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  1. Saw today that the bear they trapped and killed...

    Saw today that the bear they trapped and killed was the wrong bear. The DNA test did not match. The park shot another bear, but was not able to track it, so they are not sure if it is dead. They...
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    Reminds me of a movie with the Governator in...

    Reminds me of a movie with the Governator in it......

    https://youtu.be/9v-33jcEDk4
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    Be careful with the cat cuts on the side. I have...

    Be careful with the cat cuts on the side. I have one of simply light designs streamliner hammocks with the cat cuts on the sides. It is comfy, but the fabric has some pretty good sag. The sag...
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    I was just reading some stuff from Andrew Skurka...

    I was just reading some stuff from Andrew Skurka (30,000+ trail miles all over the world). He most commonly uses his food bag as a pillow.

    As for me, I prefer to hang my food away from me. My...
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    double post.... removed

    double post.... removed
  6. sharp things

    Knives are such a personal choice.... I have a drawer full of them, and I still am not satisfied. I want something light, but with lots of utility.

    Leatherman Juice S2 4.4oz - pliers, blade,...
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    T-Rex. I use a Exped Synmat UL7 LW mat in mine...

    T-Rex. I use a Exped Synmat UL7 LW mat in mine with no issues. The wide sizes are pretty necessary for me.
  8. Woah SGT Rock! Haven't seen you in these parts...

    Woah SGT Rock! Haven't seen you in these parts for a while. Been wondering what kind of new innovations you have been coming up with.
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    FS: That is a great price for Tenkara USA's most...

    That is a great price for Tenkara USA's most recent rod. The Sato can be set at 10'8"/11'10"/12'9" lengths so you can use it for different situations. Good luck selling it. I imagine it wont last...
  10. I'm neither a looper nor a clipper.... I'm a...

    I'm neither a looper nor a clipper.... I'm a biner.

    Looping isn't very convenient since I use Ti cinch buckles and 12' straps for my ridgerunner. Ti dutch clips work fine, but I noticed a bit of...
  11. Dutch, Another option would be to pick a...

    Dutch,

    Another option would be to pick a neutral color like gray or olive, and make that the standard color. Stock the standard color in 10' and 11'. Then make the different colors and lengths...
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    Your all welcome. Backpacker is still a good...

    Your all welcome.

    Backpacker is still a good publication. I will still occasionally pick up their gear guide or an issue with a particular story that interests me. But for the most part, I don't...
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    A good alternative is Trail Groove magazine. It...

    A good alternative is Trail Groove magazine. It is free and has some pretty good articles and information. Some of the contributors are very experienced hikers.

    http://www.trailgroove.com/
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    Glad I could bring a smile to your face. ...

    Glad I could bring a smile to your face. Picoseeum may be a bit obscure, but it makes sense to me.

    Maybe something "UL 0.47 Noseeum Netting" might be a more descriptive name though... (where...
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    Hmmm... thru-hiker.com calls 0.67oz/sq-yd...

    Hmmm... thru-hiker.com calls 0.67oz/sq-yd material Nanoseeum. So maybe you could call RBTR's Picoseeum.
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    Billygoat, Unfortunately, sometimes having a...

    Billygoat,

    Unfortunately, sometimes having a shelter night is unavoidable. I use a double layer bridge hammock with an exped LW pad. This system works great when I do have to stay in a shelter...
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    Billy Goat and Flounder, I would be careful...

    Billy Goat and Flounder,

    I would be careful going on what the ranger told you, because that is not what their regulations actually say. If you are a thru-hiker and have a valid thru hiker's...
  18. High on Le Conte blog puts up daily status...

    High on Le Conte blog puts up daily status updates that indicate temperatures, snow amounts, and sometimes what trails have been broken after snow. It is centered on the trails leading up to Le...
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    From the Rules and Regulations printed on the...

    From the Rules and Regulations printed on the GSMNP official trail map.
    http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/upload/GSMNP-Map_JUNE14-complete4-2.pdf

    6. Use of tents and hammocks at shelters is...
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    I second the Mt. Cammerer hike. There is a great...

    I second the Mt. Cammerer hike. There is a great stone fire lookout tower at the top with a glass enclosed room surrounded by a porch. Great place to hang out and eat lunch. Mt. Cammerer is a...
  21. Davenport Gap is a nice shelter, but it was one...

    Davenport Gap is a nice shelter, but it was one of the early ones that they renovated in the Smokies. Here is what some of the others look like. Note the high windows, covered porch area, benches,...
  22. All of the shelters along the Appalachian Trail...

    All of the shelters along the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park used to have chain link fences across the front. The idea being that you would take your food into the...
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    I love my dutch Ti cinch buckles! I was...

    I love my dutch Ti cinch buckles!

    I was tempted to go away from my strap suspension (on my bridge hammock) to go with speed hooks, but I decided to wait and see. I weigh in at 270, so I wanted to...
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    I'm in! Great idea for a giveaway. Thanks for...

    I'm in!

    Great idea for a giveaway. Thanks for your generosity.
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    Steve, The best place to start for GSMNP trip...

    Steve,

    The best place to start for GSMNP trip planning is downloading the latest backcountry map from the park. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/upload/GSMNP-Map_JUNE14-complete4-2.pdf

    It...
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    Robblandon, It is against park regulations to...

