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    The strategy I use in the winter is to sleep in...

    The strategy I use in the winter is to sleep in my down parka AND down pants (Montbell TEC) which permits me to carry a lighter TQ. I have an older 20deg Enigma, and, as you have observed, the...
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    Ha, well maybe there's more to it than meets the...

    Ha, well maybe there's more to it than meets the eye. There's never any follow-up or 'after action' report on these things.

    But hyping the danger and drama is the stock-in-trade for "news" people.
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    It really isn't much more complicated than using...

    It really isn't much more complicated than using the hammock tarp as a ground tarp.

    Here's a pic of a dedicated ground tarp (HMG Echo) being used with a prototype of the bivy my friend made for...
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    They talk about how remote and inaccessible that...

    They talk about how remote and inaccessible that location is, but I'm pretty sure I've seen 4-wheeler tracks going right up to the shelter, which is only 300-400 meters from that waypoint. :rolleyes:...
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    LOL starting to think I am just fat, dumb, happy...

    LOL starting to think I am just fat, dumb, happy and blind. :lol:

    Safe to say I'm not packing my fears.

    But I have seen some of those big rat snakes over the years... this one near Wildcat...
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    In that case I'd do it just as Shug does in his...

    In that case I'd do it just as Shug does in his GtG video with a hammock. If I knew that GtG was a certainty, the only extra things I'd carry are my 10.4oz 47" x 25" air mat and 1.6oz pillow. And...
  7. That's the biggest factor... compressing the...

    That's the biggest factor... compressing the lower insulation. With that combo I would have been absolutely miserable and freezing.

    While I don't doubt that the modified CDT underquilts work well...
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    I wouldn't knock it until I tried it, but I will...

    I wouldn't knock it until I tried it, but I will say that it seems to address problems I don't have. I have a meme buried deep in my head somewhere that absolutely abhors unnecessary foofy-faffyness....
  9. Thread: Incubator

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    Sounds within reason, especially if shell...

    Sounds within reason, especially if shell material is 20D-ish and down FP is 800-ish.

    I'm not sure when HG branched into Econ and Premium lines, so that might've been the norm at the time.
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    Well if it hadn't been for MikekiM spotting those...

    Well if it hadn't been for MikekiM spotting those rattlers—that I walked right past without even noticing!—a couple of years ago I wouldn't have had a rattlesnake sighting at all the last few years!...
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    Wow, what a great trip! Now I'm inspired to get...

    Wow, what a great trip! Now I'm inspired to get out and do the end to end.

    Very impressed that your son did the whole thing as well! :cool:
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    I keep getting tempted by this but have not yet...

    I keep getting tempted by this but have not yet mustered the courage to pull the trigger.

    I have a ~5.5oz Montbell down jacket, so thus far the dual-purpose quilt is a niche too far.
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    LOL if ever yer gunna play hooky, now is the...

    LOL if ever yer gunna play hooky, now is the time!! :laugh:

    I think it's getting too cool for rattlers' tastes... I didn't see any this year, in fact. I did intercept a couple of ticks crawling up...
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    Still primo for about another week or so! :cool:

    Still primo for about another week or so! :cool:
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    No, not muddy at all, though not tinder dry,...

    No, not muddy at all, though not tinder dry, either. However, after all the recent rain I thought that maybe some of the smaller streams might be running, but there wasn't a drop! The ground is so...
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    Fall colors are at or close to peak... this...

    Fall colors are at or close to peak... this weekend is great and there's still a good amount of green mixed in. I'm guessing that after next weekend it'll be on the downslope after that.

    My...
  17. +1 for Thermodrop. I'm diggin' it.

    +1 for Thermodrop.

    I'm diggin' it.
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    I've seen and read about people pushing stakes...

    I've seen and read about people pushing stakes into the ground with their feet. This puts a lot of side load on the stake because the sole moves in an arc while the stake is meant to travel in a...
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    A couple of negatives... 1) It can snag on...

    A couple of negatives...

    1) It can snag on tree bark, pulling out fibers, so it gets really ratty looking in short order,

    2) If there is even a little slippage, which you might see with Becket...
  20. This is what I do when fairly high wind is...

    This is what I do when fairly high wind is expected. Better to find an area that is better sheltered from the wind by natural obstacles but this isn't always possible.
    ...
  21. Sounds as if there was some pathway for moisture...

    Sounds as if there was some pathway for moisture to migrate from the feet to the outside.

    Conditions (relative humidity, airflow, etc) were such that the migrating moisture condensed on the shell....
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    +1 ... I have a fleece beanie that I pull down...

    +1 ... I have a fleece beanie that I pull down over my eyes on those super-bright moonlit nights. Or the bill of a baseball cap when it's warm. Could also carry a sleeping mask.
  23. Thread: Need the pros

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    Maybe try a bridge?

