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  1. Thornton River Trail (Shenandoah National Park)

    Here's some still pics and HD video I took on a recent day hike in Shenandoah National Park. I threw up my ENO Double Nest hammock at the turnaround point so I could kick back and relax a bit. Don't...
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    I use the nite eyes and that stuff works great....

    I use the nite eyes and that stuff works great. Considering some of the things that can happen when either you or someone else trip up on unseen guy lines in the middle of the nite, it's worth the...
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    I just seam seal the ridgelines and don't worry...

    I just seam seal the ridgelines and don't worry about it after that.
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    No plans. I sewed two old bedsheets together,...

    No plans. I sewed two old bedsheets together, draped it over the hammock, and cut the sheets out to fit the hammock. I had the hammock pitched in my basement using tripods. After I cut the bedsheet...
  5. Here's a method of using really any type ring...

    Here's a method of using really any type ring where you simply wrap the whoopie or line once around the ring. This way the ring doesn't have to bear the force of the suspension and also you can...
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    Right, it's not a weatherproof cover, it's for...

    Right, it's not a weatherproof cover, it's for heat retention only. One thing I hate about winter camping is having the cold air just pouring into the hammock and a cover stops a lot of that cold air...
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    DIY Cover for Warbonnet Blackbird

    Here's my DIY cover for my new Warbonnet Blackbird hammock. I used 1.1 ripstop fabric. As pictured inside it's stuff sack it weighs 7 oz including shock cords and mitten hooks.

    I was originally...
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    I would get some old bedsheets and sew a couple...

    I would get some old bedsheets and sew a couple of them together. Then drape the bedsheet over your hammock, cut it to fit. Then use that cut out bedsheet as a pattern to cut your bugnet.

    You...
  9. That MSH using a carabiner I have used that a...

    That MSH using a carabiner I have used that a bunch. Works great. And you get a good attachment point via the biner for whatever else you might want to attach there, hang you pack from, etc.
  10. Another thought with the "saddle bag" approach,...

    Another thought with the "saddle bag" approach, you could install it over your hammmock ridgeline and then hand stitch the two sides together in a few places up near the ridgeline to take care of any...
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    I went to JoAnns Fabric and bought a grommet kit....

    I went to JoAnns Fabric and bought a grommet kit. Then I just installed grommets directly to the Tyvek ground sheet. You do have to be careful "setting" the grommets so you don't cut thru the Tyvek....
  12. Anybody made a wind "cover" for a Warbonnet Blackbird?

    I was going to make a complete wind sock for my Warbonnet Blackbird and then decided to try making a simple cover instead. I'm making the cover out of 1.1 ripstop. It will close around the gathered...
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    I use climb rated tape with a loop created using...

    I use climb rated tape with a loop created using a bowline knot. Never had an issue hanging my hammocks this way.
  14. If you study this DIY Gear page, it might help...

    If you study this DIY Gear page, it might help explain the differential cuts. Panels are cut different widths and then pleats are sewn into them so they are all end up the same length and width...
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    After some experimentation, my current top rail...

    After some experimentation, my current top rail is 14 feet in 3 pieces. I'm using the metal top rail used for chain link fence. My hammock and tarp CRL are attached to the metal endcaps. This works...
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    I have a Hammock Gear Incubator 20F with no...

    I have a Hammock Gear Incubator 20F with no overstuff and I'm pleased as can be with it. I'm sure you have read up on these underquilts, but the fit to your hammock is really critical. So be sure to...
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    I have seam sealed three different tarps using GE...

    I have seam sealed three different tarps using GE 100% silicone caulk. I get it at Lowes in the paint section. Make sure it's 100% silicone (no acrylic) and it says "Mineral Spirits" cleanup (not...
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    OK, thank you for the info. I seam sealed a...

    OK, thank you for the info. I seam sealed a Hennessy tarp by thinning some 100% silicone caulking with mineral spirits and then "painting" it onto the seams. That seemed to work for me. I'd rather...
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    Does the Superfly need seam sealing?

    I just got a new Superfly and I am wondering if the ridge and side pulls need to be seam sealed?
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    I use an underquilt below and a sleeping bag...

    I use an underquilt below and a sleeping bag inside the hammock. If it's really cold I get inside the bag, otherwise I use it like a top quilt.
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    When I made my DIY sock, I took some old...

    When I made my DIY sock, I took some old bedsheets I was going to throw away, sewed them together into a large single sheet. Then I hung my hammock, put the bedsheet over the hammock, pinned it...
  22. Another vote for the AT thru Shenandoah National...

    Another vote for the AT thru Shenandoah National Park. I have hiked practically all the AT there plus many of the side trails. I would try to do a few of the side trails because there is a lot more...
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    I use carabiners as the toggles. The extra weight...

    I use carabiners as the toggles. The extra weight is negligible and it's easy to clip stuff to.
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    Thanks for the link to the manual.

    Thanks for the link to the manual.
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    Here's my mother's Singer 401a. One of my...

