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  1. The more, the merrier....

    The more, the merrier....
  2. You will be missed. We'll try to do another one...

    You will be missed. We'll try to do another one in the fall/early winter.
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    Welcome from across the river in Decatur! We've...

    Welcome from across the river in Decatur! We've actually had quite a few new members from the area recently.

    If you are wanting to talk/see hammock, tarps, gear, etc we have a group hang planned...
  4. I need a sticker as well!

    I need a sticker as well!
  5. WTB/WTT: I never thought about that - thank you! AND the...

    I never thought about that - thank you! AND the aluminum is only $1.25 per foot! And of course, I'm sure Dutch has introduced something else I must have since my last order.
  6. WTB/WTT: That was my first place to shop, but I'd need a...

    That was my first place to shop, but I'd need a piece about 15 inches long and it's sold in 6 inch increments. 3 * 7.5 = $22.50 for a windscreen with LOTS left over....
  7. WTB/WTT: Small piece of titanium foil for windscreen

    I have a Fancee Feest stove and an Imusa 10cm Mug I use for my cook kit. I'd love to make a titanium windscreen, but don't want to spend $20 for more foil than I'll ever need. My whole cook kit...
  8. Welcome from Decatur. You should check out the...

    Welcome from Decatur. You should check out the group hang in the Sipsey Wilderness in late April. There will be lots of hammocks and knowledge there!
  9. I just placed my order (order # 330)! I have...

    I just placed my order (order # 330)! I have learned a LOT from watching your videos - hammock, tarps, packs, stoves, packing list, etc.... The wife even enjoys them and she's not a camper OR...
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    Ticks are out in the South!

    I led a group in the Sipsey Wilderness in Alabama (trip report on the way) this past Saturday. Even with all of the recent cold, sleet, and snow one of the people in the group found a tick on...
  11. Yes, it was an awesome area - I will be going...

    Yes, it was an awesome area - I will be going back! Thanks for the info, I'll be sure to head into the correct drainage next time. We've even thought about doing it in reverse. Is that an issue?
  12. We'll plan on keeping someone at camp at all...

    We'll plan on keeping someone at camp at all times (I'll even volunteer since this my "backyard") but if there is enough interest, we will try to plan day hikes on Saturday (and maybe Sunday) led by...
  13. Sipsey Wilderness Riddle/Quillan Creek Bushwack

    I've driven to Thompson trailhead in my Honda Civic many times. It just needs a bath when I get home. All of the forest service roads I have traveled are car friendly. They're just gravel/dirt...
  14. Sipsey Wilderness Riddle/Quillan Creek Bushwack

    I don't know the history, but it appears to be an old roadbed that I assume was used in the early 1900's when Bankhead was populated.
  15. Sipsey Wilderness Riddle/Quillan Creek Bushwack

    As you can see from my track, I went into the drainage to the west instead of the east one heading into Riddle Creek.

    Although it was worth the effort, It was not an easy bush wack. I look...
  16. There is a size limit in the wilderness. The...

    There is a size limit in the wilderness. The campground is across the street and is in bankhead forest which does not have a limit. That's why we hang there. Kids are more than welcome. There...
  17. Sipsey Wilderness Riddle/Quillan Creek Bushwack

    I would like to start off by saying this was a bushwack/exploratory trip. I've never been in this area before but knew the general directions and area I wanted to visit. I think we may have taken...
  18. I actually had a trip planned for this weekend,...

    I actually had a trip planned for this weekend, but the snow/freezing rain, and rain all day Saturday convinced me otherwise. It would NOT be a fun climb out in those conditions!

    We will...
  19. Thread: Camp security

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    I generally camp out of site of others (outside...

    I generally camp out of site of others (outside of my group) and off trail.

    I have left my gear for a short time, but it's always off trail and miles from the nearest road. Most of the...
  20. Done 24-26 April Nope It would be...

    Done 24-26 April



    Nope




    It would be great to see you again
  21. Ok, I picked April 24 to 26 as the dates. We'll...

    Ok, I picked April 24 to 26 as the dates. We'll try to have someone at the Wolfpen Hunter's Camp Friday afternoon for the people that can get there early. We'll stay through Sunday early...
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    While I am also still in the never ending process...

    While I am also still in the never ending process of making my pack lighter, it comes down to what makes YOU happy. While some people are content with sub 10 pound packs, that's not the type of...
  23. AL > Sipsey Wilderness/Bankhead Group Hang - April 24- 26

    I've noticed we have quite a few new hangers from north Alabama on the forum recently. I think it's time for another group hang! The last two times we have hung at the Wolfpen Hunters Camp in...
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    We did a group hang last April in...

    We did a group hang last April in Bankhead/Sipsey. Maybe it's time to get another one together....
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    No pics, but a small section of an old cotton...

