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    I'd use the pad, fold the fleece around it and...

    I'd use the pad, fold the fleece around it and use the blanket over me. Fleece over pad lets it breathe a bit so you do not get the body contact condensation.
  2. I too like the bottom entry. If you go that...

    I too like the bottom entry. If you go that route a zipper mod might be in your future to get access to the head end for stuff. Don't need full length but some of us find access to a peak bag and...
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    I'd give me about 30 seconds after I rolled into...

    I'd give me about 30 seconds after I rolled into the hammock. Takes about that long to snuggle in and take a good deep breath. Then it's lights out. ;-)
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    It would be best practice to either cut with a...

    It would be best practice to either cut with a hot knife or heat seal the cut ends anyway.
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    Good one. Thanks for posting it!

    Good one. Thanks for posting it!
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    The first hammock I slept in was a net hammock. ...

    The first hammock I slept in was a net hammock. The first one I camped in was my buddy's Hennessy Explorer bottom entry after he bought a Clark. Used a 2 lb Marmot down bag. First night got me...
  7. Nothing there than cannot be done with 1" strap. ...

    Nothing there than cannot be done with 1" strap. OTOH the damage to the tree will be higher and probably not visible. The issue is the load on the inner cambium layer just under the bark where sap...
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    Poll: Check out: thetrailshow.com ;-)

    Check out:

    thetrailshow.com

    ;-)
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    I would think the braided cover would be fine for...

    I would think the braided cover would be fine for grabbing the water. The core will not matter. Try it. ;-)
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    Poll: FWIW I like the idea. Below are some random...

    FWIW I like the idea. Below are some random thoughts.


    Based on some other podcasts I check, monthly makes a lot more sense than weekly. Subject matter will last longer. It seems reasonable to...
  11. FWIW a slippery half hitch as a keeper is such...

    FWIW a slippery half hitch as a keeper is such cheap insurance I really do not see why anyone would not do it. If you don't need it the knot serves as a way to bundle excess strap and comes right...
  12. FWIW I would consider getting a second ridge pole...

    FWIW I would consider getting a second ridge pole and using the tree as the common point with two tripods and pole coming off the tree. That lets the head ends be together while the feet are spread...
  13. Looks like typical Canadian Shield country. ...

    Looks like typical Canadian Shield country. Wherever I found trees to hang from there were more trees to tie my tarp to. Take some extra line to make longer tie outs and you will be fine. Wire...
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    There is a cadre of folks who will push to lower...

    There is a cadre of folks who will push to lower whatever the set standard is.

    They kind of have a case in that the issue is load/unit area so for a small tree a wider strap provides more area...
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    Worth pointing out that Nylon is more susceptible...

    Worth pointing out that Nylon is more susceptible to UV damage than polyester. Neither is good for long term use in the sun. Most hikers back packers will not get enough time in to have a problem...
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    The short answer is that the best way to deal...

    The short answer is that the best way to deal with any Hennessy suspension is to tie the existing ropes to something and go from there. If you go to mucking about under the hood you are asking for...
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    Why not start with looking at Gary over at...

    Why not start with looking at Gary over at readystrap? He does a lot heavier stuff if you need it.

    www.readystrap.com

    If you are going to go whoopees with a setup like that you should be...
  18. I also wonder about your stitch length. They...

    I also wonder about your stitch length. They look a bit too close in the green fabric.
  19. Yes but. If you put the cinch buckle on using...

    Yes but. If you put the cinch buckle on using the existing suspension lines to attach the buckle. That assumes the buckle wiill handle the rope on the hammock and that depends on the hammock. You...
  20. If it was my hammock I'd tie in a descender ring...

    If it was my hammock I'd tie in a descender ring just past the attachment point for the tarp. Clove hitch with a half hitch stopper and 6 inches or so of tail as a drip guide. Do it on each end. ...
  21. My impression has long been that overstuffing...

    My impression has long been that overstuffing compensated for loft loss with accumulated dampness and dirt in the down common with extended tripping.

    At least part of the problem is the amount...
  22. If you are worried about the sil tarp make or buy...

    If you are worried about the sil tarp make or buy one made out of polyurethane coated nylon. The lighter coating will be fine with reasonable care. The heavy weight coating will be fine for...
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    We played with it 20 years ago. I really do not...

    We played with it 20 years ago. I really do not remember the details but it will let you get some of the floppy out of the sides. I recall it only took an inch or two to make a big difference.
    ...
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    You are right. Whoopee's are unnatural spawn of...

    You are right. Whoopee's are unnatural spawn of the devil. Give them away and get straps. ;-))
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    Assuming it is sil nylon it is subject to some...

