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    If you're a fan of walking past piles of poop and...

    If you're a fan of walking past piles of poop and toilet paper, the NCT section I just hiked on the Manistee is perfect. I counted 9 piles, all ON the spur trail to a camp. You'll also have a free...
  2. I'm free this weekend, so shall I say..."50/50"?...

    I'm free this weekend, so shall I say..."50/50"? October is 110% throttle month. Best time of the year where I'm trying to pack in trips so I never know for sure.
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    I can't say I was looking for one. They're...

    I can't say I was looking for one. They're predictable as a tornado, so basically impossible.

    Here's the forecast for that night from a screen shot taken THAT SAME AFTERNOON:

    "Partly cloudy,...
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    Thunderfly in a derecho

    https://s.w-x.co/Derecho_July19-20-2019.jpg

    Well, almost. I was a bit to the north of the main line, but man what a storm!! All the flashing woke me up around 11:30pm. The lightning was so...
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    The more stories like this, the more publicity...

    The more stories like this, the more publicity hammocks get (good or bad), the more they get a bad name...the happier my tent in storage gets.
  6. 94, 75 dewpoint, sunny. I was on the river so...

    94, 75 dewpoint, sunny. I was on the river so it felt great. Even at camp I had a breeze off the 66 water. Still blastfurnace hot, but strangely tolerable. ZERO mosquitoes. I don't understand it...
  7. Good plan! And there's something about ceiling...

    Good plan! And there's something about ceiling fans...just so soothing and relaxing.
  8. Welcome Julie! Ah reflective cord. Don't get...

    Welcome Julie!

    Ah reflective cord. Don't get me started. An inside joke that may show it's ugly head if someone points us in that direction ;)
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    I've been doing one...a few hours later is all it...

    I've been doing one...a few hours later is all it takes for a big surprise!
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    I tried diluting the ACV in water, OJ, etc. Nasty...

    I tried diluting the ACV in water, OJ, etc. Nasty nasty stuff! Strong cat pee. So there's no way; will need to try the pills.

    The B vitamin is crazy!! I read online that it turns your urine...
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    I'm OK in a 10. 11 is my nightly sleeper at home....

    I'm OK in a 10. 11 is my nightly sleeper at home. My goto is a simple 10.5'. Best of both worlds.
  12. I got screwed then. AFTER shaking mine...

    I got screwed then. AFTER shaking mine thoroughly, I went around with a small piece of Absorber cloth and wrung out about 4oz of water. That a lot of water, weight, mess!
  13. Mine keep the rain out which is the main point....

    Mine keep the rain out which is the main point. But I was disappointed to see the water doesn't bead up like my silnylon tarps. It's more of a continuous, shiny wet surface. I don't believe the "less...
  14. Ugh...if I could delay my trip just 2 days: ...

    Ugh...if I could delay my trip just 2 days:

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

    Monday Night
    Mostly clear, with a low around 54.
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    That's funny about the clear foot, I was totally...

    That's funny about the clear foot, I was totally kidding and didn't even bother searching. But I'll be OK without after more practice.

    Glad I went with 30' of webbing instead of 10' for not much...
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    Looking at that last photo, the end seems cinched...

    Looking at that last photo, the end seems cinched extra tight. That's a common mistake, one I made for years. It "looks" absolutely correct, until you get in it. When you're feet get in there to...
  17. Some elevation would be nice. I'm leaving a 95...

    Some elevation would be nice. I'm leaving a 95 day, driving exactly 4 hours north, for 96 :(

    I could simply wait a couple weeks for great weather...but I got that itch to go!
  18. It's nasty, but I'm giving it a go next week....

    It's nasty, but I'm giving it a go next week. What remains of Barry is moving up and out. So I will be rain-free, but it's siphoning some major heat and humidity behind.

    - No TQ needed on this one...
  19. Thanks for taking us along! I think some spaces...

    Thanks for taking us along! I think some spaces in the URL are screwing up the images? Not sure.

    Dave loves that extreme punishment. I'm heading up for some of my own. Hot. Humid. Dewpoints in the...
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    Are your feet touching the end of the UQ, where...

    Are your feet touching the end of the UQ, where the shock cord runs? I can see that being annoying. But I found if you have at least a few inches of UQ going past your feet it's ok.
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    Same here, but at 95 highs and 65-70 lows,...

    Same here, but at 95 highs and 65-70 lows, there's just no way. I tried my coolmax adapter last night in the basement and did fine at ~66. I bought one of these probably 10 years ago and never...
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    Yeah, just can't get the hang of seeing where the...

    Yeah, just can't get the hang of seeing where the thread is starting/stopping. That's why the first one is way off...not even close to the edge of the webbing. OTOH, I don't want to go over the edge...
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    I can't say for sure, but I doubt it's the UQ...

    I can't say for sure, but I doubt it's the UQ causing this. It's probably not that tight (or shouldn't be) to do it's job properly. And since it's soft down and stretchy shockcord...I'm guessing it's...
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    The other end is just loose, which goes around...

    The other end is just loose, which goes around the pack and gets fed thru the other two slots on the ladder (what you see on the bottom portion). Basically just the $5 straps you buy to keep sleeping...
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    My Webbing Masterpiece

    First try on the left, second on the right. I'm obviously not posting because I'm proud of the work, but I'm getting the hang of it. The sewing machine has seen sitting on the shelf 99% of the time...
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    Sticky: I need a cold water bottle for this weather.

