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    I got the video fixed. Not sure why the link...

    I got the video fixed. Not sure why the link wasnt working! DailyMotion is much more of a pain than Vimeo, but Vimeo screwed the free users over and I'm not about to use YouTube!
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    Springer to Neel Gap

    I've done lots of pieces of the Appalachian Trail from NC to VA, but I figured I needed to go back and get the beginning.
    Spent 3 days going from Springer to Neel Gap. Had a great time, weather was...
  3. VIDEO and writeup: 26 miles south into Pearisburg, VA

    https://theosus1.wordpress.com/2017/12/06/appalachian-trail-to-pearisburg/

    This weekend 6 of us from Mettup walked south into Pearisburg VA along the AT from the 613 Mountain Lake Crossing.

    We...
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    I had something like this happen in cold weather...

    I had something like this happen in cold weather about a year ago... I figured it was because in the cold I'm still losing water but don't feel like drinking as much. It was in the high 30s/low 40s...
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    AT from Sams to Erwin

    Over the weekend 3 of us did Sams Gap to Erwin. Water was generally available except not so good between Big Bald and Spivey Gap. Definitely carry a bit extra. Hammock was GREAT for this section....
  6. I've made a couple of hammocks from 1.6oz Hyper...

    I've made a couple of hammocks from 1.6oz Hyper D. I like the feeling, but it is more difficult to sew correctly. It tends to stretch more than the regular square stuff. I tried making a rainfly from...
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    Check amazon or google for "tent pole". If I...

    Check amazon or google for "tent pole".

    If I was going to do this I would test it with a length of wood dowel or two and figure out what you need. Then you know how long of a tent pole to buy....
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    I bought a length of Robin's Egg Blue fabric...

    I bought a length of Robin's Egg Blue fabric once. It looked darker on the web site. When I pulled it out of the envelope and stretched it out, the wife said, "What are you making, a bridesmaids...
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    I have an insulated Buff (one of the official...

    I have an insulated Buff (one of the official ones) and its pretty good. My favorite piece of gear though is a $10 walmart fleece hood, like a balaclava. It has a pull cord around the face area. I...
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    The pizza was pretty **** awesome. It was Jack's...

    The pizza was pretty **** awesome. It was Jack's Pizza. They have a pizza oven there at the store, sort of a wide toaster oven. You put the pizza in, turn it to 450 for 15 minutes and bam, some...
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    I use a dutch Whoopie Hook. then I larks head the...

    I use a dutch Whoopie Hook. then I larks head the fixed end of the sling to the tree strap, and use the hook on the adjustable end to clip the whoopie to a piece of continuous loop sticking out the...
  12. AT hike - Watauga Lake to Mountain Harbor Hostel

    https://theosus1.wordpress.com/2017/04/16/rainy-days-in-roan-mountain/

    Had a good 34 mile 3 day hike. Loved the hike despite the rain.
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    34 miles - Watauga Lake to Mountain Harbor

    Walked 34 miles over three days along the AT, US321 (Watauga lake) to Mountain Harbor Hostel (19E)

    Cold and rainy the first day, but we stayed at Black Bear Resort at the end of 9 miles. Second...
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    I have a 0* underquilt and a 20* top quilt. I...

    I have a 0* underquilt and a 20* top quilt. I always use a fleece liner for my top because I'm not really a big fan of how the hammock nylon feels. I took my combo down to a windless 7 degrees last...
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    I find that laying in my hammock and changing...

    I find that laying in my hammock and changing clothes (or just stripping off clothes), sorting my stuff, getting my liner and top quilt arranged, then getting up to pee and doing it all over again,...
  16. Thread: Hammock Length

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    I start with 11 feet of cloth and fold 2"...

    I start with 11 feet of cloth and fold 2" channels (twice) in the ends, so I wind up with a 10'6" hammock. It's plenty long for me.
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    I just wrap them in a bandanna and stick the...

    I just wrap them in a bandanna and stick the whole thing in the bottom of the pack. Shake out the dirt when it dries.
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    I love "off season" camping on the AT. The NOBOs...

    I love "off season" camping on the AT. The NOBOs are moving through now, So Georgia and NC are getting busy, but parts of VA and up should still be relatively quiet.

    In March of last year we did...
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    Just an update, as posted in "Trip Reports"...

    Just an update, as posted in "Trip Reports" https://theosus1.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/the-donner-party-hike-review/

    The Taco Wrap performed admirably! I used a hammock gear 0 degree underquilt...
  20. It's not often that I get to wake up, move around...

    It's not often that I get to wake up, move around in the hammock, and have ice crystals fall on my face. The Taco Wrap hammock worked very well. I did have one problem when I rolled to the right and...
  21. The Donner Party Hike into Damascus on the AT - 7 degree low!

    https://theosus1.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/the-donner-party-hike-review/

    We had a lot of fun, but it was COLD this past weekend.
    Low of 7 Saturday morning, all the water bottles froze up, and it...
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    Zippo lighter...

    Zippo lighter...
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    I don't camp in very hot weather. When I say I...

    I don't camp in very hot weather. When I say I three-season camp I mean Winter, Spring, Fall. South Carolina is pretty **** miserable in the summer, even going high up in NC can be tough depending on...
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    Definitely get a grizz beak! I have one I've used...

    Definitely get a grizz beak! I have one I've used on both the hennessy hex, and the hennessy Asym Hex SilNylon versions. It works better on the hex fly, not as finicky.
  25. The coldest I've been down to is mid 20s, even...

