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    I have a brand new Eno Hotspot pad extender for...

    I have a brand new Eno Hotspot pad extender for sale if anyone is interested.
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    Sticky: You can use almost any water bottle (excepting...

    You can use almost any water bottle (excepting the really thin disposables) but be sure to test at home both for leakage while in any position and to see if it can withstand very hot water. A rubber...
  3. Bighuck- I think Ironfish meant "Gargoyle".

    Bighuck- I think Ironfish meant "Gargoyle".
  4. No one ever lies on his or her deathbed saying "I...

    No one ever lies on his or her deathbed saying "I wish I had spent more time at the office."
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    30-40 years ago V-baffles were all the rage among...

    30-40 years ago V-baffles were all the rage among high end gear makers producing cold weather sleeping bags- I guess they must have worked. And yes, heavier.
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    The word "Scout" and the word "delicate" do not...

    The word "Scout" and the word "delicate" do not go well together (I was a Boy Scout leader for 15 years).
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    A sewing kit- put one together yourself to have...

    A sewing kit- put one together yourself to have just what you need and nothing else-heavy thread and needle, light thread and needle, safety pins. Study videos (ahead of time) if you don't know how...
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    Yrs, Dutch- you're easy on the eyes.

    Yrs, Dutch- you're easy on the eyes.
  9. Nice to see a different part of the country. We...

    Nice to see a different part of the country. We do have loons here for part of the year, on salt water Hood Canal. Your McVitie's candy bar reminded me of a favorite limerick: A trader named Sandy...
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    Cool photo, Oquirrh!

    Cool photo, Oquirrh!
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    You could perhaps dry out just the pullout areas...

    You could perhaps dry out just the pullout areas close to a stove or campfire (not too close!) and then seam seal.
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    That could be an early spring photo- not sure....

    That could be an early spring photo- not sure. The mossy trees in the rain forest look like this all the time-just depends on the lighting. My previous post was about the Olympic National Park...
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    I like Atsko Sportwash- it can be ordered on...

    I like Atsko Sportwash- it can be ordered on Amazon.
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    Let's see- Spring- weather is getting warmer and...

    Let's see- Spring- weather is getting warmer and drier, people are getting out more, over wintering birds have flown, nice time to hike. Summer-lots of people, warm and sunny more often (it's rarely...
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    You will be in Olympic National Park, not Olympic...

    You will be in Olympic National Park, not Olympic National Forest. I would recommend trying to change your reservation from Spike Camp to either Big Log or Camp Pleasant as these are both beside the...
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    A Bulldog clip (spring-type paper clip) works...

    A Bulldog clip (spring-type paper clip) works too. They come in small 1/2" size.
  17. I keep a pile of old closed cell foam pads under...

    I keep a pile of old closed cell foam pads under my indoor hammock. Just sayin'.
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    More like an unabridged dictionary.

    More like an unabridged dictionary.
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    Was the down treated for water resistance? UGO...

    Was the down treated for water resistance? UGO stopped using treating down after encountering an issue with the stuff.
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    My first hammock was a Hennessy which I find very...

    My first hammock was a Hennessy which I find very comfortable. I've DIY'd a couple of 11 footers and can't tell any difference. An early DIY is less than 9' and it's ok too. I wouldn't like a hammock...
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    The issue here is that the park now has...

    The issue here is that the park now has designated campsites in the High Divide area which you must reserve way ahead. I don't know how flexible the backcountry ranger will be if you need to move a...
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    If you were to buy ,say 4 yards of fabric of a...

    If you were to buy ,say 4 yards of fabric of a bolt or roll, the long edges are the selvedge edges. The shorter edges are always cut edges in my experience. Cut edges come unraveled easily unless the...
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    Our troop sent a crew same size as your sons to...

    Our troop sent a crew same size as your sons to the Bahamas outpost summer before last. One of the 2 adults, who weighs in the high 200's, took his hammock and hung it between the mast and forestay-...
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    Countrybois- I love how your sewing machine's...

    Countrybois- I love how your sewing machine's name is painted on her!
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    If you don't use a hammock ridgeline you can...

    If you don't use a hammock ridgeline you can simply tie a piece of string from tree to tree. I use braided nylon mason twine.
  26. Another note about zippers- I would choose a YKK...

    Another note about zippers- I would choose a YKK brand coil zipper for this application. They are reliable- Chinese Brand X is an unknown and it is a royal pain to replace a zipper in a sleeping bag....
  27. If you aren't backpacking I don't see any reason...

