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    Http://www.alapark.com/monte-sano-state-park

    Http://www.alapark.com/monte-sano-state-park
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    Overall Monte Sano is very convenient to...

    Overall Monte Sano is very convenient to Huntsville. It is the type of campground that has a bathhouse.

    It is a pleasant site with good views and hiking trails.
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    Hot Hands for winter camping. My top quilt is...

    Hot Hands for winter camping.

    My top quilt is the Wally World down bag converted by removing the hood and zipper and adding some goose down. It is about a 25 degree quilt now...
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    Also, if you are hiking any distance, dehydration...

    Also, if you are hiking any distance, dehydration can make throat issues worse. I have even had my uvula swell up, which make it difficult to lay flat. I thought I had drank enough water, but I had...
  5. Yup! Those rat snakes aren't the worry, but they...

    Yup! Those rat snakes aren't the worry, but they are out so are the copperheads.
  6. We did a day hike today leaving from the picnic...

    We did a day hike today leaving from the picnic area. There were probably only 6 vehicles in the parking lot.

    We hiked to Borden creek, went up the creek a ways, the backtracked to hike to Fall...
  7. As always, a great trip report! As much time that...

    As always, a great trip report! As much time that I have spent around Fall Creek Falls and up Fall Creek, I have never found the boundary marker. I will have to search for it...
  8. How to sew a rolled hem with a *rolled hem foot* on outdoor fabrics

    I think I will want several sizes. For a hammock, I would estimate either 3/8 or 1/2 if I am adding a knotty mod (probably 3/8). 1/8 would be too small to fish the elastic through.
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    For a top quilt, I use a hybrid. I bought a cheap...

    For a top quilt, I use a hybrid. I bought a cheap 32 degree down sleeping bag (Walmart when they used to sell them). I cut off the zipper and hood. Then I opened the seams and added more down.

    It...
  10. I was thinking it was about 35 of us. My son and...

    I was thinking it was about 35 of us. My son and I left Saturday, but others were just arriving!
  11. I'm bringing a giant iced Halloween cookie and...

    I'm bringing a giant iced Halloween cookie and some chips from Sams. We can't risk going hungry [emoji39]
  12. I will also bring a two burner propane stove. My...

    I will also bring a two burner propane stove. My alcohol backpacking stove it really small, but I always have it with me. I am sure everybody will share.

    FYI, you are correct about the wood stove.
  13. I have a question: Does Wolf Pens have a water...

    I have a question: Does Wolf Pens have a water spigot, or do I need to bring a container of water?
  14. abatis: I doubt it... I wouldn't worry about it...

    abatis: I doubt it... I wouldn't worry about it much....
  15. Hey everybody! I know I am a late add. My son...

    Hey everybody! I know I am a late add. My son has a "mini Fall Break" and wants to camp. We talked about the group hang versus backpacking. Since it is so dry, we decided not the group hang. We plan...
  16. It is one of the best pillows I have tried, but...

    It is one of the best pillows I have tried, but it is pretty big as mentioned above. My large pillow weighs about 9 ounces, and I use it often.

    I also have a small DIY pillow that is only 3...
  17. Just so I don't get anybody into trouble, here...

    Just so I don't get anybody into trouble, here are the rules from the Alabama Forestry Website [emoji269].

    A Drought Emergency can be declared when a Fire Alert fails to control a wildfire...
  18. Ditto. It is way too dry to lift the ban. They...

    Ditto. It is way too dry to lift the ban. They had a sizable wildfire in Little River Canyon last weekend. Maybe take a BBQ grill?
  19. I don't belong believe I have ever seen it that...

    I don't belong believe I have ever seen it that dry on Borden Creek, even in winter.
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    LOL I just couldn't let his use of the term pass...

    LOL I just couldn't let his use of the term pass without a quip...
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    Yup! I love sleeping naked in my hammock too... ...

    Yup! I love sleeping naked in my hammock too... Oh, wait, you didn't mean THAT!
    [emoji1]
  22. I don't know about the weight of the hex kit, but...

    I don't know about the weight of the hex kit, but I made the asym tarp in these plans. Using standard width silnylon, it weighs 7 ounces with the zing-it tie outs. It is definitely a fair weather...
  23. Thread: Pillow Talk

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    I agree on the Thermarest. It is a bit older...

    I agree on the Thermarest. It is a bit older model, but I even take it for weekend rentals... Just in case the condo, etc. has bad pillows. It has great loft though! I weigh everything in my pack, so...
  24. Thread: Pillow Talk

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    I used a medium Themarest pillow, which was very...

    I used a medium Themarest pillow, which was very comfy but weighs 9 ounces. I made a DIY small pillow with leftover ripstop and synthetic pillow stuffing at 3 ounces total. A very small pillow is...
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    There is a creek nearby that feeds the waterfall,...

    There is a creek nearby that feeds the waterfall, which in turn drops into the Sipsey River.
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    To state some of the same... If you are going to...

