker Asym hammock? I'd like to replace the standard Tree Huggers with something a little longer, and the HH replacements cost a lot...
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    I've lurked here for ages, and I've learned a...

    I've lurked here for ages, and I've learned a lot. I'm an AT hiker, section by section, and I travel with an HH Backpacker Asym and a 9x9 Sportsman's Guide tarp. It's a perfect setup for...
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    I have a 9x9 Sportsman's Guide camo tarp and it's...

    I have a 9x9 Sportsman's Guide camo tarp and it's kept me snug and dry in my hammock in a couple of drenching rainstorms. When it's not raining, I sometimes set it up with the side corners high so I...
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