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    Tip for using line locs: When I got my first...

    Tip for using line locs: When I got my first tarp from Jared, I could never keep straight which end of the line to pull to tighten, so I tied a small knot on the pulling end. Makes it a lot...
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    Here's a first generation Jared (no mesh air...

    Here's a first generation Jared (no mesh air reliever) winter tube, 11 foot SLD Voyageur hammock, 0 degree HG Econ Incubator UG and 0 degree Enlightened Equipment Enigma TQ. Pic was taken while...
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    Nice looking tarp! Looks like you've got plenty...

    Nice looking tarp! Looks like you've got plenty of room under there and I've always been a fan of line locs.

    For porch mode, I use my fully extended trekking poles with a long prussik on the pull...
  4. I was at a small town market in Sebewaing,...

    I was at a small town market in Sebewaing, Michigan and came across "bacon sausage". Planning on picking up a couple of pounds to make who knows what with, but either way, it's bacon.

    Porta...
  5. Looks good and I dig the name! You've been...

    Looks good and I dig the name! You've been working on lots of new things. How soon till you'll have them up on your website?
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    Yep, it's earned its reputation as "Fakebook". ...

    Yep, it's earned its reputation as "Fakebook".

    My parents older neighbor almost fell for the same scam but luckily the clerk asked a few questions when she came to check out and convinced them to...
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    Stellar plan! At least you'll have the trail...

    Stellar plan! At least you'll have the trail all to yourself.
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    Welcome to the club!

    Welcome to the club!
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    Poll: I like having a balance. For deep winter trips...

    I like having a balance. For deep winter trips using the pulk, stove and hot tent I'm equally happy with a big group around the campfire for a long weekend or just hanging out with a few pals...
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    That looks brutal. Dirty looking spot but it...

    That looks brutal. Dirty looking spot but it looks familiar. We had that same rain hit us about 80 miles east in the thumb. Buckets is an understatement.
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    How about a video like your famous rain mitt...

    How about a video like your famous rain mitt experience a few years ago? Thanks for testing it out and saving me $10.[emoji5]. Bring it to the next group hang and find a new home for it.
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    Glad to here confirmation of other colors. I've...

    Glad to here confirmation of other colors. I've got some of Orange and it always looks dirty. I'll order some when the other colors are released.

    One clicks thread about the reflective shedding...
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    Lawson Equipment new 2.5mm glowire

    I just got the announcement about this from Lawson. I've bought his 2mm and 3mm glowire before, but now he's offering a 2.5mm version that is designed for the lineloc 3's. All of my tarps and hot...
  14. What he said. Anything I can do to shave weight...

    What he said. Anything I can do to shave weight while backpacking is a plus. For example, my 40 degree TQ and UQ weighs the same as my 0 degree UQ. Plus, I'd be a huge sweatball in 70 degree...
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    Spray it all till you create an invisible force...

    Spray it all till you create an invisible force field to those pesky insects. Lots of threads here on HF discussing the various techniques and chemical options.
  16. Glad to be of help. I can't stress enough how...

    Glad to be of help. I can't stress enough how much I liked using the Avenza app and the free maps. I had one area along the river where I followed the two track and it didn't look right, but I had...
  17. That's the power of the pen, Gargoyle! Time to...

    That's the power of the pen, Gargoyle! Time to start working on new recipes.
  18. Simply Light Designs used to sell a tarp that was...

    Simply Light Designs used to sell a tarp that was called the Bikers Bliss or Hikers Haven. One side was a little longer to create a garage space for a bike or motorcycle. It's was a pretty cool...
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    Welcome to the forums and you'll find tons of...

    Welcome to the forums and you'll find tons of great info here on HF. You might want to also consider being a donating member ($10), since that opens up the super secret section for donating...
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    I'll wait for a famous One Click review before I...

    I'll wait for a famous One Click review before I pull the trigger. Looking forward to seeing it in person.
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    Great choice! I bought the regular version of it...

    Great choice! I bought the regular version of it before they offered the econ version and it has been a great 40 degree quilt. I also have the econ 0 degree incubator and I can easily deal with the...
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    No issues doing that.

    No issues doing that.
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    It's all about having extra space under the tarp...

    It's all about having extra space under the tarp when using a 11 foot hammock with a 12 foot tarp. This past weekend at a 4 day 3 night basecamp, I used my 12 foot SLD Winter tarp with my 10 foot...
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    I started out with synthetic due to budget and...

    I started out with synthetic due to budget and switched out to down after about two years. The compressibility, warmth and pack size made a huge difference. Lots of discussions on the subject here...
  25. Whoo buddy! That chili was awesome last weekend....

    Whoo buddy! That chili was awesome last weekend. I'll make sure to reserve 2 porta-johns this year. :)


    Hope you can make it up and meet some more of the crew. Lots of opportunities to see a...
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    I'm using a 10' SLD Trail Lair with my 11'...

    I'm using a 10' SLD Trail Lair with my 11' Hammock Gear DCF standard tarp with doors and there is plenty of room. Personally, I like a tarp that's a foot longer than my hammock. I've used the same...
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    Solid choice for pillows. I've had mine about a...

