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    Well, I didn't fail, I simply rescheduled... ...

    Well, I didn't fail, I simply rescheduled...

    Actually, it bothers me when people don't do what they say they will do, but when *I* don't do it it *really* bothers me. That said, I was not able to...
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    Hi all, I am heading out tomorrow (Monday) but...

    Hi all,

    I am heading out tomorrow (Monday) but last night it was -16C here (about 3F) so I might die after all.

    I will take all my gear, but it might be too cold to try.

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    Hi, Thanks for the pointers so far. It sounds...

    Hi,

    Thanks for the pointers so far. It sounds like I won't die*, but I might be cold. Since I am unlikely to die* then I will try it. With a thermometer I will be able to know what temperature...
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    Planning a test hang in freezing weather

    Hi,

    I am hoping someone will talk me out of this, but I'm going to have to try one time. Next week I am going to an education centre in the mountains. I will be working during the day, but I...
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    So, anyway... The laser pointer uses tiny AG3...

    So, anyway...

    The laser pointer uses tiny AG3 cells (I think). They are easy to find, but not used for anything else I own. The batteries should last though, even if I use this gadget regularly...
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    Hi all, Thank you everyone for your comments. ...

    Hi all,

    Thank you everyone for your comments. I can see it's not an entirely dumb idea, although it may be a little over-the-top in geekiness. I like the idea of sighting along the surface of...
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    Hi all, Thank you for the responses so far. ...

    Hi all,

    Thank you for the responses so far. It's all good, especially to know what's *not* important. It's been bothering me that I couldn't be sure of a level hang, but now I see it's not a...
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    The importance of levelling

    How important is it? I don't know, but I'd like your opinions. I try to get my tarp lines and treehugger straps at the same height (ignoring the undulations of the ground). I then try to make sure...
  9. Thread: New Thermarest

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    Sorry, I meant to summarise the details. It's...

    Sorry, I meant to summarise the details. It's all in Japanese, but the English version doesn't have much information at all.

    There are different sizes available, but I have the AirPad 150. It is...
  10. Thread: New Thermarest

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    Interesting. I have one of these, which packs...

    Interesting. I have one of these, which packs equally small:

    http://webshop.montbell.jp/goods/disp.php?product_id=1124320

    I haven't tried it with my hammock, but I need to carry a pad in case...
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    Surely you mean 'losing'. 'Loosing an arrow' has...

    Surely you mean 'losing'. 'Loosing an arrow' has an entirely different meaning.

    A
  12. Thread: Guy Line Lengths

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    Mine are all 2.5m (about 8'). They have...

    Mine are all 2.5m (about 8'). They have clamcleats to adjust the length, and I added tarp-tensioners to the two side lines.

    A
  13. Thread: clamcleat source

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    I use four of the small ones on my tarp (Claytor...

    I use four of the small ones on my tarp (Claytor JH). They are in two pairs. One pair is used "conventionally" for the side tie-outs of the tarp, which also have tarp tensioners:
    ...
  14. Does anyone else appreciate the delicious irony...

    Does anyone else appreciate the delicious irony (or delicate puns) in Miguel's post?

    :)

    A
  15. Thread: How long?

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    4 days from Thailand to Japan. ... What?

    4 days from Thailand to Japan.

    ...

    What?
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    MontBell AirPad. Don't know if it's available in...

    MontBell AirPad. Don't know if it's available in the US yet, but it is like a beach air matress. Rolls up smaller than the same sized self-inflating mat:
    ...
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    It's pretty simple really. You need a rope at...

    It's pretty simple really. You need a rope at each end of the hammock which is strong enough to take the load. The rest is just gravy.

    Picture yourself arriving at the site, and imagine what you...
  18. Thread: clamcleat source

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    You can order them direct from England. ...

    You can order them direct from England.

    http://www.clamcleat.com/cleats/cleats.asp?menuid=7

    I thought there was an on-line purchase option, but I can't find it now. I have sent them email in...
  19. Thread: Guest user report

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    So, my response to my friend's report was firstly...

    So, my response to my friend's report was firstly to thank her for such a detailed and unbiased report. My summary would be "hammocks are comfortable but different to tents". I feel that she would...
  20. Thread: Guest user report

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    Guest user report

    Hi all,

    First, a bit of background. I have three Claytor Jungle Hammocks. No. 1 was bought for me to "have a go". I think it's great! No. 2 was bought for my wife, so she could join me. ...
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    My spreader bars are 450mm (17"), and this...

    My spreader bars are 450mm (17"), and this measurement seems to be the same on all three of my hammocks. I recommend you wait until the hammock arrives before you cut anything.

    A
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    I think it's exactly the right size, although...

    I think it's exactly the right size, although I've never packed it quite as neatly as it was when it first arrived.

    I am planning to pack it in two separate bags anyway- if it rains, I need to be...
  23. I sewed mine by hand. I used very strong thread...

    I sewed mine by hand. I used very strong thread (I cannot break it by hand, I have to cut it with scissors). For the main straps I made a loop and then, using a backstitch, I sewed two boxes with a...
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    I have one of these. I ordered it recently and...

    I have one of these. I ordered it recently and it arrived in this new style. It is extremely nicely made, but I am not sure it's what I want. This is the second hammock I ordered from Tom. The...
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    My favourite knot is the Figure of 8. I like it...

    My favourite knot is the Figure of 8. I like it because it has many uses:

    * Stopper knot
    * Form a bight (loop)
    * Tie around something
    * Join two lines

    It is easy to tie, and easy to check. ...
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    Actually, being a gram weenie is the new black. ...

