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  1. Headed to the airport in the morning. Five other...

    Headed to the airport in the morning. Five other hikers to hike with me, from Nashville, Florida, Baltimore, and Holland.

    So far, the weather looks mighty warm to me. See y'all in a couple of...
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    Welcome from mid-Tennessee and the Music City. ...

    Welcome from mid-Tennessee and the Music City. What great memories you are building with your kids!
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    My owners manual clearly demonstrates and...

    My owners manual clearly demonstrates and explains how to adjust the bobbin tension.
  4. Absolutely.

    Absolutely.
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    I assume you are using calendared rip-stop, aka...

    I assume you are using calendared rip-stop, aka "down proof" fabric.

    What about the kind of needles? Some are sharp point, some ball point, some "knife" point and cut the fabric. It's not only...
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    That's the TQ I have. Love it and yes, the folks...

    That's the TQ I have. Love it and yes, the folks at UGQ's are fantastic.
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    Think a 4x4 is more than adequate, especially for...

    Think a 4x4 is more than adequate, especially for connect points 6' high or more? Look at what happens to this 12x12" solid brick-and-mortar column, connected only about 4' high or less.

    ...
  8. Nothing like attacking the wrong party. Let's...

    Nothing like attacking the wrong party. Let's kill the messenger.
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    I don't think many understand the force that can...

    I don't think many understand the force that can be placed on a post, tree, line, hardware, or even a brick-and-mortar column. The physics of leverage is amazing. I bet someone can post the link to...
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    Welcome from right up the road in Music City!

    Welcome from right up the road in Music City!
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    Gotta say, I love reading that term "a black...

    Gotta say, I love reading that term "a black art"!!! LOL I agree!!! Your mistake? Expecting perfection the first time. Don't be defeated. You successfully proved you can creatively, organically...
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    My family spent many a summer weekend at Lake...

    My family spent many a summer weekend at Lake Hartwell camped in a canvas Sears tent. We kids LOVED it. :)
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    There are a ton of good backpacking places around...

    There are a ton of good backpacking places around your new home. Question is, how are are you wanting to drive? Close by you have Mammoth Cave National Park and the Land Between the Lakes. Not...
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    Take some wire cutters and clip the mitten hook...

    Take some wire cutters and clip the mitten hook retainer prong (no idea what it's really called) so that it no longer touches or overlays the end of the hook portion. It'll still hold things in the...
  15. I've put in both places several times. I think...

    I've put in both places several times. I think Mr. Jaw's map shows another place, closer to that camp site right between Bear and Raccoon Islands. But that might require going right through the...
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    Practice, practice, practice... after reading the...

    Practice, practice, practice... after reading the manual and servicing the machine (at least cleaning and oiling it). Also, use sharp needles, constantly changing them.

    That'll get you ahead of...
  17. Think sight (not site) pollution. Folks go out...

    Think sight (not site) pollution. Folks go out into the wilderness, look out over a nature vista, and see a bunch of rainbow-colored tents. Not really what most folks want to see, thus the...
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    Problem with that "logic" is that when those two...

    Problem with that "logic" is that when those two "consenting adults" involve another adult and then conspire to cheat that adult.

    There are three parties to every PayPal transaction. Buyer. ...
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    The Grand Gap Loop would be good, as would the...

    The Grand Gap Loop would be good, as would the Angel Falls Overlook Trail from Leatherwood Ford. Not too many miles, not too hard, but some great views, hiking along the river and nice camping spots...
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    Nice report! I agree that the BSF NRRA is a...

    Nice report! I agree that the BSF NRRA is a great asset for us Tennesseans.

    And indeed, the new manager of Charit Creek Lodge cooks some amazing scratch meals.
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    What you'll want to do is check out our Nashville...

    What you'll want to do is check out our Nashville Backpacker group on Meetup.com. That's where all the hikes get posted. The group is open to the public. If any hikes ever interest you, feel free...
  22. I happen to use blaze orange for guy lines to...

    I happen to use blaze orange for guy lines to ground, and reflective for lines to the trees for my rainflies.

    I do trip over guy lines, or at least used to all the time.
  23. ME > AT hike September 2015 from Grafton Notch SP northward

    I plan to do an Appalachian Trail section hike from Grafton Notch, Maine, hiking north for about 10 days, staying on the trail and in towns along the way, possibly with a zero day somewhere. One or...
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    We hang in southeast Tennessee from time to time....

    We hang in southeast Tennessee from time to time. Would that interest you? I'm thinking of Citico Creek Wilderness Area, Bald River and Upper Bald River Wilderness Areas, and also the GSMNP.
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  25. Got your email and just sent reply. I'm happy...

    Got your email and just sent reply. I'm happy with just about any fix. No biggie. But thought you'd want to know all the same.
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    Welcome from Music City, USA! :) I just hiked...

