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  1. Thread: Cost to go UL

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    I really like my NU25 as well. I always have a...

    I really like my NU25 as well. I always have a battery charger with me anyways. It weighs so little that switching the headband out for shock cord is still really comfortable.
  2. Thread: Cost to go UL

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    I think like everything else with backpacking, it...

    I think like everything else with backpacking, it is about balance and what you want to accomplish for any particular outing. I just did a 39 mile loop where I was glad my base weight was under 10...
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    Virginia Triple Crown Loop

    Did the Virginia Triple Crown loop last weekend over 2 1/2 days. Was a lot warmer than I was expecting, but was certainly glad that I had a summer pack load instead of winter gear being that the loop...
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    Below is an almost 19 mile loop that I do a lot....

    Below is an almost 19 mile loop that I do a lot. Several good places to camp with water.

    https://www.alltrails.com/explore/map/mount-rogers-fall-loop--2
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    We all appreciate your research and whatever it...

    We all appreciate your research and whatever it may or may not apply to your designs.
  6. I imagine that there are a few that do. What are...

    I imagine that there are a few that do. What are you wanting to know?

    Among my 5 gathered ends and 2 bridges are a couple of Chameleons (a regular and a wide) and I think that they are really good...
  7. Sounds like a good plan.

    Sounds like a good plan.
  8. I think that as the thru hiking bubble has moved...

    I think that as the thru hiking bubble has moved through, bear reports have declined. I was up a couple weeks ago and stayed at Thomas Knob one night and Wise the next and didn't have any encounters...
  9. Acadia National Park is only an hour and a half...

    Acadia National Park is only an hour and a half away, but you have to stay in a campground.
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    My spreader bars go in the side pocket of my pack...

    My spreader bars go in the side pocket of my pack along with my tarps poles. If you have a tarp that you can spread out a little bit with a pole mod, it will help a lot with the Ridge Runner not...
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    I would say plan and practice setting everything...

    I would say plan and practice setting everything up so that you can do it in the rain. Have your tarp easily available so that you can get it up first and then set up your hammock underneath without...
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    That's impressive and inspiring. According to my...

    That's impressive and inspiring. According to my Instinct, I'm averaging around an hour of deep sleep out of my 7. Sounds like my basement hang spot is going to get a little busier with research.
  13. Poll: I agree. If I had to choose between the two, I...

    I agree. If I had to choose between the two, I would pick D-rings because they are more versatile. I have LineLocs on two of my tarps (one sewn on and one larks headed on). I have Stingerz for tie...
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    Nothing against the Lynx (I have the 4 season),...

    Nothing against the Lynx (I have the 4 season), but check out some other vendors as well. I got a Ridge Reaper in a couple weeks ago from Loco Libre and it is absolutely beautiful.
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    Mine is 9 orders away, but who is counting

    Mine is 9 orders away, but who is counting
  16. In my opinion, I think that they have gotten too...

    In my opinion, I think that they have gotten too big for their britches. Too many stories about not responding and sub par quality. I thought that I read that some of them were hiking in Ireland...
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    I'll second the Dreamtex. I have the autumn...

    I'll second the Dreamtex. I have the autumn orange as well.
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    Never had a problem with my carbon poles for the...

    Never had a problem with my carbon poles for the RidgeRunner or my carbon poles for the luxury. Is there a history of failure that I don't know about? I saw a post about a carbon ski pole on the...
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    +1.

    +1.
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    My Luxury works fine with my Superfly even with...

    My Luxury works fine with my Superfly even with the doors closed. I prefer it with my 12' Winter Dream with the internal 3 pole mod - feels like an airplane hangar. I get to test it this weekend with...
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    Like others have said, I use different hammocks...

    Like others have said, I use different hammocks for different situations. I have 5 different gathered ends from various vendors and 2 bridges - a Warbonnet Ridgerunner and a Luxury from Bill. Each of...
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    Definitely be prepared for bears around Shining...

    Definitely be prepared for bears around Shining Rock. They have been around that area for a while and have become more persistant over the last couple of years. Bear cans are required in the Shining...
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    I agree, there are better trails to spend your...

    I agree, there are better trails to spend your time. I have a 20 mile loop that I do starting and ending at Cruso Rd that includes Shining Rock, Tennent, Black Balsam, and takes Graveyard Ridge Trail...
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    Site says May 21st for tentative date to reopen.

    Site says May 21st for tentative date to reopen.
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    If you are going NOBO on the AT from Grayson...

    If you are going NOBO on the AT from Grayson Highlands, I like the area around Old Orchard Shelter. There is a water source there and Fox Creek is just on the other side of 603. If you are planning...
  26. I think that I have some of everything, but I...