    Here's my mother's Singer 401a. One of my brothers had it until he passed this July. So I took it, cleaned, oiled, etc. It had the speed control but no AC power cord. I was able to get a new AC power...
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    Another resource for SNP are these trail maps....

    Another resource for SNP are these trail maps. With a hammock you can backcountry practically anywhere you like. Just check with the Rangers when you get your free backcountry permit.
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    I have done backcountry overnighters in...

    I have done backcountry overnighters in Shenandoah National Park at Land's Run (northern section) and Hughes River (central section).

    For the Hughes River, park at the Old Rag parking lot, check...
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    I use Blue Water climb spec webbing. It's 1" wide...

    I use Blue Water climb spec webbing. It's 1" wide rated 4,000 lbs. I have never noticed any tree damage using 1" webbing myself but I don't generally hang from pine trees.
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    There's plenty of hiking in GWNF west of I-81...

    There's plenty of hiking in GWNF west of I-81 also. Like Wolf Gap to Big Schloss, Wolf Gap to Tibbet Knob, Mill Mountain.

    Check for hikes here:
    http://www.hikingupward.com/

    I just came back...
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    Malic, This isn't specifically a review, but...

    Malic,
    This isn't specifically a review, but here's link to my recent camping trip where I used my NX-250. I used my hammock stands because I took them in case they prohibited hanging from trees. It...
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    This is also what I do and I can get a fairly...

    This is also what I do and I can get a fairly flat lay that way.
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    It's hanging correctly when the (zipped up) cover...

    It's hanging correctly when the (zipped up) cover has some slack in it. If you hang it too tight you will have a hard time zipping the cover up with you inside.

    I just used my NX-250 last week at...
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    I just got back from Mt. Rogers. I stayed at the...

    I just got back from Mt. Rogers. I stayed at the campground at Grayson Highlands State Park. I started my hike at Massie Gap, up the Rhododendron Trail to the Appalachian Trail, then southbound to...
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    All the still pics and video are in the Youtube...

    All the still pics and video are in the Youtube link.
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    My Mt. Rogers / Grayson Highlands trip

    Here's some still pics and HD video from my 2 day hiking trip to Mt. Rogers, Virginia. Mt. Rogers is the highest point in Virginia at 5,729 feet. I stayed at the campground at Grayson Highlands State...
  36. Thanks for the responses. I may take my hammock...

    Thanks for the responses. I may take my hammock stands just as a backup but I'd prefer to hang from the trees.
  37. Is hanging from trees OK at Grayson Highlands?

    I guess I should call Grayson Highlands State Park, but I thought I'd ask - do they allow you to hang from trees at the tent campsites? I'm trying to figure if I need to take my hammock stands along?
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    Not what you want to hear, but I always felt the...

    Not what you want to hear, but I always felt the stock Clark tarp is just too small, to get around the NX-250 with it's spreaders. So I use my NX-250 with the large Hennessy tarp.

    I don't care...
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    Peaks of Otter, Virginia

    Here's a link to some pics / video I took the past 2 days hiking to the summit of Sharp Top mountain, part of the Peaks of Otter.

    I camped at the campground at the base of Sharp Top. I took my...
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    Sticky: I'm an Uncle (several times over) and my name is...

    I'm an Uncle (several times over) and my name is Clark
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    Where will you be hanging? Knowing that might...

    Where will you be hanging? Knowing that might help with the responses.
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    Rose River / Dark Hollow Falls (SNP)

    Here's some still pics and HD video of a 5.9 mile loop hike I took yesterday near Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park. I hiked down in a canyon along the Rose River, then back up along Hogcamp...
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    They allow hammocks now? That used to be a no-no.

    They allow hammocks now? That used to be a no-no.
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    Not an overnite stay, I hiked in Shenandoah...

    Not an overnite stay, I hiked in Shenandoah National Park to the summit of Fork Mtn looking for some historic survey benchmarks from 1874. This benchmark is from the original east cost "triangulation...
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    No worries, it stops WHEN YOU RUN OUT OF MONEY...

    No worries, it stops WHEN YOU RUN OUT OF MONEY :lol:
  46. I use 550 paracord with no issues so far.

    I use 550 paracord with no issues so far.
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    I would measure the circumference on some of the...

    I would measure the circumference on some of the big trees in your area to make sure you have a long enough ridgeline.
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    Regarding long tree straps I do the following...

    Regarding long tree straps I do the following using 1" straps:

    Tree end - tie a permanent loop using a "bowline knot". Pass the free end around the tree and thru the loop, cinch up tight around...
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    I recently did a day hike in GWNF west of...

    I recently did a day hike in GWNF west of Woodstock. I parked off Forest Service 92 at Stony Creek and hiked the following counterclockwise loop.

    From parking area at Stony Creek, hike up Stony...
  50. Day hike - Tea and Little North Mtn (GWNF)

    Here's some still pics and HD video of a 6.4 mile day hike I took a couple weeks ago in the George Washington National Forest. I hiked along the Tuscarora Trail to overlooks on Tea Mtn and Little...
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