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    Interesting system. I've never seen such a...

    Interesting system. I've never seen such a thing. I am curious to know... If someone or something would breach your perimeter in the middle of the night and set off the alarm, what do you intend to...
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    Heavy rain on the tarp, strong winds, frogs, and...

    Heavy rain on the tarp, strong winds, frogs, and locusts are just a few loud things that kept me awake at night before I started bringing earplugs on every trip. They're lifesavers! Well,...
  3. I can speak for three of them at least. I had...

    I can speak for three of them at least.

    I had a Mt. Washington 3. It had a single suspension and I could never seem to get it adjusted to where I didn't have CBS in cold weather. I tried...
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    Good choice! I have 2 Flight Jackets, both 50"...

    Good choice! I have 2 Flight Jackets, both 50" wide, which is fine for me. If I ever get a get a 0* quilt for uber cold weather, I might get the 55" width, just to leave a little room for winter...
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    I just tie off the loose end of the suspension...

    I just tie off the loose end of the suspension webbing back onto itself about 10" or so from the hammock with an overhand knot, leaving a healthy sag in the loose strap end. I've had no problems in...
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    For what it's worth, I'm 5'7" and have a 78" 20*...

    For what it's worth, I'm 5'7" and have a 78" 20* TQ and a 72" 40* TQ, both made by UGQ. The 78" quilt does feel a tad long "if" it's warm and I don't want to snug the quilt around my neck; like...
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    Still at it. This was an UL kayak overnight on...

    Still at it. This was an UL kayak overnight on an island recently.
    http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii573/Gruxxx/Kayak/Kayak%20Camping/HM%203_zpsajvdz1yz.jpg

    And this past weekend in the...
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    I use white gas and alcohol stoves under mine,...

    I use white gas and alcohol stoves under mine, but not my little wood stove. Way too much nylon in close proximity to get ruined by the tiniest floating ember.
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    No problem. My favorite setup is a WBB and full...

    No problem. My favorite setup is a WBB and full length UGQ.
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    Weather permitting, going without a tarp is my...

    Weather permitting, going without a tarp is my favorite way to hang!
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    I'm a little late to this party, but can share...

    I'm a little late to this party, but can share few hangs from this year. Two were on backpacking trips and the other was during our record breaking blizzard.
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    I'll either make bigger stakes from sticks or tie...

    I'll either make bigger stakes from sticks or tie off to a heavy rock, log, or adjacent tree.
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    I've hung in alot of rain and don't remember ever...

    I've hung in alot of rain and don't remember ever having any problems. If the forecast is wicked, I take my Superfly since the doors obviously provide added protection if there will be driving rain....
  14. If it's a caternary cut tarp, hanging the tarp...

    If it's a caternary cut tarp, hanging the tarp under the ridgeline will allow the tarp to fully pull taught. If it's a basic rectangular tarp, then the preference would be to put the tarp over the...
  15. Thread: Unbelievable

    by Gruxxx
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    Love my Zeppelins!

    Love my Zeppelins!
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    Observation tower at a paddler's retreat....

    Observation tower at a paddler's retreat.
    http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii573/Gruxxx/Kayak/1a_zpspddnqnkz.jpg
  17. If it's in the high-40's or up, I don't use...

    If it's in the high-40's or up, I don't use anything. Having my feet in the footbox of my TQ is enough. In the lower 40's, I use a piece of cheap ccf pad. If it's colder, I'm using a full length...
  18. The only times I prefer my 40* Pheonix partial UQ...

    The only times I prefer my 40* Pheonix partial UQ is in very warm (near 70-ish) weather or when backpacking with temps above 40*, with the primary reason for pack space saving (and secondary reason...
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    Earplugs. They can make the difference between a...

    Earplugs. They can make the difference between a good night's sleep or staring wide eyed when the wind is blowing, the rain is pelting your tarp, or the crickets or frogs are just too loud.
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    Totally hammock friendly. Spent several nights...

    Totally hammock friendly. Spent several nights last summer there.

    http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii573/Gruxxx/Family/02_zpscjskenvt.jpg
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    Ramblings on Hammock & Tarp Setup

    Here's a 6:33 minute video detailing my hammock and tarp setup preferences while on a recent backpacking trip. I've tried alot of things and now have all my hammocks and tarps rigged this way. Hope...
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    I used trees in my yard until a windstorm took...

    I used trees in my yard until a windstorm took one down. Then I switched to my kids swingset until I took it down. Now I use a turtle dog stand, which I can put up and take down (albeit takes some...
  23. Underquilt.

    Underquilt.
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    I'm 190 and have both the 1.7 SL and 1.1 DL...

    I'm 190 and have both the 1.7 SL and 1.1 DL Blackbirds. I do notice the 1.7 SL has more stretch than the 1.1 DL, but the comfort difference is fairly nil. If I had to pick just one, it would be the...
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    While I like, Zing-it / Lash-it (whatever...

    While I like, Zing-it / Lash-it (whatever Dyneema) for ridgelines, I prefer Nite Ize rope and especially Lawson Glowire for the tie-outs. Reason being, is that they hold a taught line hitch...
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    At least for hammock gear, I don't like the look...

