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    The question is how much do you weigh an unknown...

    The question is how much do you weigh an unknown risk that someday some researcher finds a hazard in the use of permethrin versus the very well identified and quantifiable risk of lyme disease? ...
  2. 2 things that I do: - I do an AT section hike...

    2 things that I do:

    - I do an AT section hike every year. This gives me some incentive to train for the trip so I'm not sucking wind constantly. I've also had very long periods of bad weather...
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    Maroon Bells / Four Pass loop near Aspen,...

    Maroon Bells / Four Pass loop near Aspen, Colorado. I haven't been yet myself but it's on my shortlist due to the scenery.
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    I weathered a nasty all night thunderstorm on...

    I weathered a nasty all night thunderstorm on Springer Mountain 2 years ago where the storm blew up from the valley and the air was a solid rain mist. I had a 11' HG tarp with doors that i pulled...
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    I prefer the full because I find that I need my...

    I prefer the full because I find that I need my sit pad underneath my tailbone to prevent cold butt syndrome (I'm a cold sleeper.)
  6. Awesome! Thanks so much for running this again! ...

    Awesome! Thanks so much for running this again! I'm really looking forward to it.
  7. So, any chance that this is happening again this...

    So, any chance that this is happening again this year? I certainly don't mind doing an unsupported hike with like minded hangers if we don't have a generous and boat-endowed sponsor like Rat :)
  8. Yes. Absolutely needed in heavy rain or else...

    Yes. Absolutely needed in heavy rain or else you'll have your own little rivers of water flowing into your hammock. Cotton shoe lace drip lines seem to work best for me.
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    I'm a big fan of an UQP: specifically the Dutch...

    I'm a big fan of an UQP: specifically the Dutch Summer Sock myself. Using a summer sock with a netless hammock gives me a nice water resistant, bug proof cocoon around my hammock and I can still...
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    I like the head end a few inches higher and I...

    I like the head end a few inches higher and I embrace the slide to the middle :) It puts my body on the widest part of the hammock and I just bend my left knee a bit. Works for me anyway.
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    The absolute lightest set up I have found is...

    The absolute lightest set up I have found is Dutch's Kevlar straps with a marlin spike hitch (MSH). You don't need a whoopie sling with that: just put the MSH in the strap and loop the hammock over...
  12. ...or just get a Dutch Summer sock. It protects...

    ...or just get a Dutch Summer sock. It protects the ends and underside of the hammock reasonably well. I prefer it over an integrated bug net myself.
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    I use 7/64" amsteel as well. It saved me from an...

    I use 7/64" amsteel as well. It saved me from an unpleasant face-to-face encounter with a tree branch on the the AT this spring when a tree fell in the middle of the night and one of the branches...
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    I haven't found a pad that is terribly...

    I haven't found a pad that is terribly comfortable in a hammock. Inflatable pads with baffles that run from top to bottom (like the Big Agnes) seem to work a little better for me but are a distant...
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    If this is happening after a long day of heavy...

    If this is happening after a long day of heavy exercise then it may be exercise induced hyponatremia. There have been a number of studies that show some people have a tendency to retain water in...
  16. Chloroform? In all seriousness, I enjoy hiking...

    Chloroform? In all seriousness, I enjoy hiking alone. The solitude is good for the soul and I think that every relationship needs a little bit of space to flourish. Dan Hicks wrote a song about...
  17. Thread: Custom Tarp?

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    I would try Simply Light Designs for a custom job...

    I would try Simply Light Designs for a custom job like that. Let us know how it goes!
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    I'd just leave the tarp secured in a tarp snake...

    I'd just leave the tarp secured in a tarp snake until I went to bed, or tie the dog to a tree :)
  19. For a good quality quilt there's not a big weight...

    For a good quality quilt there's not a big weight penalty for full length vs torso length. My recommendation is to buy a full length UQ 1st if you're on the fence. If you really dig on long...
  20. How set are you on CF for an asym tarp? My SLD...

    How set are you on CF for an asym tarp? My SLD simplicity asym tarp is 8 oz vs a CF one that cost 3 x more for like a 3 oz savings. (Less material = less weight savings for CF) Silpoly also packs...
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    I've been a couple of storms like this. When the...

    I've been a couple of storms like this. When the rain is coming down hard and there is heavy wind it can carry a LOT of water. There is a also a "splash" from when the water hits the ground but I...
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    I love my hammock but I wouldn't try it on a trip...

    I love my hammock but I wouldn't try it on a trip like that: I would want a light weight freestanding tent and a good inflatable pad. It's called the Great Plains region for a reason. If I get...
  23. Thread: Tarp Sock

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    My biggest beef with a tarp sock is that it...

    My biggest beef with a tarp sock is that it doesn't pack up very efficiently in the CF versions. It seems like CF in general has to be very cleanly folded or else it just take up a ton of space...
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    Option 4: Summer sock underquilt protector from...

    Option 4: Summer sock underquilt protector from Dutch.
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    Adutchable clip "knot" from Dutchware gear :) ...

    Adutchable clip "knot" from Dutchware gear :) Really easy to tie.
  26. Thread: Tarp Stakes

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    I don't like TI (or aluminum) shepherd hooks...