    I think that I have some of everything, but I sure do love stingerz.
  27. Email Josh with Ruta Locura and he can make you a...

    Email Josh with Ruta Locura and he can make you a set. I think that my last set was around $90.

    [email protected]
    http://rutalocura.com/
  28. You can always order some carbon fiber poles and...

    You can always order some carbon fiber poles and that ratio will change.
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    I'm in too

    I'm in too
  30. Thread: Head Hurt

    by Dvankirk
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    I've found that my Aeros pillow filled with just...

    I've found that my Aeros pillow filled with just enough air to hold it's shape works for me - a little support without making me feel like it is lifting up my head. I've wondered how one of the...
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    I don't know how I missed this so sorry for the...

    I don't know how I missed this so sorry for the late response. It is a Carolina Reaper from Loco Libre. One of my all time favorite pieces of gear. Rated for 20 degrees, but have had it at 0 with no...
  32. Thread: How do you...

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    Mine is on a completely separate suspension using...

    Mine is on a completely separate suspension using fleaz attached to the gear hammock. I tried it attached to the hammock or hammock suspension and I always ended up having the cord rub my hammock...
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    I use a gear hammock that I hang below my...

    I use a gear hammock that I hang below my hammock. I like having my stuff off of the ground and within easy reach of my hammock. It's about 5 1/2 ounces, but worth it to me to know that critters...
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    Another +1 for the Superfly. Of my 4 tarps, it's...

    Another +1 for the Superfly. Of my 4 tarps, it's my go to most of the time. It's worth the extra weight to me to have the doors there just in case even in nicer weather and for a little privacy if...
  35. The autumn orange wasn't as deep of a...

    The autumn orange wasn't as deep of a brown-orange as I thought from what my monitor displayed. I had to email Brandon to make sure that I got the right color hammock. In the picture, the autumn...
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    I made about a dozen different dog bones of...

    I made about a dozen different dog bones of different lengths to see at what point the hammock became too tipsy (not to mention messing with the structural integrity of the spreader bars - which mine...
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    All of my underquilts are full length. I'm just...

    All of my underquilts are full length. I'm just more comfortable and don't want to fiddle with something under my feet. I disagree with not using them when I'm putting in 20 miles a day, though. Even...
  38. Thread: Overboard ?

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    I agree with dakatoross. I think that Loco Libre...

    I agree with dakatoross. I think that Loco Libre is good to well below rated temps (at least for me). I've had my 20 degree Reaper down to around 0 with no problems. If your lowest temp is 40...
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    Nice to get a little backyard testing in every...

    Nice to get a little backyard testing in every once and a while. Down to 22 degree over the weekend in central North Carolina.

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    I added kam snaps to my two-piece mesh skins from...

    I added kam snaps to my two-piece mesh skins from Dutch. Now I have the best of both with minimal weight penalty.
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    Loco Libre has a saver series as well that could...

    Loco Libre has a saver series as well that could keep you in that price range. I'm all about saving money, but I have found personally that I would rather make the investment and buy one time. There...
  42. I have both a Warbonnet Ridge Runner and a Town's...

    I have both a Warbonnet Ridge Runner and a Town's End Luxury. First off, I enjoy all of my hammocks, gathered end and bridges, but all for different reasons. The luxury bridge is the most comfortable...
  43. I think that kam snaps or some toggles would work...

    I think that kam snaps or some toggles would work a lot better than velcro like drifter said.
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    I think that you get what you pay for. Do you...

    I think that you get what you pay for. Do you really want a cheap stake breaking at the most inconvenient time? Dutchware has them for $1.50 and I haven't had a problem with them at all, but freight...
  45. Good stuff. Turned down Naked and Afraid. Whoooo...

    Good stuff. Turned down Naked and Afraid. Whoooo buddy.
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    I'll second using Stingerz from Dutch. But like...

    I'll second using Stingerz from Dutch. But like CMC said, lots of differing opinions.
  47. Happy New Years everybody. I'll get my first...

    Happy New Years everybody. I'll get my first backwoods hang for 2019 in Linville Gorge (NC) the weekend of the 19th.
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    Welcome from Cary.

    Welcome from Cary.
  49. Thread: Tarp door q

    by Dvankirk
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    I added a couple of kam snaps to my superfly...

    I added a couple of kam snaps to my superfly doors, but rarely use them. The biggest must in my opinion for a tarp being used with a bridge is the pole mod that a lot of them offer.
  50. Thread: Hello from NC

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    Shug is a great resource to get started and...

    Shug is a great resource to get started and continue on your hammocking journey. Lots of great places to get out and hang in North Carolina.

    Welcome
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