    The coldest I've been down to is mid 20s, even got snowed on once. I've found a few things that seem to help. I pitch the tarp lower to the ground, so the sides are almost touching the ground. I put...
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    Going right after the holidays, hoping for cold....

    Going right after the holidays, hoping for cold. Today it was 65 degrees. last week it was 42. South Carolina weather is usually pretty drunk.
    I always try to plan a post-holiday hike, that way I...
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    I just use the little triangle rings on 3/8"...

    I just use the little triangle rings on 3/8" grosgrain. Never had a problem with it.
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    I just used the normal stuff. I tried using some...

    I just used the normal stuff. I tried using some dye for synthetics, but it mostly washed out. Instead of royal blue and green, I had a week-old bruise looking fabric.
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    It's not a phone app, its Delorme's TopoUSA...

    It's not a phone app, its Delorme's TopoUSA software, it came with the PN60 GPS, along with all the topo maps of the USA. Normally when I'm on the AT, I just use the ATHiker app, but on other trails,...
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    Loving my RipStopByTheRoll gear!

    This is a repost from the DIY thread, but everything I bought was from RipStopByTheRoll - except the RIT dye.

    https://theosus1.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/taco-wrap-completion/

    4 yards 1.6 ounce...
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    Thanks for all the replies. I can't wait to use...

    Thanks for all the replies. I can't wait to use it.

    The tie dye I learned from here. It's a pretty easy thing to do... It adds an extra day to your project, but I like having something unique and...
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    Video posted here... ...

    Video posted here...

    https://vimeo.com/195388978
  33. Very interesting fabric! I love the strength and...

    Very interesting fabric! I love the strength and feel of the 1.6 HyperD but man it can be a pain in the *** to work with sometimes, since it likes to stretch on odd angles.
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    I use the Guterman 70 thread that comes with my...

    I use the Guterman 70 thread that comes with my RSBTR orders. Its pretty good stuff. I've also used embroidery thread. It's pretty strong too, and it has that shiny embroidery thread look. It comes...
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    WOW! That's your first hammock? I made like 6 of...

    WOW! That's your first hammock? I made like 6 of them before I even attempted anything other than the basic rectangle. The bug net must have been a pain, I know my recent creation with a top about...
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    If I'm doing thin hems along the sides of...

    If I'm doing thin hems along the sides of hammocks, I just eyeball it. Usually I fold the selvedge onto itself and then again to get a smooth edge about 1/2" wide. For wider ends, I'll mark them and...
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    I actually find underquilts seem to work better...

    I actually find underquilts seem to work better in hammocks with no side tie-outs. The underquilt wraps around you very snug with not many air leaks, and when you stuff the top quilt down into the...
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    The "Taco Wrap" Completed

    This was my take on a similar hammock to the Hammeck Envy-S, but with a much smaller window. Overall I was pleased with it, and can't wait to go camping in the cold.
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  39. Wow! That's a hell of a section. We did half of...

    Wow! That's a hell of a section. We did half of it, I'm missing the southern half, from the Watauga Lake road crossing south to Damascus. My intent was to do that section last month but everything...
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    Anything that wont break will work. A small...

    Anything that wont break will work. A small nut...
    But if you're putting something on the whoopies, why not make it functional? I use a dutch Whoopie Hook on my adjustable end. It clips onto the...
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    Envy-S top cover construction?

    Can anyone post some closeup pictures of their Envy-S top cover? I'm trying to make a solid top cover when a mosquito netting option and what they figured out seems perfect for my needs. But I'm...
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    Henessy Over-Cover Clone?

    Part of the Henessy Supershelter is what they call their over-cover. Basically where the bug net goes, they have a solid piece of fabric with a couple of portholes that let air/condensation in and...
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    Foothills Trail and Chatooga River Trail

    Due to widespread issues with water and fire along the AT, we went back to the Foothills Trail in SC. Oconee State park to Ellicot Rock and out by the fish hatchery. Lots of fun, good hammock...
  44. Thread: 20* incubator

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    You guys with all your options now... sheesh....

    You guys with all your options now... sheesh. When I ordered mine they had two colors - green and black. I made the liner black and the outside green, so I could keep up with which side was which....
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    I never had a tarp with doors. I figured, why? If...

    I never had a tarp with doors. I figured, why? If I wanted doors I'd buy a tent. I finally gave in after a hike with cold blowing wind and ordered a Grizz Beak. Wow! Big difference. So, my next tarp...
  46. Thread: Triangle Rings

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    I had the same problem for a long time with...

    I had the same problem for a long time with "mitten hooks". I wanted metal ones for the ends of my tie-out lines. The plastic ones kept opening up. I finally found some on amazon called "key chain...
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    Exactly! My wife is in several crafting groups....

    Exactly! My wife is in several crafting groups. It's well known if anything becomes popular on crafting sites, within a few months the same stuff can be found at hobby lobby and other craft-type...
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    That synthetic quilt is going to be REALLY bulky....

    That synthetic quilt is going to be REALLY bulky. My DIY summer underquilt made from 1/2" climashield packs down to about the same size as my 0* down underquilt. My 40* synthetic underquilt is...
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    AT hike Roan Highlands

    Our Meetup.com group went from Carvers Gap to 19E (Mountain Harbor) over the weekend. Really enjoyed ourselves. Doll Flats was great for hammock camping on the edge of a beautiful meadow. 4 out of 5...
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    I use the same fabric that the quilt is made from...

    I use the same fabric that the quilt is made from (or some other scrap that's really close to it) to make the channels, and add grosgrain loops at the ends for cord tie points, and at the side...
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