    I don't like TI (or aluminum) shepherd hooks because they rotate too easily. For dedicated gram weenie trips I am fond of the MSR needle stakes now - they are bit stouter than the shepherd hooks...
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    Yes, perfectly normal and you can still use it as...

    Yes, perfectly normal and you can still use it as long as the die isn't a problem. A soak will pick up some die from your clothes (especially if they are new/haven't been washed before.) Fire ant...
  28. The tarp line line rubbing against my Dutch...

    The tarp line line rubbing against my Dutch Kevlar straps actually rubbed tears in my Kevlar straps multiple times. It hasn't torn all the way through or caused it to fail but there are spots where...
  29. Because it's fun to talk about your "Whoopie...

    Because it's fun to talk about your "Whoopie Sling" in front of ground dwellers - the looks are sometimes worth the extra ounce or two :P
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    I just attach my tarp directly to the suspension...

    I just attach my tarp directly to the suspension line for my hammock. I use an extended 16" loop of Amsteel on both ends and a 10' tarp. They both just attached to the same toggle off of my Kevlar...
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    Is it making contact with the underside of your...

    Is it making contact with the underside of your tarp maybe? Could just be moisture from condensation rubbing off onto your quilt.
  32. I'm right about 2 lbs all in for the hammock,...

    I'm right about 2 lbs all in for the hammock, tarp, stakes, and suspension. That's achievable multiple ways but over-all a very light weight set up for hanging.

    Here's my current list of...
  33. 1-2ish sounds good to me for leaving Camp Tejas. ...

    1-2ish sounds good to me for leaving Camp Tejas.

    Just a heads up on the weather forecast for those attending - weather forecast I'm looking at calls for a low of 42 and some (possibly heavy)...
  34. I have a 45lb Samoyed and there's no way she...

    I have a 45lb Samoyed and there's no way she would sleep in a hammock with me. I just stake her under the tarp on a short leash. As long as she's close to me she's fine. Not much different from...
  35. Thread: Tarp weight?

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    IMHO tarp weight is a distant second to...

    IMHO tarp weight is a distant second to functionality. If it doesn't keep you dry it's of little value no matter how cheap and light it is. I would recommend something like a silpoly Warbonnet...
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    Yep, I like shockcord for the other reasons you...

    Yep, I like shockcord for the other reasons you mentioned. I have a cuben fiber tarp, so I'm not worried about stretch. I like that a tarp with shock cord has some give to it: if I stand up and...
  37. Almost any sleeping bag makes a good top quilt as...

    Almost any sleeping bag makes a good top quilt as long as it's warm enough :)
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    I just have 8" loops of shock cord tied to the...

    I just have 8" loops of shock cord tied to the tarp and stake those directly to the ground. Easy as it gets. I have some short lengths of zing it in case I need to add length for some reason but...
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    For kevlar straps I love using a marlin spike...

    For kevlar straps I love using a marlin spike hitch. I have a pair of titanium toggles that I leaver tied to my hammock ends. When I hang I just run the kevlar around the tree and back through the...
  40. Thread: Need help

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    Rain does not just fall vertically. In a strong...

    Rain does not just fall vertically. In a strong storm it will blow under a tarp almost horizontally at times. Whether or not you need to worry about this depends on your usage. Most people just...
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    Just FYI - those seems are likely plenty strong...

    Just FYI - those seems are likely plenty strong unless they've been severely neglected. They were designed to open safely in 200 mph prop wash with a fully loaded trooper. We had blown panels very...
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    Man that brings back some memories. I had some...

    Man that brings back some memories. I had some rough landings in those and I can confirm that they can hold me and my gear quite securely from a single tree branch :) Very strong material: would...
  43. Here's an option if you want to do it in 2 days...

    Here's an option if you want to do it in 2 days and still participate in the fun. Friday night you can park on the street close to Cedar Hollow (it's like a .25 mile hike from the road) party...
  44. Paypal sent. Thanks so much for organizing this...

    Paypal sent. Thanks so much for organizing this again!
  45. I think you really hit the nail on the head here....

    I think you really hit the nail on the head here. IMHO a full bug net is more of a psychological comfort than anything: there's a strong desire in the back of my brain to be enclosed and feel safe. ...
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    I love my Revolt and think the suspension set up...

    I love my Revolt and think the suspension set up is great. It snugs up very easily and I don't have to reach around and adjust it all the time like I do with my HG quilt (although I think it's a...
  47. I used an army poncho for years and they're a...

    I used an army poncho for years and they're a nice piece of kit (the poncho liners are good too) but a little heavy. I now use a sil-nylon poncho that's only about 4 oz. I like ponchos in the...
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    It seems more "herbally" to me than mothballs but...

    It seems more "herbally" to me than mothballs but the scent goes away after it dries completely. I soak everything in it that's not dyneema before a section hike: I dip my hammock and all my clothes...
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    I have an EE underquilt and a Hammock Gear and...

    I have an EE underquilt and a Hammock Gear and prefer the EE :) I think they're both quality products and that the manufacturer ratings on both are reasonable. Since you have a 30 degree quilt...
  50. UV exposure will significantly weaken almost all...

    UV exposure will significantly weaken almost all material over time and cuben fiber/ dyneema is no exception. Up to you if it's worth leaving it up for an extended period of time or not I suppose.
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