    At least for hammock gear, I don't like the look of camo or the connotations it often carries. I like olive drabs and earthy grays for my hammocks and tarps. Those are the basic colors of most...
  27. I like sewn footboxes. There's no drafts when...

    I like sewn footboxes. There's no drafts when it's cold, and if I get hot, I just kick my feet out of the footbox and use it just fine blanket style.
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    I moved mine into one of those Ikea shelves with...

    I moved mine into one of those Ikea shelves with the big cubby spaces. They're virtually uncompressed in the cubbies and take up way less closet space than hanging.
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    The mini's are perfect for clayey or silty soils,...

    The mini's are perfect for clayey or silty soils, or even sandy loams. Longer stakes are better in thick organic forest litter, muck, clean sand, river gravel, and snow.
  30. Thread: Flapping tarp

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    Earplugs have been a standard part of my hammock...

    Earplugs have been a standard part of my hammock setup for years.
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    Poll: I'm 5'7" / 188 and have 2 UGQ Zepplins, both 50"...

    I'm 5'7" / 188 and have 2 UGQ Zepplins, both 50" wide. My 20* is 78" long and my 40* is 72". The shorter one allows the quilt to just fit around my neck and give me comfortable foot room, but my...
  32. Thread: Drip lines

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    If you use straps and biners for your hammock...

    If you use straps and biners for your hammock suspension, the easiest way is simply to tie off the long tag end of your strap onto the supporting section of strap with an overhand knot, about a foot...
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    Since I pitch my tarps low, I've never had a...

    Since I pitch my tarps low, I've never had a problem with my quilts getting wet from rain splash. I bought one anyway off the classifieds this summer just to see what the fuss is about. So far I've...
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    I have a wire rack in the bottom of a closet and...

    I have a wire rack in the bottom of a closet and keep one quilt in each of the square cubbies. It frees up space from otherwise hanging them from the clothes bar.
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    I used to hang my tarps over the ridgeline,...

    I used to hang my tarps over the ridgeline, thinking it would reduce stress on the tarp. But since I've started tying out from end to end (essentially the same as hanging them under a ridgeline),...
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    I've used them with my big tarp during strong...

    I've used them with my big tarp during strong storms, but IMO they're too much bother to mess with otherwise. So while I think they are smart to have on big tarps for extra tethering in strong winds...
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    I'm 5'7" / 185# and have 72" and 78" UGQ...

    I'm 5'7" / 185# and have 72" and 78" UGQ Flightjackets. I feel my 40*, 72" Flightjacket is as short as I'd want to ever go. It just comes up to my chin without scrunching my feet, but it's a...
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    IMO, the biggest time difference comes in finding...

    IMO, the biggest time difference comes in finding a good site. If it's a campground, a tent pad is always prepared and eliminates any question. When backpacking or kayak camping, it's always easier...
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    My Dyneema lines on either end of my tarps match...

    My Dyneema lines on either end of my tarps match my hammock strap length so I can be sure they will always be long enough. I have them on a locked brummel to the split rings, so they they stay...
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    I like my Blackbird's shelf and footbox and...

    I like my Blackbird's shelf and footbox and strap/biner suspension. The HH ropes are a pain to get adjusted, IMO.
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    FS/FT: I'll take it.. the Yukon tarp!

    I'll take it.. the Yukon tarp!
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    As others have said, switching to Zing-It or...

    As others have said, switching to Zing-It or Lash-It (same thing, uber low stretch Dyneema fiber) will help alot over stretchy 550. That, plus some mini-biners or Dutch bling won't set you back much...
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    SOLD: Not that I've had problems with soggy quilts, but...

    Not that I've had problems with soggy quilts, but the price is right to try out so, "I'll take it".
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    Another vote for a 20* underquilt. That will...

    Another vote for a 20* underquilt. That will cover all your bases from mid-teens (with clothing and/or pad supplements) to mid 70s. You really almost never need to vent a 20* underquilt. I only do...
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    FOUND! :)

    FOUND! :)
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    Warbonnet Blackbird, Older Style

    Looking for a WBBB in 1.7 single layer with web strap suspension, in the style that WB was making a couple of years ago, before the repatterning and addition of all the mesh. Needs to be in good...
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    While it's good to keep the tarp itself above the...

    While it's good to keep the tarp itself above the hammock straps to prevent rain from following it in (just hang it higher if it's touching), I think the whole "V" thing is way overrated. So what if...
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    Definitely sewn. In warm weather, you can always...

    Definitely sewn. In warm weather, you can always kick your feet out of the box and just have the TQ laying over them. But when you need the warmth, you need the warmth...of sewn! The only...
  49. When I find a company I like, I tend to stick...

    When I find a company I like, I tend to stick with them instead of taking chances other outfits. (Unless a deal pops, where I take a chance.) Similarly, I tend to dump gear I didn't like and avoid...
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    1. Hang the hammock with the straps 30* from...

    1. Hang the hammock with the straps 30* from horizontal. (A hammock with a ridgeline is less fussy with this.)
    2. Keep the foot end about 9" or so higher than the head end.
    3. Lay on a strong...
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