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  1. As long as you don't intend to camp on it. That's...

    As long as you don't intend to camp on it. That's illegal. You can't camp anywhere along the trail between Happy Isles and Little Yosemite Valley, the Panorama trail, or the trail up to Glacier Point...
  2. I doubt there will be lots of mossies in July....

    I doubt there will be lots of mossies in July. They;re just starting, and it will be over before you know it. None of the usual meadows have the bogs they like to lay eggs in.

    The falls in the...
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    He's crossing boundaries - Lodgepole, Wolverton...

    He's crossing boundaries - Lodgepole, Wolverton and Pear Lake are all well inside Sequoia National PARK. A good place to hang if you are not heading over 9,000 feet. You can hang at Pear Lake if...
  4. Poll: I have JRB quilts (2 Hudson Rivers) and a HG...

    I have JRB quilts (2 Hudson Rivers) and a HG Burrow 0. Velcro and drawcords, snaps and drawcord. They work great - no cold feet - and I can use them as blankets or underquilts as well. Multi...
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    I have a Chrome Dome - it saved my bacon several...

    I have a Chrome Dome - it saved my bacon several times. Once in a snow storm when we were caught totally unprepared (you really don't expect sideways blowing snow on the coast in California, but we...
  6. Thread: Packa

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    WTB: Nope, it doesn't. It's waterproof, not breathable...

    Nope, it doesn't. It's waterproof, not breathable and ventilated.

    I have a few quilt's worth of rain jackets - you name it, Event, Goretex, whatever tex, the latest miracle fabric that's...
  7. Thread: Packa

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    WTB: Anyone interested in a cheap version, here is one...

    Anyone interested in a cheap version, here is one http://www.amazon.com/SnugPak-92285-Snugpak-Patrol-Poncho/dp/B001B8FYBA/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1422495707&sr=8-6&keywords=snugpak

    I picked one up...
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    I'm sure it went fine. People often use hammocks...

    I'm sure it went fine. People often use hammocks on the JMT. You just camp below treeline - easy to do, if you break the trip into segments that land you between passes each night. In the last part...
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    Strength????? a friend using it to hang a bear...

    Strength????? a friend using it to hang a bear bag broke it when trying to get it out of a tree ( I was there). if you can yank and break it, it's like those cheap sleeping bags - the rating is...
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    Welcome, from Fresno. You may want to get...

    Welcome, from Fresno.

    You may want to get something other than paracord... that's not going to be strong enough, and tree straps are needed, especially when hanging from trees with soft bark.
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    I am a side sleeper most of the time, except in...

    I am a side sleeper most of the time, except in the Warbonnet BB. I can and do sleep on my side in the BB - I wake later on and find myself on my back, on my side AND back (only possible in a...
  12. Thread: 4 season?

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    For me, 3 season is rated to 20F, and winter's...

    For me, 3 season is rated to 20F, and winter's gear is 1 season - you need 0 degree gear, a stove that works well when temps are below freezing all day and even lower at night, snowshoes or skis, and...
  13. Fishing regs - many areas close to fishing in...

    Fishing regs - many areas close to fishing in November and don't open til April. Check the California DFG website to get a license and read up on the regs.

    If you are trout fishing, if you can...
  14. I don't think about it. Hanging stuff from the...

    I don't think about it. Hanging stuff from the ends of the hammock or in the shelf (Warbonnet Blackbird) where clothes, headlamp, book, camera, live. Shoes go on the ground on either side of a small...
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    And do not hang from redwoods or sequoias of any...

    And do not hang from redwoods or sequoias of any size - they have very shallow root balls.

    There are big pines and many firs. A minimum of 15 feet per strap for a strap/whoopie sling suspension...
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    Two books for you - Sierra North and Sierra...

    Two books for you - Sierra North and Sierra South. Also the forum High Sierra Topix - trip reports all over California. There are countless hikes of that length in California alone.
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    www.redwoodhikes.com Shows coastal redwood...

    www.redwoodhikes.com

    Shows coastal redwood groves/parks. Also has a page about Sequoias.

    For Sequoias, try the Giant Forest in Sequoia NP for the highest number of very large trees. The largest...
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    That's actually the White Mountains. I spent last...

    That's actually the White Mountains. I spent last weekend between the Whites and the Sierra camping in the hills, where it was nice and quiet. But both ranges have a dusting of snow right now. Hoping...
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    The nearest REI to where they are going is...

    The nearest REI to where they are going is hundreds of miles and a mountain pass from the trailhead. Not exactly "a business out there."

    And most REIs in California don't rent all the gear...
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    lowergear.com. The towns in that area are so...

    lowergear.com.

    The towns in that area are so small, the closest possibilities would be Bishop or Mammoth Lakes. In Bishop, it's http://eastsidesports.com/eastside/ Wilson's Eastside Sports. You're...
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    Going to guess you mean Sykes, since Esalen is a...

    Going to guess you mean Sykes, since Esalen is a conference center with groomed hot spring tubs on the coast - and private.
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    In the right environment it can and will dry, if...

    In the right environment it can and will dry, if you are able to put it out in the sun during the day. If you truly find yourself in such a situation you have a choice - miles or warm nights. If you...
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    That whole synthetic-keeps-you-warm-when-wet...

    That whole synthetic-keeps-you-warm-when-wet thing is a myth. Wet synthetic sucks just as much as wet down - you think a wet UQ won't get heavy and sag and make you cold? Keep your UQ dry no matter...
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    I have two JRB Hudson River quilts. At $240 each...

