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    Thanks all, it was a good time and the very...

    Thanks all, it was a good time and the very reason I got into hammocks. Metz, I'm kicking myself for not throwing in the nice pack rod my kids gave me for father's day. The Courtois looks like...
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    Bikepacking on the Ozark Trail

    I got into hammock camping for one reason, and that was to lighten the load while mountain bike camping. It's been on my bucket list for some time. Finally took a week off during the typical Indian...
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    Don't think I emphasized enough the quality of...

    Don't think I emphasized enough the quality of this quilt. Exquisite is the word that comes to mind. Pure class. I'm pretty much a snob when it comes to coffee, beer and gear, and this one fits well...
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    Mid-Atlantic top quilt in Colorado

    Planning a trip to Colorado high country in June, it occurred to me I needed a top quilt to stay warm in the mountains. I was clicking through the forum here and saw a mention of Mid Atlantic...
  5. Just ordered one of these, about time I upgraded...

    Just ordered one of these, about time I upgraded from the sleeping bag! Pretty sure I'll be back for a longer one for my tall son's birthday in the fall.
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    Sailrite hemming video

    Didn't see this posted here so thought I would.Nice video with mny different ways to hem. Of course this is in nice Sailrite fabric that doesn't slide all over the place, but the techniques are the...
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    A little off topic, but related: I've always...

    A little off topic, but related: I've always wondered what to do when in an aluminum canoe on the water during a lightning storm. Common sense says get out of the boat, but that usually puts you...
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    I'll probably get a set of these. I really liked...

    I'll probably get a set of these. I really liked the set up options their Slap Straps allowed. Left mine on a couple of trees at Berryman Campground though, always wondered who found them...they...
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    Here's the place for all your lighting needs:...

    Here's the place for all your lighting needs: http://www.goldengadgets.com/

    Love their UFO camp light, never leave home without it.

    However i am now using one of the Dutchlights on my ridge...
  10. Eleven Point River float/hang: photo heavy

    Took my two sons and three of their friends on a float trip this week. We try to do this every year, spending the night on a gravel bar. With little rain in Missouri this year, the only thing really...
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    CFI, I weighed her right after building at 23...

    CFI, I weighed her right after building at 23 pounds. Can't remember if that was with the racks or not. Wish I had weighed again with the gear on but it got pretty late. I got the hard tail so I...
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    Bike camping with hammock

    Last summer I built up a Yeti ARC bike planning to use it for bike camping. I built it pretty light knowing I would be adding a lot of weight with the racks and gear: Easton carbon bar, Thomson seat...
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    Regarding single vs. double layers, I have found...

    Regarding single vs. double layers, I have found mosquitoes will bite through a single layer, at least in Missouri. I camp on the river a lot.
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    That taffeta looks like something similar to what...

    That taffeta looks like something similar to what ENO uses, might work well. Check this out though, I made a nice hammock from it: http://www.vtarmynavy.com/cadpat-nylon-cloth.htm

    It's not ripstop...
  15. My first project was a cover for the machine....

    My first project was a cover for the machine. Then I made a ridge line organizer. Then a hammock. Then I sewed a second layer to my hammock and screwed it up, LOL. Have since made another hammock and...
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    Two New Rivers in size large for my 6'6" sons...

    Two New Rivers in size large for my 6'6" sons coming this way! I, on the other hand, will have to finish the kit I ordered from Paul a year ago...

    I also scored a couple of North Face North Face...
  17. Need CO backpacking destination advice

    My sons want to go backpacking in Colorado. I'm looking for a good 2-3-day hike that would take us past some cool sites such as waterfalls, alpine lakes, thermal pools, that sort of thing. Front...
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    ENO needs to make something in between. Everyone...

    ENO needs to make something in between. Everyone I know who has the double wants something smaller, and everyone who has the single wants something bigger! I went with the double, like it a lot for...
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    Hammock camping story in Rural Missouri

    Thanks to several Hammock Forums members for the help with this story I did on hammock camping for the June issue of Rural Missouri. You can see the story in our digital edition here:...
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    So what should I look for? Thinking torso length...

    So what should I look for? Thinking torso length as my kit is full length.
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    Best commercial UQ these days?

    Not going to get my under quilt kit put together anytime soon, so I'm in the market for one that's ready to go. What's your favorite UQ and why? Help me make a decision!
  22. Be sure you practice with the gear before you go....

    Be sure you practice with the gear before you go. I got my wife to go backpacking a could years ago, we discovered she suffers panic attacks sleeping in a small tent. Not a good time to discover this...
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    Geez, why do you guys hog all the scenery? Will...

    Geez, why do you guys hog all the scenery? Will trade you some oak/hickory for that.

    Yep, Missouri s now cool, less humid and closer to bug free...
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    Maybe not your problem but on my hang this week I...

