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  1. Thread: Drip lines

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    Just plain cotton string, like, well... heck.....

    Just plain cotton string, like, well... heck.. what DO you do with string anymore? They used to tie up packages at the butcher shop with it...

    Anyway, metal hardware does NOT solve the problem...
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    Gotta second the "what's the real problem"...

    Gotta second the "what's the real problem" response... I use a McCat Standard most times, but never had an issue with the stock diamond fly, if that's what you're talking about... coverage is fine if...
  3. I like the figure-8 lashing thing, but I do mine...

    I like the figure-8 lashing thing, but I do mine through a climbing biner at each end, not the ends of the tree huggers... this also provides something of a drip ring, but i have soaked my hammock...
  4. I think you're overthinking it. Tents only allow...

    I think you're overthinking it. Tents only allow the illusion of security and safety... some folks need this, others don't. Few animals steal gear, and I avoid camping around others when...
  5. I've got a sewn-through underquilt (JRB...

    I've got a sewn-through underquilt (JRB original... The Nest, they might have called it... been a long time) and a sewn-through sleeping bag (Western Mountaineering Caribou). Both are rated to 35*. ...
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    Magellan air pillow... critical for keeping my...

    Magellan air pillow... critical for keeping my neck bent at the right angle (or not bent, actually) for comfortable sleep.

    My OES MacCat Standard tarp is also a luxury on a hard backpacking trip...
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    3/16" braided cord, mostly, and one piece of...

    3/16" braided cord, mostly, and one piece of Kelty Triptease Lightline.
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    I don't use a ridgeline. I use 3/16" braided...

    I don't use a ridgeline. I use 3/16" braided cord for my tie-outs, and a piece of Kelty Triptease Lightline for one corner of the hex, which helps me find my way around at night.
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    Hello from next door in West-Central LA.

    Hello from next door in West-Central LA.
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    1/16th inch braided (not twisted) mason twine is...

    1/16th inch braided (not twisted) mason twine is the lightest I've ever used on any tarp. I didn't like it because it was too small to reasonably tie knots in, so I've gone back to 3/16th inch...
  11. this is funny... the guy in your last picture is...

    this is funny... the guy in your last picture is my friend Conk... small world.
  12. Looks like a great time. Five Ponds was a...

    Looks like a great time. Five Ponds was a favorite area growing up, though we usually hiked in. My uncle/scoutmaster used to hunt off the Oswegatchie a lot. We fished up closer to Cowhorn Pond. I...
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    The only fabric I'd even think of using is...

    The only fabric I'd even think of using is silnylon, and it's durability in that capacity is questionable to me. It could work, I guess, but a trash bag (compactor or otherwise) is way easier and in...
  14. Sorry guys... can't make this one... oldest...

    Sorry guys... can't make this one... oldest daughter is getting married 11 OCT... I told the wife this was important. She still said no. WTH!? Once it gets kicked off, NO ONE is going to miss...
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    I treat my hammock and suspension in permethrin a...

    I treat my hammock and suspension in permethrin a couple times a year.
  16. Thread: Down question

    by Seeker
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    Duck feathers tend not to be as "fine" or fluffy...

    Duck feathers tend not to be as "fine" or fluffy as the finest goose down, and it's not used in the high-end commercial bags and quilts, but when I was stationed in W. Germany during the late 1980s,...
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    Depending largely on the weather, I either hang...

    Depending largely on the weather, I either hang mine from the suspension system at the head end of my hammock, clip it up under the tarp, lay it on a few large branches underneath, or take it inside...
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    I shun technology when I'm out... I'm trying to...

    I shun technology when I'm out... I'm trying to get away from it, not use it... so yeah, it would be sacrilegious to me.
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    Welcome from Beauregard Parish.

    Welcome from Beauregard Parish.
  20. Good. You're in Charlotte. Drive west until you...

    Good. You're in Charlotte. Drive west until you hit the Smokies... Take 441 over the Newfound Gap, and stop when you get to the top. Turn Left onto the road to Clingman's Dome. About halfway...
  21. Thread: Why camo?

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    I am much more afraid of people than of any wild...

    I am much more afraid of people than of any wild animal. I don't have much camo gear, but all my stuff is earth-tones... grey, brown, green, beige/tan. I just like to keep a low profile and sorta...
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    You can keep the tarp and hammock together until...

    You can keep the tarp and hammock together until they get wet. In the morning, separate them, pack your stuff up under the tarp, then put the wet tarp in one of your pack's outside pockets.

    It...
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    Haven't read all 30-some posts before mine, but...

    Haven't read all 30-some posts before mine, but there are several ways to skin this cat...

    You can just hang it from one of the trees your hammock is on, with a garbage bag over it and a small...
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    I used to fuss and got him his own tarp, set up...

    I used to fuss and got him his own tarp, set up like a little lean-to, over his blue foam pad. Since he's up half the night running around after coons anyway, I quit that and just set his pad up...
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    Don't know if any animals are more prone to it...

