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    All the above. I'm left lay (head right) and only...

    All the above. I'm left lay (head right) and only get in on the right so the Darien with zipper on the right is my go-to.

    I also have a Chameleon with asym cover and net as a loaner for my...
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    That was kinda weird, like a Stephen King scene.

    That was kinda weird, like a Stephen King scene.
  3. ^^^^^Same here. Once the CL is loaded for a...

    ^^^^^Same here.

    Once the CL is loaded for a few minutes it holds its shape so the SRL isn't going to inadvertently shake loose.
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    LOL yeah Ima going with the odds on this one!...

    LOL yeah Ima going with the odds on this one! :lol:
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    All I can say is that like Chapinb I have been...

    All I can say is that like Chapinb I have been hanging off them for a couple of years and have lived to tell the tale. :laugh:

    I suppose there is some very unlikely combination of events whereby...
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    I agree that it doesn't look like the 'standard'...

    I agree that it doesn't look like the 'standard' soft shackle. However, I've tried the standard (bury) version and found it very hard to release after being hung on all night, especially when wet or...
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    OK yeah I think maybe they would've done a combo...

    OK yeah I think maybe they would've done a combo by special request, otherwise all Ds or all LL.

    That little clip looks like a good solution, however with a Prusik you could actually get by with...
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    If you look at the drop-down menus there is an...

    If you look at the drop-down menus there is an option for Beastie Ds (standard) or LLs, so maybe you missed it when ordering?

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    With the poles over the CRL there is more upward...

    With the poles over the CRL there is more upward pull. I also prefer this arrangement for the reasons mentioned by cougarmeat and chapinb.

    I also prefer a CRL vs split ridge lines because I feel...
  10. A good source for all sorts of gizmological...

    A good source for all sorts of gizmological doodadery is Strapworks. :lol:
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    Very similar here. I don't normally adjust...

    Very similar here. I don't normally adjust shoulder strap length, but the chest and waist must be adjusted anyway if removing or adding clothing layers. Putting on a Polartec 200 fleece jacket under...
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    Hmm... it seems there are more and more bear...

    Hmm... it seems there are more and more bear sightings and problems than I remember in years past.

    I did see a large male near Nawahunta last summer and a ranger at Silvermine Lake said the bears...
  13. Silk wadding for insulation. First time I've...

    Silk wadding for insulation. First time I've heard of this.
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    Hey ObdewlaX, those graves are from the 1860s,...

    Hey ObdewlaX, those graves are from the 1860s, and I've got to think that there are many more graves in the area that are lost to time with so much natural debris covering them after so many years. I...
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    Hey BRG, glad you were able to get out and do the...

    Hey BRG, glad you were able to get out and do the loop! :)

    It really does sound like you're getting your kit dialed. Nothing better than trail time and camping after a hike putting it up and...
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    I'll post something here when I'm going... hope...

    I'll post something here when I'm going... hope you can make it soon! :)
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    It'd be cool if she could do a good long hike...

    It'd be cool if she could do a good long hike with Beardoh and Sweet Pea who could share their enormous amount of practical experience with her.
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    Welcome, Aaron. There is an Ultra Lite Gear...

    Welcome, Aaron.

    There is an Ultra Lite Gear subforum for Donating Members, which is where we gram-weenie freakazoids hang out and where others pop in occasionally to tell us how we're doing it...
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    I try to keep in mind the old axiom that when we...

    I try to keep in mind the old axiom that when we get cold the problem isn't the cold getting in, it's the heat getting out. Among my most useful pieces of kit are the MLD eVent rain mitts, which I...
  20. For the doors, here's what I do with the...

    For the doors, here's what I do with the Palace... black is shock cord, mitten hooks, Zing-it (yellow) mini-whoopies for adjustability. (This photo is actually the Hex std with doors, but it's the...
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    This mirrors my experience. I was out just a...

    This mirrors my experience. I was out just a couple of nights ago with something similar, a 65" 20deg Revolt (Enlightened Equipment), and was totally warm down to 24F when using my Evazote sit pad...
  22. My experience is that the textbook Becket can...

    My experience is that the textbook Becket can slip with the very light UHMWPE webbing, which is why there are some variations such as the one in the embedded video from Warbonnet that has an extra...
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    Good point... I did not see anybody on the trail...

    Good point... I did not see anybody on the trail except for a few day hikers in the vicinity of Torrey.

    I might re-think the whiskey next time! :)
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    You might not want to cut off the D rings just...

    You might not want to cut off the D rings just yet, in case you decide to go no-hardware in the future.

    In the meantime, however, you can attach the lineloc V using a small loop of cord that is...
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    Ha, none thankfully, although they can indeed pop...