    If you aren't backpacking I don't see any reason not to use full length quilts. If you are then weight and bulk must be minimized, especially for the kid's backpacks.
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    Roll up the tarp so that the seam you want to...

    Roll up the tarp so that the seam you want to seal is on top, then fold it in half and you have a bundle you can work on by putting it on the floor. Seal that half and when dry (probably another day)...
  29. You can use a large loop rather than pulling the...

    You can use a large loop rather than pulling the webbing all the way through for the first half hitch. This is how I tie my tarp to the trees, except I use a tautline hitch instead so I can adjust it...
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    I read somewhere that pouring boiled water back...

    I read somewhere that pouring boiled water back and forth from one container to another a few times will make it taste better.
  31. Phantom Grappler- the first one is a regular half...

    Phantom Grappler- the first one is a regular half hitch. The second one is slipped.
  32. You can also put a sturdy stick through the loop...

    You can also put a sturdy stick through the loop to prevent it from coming undone. That said, I've been tying my hammock to trees for years using two half hitches with the second one slipped (no...
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    Ha ha- they remind me of the discs used to...

    Ha ha- they remind me of the discs used to prevent rats from running up mooring lines and onto a ship.
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    Good on you for jumping in and starting a scary...

    Good on you for jumping in and starting a scary project- it turned out great. What's next?
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    A dirtbag workaround for a VB sleeping bag liner...

    A dirtbag workaround for a VB sleeping bag liner is to tape 2 garbage bags together. I tried this once for a snow camp where I was worried about being too cold- it seemed to work ok.
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    My first hammock was a Hennessy asym. As a very...

    My first hammock was a Hennessy asym. As a very thrashy sleeper I didn't have problems due to the asym properties except when trying to lie on my right side (my Hennessy has a head left lay). It...
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    FS: I'll take it- the 2 bridge hammock kits.

    I'll take it- the 2 bridge hammock kits.
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    Shug- maybe you should head to the Catalina...

    Shug- maybe you should head to the Catalina Islands. It's a lot warmer than Minnesota and there's plenty of free parking!
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    Long ago I experimented with DIY vapor barrier...

    Long ago I experimented with DIY vapor barrier clothing on an overnight trip (pre-hammock). It got down to zero at night. I wore the clothing continually for the whole trip and they seemed to help. I...
  40. You might want to consider reserving your...

    You might want to consider reserving your campsite now as this is prime time for Spring Break and Deception Pass is very popular.
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    I always wear a dust mask when handling down.

    I always wear a dust mask when handling down.
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    You can also leave the upper flap completely...

    You can also leave the upper flap completely loose- simply fold it down after inserting your items and then roll the bag up. Mine is like this and I've never lost anything out of it. In fact, these...
  43. You could also try massaging the area with a...

    You could also try massaging the area with a finger- sometimes this works. I would also use a finer thread and smaller needle on lightweight fabric= smaller holes.
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    I use a woodburning tool I got with a coupon at...

    I use a woodburning tool I got with a coupon at Michael's. Like WV I use a piece of glass to cut on- a good sized piece of window glass and a small thick piece with rounded edges which was originally...
  45. Thread: Cutting mats

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    One distinct advantage of a cutting mat is the...

    One distinct advantage of a cutting mat is the fact that there are grid lines on the mat- these are very useful. In my she-cave I have an old drafting table covered with a 3'x5' mat- I love it.
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    Late September can be wonderful- just depends on...

    Late September can be wonderful- just depends on the luck of the draw. Could be warm days and frosty nights, could be rainy, windy, even a bit of snow in the high country. Weather changes fast. Up...
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    I forgot the most important part- you can hang...

    I forgot the most important part- you can hang your hammock almost anywhere! On the coast the campsites are just off the beach in the trees. If you're up way high you can enjoy the ridges during the...
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    It's hard to know where to start- there's such a...

    It's hard to know where to start- there's such a rich diversity in Olympic National Park and Forest. The coast is beautiful and fun- but don't underestimate the difficulty if you do something other...
  49. You could leave the zipper as it is and simply...

    You could leave the zipper as it is and simply install the slider(s) each time as if you were making a closed-both-ends zipper. You would need to leave maybe an inch of zipper beyond the stopping...
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    I too use one like ChefLamont's. We originally...

    I too use one like ChefLamont's. We originally bought it to test snow temperature way back when we had waxable cross country skis. I accidentally broke it once and got a replacement at REI- the...
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