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  1. I spoke with Kelty at HH about that a year or so...

    I spoke with Kelty at HH about that a year or so ago, she said there is no difference and you can lay either way. She said she preferred head away from zipper to keep her hair out of it.
    I change...
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    For clarification I use a small shop vac with...

    For clarification I use a small shop vac with bags, the down stays contained neatly in the bags until I am ready to use it. For stuffing I prefer the Venturi method made from double sink plumbing ...
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    I've used a couple of different vacuum cleaner...

    I've used a couple of different vacuum cleaner methods to harvest and stuff down from several old sleeping bags and comforters, all have worked well.
    Down quality has varied from about bad to good...
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    Checking in on this thread, any news on a date...

    Checking in on this thread, any news on a date and location?
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    Welcome to the forum from West Coast BC

    Welcome to the forum from West Coast BC
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    I am 5'11" and 190 pounds, I bought an expedition...

    I am 5'11" and 190 pounds, I bought an expedition but think you would be happier with the longer and lighter explorer ultralight. My experience is I find the exped a little cramped and I can't...
  7. Thread: Tarp colors?

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    I really like the green tarp, I like to the blend...

    I really like the green tarp, I like to the blend into my surroundings while avoiding browns or blacks

    Enjoy your new tarp!
  8. Thread: Tarp colors?

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    OK I did a really quick setup for a few photos. ...

    OK I did a really quick setup for a few photos. They were taken in late afternoon with high overcast and flat light.
    No Flash used.

    The first is a wrinkly photo just our of the snake skins
    The...
  9. Thread: Tarp colors?

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    That looks right to me too

    That looks right to me too
  10. Thread: Tarp colors?

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    Drat, I just took my brand new forest green...

    Drat,

    I just took my brand new forest green OMW down from a quick test pitch, I didn't take photos though.

    EDIT: I just checked and the color is dark green, exactly like the Hennessy green...
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    The trick is finding the tarp that works best for...

    The trick is finding the tarp that works best for each person's requirements, which of course will vary.

    For me the WL Oldman Winter is the best balance of price, coverage, ease of use and...
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    To collect down from a donor quilt I like to use...

    To collect down from a donor quilt I like to use a small shop vac with a new clean bag and just vacuum the down into the clean bag, clean and easy. Starting at one end of a donor baffle I make a...
  13. Thread: Ice storm

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    I'll echo that sentiment. Looks like my tarp...

    I'll echo that sentiment. Looks like my tarp shipped out during the ice storm as well. As good as it gets!
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    An easy way to guesstimate the amount of down is...

    An easy way to guesstimate the amount of down is to measure lenght x width x loft of each one to get the volume of each quilt. Next divide each one by your guess of down quality (550, 650, 850 etc)...
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    Hennessy's Monsoon and Typhoon tarps use velcro...

    Hennessy's Monsoon and Typhoon tarps use velcro strips to attach the main edges of door to tarp, as well as a small ring/mittenhook setup at the top and ring/toggle setup at the bottom to secure it
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    Glad you appreciated it, the man was a genius. ...

    Glad you appreciated it, the man was a genius.

    I think it would go great with this....(pic is from an art gallery in Brazil)
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    My quilt homage to Ted Geisel

    Sometime the fun is in the creative process, rather than the finished product.
    I had the shell of an old down sleeping bag left after re-purposing the down into Topquilts. I hated to throw it out...
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    and they are great sacks! :)

    and they are great sacks! :)
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    Large would be the safest bet, I can easily fit a...

    Large would be the safest bet, I can easily fit a Greylock 4 (3/4 UQ) into the small sack it came with, but my 3+ season TQ just barely fits and doesn't leave room to roll. A full 4 season TQ would...
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    I'm only about 500km North of you as the crow...

    I'm only about 500km North of you as the crow flies but I have to drive 1000 km to get there...go figure

    Cheers
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    I'm about 12 hours drive North-ish...following...

    I'm about 12 hours drive North-ish...following for interest in case I am down that way at the right time.
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    I have a length of shock cord on each end of the...

    I have a length of shock cord on each end of the quilt that is tied to one of the end corners (actually in this photo it is clipped on using small carabiner) and then runs through the other side...
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    I did one sort of like that but without a zipper....

    I did one sort of like that but without a zipper. It evolved when I needed a sock for a winter overnight trip the next day.

    I took two hammock blanks that I didn't want to cut, sewed them...
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    With only 1 and 1.5" of down it would only be a...

    With only 1 and 1.5" of down it would only be a summer rated UQ. Most 3 season 20F quilts have about 2.5" of down and 0F quilts have about 3.5 or 4" of down.
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    'Supercub' is showing them off, set up as TQ and...

    'Supercub' is showing them off, set up as TQ and UQ combo
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    A couple of Barnaby TQs from Underquilts.com

    This is a short summary review of the 3 season Barnaby Top quilts I ordered from Underquilts.com. My goal was two quilts that are versatile, strong and warm. Turns out I got that in spades.