    Welcome from Music City, USA! :) I just hiked through the Hudson Valley last month on the AT, from Bear Mtn State Park to Kent, CT. A great hike and lots of handy places to stop and eat. :)

    Do...
  27. Got my hoodie and t-shirt today! That was fast. ...

    Got my hoodie and t-shirt today! That was fast. Hoodie definitely is not U of Tennessee orange. More rust color.

    I was surprised to see my t-shirt is 100% cotton, and not the Dry-Blend as...
  28. I'm a bit lost. Your continuous loop isn't a...

    I'm a bit lost. Your continuous loop isn't a part of your suspension? Isn't it indeed the weakest link in your suspension?

    I agree with others. Paracord has no place as any link in any...
  29. Sign me up! I should just be back from my Maine...

    Sign me up! I should just be back from my Maine AT trip.
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    I've got a real problem with the ethics (or...

    I've got a real problem with the ethics (or apparent lack thereof) with this.

    Perhaps I misunderstand?
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    No.

    No.
  32. I use a ceramic knife on a self-healing sewing...

    I use a ceramic knife on a self-healing sewing cutting board. I recommend cutting at an angle for ease of feeding through loops, buckles, whatever.

    I use Gorilla super glue to seal the ends. Wet...
  33. Just ordered mine, though good grief, that weak,...

    Just ordered mine, though good grief, that weak, washed-out, yellow-orange? BLAH! LOL

    Now, if it had been a beautiful CLEMSON orange, a strong shade one can be proud of! ... or blaze orange, a...
  34. Thread: Natchez Trace

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    To my knowledge (I've driven it and camped at one...

    To my knowledge (I've driven it and camped at one of its RV-style campgrounds and bicycled a small portion and hiked even a smaller portion), The Natchez Trace is much more parkway than footpath. To...
  35. Love my 20-degree Flight Jacket! Great personal...

    Love my 20-degree Flight Jacket! Great personal service too.
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    I wear long-johns and clean socks and a Buff on...

    I wear long-johns and clean socks and a Buff on my head at night. I wash those. ;)
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    I use short hollow aluminum tent stakes. That...

    I use short hollow aluminum tent stakes. That way, when I have to go to the ground with my tarp (as happened on my last AT section hike), I have two extra stakes to secure the rainfly.
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    Another vote for 2QZQ. They saved my HH A-sym...

    Another vote for 2QZQ. They saved my HH A-sym UL, which I had decided to abandon. Great work. Quick. Good price. Good folks.

    I also left the bottom open. Good way to get in without all the...
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    Easy: loose a pound or two of that 250 lb bulk...

    Easy: loose a pound or two of that 250 lb bulk and combined with the switch to Amsteel, you'll be lighter and safer too.

    ;)

    Now, ... off to take my own medicine! LOL
  40. I have one and have used it on several trips now....

    I have one and have used it on several trips now. I has more wear than I expected, but nothing dangerous to my eyes so far.
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    Dumb question and showing my ignorance time: Is...

    Dumb question and showing my ignorance time: Is a Marlin Spike Hitch a knot or a lashing? And no matter which, as used on a tree strap, wouldn't the degradation in strength be exponentially less...
  42. Cheap? For indoors use? Just get an ENO (Eagles...

    Cheap? For indoors use? Just get an ENO (Eagles Nest Outfitters) single or double and attach your own structural ridge line, adjust as needed for comfort.
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    I am SO GLAD someone had this to post! I...

    I am SO GLAD someone had this to post! I couldn't recall where I had seen it, but was about to go looking for it. Thanks!

    And a hammock would commonly be hung higher on the column, thus putting...
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    My father's line was "You could make a Preacher...

    My father's line was "You could make a Preacher cuss!"

    LOL
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    You could get several loops in the Shining Rock...

    You could get several loops in the Shining Rock Wilderness area off the Blue Ridge Parkway, or starting at the Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp or off Hwy 276. Include a part of the Art Loeb Trail and...
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    I have some straps from Harbor Freight (for my...

    I have some straps from Harbor Freight (for my kayaks) that I can just about see through. If those are the ones you are asking about, then absolutely not.

    None of the Harbor Freight-type straps...
  47. Am I missing something? That's a lot of work and...

    Am I missing something? That's a lot of work and seems to defeat the attempt to keep it light and simple for daily take-down.
  48. Same here. See you next time! Definitely....

    Same here. See you next time!



    Definitely. I'm done with the South and the Mid-Atlantic now.



    Maine should be fun again. August was near perfect weather for NH, two years in a row. Am...
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    I keep a Pawley's Island Hammock in my front...

    I keep a Pawley's Island Hammock in my front yard, between two maple trees, which were younger 26 years ago when we moved in.

    Last fall a dead limb (not even that big) fell and smashed the wooden...
  50. Happy to do so. I like to go back later on and...

    Happy to do so. I like to go back later on and look at 'em again myself! Plus, it's an easy way to tell family and friends about my hikes.

    Rain Man

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