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    I'll join in on this! One of my best backpacking...

    I'll join in on this! One of my best backpacking trips was the first time I took my 13 year old girl hanging. I have 6 kids so one-on-one time is rare and precious. It was early winter and we went...
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    Sorry to hear that Cragh; it's a full/true three...

    Sorry to hear that Cragh; it's a full/true three day hike so if you can find anyway to take off on Friday, it would be great to have you!

    Gideon
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    Good to hear from you Mazen, a tarp tent would be...

    Good to hear from you Mazen, a tarp tent would be perfect for this hike, no issues there whatsoever!! Should be a good group and it's a perfect 3day, 2 night hike.

    Urbpyt; it would be great to...
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    Two bit's of advise for this one; there really...

    Two bit's of advise for this one; there really are bears in that area so keeping your area clean and hanging food is important. I never use bear bags in the areas I normally frequent but I will on...
  5. Are you planning to go for 3 days, 2 nights?...

    Are you planning to go for 3 days, 2 nights?
    Gideon
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    New gear Disco? Hard to imagine considering the...

    New gear Disco? Hard to imagine considering the quality of the gear I've seen of yours! :rolleyes:

    In some ways it seems like a long way's off but I know it'll sneak up on us! Now to get in...
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    I know this is still a long way off but wanted to...

    I know this is still a long way off but wanted to bring it to the front to remind everyone to put it on their calenders. This is a great 3 day hike and the eleven point river is really nice. I'd...
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    Great short trip! Campalot, DiyGuy, his wife,...

    Great short trip! Campalot, DiyGuy, his wife, and I. Perfect weather, bugs weren't bad at all and the rain held off until 8:30 pm or so, after we'd enjoyed a nice fire. It was nice settling in to...
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    Sprayed the gear/clothes for ticks so I'm good to...

    Sprayed the gear/clothes for ticks so I'm good to go! See you guys tomorrow at noon!!
    Gideon
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    It's the same place. As for water on the East...

    It's the same place. As for water on the East side, there's usually "some" but it depends on how much rain we've been having but you're right that pickle creek on the west side is always a sure...
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    Not a clue but willing to go with the flow. To...

    Not a clue but willing to go with the flow. To keep it reasonable, a nice route would be to hike the Northern Loop of the Whispering Pines trail in a clockwise direction; 6 miles total. The...
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    Can't believe it's THIS weekend! I'm so stoked I...

    Can't believe it's THIS weekend! I'm so stoked I may even break weight and bring my camp chair!! Maybe even jiffy pop!!
    Gideon
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    Noon it is; looking forward to seeing all of you!...

    Noon it is; looking forward to seeing all of you!
    gideon
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    Okay, I'm going to really trust all of you to be...

    Okay, I'm going to really trust all of you to be honest. I was toying with the idea of bringing one of my dogs with me. he's a fat, loveable, stupid old dog but the weather should be good and I've...
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    Count me in; I may have to bug out early on...

    Count me in; I may have to bug out early on Monday but it'll work. I'd recommend either 11 or 12 noon start. Sunset is around 8:00 so that still gives a lot of time for anyone who wants to go long....
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    Sorry I'm late the to post, thanks for the PM...

    Sorry I'm late the to post, thanks for the PM DiyGuy; I've been traveling a lot on business. Memorial day weekend should be good for me; are you planning on hiking in on Saturday and out on Sunday? ...
  17. Brings back wonderful memories. I'm retired Air...

    Brings back wonderful memories. I'm retired Air Force; lived on the island of Guam for 4 years. I took up scuba diving and snorkeling and was in the water 4-5 days a week. Loved it and miss it!
    ...
  18. Awesome video and family! I know you made almost...

    Awesome video and family! I know you made almost all of your own gear including your tarp, hammock, quilts, and even the backpack!! Someday you really need to post some videos on the gear you've...
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    I can appreciate your questions. When it comes...

    I can appreciate your questions. When it comes to quilts and such I have a few strong opinions...

    1. to maximize your experience in the woods; save the cash (no credit :) ) and buy quality up...
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    Just about anything the water runs into will...

    Just about anything the water runs into will work. Your idea is fine. You'd be surprised how little it takes to get that bead of water to follow it and drop down :)
    Gideon
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    Congratulations to you both!! Hope to meet your...

    Congratulations to you both!! Hope to meet your better half on a future hike! Be careful with each other.
    Gideon
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    Was curious how this is shaping up? Being that...

    Was curious how this is shaping up? Being that it's easter weekend, It's not good for me so I won't be able to make it. I'll probably try to put in a local over-night hang.

    Gideon
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    You guys are killing me. I'm traveling on...

    You guys are killing me. I'm traveling on business starting the 22nd! Won't be able to make this one.
    Gideon
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    Sounds good; I'll PM Skygzr and his wife and...

    Sounds good; I'll PM Skygzr and his wife and Hairbear!
    Gideon
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    Hi! April would be fantastic. Another forum...

    Hi! April would be fantastic. Another forum member lives up that way, Hairbear. I've wanted to head his way since he always drives a long ways to hike with those of us on the eastern side of the...
  26. Sorry guys, I'm going to be a wimp on this one! ...