    Maybe not your problem but on my hang this week I had a ridge down the center, I was able to lay at an extreme angle which took care of it. In the morning took the hammock down and noticed I had it...
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    Well guys, I do a ton of camping, trail running,...

    Well guys, I do a ton of camping, trail running, hiking and mountain biking alone. Not necessarily by choice, it's just that my job and crazy life don't lend well to companions. A couple years ago I...
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    Yes, hokey pockey 1st, then hammocks. ;-) This...

    Yes, hokey pockey 1st, then hammocks. ;-)

    This was at McCormack Lake near Alton, Missouri. New low in Forest Service toilets, you can't say you have camped until your try this one! Imagine a hole...
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    What it's all about

    A campfire and a DIY hammock and a Forest Service campground all to yourself...that's what it's all about, right?
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    Here's a link to those clips. Like the shark look!!
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    Frankenstein was misunderstood! Nice job, looks...

    Frankenstein was misunderstood! Nice job, looks like you are having fun and yes, if it works for you it works.
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    Who's got a pic of this in action? Still not...

    Who's got a pic of this in action? Still not getting it (Duh)
  31. Good idea bringing the tent. I stayed at Brown...

    Good idea bringing the tent. I stayed at Brown County SP in Indiana this summer, no problems hanging but it occurred to em when I was setting up that I didn't have a backup.
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    Plus one on the hand sanitizer, it works great...

    Plus one on the hand sanitizer, it works great for starting fires on wet wood too. (A fireman taught me this, of course!) Another possibility, you just brought a flu bug in with you. Often hear...
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    Ohio, Indiana SP hanging rules

    Anyone know policy for state park hanging in Ohio and Indiana? Heading to Columbus soon, plan on taking a bike along and doing some hanging and riding--provided that's OK of course...
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    I had that thought on my last hang. Set up in the...

    I had that thought on my last hang. Set up in the afternoon and needed a little nap, LOL. When I woke up I thought how nice it would be to see the blue sky, then later when the coyotes woke me up...
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    Young hangers

    Looks like I have two converts to hanging, my son and his friend. Instead of browsing Youtube and looking at dirty pics on the Internet like normal 18-year-olds, they are browsing hammock vendors and...
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    Plenty of bike friendly singletrack on the Ozark...

    Plenty of bike friendly singletrack on the Ozark Trail. Not all sections are open to bikes though so you have to plan carefully. Colorado Trail is also open to bikes. Never encountered any problems...
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    Bike camping

    Been threatening to do this for some time but finally pulled the string...I ordered a Yeti ARC mountain bike for the sole purpose of bike camping with my hammock. I've been picking up parts here and...
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    Got my order today, the Woodland Camo Nylon cloth...

    Got my order today, the Woodland Camo Nylon cloth was just what I wanted, should make a decent hanger. It's nylon but not ripstop. Wish I had ordered a bunch more. However, the Olive Drab and Black...
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    This...

    This has some great advice for all necessary activities...
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    Vermont Army/Navy closeouts

    I bought some fabric from these guys last year and made a real nice hammock from it. I used the digital nylon (not ripstop). It's a pretty heavy feeling material but not heavy in weight. Anyway, they...
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    You can get large rolls of paper at newspaper...

    You can get large rolls of paper at newspaper printing plants for next to nothing. When the web rolls get too short they take them off. Being in the magazine bidness, i get these for free (well, we...
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    Very nice design and workmanship. The colors...

    Very nice design and workmanship. The colors compliment each other too, even the red webbing. All it's missing is a bridge from one hammock to the other...
    :D
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    Got to be the machine, I made an entire hammock...

    Got to be the machine, I made an entire hammock with C&C thread and never had a thread break.
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    Well, I tried the wrong woman for 17 years...

    Well, I tried the wrong woman for 17 years...
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    Lands end down vest $10.97

    Sale ends today (Dec. 24). Might be right up there with the Sports Authority comforters, but at this price you could always make it into a pillow!
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    I asked that awhile back. Pretty sure the best...

    I asked that awhile back. Pretty sure the best answer was tafetta.
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    Can I suggest an alternative to the China...

    Can I suggest an alternative to the China Syndrome, Brandon? Here's a link to a story we did in Rural Missouri magazine. If you scroll to the bottom there's a sidebar on a project where church groups...
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    If you're keeping score, as long as I have a...

    If you're keeping score, as long as I have a choice I'll go with made in America every time. And I don't mind paying more for the privilege.
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    Give those whoopie slings a try, I have made 6...

    Give those whoopie slings a try, I have made 6 now and they are getting pretty easy to do. Bought all my amsteel from Redden, they often throw in some extra if they are at the end of a roll. Got my...
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    I couldn't get a decent hem on mine so I gave up...

    I couldn't get a decent hem on mine so I gave up and just wrapped the edges with grosgrain, pinning it on first. Occasionally had to tear out seams because the edge slipped outside the grosgrain but...
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