    Assuming it is sil nylon it is subject to some stretch. Look up tarp tensioners and you will be into information overload. Essentially let the ridge sag and put some elastic in the tie outs.
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    neat. I used to use a lower tech approach. Blue...

    neat. I used to use a lower tech approach. Blue tarp lashed to closet rod tied to the canoe racks on the roof. Just remember to take it down before moving the vehicle. ;-))
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    wow! guess baxter does not have crampons. ;-)) ...

    wow! guess baxter does not have crampons. ;-)) Great video. Thanks for making it!!
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    And you can get by without separate tree straps...

    And you can get by without separate tree straps to create more confusion in setup and left behind when tearing down. ;-)
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    FWIW - A couple of years ago I looked over the...

    FWIW - A couple of years ago I looked over the free area around North lake. It has some site clusters but only privies. There are probably other areas I did not find as all I did is check some...
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    Just about anything works but some better than...

    Just about anything works but some better than others. Trees are not usually a problem. ;-)
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    It's also handy to have a piece of CCF as a sit...

    It's also handy to have a piece of CCF as a sit pad/foot pad. That can be laid on the ground for a clean place to put feet while changing. It can then be dusted off and used for extra insulation as...
  32. Good report! Thanks! Looked like a good learning...

    Good report! Thanks! Looked like a good learning experience. I think you will find a limit to how much you can warm up your microclimate. Insulation is part of it but so is surface area and the...
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    You might want to bear in mind that Hennessy gets...

    You might want to bear in mind that Hennessy gets away with a small tarp by attaching it to the hammock not a separate ridge line. That way it sags with you instead of letting you sag out from under...
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    Amsteel is rather heavy duty for tarp lines. ...

    Amsteel is rather heavy duty for tarp lines. Maybe a ridge line if you are going under and expect heavy snow loads. There are a variety of braided lines that take a knot better and are adequately...
  35. Nice pics, good report! Thanks!!

    Nice pics, good report! Thanks!!
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    Nice! Thanks for showing us!

    Nice! Thanks for showing us!
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    Hmm, keep your down fluffed and help with the...

    Hmm, keep your down fluffed and help with the record cold. I like it!! I would worry about long term use UV damage though.
  38. Go heavier. Sort out what you need at the...

    Go heavier. Sort out what you need at the trailhead. FWIW given the narrow pad vs the wider quilt I would be tempted to go for a lighter quilt with the pad for added core insulation and going to...
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    One way to set HG production back a day or two. ...

    One way to set HG production back a day or two. ;-)) I like the looks of the new shop. Very nice! Very nice job on the video too! Thanks for doing it.
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    Looks nice. Not sure it's a good idea. Arrow...

    Looks nice. Not sure it's a good idea. Arrow shafting is designed to transmit the force from the knock to the tip. Stakes need that plus sideways pull strength that arrow shafts do not have. Same...
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    There was also a significant shakeout about the...

    There was also a significant shakeout about the time of the mod change.
  42. I think I would measure the diagonal between the...

    I think I would measure the diagonal between the rear corner of a front door and the opposite back door. If there is enough room a long strap or two straps connected over the roof and into those...
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    The motor controller in the machines shown is a...

    The motor controller in the machines shown is a carbon pile resistor pack. In essence a pile of carbon disks. When pressure is applied to the stack the resistance decreases so more current flows. ...
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    The reason for the lashing is that most knots...

    The reason for the lashing is that most knots tend do jam after an all night hang. The lashing does not do that because all the turns over each other decrease the load at the actual pinch point. If...
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    Yes, no problem with the splices.

    Yes, no problem with the splices.
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    The only thing I might do is add a slider on the...

    The only thing I might do is add a slider on the continuous loop. Could be as simple as a small loop of cord. Slide it up to choke the loop after you put it over the toggle so it does not slip down...
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    Ahh, but Mule tape is too narrow for tree straps....

    Ahh, but Mule tape is too narrow for tree straps. 1 inch webbing is marginal unless you are working with very big trees. The issue is lbs/square inch.

    What I really do not get is if you are...
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    FWIW assuming it has not been mentioned. I...

    FWIW assuming it has not been mentioned. I wonder if you would get better results if you can find a solid braid dyneema based line. I took a quick look and did not find one. You probably have...
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    FWIW assuming it has not been mentioned. I...

    FWIW assuming it has not been mentioned. I wonder if you would get better results if you can find a solid braid dyneema based line. I took a quick look and did not find one. You probably have...
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    FWIW the fine grain blue CCF is Volara Foam or a...

    FWIW the fine grain blue CCF is Volara Foam or a competitor. The R value is about 3.6 per inch of thickness.

    http://www.foamforyou.com/volara_foam.htm

    I think the stiffer coarse grain blue...
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