    Sorry guys, I'm going to be a wimp on this one! I'm still on the road and won't be back until late Friday night. It's just too much and the weather report I just looked at has turned nasty with...
  27. I'm still planning on it. I may not be able to...

    I'm still planning on it. I may not be able to make it Friday evening as I'm traveling this week on business but if I can't, I'll be there bright and early Saturday morning to enjoy a cup of coffee...
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    You can order the size you'd like from a place...

    You can order the size you'd like from a place called the Foam Factory. You're looking for closed cell foam. The challenge with a full size pad is packing it for the hike. Personally I agree with...
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    You're the man Disco! "A limerick :unsure: ?"...

    You're the man Disco!

    "A limerick :unsure: ?"

    Gideon
  30. Had my months wrong, I might be able to make...

    Had my months wrong, I might be able to make this; it'll depend on work so can't be sure but would love to make this one.

    Gideon
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    Some thoughts: -blow air pad won't work for the...

    Some thoughts:
    -blow air pad won't work for the feet, closed cell foam pad 1" thick is ideal if wide/long enough.
    -good advice about socks being layered but Not snug
    -good advice about hat; a...
  32. Great video and encouraging. I'm hoping to...

    Great video and encouraging. I'm hoping to combine my love of fishing, the outdoors, and hammocks with a kayak this spring. Saving those pennys and watching videos like yours to learn what I can!
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  33. Thread: First Hang Ever

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    Amazing first go at it and with DIY gear to boot!...

    Amazing first go at it and with DIY gear to boot! Congratulations!
    Gideon
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    Trip Rpt; undisclosed, top secret location

    I probably shouldn't even share this but someone, besides myself, needs to know about this! Not too long ago, I was with a small group of fellow forum members; I won't name them for reasons that'll...
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    I've also noticed some "crushing" of the line...

    I've also noticed some "crushing" of the line from my speed hooks. I love them but in my opinion, it is causing wear and it's something you need to watch and replace at some point. The only other...
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    I'm envious of you guys, that'll be a great hike;...

    I'm envious of you guys, that'll be a great hike; great section of the OT and that's some really good mileage! Be safe!
    Gideon
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    The trail is "Whites Creek". I'd recommend we...

    The trail is "Whites Creek". I'd recommend we hike it counterclockwise, starting at Camp 5 Pond trailhead. There's a pond at the start, a small stock pond 1/2 way through day one and we can camp by...
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    On this one, you'd want to consider brining an...

    On this one, you'd want to consider brining an ultralight rod/reel to fish. Day two we're along the 11 point river. I've never fished that stretch but it's reported to have smallmouth, perhaps even...
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    I'm out; too much business travel for the next...

    I'm out; too much business travel for the next two weeks, have to do some things this weekend, sorry Mazen!! When I get back we'll have to plan something; perhaps around mid Feb?
    Gideon
  40. Wish I could be I'll be out of the country that...

    Wish I could be I'll be out of the country that week and the week after. Sounds like a really good plan! Great idea to combine a car camp night with two good long days. Could actually cook a great...
  41. It was a great hike. Good fellowship and...

    It was a great hike. Good fellowship and everyone got to really run their cold weather gear. MCGUNS didn't make it but he was the one who suggested Sam E. Baker and it was a good recommendation. ...
  42. Sorry Macpaks, wish i could but I won't get out...

    Sorry Macpaks, wish i could but I won't get out of work until late tonight.

    More bad news; Pyro is bailing on me/us!!!!!!!!! Apparently he got slammed with a lot of homework and has to knuckle...
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    I wanted to add another thought about cold...

    I wanted to add another thought about cold weather hammocking on a budget. I was thinking about your post and thought about this:
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    We have a group hang in Missouri this weekend. ...

    We have a group hang in Missouri this weekend. Low on Saturday should be 15-20; may not be anything for our friends further north but for us Missouri boys, it's right cold!!

    Looking forward to it...
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    Not sure if I can get out two weekends in a row...

    Not sure if I can get out two weekends in a row but I'd love to do this section! Have to see how work schedule looks; thanks for posting Mazen!
    Gideon
  46. Saturday at 10:00 for Pyro and I; late meeting at...

    Saturday at 10:00 for Pyro and I; late meeting at work on Friday.

    Disco has us heading to backpack camp 1 at the end of Mudlick but I've suggested we look at the three stone shelters on the way...
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    The only pad I ever used that kept me warm in the...

    The only pad I ever used that kept me warm in the winter time was 1" thick closed cell (black) that I purchased from the foam factory. I got it extra wide to wrap around my shoulders and extend to...
  48. At the very least, I'll hike back that way and...

    At the very least, I'll hike back that way and either meet you coming in on the Mudlick trail or at the trailhead proper! I think the tarpworms are going to be really great!
    Gideon
  49. Pyro and I will be there Saturday morning; can't...

    Pyro and I will be there Saturday morning; can't make Friday evening due to a business meeting.

    DCOFFMAN83; about what time do you think you'll arrive at the trail head? I can hike back that...
  50. Weather forecast today shows a 30% chance of snow...

    Weather forecast today shows a 30% chance of snow on Saturday! Wouldn't that be great? Snow would make this perfect, especially if the wind isn't so bad!

    Still not sure about Friday night but...
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