    Don't know if any animals are more prone to it than others... but I was hanging in the wooded area behind my house (just on the edge of a small town) and something ran under my hammock and bumped...
  26. Thread: Hand Sanitizers

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    I carry a little hand sanitizer bottle for use as...

    I carry a little hand sanitizer bottle for use as an emergency fire starter, and soap for all other hygiene. I can't take a sponge bath in alcohol and feel clean.
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    Your mistake would be relying on a pack liner to...

    Your mistake would be relying on a pack liner to keep something waterproof that under no circumstances must get wet... I keep my down bag and underquilt in their own waterproof bags inside my drybag...
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    +1 for the soldering iron/metal straightedge...

    +1 for the soldering iron/metal straightedge method. I do it right on my workbench if it's skinny or on my metal-topped table saw if it's wider.
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    I spent the first 18 years of my life in that...

    I spent the first 18 years of my life in that crap weather, in Syracuse NY... the major difference being the humidity, which does NOT go away until it's about 15*F... not sure how that works, but it...
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    I got the bottom entry back around 2003/4, when...

    I got the bottom entry back around 2003/4, when it was the ONLY option. the Velcro definitely keeps the bugs out, so no worries there. However, difficulty in adjusting my underquilt once I got in...
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    Yup. My dog sleeps under the hammock tarp, on...

    Yup. My dog sleeps under the hammock tarp, on his own pad. Wouldn't think of bringing him into the hammock. He also knows "his pad", so when you put it in the canoe, he just goes there and lays...
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    Bug net may not add warmth in the form of another...

    Bug net may not add warmth in the form of another "layer"/insulation, but it sure makes it feel warmer by reducing the breeze across your face...
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    Glad you're back Brian.

    Glad you're back Brian.
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    Tough scenario... Not sure you CAN do anything...

    Tough scenario... Not sure you CAN do anything about a heavy misty fog like that... I've experienced it in tents before too, so I'm not sure it's a hammock specific problem. I find that most of my...
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    Ok, well, if I can't include my modded (zipper...

    Ok, well, if I can't include my modded (zipper queen did zippers for me) Hennessy, then it's my McCat Standard tarp. Makes life good... nothing beats laying in the rain with that over top of my rig,...
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    I think perhaps the weight of his pack during...

    I think perhaps the weight of his pack during that 6-months of physical effort was more to blame...
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    Got the email. thanks!

    Got the email. thanks!
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    Get a cat food can and a hole punch. there's...

    Get a cat food can and a hole punch. there's nothing to make.
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    Poll: One of the things I really liked about the...

    One of the things I really liked about the Hennessy's slit opening (before I had it sewed shut and got zippers) was that you could just lean forward and pee in a bottle. but I've noticed no real...
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    Does anyone have another copy of that group...

    Does anyone have another copy of that group photo? I arrived just as it was being taken, and I slid into one of the last ones we shot, but wasn't in the one posted earlier. (I'd be in the back,...
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    I had this problem several years back... bought...

    I had this problem several years back... bought some Kelty Triptease Lightline for about $30. 50', I think I got. expensive anyway. lit my 6 tieout lines up like a laser lightshow... TOO much! ...
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    no, those were cat... remember? we talked about...

    no, those were cat... remember? we talked about that... LOL
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    Shhh!!! we told everyone that was pork!

    Shhh!!! we told everyone that was pork!
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    oh yeah. forgot about the King Cake... thanks to...

    oh yeah. forgot about the King Cake... thanks to whoever brought that.

    For you non-Louisianans, its a cake, kinda like a sweetbread, but not as yeasty. Kinda like donut dough, I guess (not a...
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    And a great time it was... Anybody else get...

    And a great time it was...

    Anybody else get to enjoy a bonfire, pig roast, good company, AND the LSU/Alabama game on TV all at the same time? :D

    Many thanks to Granger and Jazilla for all...
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    I just went and got mine out of the drawer......

    I just went and got mine out of the drawer... rolls up to about as thick as a Nalgene, and a little longer, maybe 14".

    IMHO, it's a poor replacement for a down TQ though... I find mine chilly...
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    No bugs, no sweating, no other people.

    No bugs, no sweating, no other people.
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    Hm. yeah, pretty close to truth for a lot of...

    Hm. yeah, pretty close to truth for a lot of people. But after 45+ years outside, I've settled into a set a gear for most trips I take that hasn't changed in a couple years now... same pack,...
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    You can also just stuff a jacket or sweater into...

    You can also just stuff a jacket or sweater into it's OWN sleeve and make a pillow.

    Water wings (pool floaties, whatever you want to call them) make a pretty good ultralight air pillow... I don't...
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    Pretty much every post has at least ONE family...

    Pretty much every post has at least ONE family rec area... Here at Polk we have Alligator Lake, the Fullerton Rec Area, or the Toledo Bend Rec Center, and the entire southern half of the training...
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