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    T-Bird Has Landed!

    My grandmother always wanted a Thunderbird... the Ford kind.

    I got one... the Smurfy kind.

    1.6 HyperD Charcoal Gray w/1.0 Charcoal Gray cover. Triangles are Blaze Orange and Spectra Yellow (one...
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    Thank you, that means a lot. I was fortunate...

    Thank you, that means a lot. I was fortunate enough to be with him just hours before he passed. I'd been saying it all along, but I got to tell him once again that he was the strongest, bravest man I...
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    Ah, the great predator of the North, the...

    Ah, the great predator of the North, the mosquito. Fortunately, I live by a river and am well-accustomed to their attacks!

    Extra zippers? I'm not aware of the option or why. Tell me more!
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    Oh Happy Day - Order #1554 Placed

    What a day - ordered myself a new tarp and Renegade quilt from UCQ and a Thunderbird from Dream Hammock.

    I'm a lot lighter... in the wallet. Now to work on the other kind of weight loss. :)

    All...
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    Sticky: Changed mine to Montalaskan from Davigilante. ...

    Changed mine to Montalaskan from Davigilante.

    I was born and raised in Montana and my wife was born in Alaska. We have friends and family in Alaska that we visit yearly.

    My first visit to...
  6. I live in Billings. MetraPark isn't really a...

    I live in Billings.

    MetraPark isn't really a park, per se. More of a gathering of multiuser facilities, fair grounds, horse facilities, arena, etc.

    As such there are very few trees and a lot...
  7. Fortunately, we camped below the tree-line. That...

    Fortunately, we camped below the tree-line. That was one question I had for the organizer. "Are you SURE there are trees I can hang from!?" Otherwise I'd have brought a *gasp* tent.

    Unfortunately,...
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    If you are not limited to weight, I'd definitely...

    If you are not limited to weight, I'd definitely consider a CCF and definitely pack a nice pair of thermals to sleep in. "Average" in Yellowstone can turn into really bitter fricken cold as early as...
  9. Red Lodge Creek Plateau Trail Building Project

    I took Friday off last week to head up with the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation and the USFS to help re-route the Senia Creek Trail on the Red Lodge Creek Plateau near Red Lodge, Montana.
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    Sounds like a busy trip with lots of driving! (Of...

    Sounds like a busy trip with lots of driving! (Of course, in our state, driving is inevitable.)

    Always good to hear people mention a "next trip" after a trip to Montana. I'm glad you had a good...
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    Those are big numbers for a cottage shop, yet you...

    Those are big numbers for a cottage shop, yet you had time to respond to my questions via Skype yesterday. Big huge thumbs up!

    When I convert some ground dwellers this weekend (which I will),...
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    The timing of the sale couldn't have been better....

    The timing of the sale couldn't have been better. I need an underquilt, just happened to go to the site, boom, Jarbidge in cart.

    I'm excited. I wish that it could be here by Thursday so I could...
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    A little late but I hope you didn't miss the...

    A little late but I hope you didn't miss the Beartooth Highway from Red Lodge to the Cooke City entrance to the Park.

    Funny that the Gorge mentioned the Roost. I just ate there on Tuesday.
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    Video about me and my trail buddy

    Hey guys, it's been a while since I posted on here, been a tough year with my dad and wife's health.

    I am so ready for spring and some time hanging from trees and hitting the trails.

    My...
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    Moved to big Wyoming!

    Howdy from your neighbor to the north!
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    Yellowstone Suggestions

    My favorite areas of the park tend to be on the northern and eastern part of the "8" - Lamar Valley, Fishing Bridge, the Lake, Canyon, Tower, Mammoth, etc. (Mainly because those are the parts I am...
  17. The 50 State Project: US State Parks & Hammocks

    My first thought was that she's saying we don't have trees in Montana. Then I figured out that she's most likely saying many of our trees are conifers, which are slightly less accessible for hanging.
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    I've never stayed at a KOA, but their...

    I've never stayed at a KOA, but their headquarters is about a block from my house.
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    PapaSmurf - Randy - Great guy

    My experience mirrors Labrador's. I am saving up for a DB and Papa Smurf has been great in responding to my questions.
  20. Thread: Hello All!

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    Hello All!

    I've got a bead on a surplus parachute too. Tempted just to get all that nylon for $30 at a pawn shop!

    It's unused, but my only concern is the panels being sewn in odd configurations. Even so,...
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    Scariest Moment in the Woods?

    Chug just listed my biggest wilderness fears: moose, mountain lion, bear, momma bear.