    Robblandon,

    It is against park regulations to sleep in your hammock at a shelter, unless you are a thru hiker with a valid thru hiker permit. To be considered a thru hiker, on must start their...
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    Yeah, I kind of feel the same way. I have met...

    Yeah, I kind of feel the same way. I have met some really great people staying in the shelters over the years. But invariably, my thoughts on the shelters are darkened by several less than...
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    Plan your first night at campsite 113 where you...

    Plan your first night at campsite 113 where you can use your hammocks. It is the former sight of Birch Springs Gap shelter. They have taken out the shelter and put in tent platforms. That would...
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    Just a word of caution on the carbon fiber...

    Just a word of caution on the carbon fiber spreader bar....

    There have been multiple reported failures of carbon fiber spreader bars when used as head and foot end spreader bars on bridge hammocks...
  30. I was in the Smokies a few weeks ago when they...

    I was in the Smokies a few weeks ago when they had a massive rain (5.5") and 80MPH wind gusts. When we were setting up camp for the night, I had trouble finding good trees because the cleared area...
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    These rubber bumpers at AHE work great. They...

    These rubber bumpers at AHE work great. They mostly stay in place, are easy to use, don't require loose hardware, are extremely light, and they are super cheap. I'm glad I bought them to give me a...
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    BillyBob, cuben durability is a matter of debate....

    BillyBob, cuben durability is a matter of debate.

    I think the general consensus is that cuben is not as abrasion resistant as silnylon. So for applications like backpacks, you have to be careful...
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    Request: Dutch, design a keychain Ti...

    Request:

    Dutch, design a keychain Ti bottle/can opener with dutchwaregear.com engraved/stamped/etched/relief carved/woodburned(?) on the side of it. Great promotional doohickey, and an easy way...
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    Thanks UrsaMajor. I have been treating my cuben...

    Thanks UrsaMajor. I have been treating my cuben carefully up til now, and was concerned about how it would fare in some really rough weather.

    If anything, this experience has given me new...
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    It was a very strange night. It would go from...

    It was a very strange night. It would go from normal light amounts of wind, to massive wind gusts that lasted just a minute or two, and then back to calm. I did get some sleep, but very little. ...
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    Dutch, Oh man, it was a mess of a trip. Check...

    Dutch,

    Oh man, it was a mess of a trip. Check out my quick reviews on your Wasps and on my HG cuben tarp to see a bit more information on the weather. 80MPH gusts of wind and falling trees which...
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    My method: Roll up tarp and stuff it in...

    My method:

    Roll up tarp and stuff it in storage sack. Wind up ridgeline tightly around tarp stuff sack. This is much quicker to wind up this way than using the figure 8 hank, causes less hand...
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    EXTREME weather vs HG custom cuben tarp

    I just got back last night from a 5 day trip in the Smokies where I got to put my custom HG cuben tarp to the test against some particularly nasty weather. Adam made me a 0.52 cuben tarp to work...
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    EXTREME weather vs Dutch Wasp

    I use a continuous zing-it ridgeline over my tarp. At one end I have a Dutch Hook and at the other end I used to use a Dutch Flyz, but I was starting to look for alternatives because it was...
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    EXTREME weather vs Dutch Ti Cinch Buckle

    I loved my original dutch cinch buckles, but I just replaced them with the Ti version to save a little bit of weight. I use them with my bridge hammock at 20-25 degrees with warbonnet 1" poly...
  41. On my bridge hammock, I made the loops on the...

    On my bridge hammock, I made the loops on the amsteel dogbones large enough that I could just take the two loops together and larks head them onto the cinch buckle. It works great. But when my...
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    I find cinch buckles easier to work with than the...

    I find cinch buckles easier to work with than the two part triangle thingies that Warbonnet uses. The cinch buckles are much easier to adjust.

    I just put the new Ti buckles on my Ridgerunner...
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    I tried out the Harbor Freight straps with my...

    I tried out the Harbor Freight straps with my ridgerunner and dutch cinch buckles. I noticed a bit of abrasion on the HF strap at the cinch buckle location. It looked like a couple of the threads...
  44. I just got my titanium cinch buckles in the mail...

    I just got my titanium cinch buckles in the mail yesterday. I didn't have a chance to rig them up to my Ridgerunner yet, but I will have a chance to test them out in the Smokies for 4 nights...
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    I use a ridgeline for cuben tarp, and hang it...

    I use a ridgeline for cuben tarp, and hang it underneath. I leave the tarp attached to the ridgeline, and start rolling it up from one end, as I roll up from one end of the ridgeline to the other, I...
  46. Saw the announcement.... went to dutchware.... ...

    Saw the announcement.... went to dutchware.... placed order....

    rinse and repeat
  47. Whoopies do add a bit to your minimum hang...

    Whoopies do add a bit to your minimum hang distance between trees, but as long as you are using a typical 10' gathered end hammock, with a typical 11' tarp, they work just fine together.

    I...
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    I have those on my rig right now. Even thought...

    I have those on my rig right now. Even thought they are a smidgen smaller than the camp nano 23's, they work just fine. You can order them in silver and light blue. Or you can order a six pack...
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    The Ridgerunner's suspension triangles really...

    The Ridgerunner's suspension triangles really take up a bunch of space. I have preferred using the adjustable webbing suspension (over whoopies or UCR's) because it reduces my minimum hang distance...
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    Hmmmm..... I have been considering a...

    Hmmmm..... I have been considering a ridgeline.... You may have just tipped me over the edge to try it Acer.
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