    To state some of the same... If you are going to the East side of the forest, Borden Creek to Big Tree is about 5 miles one way. You need a good map, because there are a couple of trails to get...
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    Take some of those larger Hot Hands (body size I...

    Take some of those larger Hot Hands (body size I believe). Once you exceed the UQ rating it doesn't do anything to protect you. A blue foam pad will help if you can't upgrade your UQ. I would work in...
  28. I picked up two at the Huntsville, AL Costco. My...

    I picked up two at the Huntsville, AL Costco. My goal is to replace my JCP Puffer jacket quilt for those 50-60 degree F nights. I have a pretty good 20-25 degree top quilt from a Wally World sleeping...
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    Welcome from Huntsville! Yeah, fall and winter...

    Welcome from Huntsville! Yeah, fall and winter has fewer snakes too....
  30. Some aluminum tape and reflectix makes a good...

    Some aluminum tape and reflectix makes a good cozy for freezer bag meal rehydration....
  31. Late start Leaving? You must have stayed for some...

    Late start Leaving? You must have stayed for some of those biscuits and gravy at the NOC restaurant. They are good!
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    I have seen popular camp areas in the national...

    I have seen popular camp areas in the national forests that definitely showed the need to have some time to allow plants, etc. to recover. One area had so much use that it was basically just hard...
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    You notice you still lay at an angle in a bed.....

    You notice you still lay at an angle in a bed.....
  34. That is interesting, Greg. I am almost 1.9 meters...

    That is interesting, Greg. I am almost 1.9 meters (6 ft, 2 in) so I better stick to regular gathered end hammocks.
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    http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160730/f62c6908e...

    http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160730/f62c6908e527fab576d68bffb1e59385.jpg

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    You need a good rain or two before going, but I...

    You need a good rain or two before going, but I hammock/kayaked the Sipsey river this past spring. Plenty of camping spots along the way, and a single class 1 rapid. Make sure you check the river...
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    I will probably catch some heat around here for...

    I will probably catch some heat around here for mentioning this, but I have a 1.1 ripstop DIY hammock and I am in the same weight range. (I have others with more sturdy fabrics too.) I constantly use...
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    Welcome from Huntsville. You will find this forum...

    Welcome from Huntsville. You will find this forum is chock full of information and friendly folks willing to share their various opinions. They also come up with some marvelous ideas for building...
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    If it is difficult to follow the grid, I will...

    If it is difficult to follow the grid, I will mark it with seamstress chalk every few inches.
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    I think it may matter how far South, and which...

    I think it may matter how far South, and which month. I have made several treks over the years where the high was about 98 F. Before bed, we take a dip in a spring-fed creek to lower our core...
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    Tecumseh Trail Abort - Hard Lessons

    Good report and analysis. I have found that as I have gotten older, my body does not tolerate dehydration as well. If I even get close to dehydration while hiking, my thigh will start cramping. On...
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    I use 3 to 4 inches of box stitching similar to...

    I use 3 to 4 inches of box stitching similar to your photo. DIY Gear Supply has a guide... http://diygearsupply.com/diy-guides/hammock-suspension/
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    I'm 6'2" and my DIY are 12 feet of material...

    I'm 6'2" and my DIY are 12 feet of material hemmed with a doubled end channel for strength. I end up with a hammock that is about 11' 8".

    I agree that a 12 foot hammock will probably be...
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    Basic physics always gets a little less intuitive...

    Basic physics always gets a little less intuitive when you have to apply vector math to the equation for your answer. You will find the math behind the suspension forces will show they approach...
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    Best wishes to all of you. Although I am an avid...

    Best wishes to all of you. Although I am an avid DYI member here, I ordered one of your hammock blanks for a graduation gift. I am thoroughly impress with the quality. I obviously have more work to...
  46. Also note that Big Frog is often dry, especially...

    Also note that Big Frog is often dry, especially on top. Across the Ocoee from Big Frog is Little Frog Wilderness. A lot of it is old forest service roads. There are really nice camping areas next to...
  47. Thread: What line

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    I found this method in one of the other HF...

    I found this method in one of the other HF threads but can't locate it now. Xtrecker uses a cable zip tie inside of a channel for an invisible solution. He also show how to attach a whoopie along and...
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    Living in Alabama, I do like Fallkniven: a dip in...

    Living in Alabama, I do like Fallkniven: a dip in the really cool creeks we have around the Sipsey just before bed. The Chilly Pad and/or fan helps too. We have no need for an underquilt in summer......
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    Very nice! I did some work in Kauai. I enjoyed...

    Very nice! I did some work in Kauai. I enjoyed hiking Waimea Canyon and the trail that starts from Keė Beach, along the Nā Pali coast. I didn't hammock back then, but it would have been a nice...
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    Welcome from Huntsville. A great activity to do...

    Welcome from Huntsville. A great activity to do with your kids. My youngest is college bound next fall and we have backpacked since he was 7. Now he is skilled enough to go without dad!
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