    I need a cold water bottle for this weather.
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    I've see people using some kind of a cart, like a...

    I've see people using some kind of a cart, like a rikshaw. How about just stopping at the Holiday Inn Express at that point?
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    I have a really cheap, small fleece blanket I use...

    I have a really cheap, small fleece blanket I use nightly at home hanging in my basement. At a "cool" 66 it's pushing it sometimes. Add in humidity and the fact most of the night will be in the 70s,...
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    I never thought I would be thinking about...

    I never thought I would be thinking about skipping the TQ, until now.

    Friday: 90/67
    Saturday: 91/68
    Sunday: 92/66

    Those LOWS are even warmer than I want it as a HIGH!!! Going to bed at 9:45pm...
  30. I had one get my drybag of food hanging in a tree...

    I had one get my drybag of food hanging in a tree last year. He somehow pulled it up by the rope into the tree. I heard it, so went out and threw sticks into the tree and out dropped this orange...
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    Probably from Indiana ;)

    Probably from Indiana ;)
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    I always use an example from years ago. 4.5...

    I always use an example from years ago. 4.5 million acres of public land in Michigan, and some guys decided to camp about 75 yards away from me one year hunting. Then started the generator. They...
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    That sucks. Camp etiquette is running low these...

    That sucks. Camp etiquette is running low these days. Very low.

    I see people in Michigan parking RVs and campers months ahead of deer season. Months!! The max is 15 or 21 days depending on the...
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    Not quite a believer, but still sprayed my shoes...

    Not quite a believer, but still sprayed my shoes last night. I'll redo my clothes for next week's trip since I also don't believe the "through six washes" thing AT ALL.
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    Sticky: Not sure exactly what you mean. I have them on...

    Not sure exactly what you mean. I have them on exposed 2x10 joists with big Spax screws. For drywall/2x4 studs, I guess it could work but that drywall may get rough looking if you ever removed them....
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    I did not...figured it wouldn't be so bad. It...

    I did not...figured it wouldn't be so bad. It was!!! Out of an actual shot glass too :)

    Meijer had "buy one get one free" of the B complex so I'm set for almost a year!

    Regarding the permethrin...
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    Sticky: I'm using those from Home Depot in my basement....

    I'm using those from Home Depot in my basement. Luckily the unfinished basement makes install easy. But I'd use them anywhere...very strong and they don't squeak like some others I've tried.
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    I'm itching to get out, but hot and humid is...

    I'm itching to get out, but hot and humid is what's going on right now and into the near future. But I'm just in the "I can't wait any longer" mode.
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    That's good advice. I never wanted to vent a warm...

    That's good advice. I never wanted to vent a warm quilt in hot weather. One way or another, that puffy down is close/hugging your body. Down has a way of catching and radiating your body heat back...
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    Thanks, I'll give this a try. I do eat raw garlic...

    Thanks, I'll give this a try. I do eat raw garlic for other reasons, so that can't hurt.

    p.s. I missed the "capsule" part. Just tried some liquid and man, I almost threw up! NASTY NASTY stuff. But...
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    Exactly. I posted some questions/feedback on some...

    Exactly. I posted some questions/feedback on some other threads, but I'll say it here too.

    1. I posted a video of bugs crawling all over my pants that were soaked well in permethrin few days...
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    I just mixed a bottle of 20oz. I did a pretty...

    I just mixed a bottle of 20oz. I did a pretty heavy spray on:

    Hat
    2 pairs of socks
    Shoes
    2 tshirts
    Pants
    Backpack

    I probably didn't even use half of the 20oz bottle. My hammock was already...
  43. That design looks crazy comfortable! I have three...

    That design looks crazy comfortable! I have three old thermarest type pads covered in dust at home, but if I ever tent camp again I may check out something like this.
  44. Back pain can be annoying. Seems to comes and go...

    Back pain can be annoying. Seems to comes and go for many. Mine is gone...for now.

    I'm trying to push myself to get out next weekend, but hiking in 90 degrees (heat index 100+) doesn't work for...
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    I love the basement though. About 66 year round...

    I love the basement though. About 66 year round (77 upstairs with the air off), dark, quiet.
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    I've been sleeping in my 11' Argon 1.6 for over a...

    I've been sleeping in my 11' Argon 1.6 for over a month now. It's a life-changer...just feels right. I'll get lung cancer from radon gas in the basement, but what the hell.
  47. Thread: Cost to go UL

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    I guess it's a lot of "extras" I need to watch....

    I guess it's a lot of "extras" I need to watch. I've really trimmed some fat though.

    4.5oz (sometimes 5) cuben bag gravity filter. I love it! Plus a 750ml smartwater bottle and 1.5L Evernew bag....
  48. Thread: Cost to go UL

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    Crazyness. I need someone to literally come to my...

    Crazyness. I need someone to literally come to my house and show me a 10lb pack. I know I have the stuff or close to it. I guess it comes down to extras or something I'm missing.
  49. I think including a tuckers hat, 80s-frame...

    I think including a tuckers hat, 80s-frame sungalsses (with iridescent lenses) and a flannel shirt with every hammock could get the crowd back.
  50. Clark and OES. But Gary at Clark wanted to retire...

    Clark and OES. But Gary at Clark wanted to retire so that's most/all of the reason. OES appeared to have ruffled some feathers towards the end. Just natural progression I guess. With a rectangle of...
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