    I have two JRB Hudson River quilts. At $240 each I consider them a steal. I have two quality 3 season quilts that will last for a couple decades easily, for the cost of a week in a semi-decent hotel...
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    Down packs smaller and lighter. Down has a...

    Down packs smaller and lighter. Down has a perceptibly different feel to it - perhaps because it's lighter and dispersed fluff in the shell instead of slabs of filaments.

    Synthetic is heavy and...
  26. You need the permit whether you build a fire or...

    You need the permit whether you build a fire or use a stove - you need it for any stove. A trowel is fine. As I said, if you stay in the parks, the wilderness permit covers you for the fire permit -...
  27. National Forest - Not NPS - requires a fire...

    National Forest - Not NPS - requires a fire permit. The online permit is on the NFS website. In National Parks, your wilderness permit is also your fire permit. If your trip goes through Jennie Lake...
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    The real concern will be the weather and the...

    The real concern will be the weather and the elevation. If the weather turns, going to Clouds Rest is a bad idea - lightning strikes the tops of these granite high points every month of the year, and...
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    Is the webbing original? Is it slipping down the...

    Is the webbing original? Is it slipping down the bark of the trees?
  30. Thread: Underquilt cost.

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    The cost of backpacking puts people off. When I...

    The cost of backpacking puts people off. When I teach my backpacking class, I do the equation this way. Before getting anything very expensive, you have to get your priorities straight.

    How often...
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    You don't get what NOLS is - that's ok. But they...

    You don't get what NOLS is - that's ok. But they do base what they do on science.
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    Lightning in the backcountry

    NOLS is a nationally recognized school on wilderness adventures and about the most authoritative source you can find - it may be the only thing nookin will ever be right about.

    You can check with...
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    http://rendezvous.nols.edu/files/Curriculum/resear...

    http://rendezvous.nols.edu/files/Curriculum/research_projects/Risk%20Management%20Reports/NOLS%20Backcountry%20Lightning%20Safety%20Guidelines.pdf
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    Late to the party, but I'll just leave this...

    Late to the party, but I'll just leave this actual authoritative information from an actual backcountry safety expert(s) organization here -
    ...
  35. Suit bags, hang on hangers - three for a few...

    Suit bags, hang on hangers - three for a few bucks at Target. (I avoid Walmart like the plague. I rarely shop at Target, either.) Breathable, dust proof.
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    You have absolutely no reason to fear bears....

    You have absolutely no reason to fear bears. Respect them - keep your distance - but when they show up, you yell, pitch a fit, wave your arms, toss rocks (not to hit them) and don't let them stay...
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    I had to do several double takes before realizing...

    I had to do several double takes before realizing you mean Happy Isles - no such trailhead or location as Happy Trails. :)

    You're going to be pretty miserable on the ground with a thinlight....
  38. Thread: Sleeping bag?

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    Poll: quilts. down to10f on the ground or in the...

    quilts. down to10f on the ground or in the hammock. Side sleeper who moves a lot and I do fine.
  39. I'm a half and half ground/hammock kind of hiker,...

    I'm a half and half ground/hammock kind of hiker, defying all those who claim pain and suffering either way ( I really get grief for it).

    I use a JRB Hudson River pretty much all the time, ground...
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    I have a ULA Circuit and thought about the Ohm,...

    I have a ULA Circuit and thought about the Ohm, but yours is the wrong size for me.
  41. Use what works. At last count I have gear from at...

    Use what works. At last count I have gear from at least 50 vendors... three different hammocks. JRB and Warbonnet and Hammock Gear quilts. Homemade gear. If it's quality, and I need it, it's a shoe...
  42. Bears in California don't care about anything but...

    Bears in California don't care about anything but your food. Injuries caused by bears are invariably due to someone keeping food in a tent. They leave you alone and know full well how to discriminate.
  43. I boil water so there is no smell to impart to...

    I boil water so there is no smell to impart to anything. So I feel there is no problem doing it under the tarp if I must, and do not worry about it. I eat sitting in the hammock sometimes and then...
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    Statistically speaking, of all the things to...

    Statistically speaking, of all the things to worry about - ground or hammock, sleeping bag or quilt, you should put new tires on your car, give it a tune up, replace the break pads. And leave your...
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    Too heavy may make a shock cord suspension...

    Too heavy may make a shock cord suspension inadequate. i would clip it to the hammock to prevent air gaps.
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    I got a steal on an ENO for twenty bucks,...

    I got a steal on an ENO for twenty bucks, thinking this would be the lighter hammock with no net for when the mosquitoes die off. I should have known better. Can't go from a roomy Blackbird to a...
  47. as a half time ground sleeper, i find that my...

    as a half time ground sleeper, i find that my quilts work great either way. as long as you can tuck the quilt around you and you have adequate r rated pad beneath you. it takes a little to get used...
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    Ahem. Not sure where you got the idea there is a...

    Ahem. Not sure where you got the idea there is a deposit on bear can rentals. There isn't.

    Bear cans are mandatory and bear spray is ILLEGAL and completely unnecessary in Yosemite. Guess how many...
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    The campsites are designated and most are...

    The campsites are designated and most are treeless. You would be better off with a tent unless you hike out there, identify the sites with trees for hanging, and manage to get a reservation for that...
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    When you set it up, does the suspension look like...

    When you set it up, does the suspension look like it is at a 30 degree angle to the ridgeline on the ends?

    It sounds like an angle issue on the hang. A too-tight ridgeline can snap - mind the...
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