    No pics, but a small section of an old cotton shoestring tied around my suspension just before my hammock. I've never gotten wet from the rain running down the suspension.
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    PERFECT! Now I just need pack mule to haul all...

    PERFECT! Now I just need pack mule to haul all of that for me!
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    Lighten up my kit for summer?

    As many of you, I'm never really "finished" with my gear. I have a GREAT kit for Winter (no bugs) camping.

    But for the warmer weather I'm considering the possibility of upgrading my gear to make...
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    Welcome from Decatur, AL! We've had quite a few...

    Welcome from Decatur, AL! We've had quite a few new members from our area recently. Welcome to the addiction.
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    I also use the trash compactor bag as a pack...

    I also use the trash compactor bag as a pack liner. My extra/spare clothes go in the very bottom followed by my top quilt stored very loosely in a stuff sack and my underquilt goes on top/beside...
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    Sounds like a great time was had by all. Thanks...

    Sounds like a great time was had by all. Thanks for the trip report.

    I've lost count on how many times you cross the stream on the way into the campsite. The blazes weren't there the last time I...
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    You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it. That...

    You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it. That spot is where I go when I need a quick overnight/early out trip.
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    where did you decide to go? how was it?

    where did you decide to go? how was it?
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    You will more than likely have to cross some...

    You will more than likely have to cross some water anywhere you go in the Sipsey, but without any rain recently crossing shouldn't be a problem - maybe a foot or less. Always scout up and down...
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    As marked by my Garmin GPS N34 17 20.1 W87 26 43.2

    As marked by my Garmin GPS N34 17 20.1 W87 26 43.2
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    I just park off to one side of the dirt road...

    I just park off to one side of the dirt road heading into the hunters camp. You'll see a wide spot where many people have parked before. There's a nice large campsite just above eagle creek falls...
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    Any of those would work. White Creek is more of...

    Any of those would work. White Creek is more of a climb out where Fall Creek Falls and Eagle Creek are fairly flat.

    For Eagle Creek Falls, park at the entrance to Wolfpen Hunter's Camp, cross...
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    Sipsey Question

    Without any recent rain, borden creek should be pretty shallow. The USGS website shows about a foot our so deep moving at 70 cu ft/sec so crossing shouldn't be a problem. Or hike up Borden creek...
  38. If possible, go to a group hang or find someone...

    If possible, go to a group hang or find someone local that hangs. We LOVE to talk about and show off our gear. I also like to touch/feel the gear before I buy which isn't always possible with the...
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    EDIT: I just noticed that you already have a...

    EDIT: I just noticed that you already have a SuperFly and Down Quilts. My apologies....
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    Shug, now THAT'S FUNNY!!!!

    Shug, now THAT'S FUNNY!!!!
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    I use the Dutch Clips (no threading of your tree...

    I use the Dutch Clips (no threading of your tree strap needed), the Dutch Wasp (makes the tarp adjustment even easier than using the Flyz), and the Dutch Cinch Buckle (easiser to adjust than the...
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    Hello from Decatur! I try to take a trip a...

    Hello from Decatur! I try to take a trip a month. Feel free to ask any questions
  43. I used the Warbonnet Cinch Buckles until someone...

    I used the Warbonnet Cinch Buckles until someone showed me the Dutch Cinch Buckles at a group hang. From my experience, the Dutch verison doesn't allow the webbing to twist as easily and they are...
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    I plan on sleeping out at least once a month this...

    I plan on sleeping out at least once a month this year. I have been going strong since October. My challenge will be the warmer months.
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    I survived the night! The weather on the phone...

    I survived the night! The weather on the phone said 7 degrees, my Accurate on the ridgeline had a low of 12 with wind gust up to 30 mph. It's my personal best either way.

    I used my Superfly,...
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    It's a balmy 17 right now, but the forecast says...

    It's a balmy 17 right now, but the forecast says it will get down to 9. Nice and toasty right now....
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    Regarding the water crossing at 209/200.... ...

    Regarding the water crossing at 209/200.... Using the water depth gauge here subtract aprox 3 ft from gauge height to get an estimate of the water level at 200/209. You'll also want to look at the...
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    Who's cold weather testing this week?

    With the low temps this week, who plans on testing some cold weather hanging gear and what is the predicted low?

    I plan on hanging in the backyard Wednesday night under my Superfly in a DIY...
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    I just found out today that I will be TDY (again)...

    I just found out today that I will be TDY (again) that weekend. I will have to push my trip back to later in February. Since you're hammocking, you could camp anywhere. I'm not sure about any...
  50. Congrats! In 2015, I hope to have one of your...

    Congrats! In 2015, I hope to have one of your legendary hammocks....
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