    Ha, none thankfully, although they can indeed pop out of nowhere if you get a few warm days strung together. Best thing about this time of year is it's usually dry and there are no spider webs strung...
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    As I like to say, I like hiking with friends but...

    As I like to say, I like hiking with friends but going solo can be pretty nice because you have to consult with only one guy when making decisions. :)

    And so it was when I decided to pick off...
  27. Less fiddling is better, especially when it's...

    Less fiddling is better, especially when it's very cold, so I'd suggest the MW4.
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    If anyone wants to join, I'm planning to do a...

    If anyone wants to join, I'm planning to do a Tue-Wed (1/19-20) quickie, starting a bit earlier (say on the trail at 8am) on Tue and hiking 10-12 mi, then camping someplace with a short out Wed...
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    Almost any of the regular cottage vendors listed...

    Almost any of the regular cottage vendors listed in the forum directory for manufacturers, plus some not listed like Enlightened Equipment and Katabatic and Nunatak, etc. Look for something with 10D...
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    20D fabric with synthetic fill that is actually...

    20D fabric with synthetic fill that is actually warm at 20F is not going to pack small and will be very heavy compared to a quality down product. Between the 2, you definitely would not regret going...
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    Whoa, that's a beaut! You're really going to...

    Whoa, that's a beaut! You're really going to experience quite a contrast there. :laugh:
  32. Maybe get a HammockGear Phoenix Econ 40...

    Maybe get a HammockGear Phoenix Econ 40. $110 and done!
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    Good deal. Manufacturers are understandably...

    Good deal.

    Manufacturers are understandably conservative in their designs and you can 'push' things if you're well below the maximum weight limit. Sounds like you've done your homework.
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    I'd just add to be careful if you have the carbon...

    I'd just add to be careful if you have the carbon fiber spreader bars.

    I'm no math whiz (not by a longshot:rolleyes:) but there is some formula involving the tangent with which you can calculate...
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    If you have not tried it, brummel lock splicing...

    If you have not tried it, brummel lock splicing is super easy so you could make your own.

    If you know the exact length you want, contact Autumn Ultralight and I'll garondammtee she'll make ya...
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    I'm still happy with the 3.3 Kevlar that...

    I'm still happy with the 3.3 Kevlar that Dutchware normally carries, although it's currently out of stock. (I've got an email alert set for when they're back.)

    Two 12' straps weigh about 2.5oz, so...
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    Tannersville (NY) forecast looks uber-sloppy! :(

    Tannersville (NY) forecast looks uber-sloppy! :(
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    That's great to hear. I've not done a thru nor...

    That's great to hear. I've not done a thru nor any hike of more than a week, so it's great to have confirmation (again) that with a modicum of reasonable care they can go the distance. October 2018 I...
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    Yes, and the Palace has to be pitched with the...

    Yes, and the Palace has to be pitched with the side walls rather steep to accomplish this. Also, I added some adjustable toggles to help keep the gap from opening in the center. Zpacks sells these...
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    With a tarp w/doors (especially the Palace) I'd...

    With a tarp w/doors (especially the Palace) I'd definitely consider aligning it with the wind.
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    That particular spot was quite exposed, but we (I...

    That particular spot was quite exposed, but we (I was backpacking with MikekiM) had a great view and were fairly certain that the wind direction would be consistent based upon weather reports. There...
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    My experience is that you can get away with a...

    My experience is that you can get away with a smaller tarp but it requires a combination of site selection, pitch technique and luck for it to work 100% of the time. So if you can settle for, say,...
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    Yes, but I could hear Deb's footsteps in the...

    Yes, but I could hear Deb's footsteps in the hallway... :lol:

    And she'd be correct, of course. :)
  44. One thing you can do right away to better...

    One thing you can do right away to better optimize pack space is to use a *larger* stuff sack. This allows the "package" to conform to whatever space is available inside the pack instead of producing...
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    I started a new thread...

    I started a new thread in the UL Backpacking sub-forum to respond to this post since it's diverging from the thread topic.
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    There's just something really fun about being out...

    There's just something really fun about being out in the woods in nasty weather and having that warm, dry 'capsule' from which to observe nature happening. :)
  47. Maybe sell one of them and buy a proper UQ? ...

    Maybe sell one of them and buy a proper UQ?

    That's a fairly expensive piece to use in an experiment.
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    Congrats on the new pack! MikekiM makes good...

    Congrats on the new pack!

    MikekiM makes good stuff, so you're in luck. There are other things such as the clip that Zpacks sells, but that is more water bottle specific, IIRC.

    In the winter,...
  49. This is great! I have both TUH1 and 2, and...

    This is great!

    I have both TUH1 and 2, and while TUH2 is the 'bible' for hammocking — much like 'Freedom' is for mountaineeering — there is such an abundance of information about the blizzard of...
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    Hope you're feeling well!

    Hope you're feeling well!
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