    Solid choice for pillows. I've had mine about a year and still haven't washed it. May have to do that after my last hot, stinky trip. Plus it beats using a wadded up fleece.
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    If you end up at Pictured Rocks, you have to go...

    If you end up at Pictured Rocks, you have to go through the reservation system and book your backcountry sites for each night. There's lots of great hiking options in Michigan. You may also want to...
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    Michigan had some crazy weather over the weekend....

    Michigan had some crazy weather over the weekend. A bunch of us were hanging at Kinney Bridge in the Jordan and it blew through around 1 AM. One of our guys was on his phone around midnight and got...
  30. SLD is a solid choice. I'm on my second Trail...

    SLD is a solid choice. I'm on my second Trail Lair and extremely satisfied. I'm using a 10 footer in hexon 1.0 and I'm 5' 10", 180. It's super comfortable and the quality is top notch. Turnaround...
  31. MI - Gluttony Hang No. 6 - Gaylord/Elmira, Oct. 24-27, 2019

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    Can it really be that 2019 will be the 6th Annual Gluttony Hang? Time flies and the cholesterol builds up after 6 years of gluttonous weekends in the woods. Time to...
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    Welcome to the forums from the Great Lakes State...

    Welcome to the forums from the Great Lakes State of Michigan. There's lots of choices out there and tons of great info under the vendor forums. You might want to check out Simply Light Designs. ...
  33. Oh, you would have relished the chance to...

    Oh, you would have relished the chance to experience it with me. Have a great paddle!


    The rollaways are the high point of that section. You don't get the full effect until your up on top and...
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    I switch back from above or below, depending on...

    I switch back from above or below, depending on the tarp. With my cuben tarp and Autumnlight ridgeline with nama claws, I go above. My winter tarp with doors I use it below with zing it and...
  35. Camp by water and keep your hiking miles down. ...

    Camp by water and keep your hiking miles down. For me, dealing with heat isn't as bad as having high humidity. It goes all downhill from there if you add in mosquitoes.

    I know from experience...
  36. Michigan NCT SB 131/Roadside Park to Udell/M55, July 5-8, 2019, 62 miles Solo

    https://i.imgur.com/upOPlca.jpg

    Once again, I was due to get out for some hang time, so I headed back to the North Country Trail through one of my favorite sections of the Manistee Forest, with...
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    No stand required since there's a balcony over...

    No stand required since there's a balcony over the deck at the family cottage on the lake. Just got back from 2 nights going tarpless, but I did have to deal with some...
  38. Sorry to hear about the demise of the tarp. My...

    Sorry to hear about the demise of the tarp. My HG cuben tarp came with a repair kit, but given the size and location of the tear, I'd sent it back for professional help.
  39. Nice looking setup! I've got a Jared asym tarp...

    Nice looking setup! I've got a Jared asym tarp and it's amazing how small it packs down. Good choice on the Trail Lair. I'm on my 3rd summer season with mine, made from hexon 1.0. You also can't...
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    Before it goes in the dryer, make sure to take...

    Before it goes in the dryer, make sure to take all the suspension off. Its amazing how tangled those whoopie slings can get. Not that it happened to me....[emoji41].
  41. I was hiking the Manistee River Trail a couple...

    I was hiking the Manistee River Trail a couple years ago midweek, when there's not alot of people around. i was heading north on the MRT side and planned to cross the bridge to my traditional spot...
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    #47 is done after a 4 day trip on the NCT through...

    #47 is done after a 4 day trip on the NCT through the Manistee National forest in Michigan (trip report coming soon). 3 nights of hammock bliss along the river, in the pines, and on an awesome...
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    The full concentrate bottle goes a lot further...

    The full concentrate bottle goes a lot further than you think. I bought a bottle for last season (2018) and just finished it up after straying everything for my last trip. I probably sprayed...
  44. I saw that yesterday when EE sent out the...

    I saw that yesterday when EE sent out the announcement. $130 if you pre-order it (depending on fabric) and it did kind of catch my eye. I'm not a fan of having to deal with "head left" or "head...
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    Welcome to the forums and it was great meeting...

    Welcome to the forums and it was great meeting you at the Michigan Bushcraft Gathering this past May. Your collection of sharps are pretty amazing! Hope to see you at some upcoming outings.
  46. I was thinking that too, but didn't want to be...

    I was thinking that too, but didn't want to be the first one to bring it up.

    I have a ritual that I adhere to on every backpacking trip: I always carry in a first night can of beer and a hostess...
  47. That's the guy and I've seen that supersized...

    That's the guy and I've seen that supersized tarp. I think it's just what you need. You also might want to check out Simply Light Designs. He has a "tarp porch" that can be made to fit an existing...
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    Welcome to the forums from the other side of the...

    Welcome to the forums from the other side of the world!
  49. I briefly glanced at it. Wow, that's a long...

    I briefly glanced at it. Wow, that's a long read. At first I thought it was going to go down that path of a long ago thread here on HF about harvesting down.
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    The Winter Haven is a great tarp and I've got an...

    The Winter Haven is a great tarp and I've got an older 12 footer with the external pole mods. Plenty of room, but the ones Jared is making now with the internal poles are awesome. A couple of my...
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