    I...
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    And welcome from Central Coast BC too

    And welcome from Central Coast BC too
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    That's right, it was actually your thread got me...

    That's right, it was actually your thread got me thinking about picking up my two TQ shells to re-purpose a bunch of down I had.
    Both are 3 season topquilts, I hugely overstuffed one for cold...
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    Pappy you'll be happy with them, I just...

    Pappy you'll be happy with them,

    I just finished stuffing the second Barnaby TQ from my recent order and it is excellent gear. Between that and finishing up a new hammock I am trying to find...
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    Hangandy, Here's a haiku I wrote about my JRB...

    Hangandy, Here's a haiku I wrote about my JRB Greylock 4 UQ:


    Puffy nest of down
    Warm and cozy I sleep well
    Somewhere, geese stand naked

    Cheers from Central Coast BC
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    I just finished re-purposing a bunch of old down...

    I just finished re-purposing a bunch of old down using this method - I stuffed a Barnaby TQ from underquilts.com and it worked like a charm. I have one more to do this weekend as well.

    I used a...
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    I just stuffed one of the Barnaby shells last...

    I just stuffed one of the Barnaby shells last night using the plumbing T & vacuum method and it was far far easier and cleaner than I expected. I had heard the horror stories about working with down...
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    I started to look into it and the topic got more...

    I started to look into it and the topic got more complicated than I wanted to get (feather types, down cluster size, old and young birds, duck and goose etc) so I decided to treat it all as lower ...
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    Thanks Craige, I edited the original post to be a...

    Thanks Craige, I edited the original post to be a little more clear.

    Cheers
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    Down quality question

    Hi all,
    I spent last night harvesting about 3 lb of down, one source was a 30 year old winter sleeping bag and the other was a 30 year old duvet.
    I expect both are lower quality but for those...
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    Dave, sorry to hear the news. Look after...

    Dave, sorry to hear the news. Look after yourself and family right now, our thoughts are with you.

    Brad
  37. Thread: HH Monsoon Rainfly

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    The Monsoon is made for the Expedition size...

    The Monsoon is made for the Expedition size hammock.
    I think it is a pretty decent tarp, small but with good weather protection from above and the side with the doors closed. It is not cavernous...
  38. Thread: Is this a joke?

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    OGL should be aware of the other hammock...

    OGL should be aware of the other hammock manufacturers and cottage industry suppliers. They have reviewed both Enlightened Equipment and JRB topquilts so hammocks should not be a stretch for them
    ...
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    I'll fire you a pm, the one I am looking at has...

    I'll fire you a pm, the one I am looking at has offset tieouts Regardless of the hole placement, if it works for you and you like it then all is good. If not then return it for something else that...
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    Hi there, That appears to be how they are...

    Hi there,

    That appears to be how they are made at least according to MEC's website. I just took a look there , it shows tie outs as you described them (the 96cm tie-out only on one end of the...
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    Excellent! Puffy nest of down Warm and cozy I...

    Excellent!

    Puffy nest of down
    Warm and cozy I sleep well
    Somewhere, geese stand naked

    You'll like your Greylock much more than my haiku....much much more ;) I love my Greylock 4

    Cheers
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    Welcome! I'm a ways North of you on the...

    Welcome!

    I'm a ways North of you on the Central Coast of BC.

    You will find the information you need here for sure, glad to see a little wetness didn't scare you away, the coastal...
  43. Thread: North Oregon Coast

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    Very nice! Those coast photos brought back...

    Very nice!

    Those coast photos brought back some fond memories. Many many years ago I rode my mountain bike down the US coast, some of the views and campsites were spectacular.

    Cheers
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    Hi Mario, Welcome from the Central Coast of...

    Hi Mario,

    Welcome from the Central Coast of BC, just North of you
  45. Thread: A walk in the Park

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    It was all good and fun,I wasn't ever in any...

    It was all good and fun,I wasn't ever in any danger. It was still more comfortable than sleeping on the ground ;)

    FLRider the area on weekend two was naturally regenerated forest (park has a no...
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    My Akbash holding down the fort on a daytrip...

    My Akbash holding down the fort on a daytrip this past spring. At almost 150 pounds he's big enough that the bears don't come around.
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  47. Thread: A walk in the Park

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    A walk in the Park

    Here is my first attempt to contribute something useful to the forum......sorry if it is long-winded. (If you just want the short version -> I got wet, slept ok, made some mistakes, loved my...
  48. Most excellent video! That Greylock 4 looks like...

    Most excellent video! That Greylock 4 looks like a giant green marshmallow it's sooo puffy.
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    I'd go sleep outside in mine tonight but I believe there's a grizzly bear running around out there...
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    It's still only fall here so the temps only got...

    It's still only fall here so the temps only got down to mid 20s at night. I am a cold sleeper but was toasty warm, it felt like an electric blanket under my back. No airgaps at all, it snugged up...
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    I got to test my new Greylock 4 the past two...

    I got to test my new Greylock 4 the past two weekends on my DIY gathered hammock and was totally impressed with it.

    You will really like yours I expect.
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