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  1. This is a good idea that I never saw before and...

    This is a good idea that I never saw before and he did this 15 years ago.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L36qiAwyQH0
  2. Thread: Mason line

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    Braided mason line works great for me to...

    Braided mason line works great for me to sometimes tie to over head trees to suspend my tarp shelter.
    I tie in a 12" length of elastic tube in the line so it stays always tight.

    I use the taut...
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    There are rules that ban random camping in what...

    There are rules that ban random camping in what they call Kananaskis(sp) country last time I checked.

    South and north of this there is lots of forest reserve where you can camp where you want...
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    stealth camp

    There is a nice tree covered hillside north across the river from downtown Calgary.

    You might have to share with the homeless guys.

    I tried out my hammock there in the late fall and had the...
  5. Forget tie outs except where you want to tie up...

    Forget tie outs except where you want to tie up the center parts into a tree instead of using inside poles.

    If you want a 4 season rig the tarp has to be nailed tight to the ground all the way...
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    head cover

    A cold weather sleeping bag is long enough to completely cover your head and comes with a draw string to narrow the opening to a small breath hole. A hat is not used with this type bag.
    Moisture...
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    tarp

    For windy conditions pitch low and sleep low.
    A poly tarp does the job just fine but you have to reinforce the grommets with good quality tape. I also use a glue gun to fill in the large grommet...
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    vapor barrier

    The same reason every cold climate house should have a vapor barrier on the warm side of insulation. When warm moist air migrates to anything cold it condenses to water maybe then to ice.
    A...
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    winter

    To be comfortable and enjoy camping any time of the year I use a small 5"x5" or 6"x6" coffee can cook stove hooked to a 2"x40" chimney that is a center pole for my tarp.
    In the winter my tarp is...
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    The above posted picture shows my staff which is...

    The above posted picture shows my staff which is about the size of staff I carried as a boy scout.
    It is a hoe handle that I tapped in some threads to screw in a spear head (made from an old...
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    http://i693.photobucket.com/albums/vv297/chimpac/D...

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    winter

    I am looking at the space at the bottom of the tarp.
    If you were cooking and eating under that tarp in a windy snow storm it would be drafty as no tarp at all.
    If a winter tarp pitch is going to...
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    winter

    That would be California winter right, or some place it where there is no wind and snow in winter.
  14. Short

    If you want a short hammock you need head and foot spreaders and two side spreaders. Now you have a cot with no legs.

    I copied the fabric of a coleman cot. I use sticks for the sides and ends then...
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    Sticky: stealth camp

    I sewed up a hammock after trying to find a flat place to sleep on a hillside.
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    trees

    I do not need trees.
    I sleep in my hammock low with my butt touching the ground so I can fit into my regular 40" high tarp pitch.
    I need 2 tie outs at the head and 2 at the foot.
    I tie to...
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    smoke

    Stay out of the smoke use a chimney.

    It is easy to put a little campfire in a tin can stove with a chimney.
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    Sticky: chimpac short for chimney packer. When I...

    chimpac short for chimney packer.

    When I backpack or camp I always carry a chimney for my cookstove so I can cook and eat inside my shelter.
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    I got the order wrong here. First I put the nails...

    I got the order wrong here. First I put the nails thru grommets in my tent then I drive each nail into a piece of fire wood, then I bury each piece of fire wood as I pitch the tarp. The nail goes in...
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    I am experimenting with a hammock I just finished...

    I am experimenting with a hammock I just finished sewing.
    It is really a copy of the top of my coleman cot. I have strung it up various ways and i am impressed at how comfortable it is even with my...
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    Quote: Originally Posted by chimpac Quote...

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by chimpac
    Quote Rune. I live at 68*N. I think I know about frozen ground. When it's frozen here it's covered in ice and pegs are useless no matter what they are made...
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    The Arab Bedouin tents are black and it gets hot...

    The Arab Bedouin tents are black and it gets hot where they camp.
    A good shade that blocks the sun totally is important.
    They probably buy canvas now but in times past they made their own tent...
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    grommets

    I use 7" ring nails for pegs so I cannot use the big hole of a regular grommet. I have to customize and reinforce them.

    To reinforce the grommets I use tape long enough to cover the grommet on...
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    http://i693.photobucket.com/albums/vv297/chimpac/smallsnow001.jpg

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    http://i693.photobucket.com/albums/vv297/chimpac/0...

    http://i693.photobucket.com/albums/vv297/chimpac/013.jpg

    Thats my hammock in the backgound. It has head and foot spreaders and also side spreaders.
    It does not hang it has feet.
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    short and low hammock

    I am new to hammocking. I discovered I needed a hammock when I was showing some homeless guys how to be more comfortable. So a tree covered hillside with out a flat spot to sleep made me think...
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    http://i693.photobucket.com/albums/vv297/chimpac/0...

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    Here is one way you can pitch a 20'x20' tarp tight. Each side raises equally for summer ventilation. Can be nailed down on the sides with...
  28. Great pictures and trip report. You guys are...

    Great pictures and trip report.

    You guys are tough when you can cook and eat outside in that very cold weather with a gas stove. Looks like some suffering going on here.

    I see trees and dead...
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    Quote Rune. I live at 68*N. I think I know about...

    Quote Rune. I live at 68*N. I think I know about frozen ground. When it's frozen here it's covered in ice and pegs are useless no matter what they are made from. As for rocky ground. If the ground...
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    I am working on it. I should not say, but my bivy...

    I am working on it. I should not say, but my bivy might turn into a hammock.

    I was in my little $35 hammock this morning trying to decide how low I can go.

    Can I get by without trees, tying to...
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    Try a wood stake in rocky or frozen ground. The...

    Try a wood stake in rocky or frozen ground. The rocky part you may be able to avoid but If its frozen its all frozen.
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    http://i693.photobucket.com/albums/vv297/chimpac/p...

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    Aluminium gutter nails have been mentioned and they work fine but fragile if the ground is rocky or frozen.

    A 7" ring nail, pole barn...
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    http://i693.photobucket.com/albums/vv297/chimpac/p...

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    Nice outfits. I thought I was one of the very few...

    Nice outfits. I thought I was one of the very few that take the walls of a tarp tight to the ground to keep out the wind.
    Correct me if I am wrong but your shelters are really sewed up to be tents...
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    No, will look, a member I presume.

    No, will look, a member I presume.
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    new hammock

    The baffle location is
    http://www.outdoorsmenforum.ca/showthread.php?t=44281

    I have tried to use my new hammock under my 10'x12' tarp. My tarp is closed in completly, the sides extend right to...
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    tarp stove+ hanging

    I have developed the best way in all the world to pitch a tarp and make a cookstove/chimney. My ideas are radical so its going to take a while for them to be accepted. In seaching for someone that...
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