    Actually, being a gram weenie is the new black. Seriously though, I am weighing all my stuff because I am going on a trip to Australia. I am flying with a *really cheap* airline, and they have...
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    Perhaps! I like to know how much each thing...

    Perhaps! I like to know how much each thing weighs, so that I know what I can replace later with something lighter. I also know that a 10 kg pack (25lbs) is heavy but not too heavy.

    Of course,...
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    Ok, that matches my calculations: Jungle...

    Ok, that matches my calculations:

    Jungle hammock & fly 1600 g
    UL SS #2 down bag 824 g
    Air pad 150 455 g
    Air pillow 90 g

    Total weight just under 3 kg (6.5 lbs)

    A
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    Hi, just for reference my Jungle Hammock & Fly...

    Hi, just for reference my Jungle Hammock & Fly weighs a total of 1.6 kg (3.5 lbs). I have removed the stock straps and tarp lines and replaced them with webbing straps, SMC rings, 'biners and light...
  30. How about ebay? A

    How about ebay?

    A
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    I worried about this too (maybe unneccesarily). ...

    I worried about this too (maybe unneccesarily). My solution was to get two pieces of 20mm webbing about 50cm long and sew loops in the ends. I pushed the webbing through the channel on the hammock....
  32. Thread: Sell it to me...

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    In case you are wondering about weight, I have a...

    In case you are wondering about weight, I have a spreadsheet with the weight of each of my hammock components. The stock weight of the Claytor Jungle Hammock and Fly is about 1.6kg (about 3.5lb). I...
  33. Just don't expect to catch anything. :) A

    Just don't expect to catch anything. :)

    A
  34. Compass, map, whistle. And don't forget to file...

    Compass, map, whistle. And don't forget to file a schedule with friends, so they can raise the alarm if you don't come back, and know roughly where you were supposed to be.

    Arguments abound on...
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    I am using a round turn and two half-hitches to...

    I am using a round turn and two half-hitches to attach the webbing straps at each end of my hammock. In my (single) night of hammocking they held well and I didn't plummet earthwards at all,...
  36. Thread: First hang- Sunday

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    We were very lucky. Fuji-san was shrouded with...

    We were very lucky. Fuji-san was shrouded with cloud when we arrived on Sunday, but it cleared up completely in the afternoon, so some great views could be had. On Monday morning it was cloudy...
  37. Thread: Tarp seal

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    Tarp seal

    Hello,

    This may seem a silly question, but I have read here that some people seal their tarp seams. Do I have to do this with my Claytor Jungle Hammock and Fly? If I have to do it, what do I do?...
  38. Thread: First hang- Sunday

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    Well, it was great, but I was cold. I didn't...

    Well, it was great, but I was cold. I didn't think 14C was "cold", but it was. The problem was that I had only a thin 'pad'. I knew I needed something, but all I had was a 3mm thick aluminised...
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    Thanks for this information. In my case I have...

    Thanks for this information. In my case I have made two tensioners, and installed them on the 'down' tie-outs. For the ridge line I have tried to make a 'quick' fastening system. I will try to...
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    Tarp tensioners: two or four?

    Hi,

    I have been considering making some tarp tensioners based on the instructions at JustJeff's site. My tarp (from a Claytor Jungle Hammock and Fly) has four tie-outs. I am aware of the safety...
  41. Thread: First hang- Sunday

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    Wow, thanks for the quick and positive responses....

    Wow, thanks for the quick and positive responses. I am not sure if you can see Mt. Fuji from Mt. Fuji, but indeed the thought of it does conjure up a pleasant image. I'll see what I can do.

    A
  42. Thread: Mont Bell Air Pad

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    Yes, that is the North American site for pads,...

    Yes, that is the North American site for pads, but the new air pads are not listed. They are new here (in Japan), and I'm guessing Mont Bell will have to decide when (and if) they will make them...
  43. Thread: Mont Bell Air Pad

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    Mont Bell Air Pad

    Hi,

    I have just noticed that Mont Bell are making a new range of air mattress, called the U.L. Comfort System Air Pad.

    http://en.montbell.jp/products/goods/list.php?category=229000

    I don't...
  44. Thread: First hang- Sunday

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    First hang- Sunday

    Well, it's been a while (since I got my hammock), but a window of opportunity has opened and I will be able to hang for the first time on Sunday night. I am going to a place at the base of Mt Fuji...
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    If you are a radio ham (or if you are interested...

    If you are a radio ham (or if you are interested in becoming one) you could hook up your device to a radio and send it to the web using APRS. Then we could all see what the conditions in your...
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    In your first message you said it is 99% complete...

    In your first message you said it is 99% complete and "needs only a few tweeks to get it running full speed". So, if speed is the only problem, don't sweat it.

    If you meant that the final 1% is...
  47. Thread: Hot knife

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    I used a cheap craft knife. The type with the 4"...

    I used a cheap craft knife. The type with the 4" sliding blade that you snap a piece off each time it gets blunt. Oh, and a gas cooking ring. Extend the blade fully, heat about 1/3rd of it in the...
  48. Thread: Drip string

    by ame
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    Drip string

    Sorry if it's a dumb question, but where should I attach drip strings?

    Do I attach them to the lines which support the fly, or to the lines that support the hammock?

    Thanks,

    A
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    Useful-looking belt-buckle

    I just noticed this, by way of Kevin Kelly's 'Cool Tools' mailing list:

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000G3CNDI/ref=nosim/kkorg-20

    The belt buckle has an interesting shape which suggests other...
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    Bugnet Attachment point

    Hi,

    With the Claytor Jungle Hammock, would it be true to say that the bugnet support usually attaches to the tree at about the same point as the main support line is attached?

    I have made a...
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