    Only one he missed is banjos.
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    Favorite Place to Backpack

    I'm partial to the places in my "back yard." Fortunate that they are places like the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Yellowstone and Grand Teton.

    The Kenai Peninsula in Alaska is my favorite place...
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    I'm curious where you heard the price point. Have...

    I'm curious where you heard the price point. Have they announced?
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    Did you see Kyle, Stan, Kenny and Cartman?

    Did you see Kyle, Stan, Kenny and Cartman?
  25. 20th high school reunion backpacking trip on the...

    20th high school reunion backpacking trip on the Beaten Bath with a bunch of old friends.

    The Beaten Path runs 26 miles from near Cooke City, MT to East Rosebud Lake through the...
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    Get a haircut, ya hippie! (I kid!)

    Get a haircut, ya hippie! (I kid!)
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    Tell the Labs that it's water. They'll jump right...

    Tell the Labs that it's water. They'll jump right in. :D
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    Depending on the type of tree, "tree wells" can...

    Depending on the type of tree, "tree wells" can be a concern. "Christmas-tree" shaped trees - evergreens, pines, cedars, etc. are where you need to be more concerned. The shape means that a tree can...
  29. Ordered one - spare for a buddy is never a bad...

    Ordered one - spare for a buddy is never a bad thing. I think I'll replace the suspension though.
  30. There are some good campgrounds near, but out of,...

    There are some good campgrounds near, but out of, Glacier around Hungry Horse Reservoir. Some with room enough for a dozen or so campers.
  31. I've never met a Montanan who considers...

    I've never met a Montanan who considers themselves a Midwesterner. *Maybe* east of Miles City...

    Fact is, Montana is a region of our own. :)
  32. That's some pretty sweet material! Lots of...

    That's some pretty sweet material! Lots of potential.
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    Sticky: So you are 434 years old!?

    So you are 434 years old!?
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    I was very athletic until about 20, then I got...

    I was very athletic until about 20, then I got lazy and liked junk food, Mountain Dew Code Red and sat in front of a computer all day.

    Almost four years ago (January 23, 2009) I slipped and fell...
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    120 pounds so far... keep moving and you'll be...

    120 pounds so far... keep moving and you'll be surprised how fast it melts away!
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    I haven't hung in Glacier, but I've camped near...

    I haven't hung in Glacier, but I've camped near there (Hungry Horse area) a few times. Lots of trees in the area until you get further up Going-to-the-Sun and get above the treeline.

    I *have*...
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    Most likely.

    Most likely.
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    ULers may want to look away...

    I stepped on the scale today and reached 30 pounds dropped since June. So, to "celebrate", I decided to feel what losing that weight actually means.

    I usually carry my camera gear (Nikon D7000,...
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    It's not a bad idea in my area. The solution is...

    It's not a bad idea in my area. The solution is external - make your buddy carry it!
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    First off, that's a bomber tent you've got, but...

    First off, that's a bomber tent you've got, but you'll be more comfortable in the trees.

    I think the volume would be fairly equal, depending on the tarp and UQ you choose.
  41. Dogs prefer "woof"-ie slings. That, and having a...

    Dogs prefer "woof"-ie slings. That, and having a pal with opposable thumbs help.
  42. My dog waits for me to get in, *then* she wants...

    My dog waits for me to get in, *then* she wants in!
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    That night grid is really neat looking when you...

    That night grid is really neat looking when you see more than just a swatch. And the skeeters aren't going to get through that "netting." :)

    This is a new thing, maybe it should be called the...
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    Too bad the material is a little pricey to just...

    Too bad the material is a little pricey to just stack weight on until we know its fail point. :)

    (At least for me.)
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    Two people would be tight I think. Unless they...

    Two people would be tight I think. Unless they have very skinny legs. :)

    Also looks like what might be a laptop in the one backpack. Must be the photographer's pack. :)
  46. Beards are the most manly way to go! And free! :)

    Beards are the most manly way to go! And free! :)
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    I wonder if that much headroom is necessary but...

    I wonder if that much headroom is necessary but the view looks good out the window!
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    Looks like it needs three trees. That might make...

    Looks like it needs three trees. That might make things difficult at times.
  49. I agree on the healthy respect thing. Respect...

    I agree on the healthy respect thing. Respect Mother Nature - she's beautiful, but dangerous. Know the dangers, but don't obsess over them.

    Be smart. We got to the top of the food chain using our...
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    This is a very handy tool for those of us...

    This is a very handy tool for those of us dreaming of a Dangerbird. Thanks PapaSmurf!
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