    Maybe try a bridge?
  24. Yes indeed, if you have personally used the...

    Yes indeed, if you have personally used the various materials, the difference between 20D and 10D (and 7D!) really leaps out.

    Some years back I bought a lightly-used 40deg EE Prodigy (now called...
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    It's subjective/relative/whatever, but I find the...

    It's subjective/relative/whatever, but I find the .67oz DCF camo to be much darker than standard .51 DCF, which is highly translucent.

    Most, if not all, of the very lightweight materials (7D, .9...
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    Looks like another good loop! I don't have that...

    Looks like another good loop! I don't have that guidebook but it seems to be a good one for getting familiar with the park.

    Glad the Altra (Lone Peak?) trail runners worked out for you. I've tried...
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    Last Thursday I did a fairly easy hike with my...

    Last Thursday I did a fairly easy hike with my neighbor who's just getting into dayhikes and eventually wants to backpack and hammock.

    We did a 7 mile loop that has only ~1000' of vertical—which...
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    Nearly all related threads in the Ultra Lite Gear...

    Nearly all related threads in the Ultra Lite Gear forum have disappeared. I'm only seeing 4 recent ones although it indicates 29 in the forum directory.

    Do you know if that is a glitch, or is the...
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    If used for a somewhat permanent outdoor hammock...

    If used for a somewhat permanent outdoor hammock setup, yes this is definitely a problem. Even reflected UV will compromise them.

    However, for a backpacking situation where they'll be deployed...
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    I've simply rolled the cut ends over a couple of...

    I've simply rolled the cut ends over a couple of times and hand stitched them with polyester thread. No problems.
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    Beyond the small weight savings, it's the mindset...

    Beyond the small weight savings, it's the mindset of simplifying, and then extending that process to the entire backpacking kit.

    Next thing you know, you're carrying a head full of skills instead...
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    Sorry, just getting back to this thread... ...

    Sorry, just getting back to this thread...

    Yes, my earlier pic and many others in my gallery are of the 11' hex. I just love that darn thing. :laugh:

    However, you can still get a fairly low...
  33. Yep... and the Uprising 78" version might look a...

    Yep... and the Uprising 78" version might look a lot like an Incubator. :cool:
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    Thanks, and yes it's good to have a plan... I...

    Thanks, and yes it's good to have a plan... I just find a spot that is a good 15-20 feet downwind that is clear of obstacles and call it done!
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    I do not have these poles. However, the...

    I do not have these poles. However, the flick-lock styles of all trekking poles utilize a cam-actuated clamp with tension adjusted by tightening or loosening a little screw or—more likely nowadays—a...
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    I've backpacked quite a few places in the NE and...

    I've backpacked quite a few places in the NE and 12' straps have been totally adequate, and this is for a knot-to-CL setup. I carry a 3' dog bone which I might use once or twice a year.
  37. Yes, both 'old' style down w/karo baffles... they...

    Yes, both 'old' style down w/karo baffles... they now have V2 with channels! The down can (and does) migrate leaving the side pockets empty, but it's easy enough to redistribute. But, in a way, it is...
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    Indeed, PT for the inevitable scar tissue. ...

    Indeed, PT for the inevitable scar tissue.

    I've had 3 shoulder separations from mountain biking encounters with trees. No cuff surgery and minimal PT but I had to do prescribed PT stretches and so...
  39. Thread: Asym tarps

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    I agree. Asyms are generally a "just in case"...

    I agree. Asyms are generally a "just in case" piece of kit for short trips when nice weather or perhaps some brief showers might be expected.

    For a while I did own and use an interesting design...
  40. I also have but don't use UQP but might try it at...

    I also have but don't use UQP but might try it at some point.

    I've got a 50deg shortie UQ (EE) and have not used it below its rating, but I have twice used a 40deg (also EE) down to 34°F and was...
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    I have UQ hooks on my hammocks (DH Dariens, my...

    I have UQ hooks on my hammocks (DH Dariens, my main faves... and some others) but find that I don't need them. Don't need the side pull-out hooks either.

    But I heartily concur with Bobonli... get...
  42. It's really nice to have a set of "barely there"...

    It's really nice to have a set of "barely there" quilts for warmer weather. :)
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    I did my little hike Sat and out early Sun. I was...

    I did my little hike Sat and out early Sun. I was going to park at the loop at the end of Johnsontown Road but it was jammed so I parked at the entrance to Dater Mtn County Park, which is one of the...
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    That is also my take on it when using a framed...

    That is also my take on it when using a framed pack... just stuff them directly into the bottom of the pack. The items above provide enough compression to control the volume.

    For frameless,...
  45. I had to look at the pic on Dutch's website to...

    I had to look at the pic on Dutch's website to see what it is! :laugh:

    For stakes, I just use a ziploc freezer bag.
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    From the pic it appears you pitch it far higher...

    From the pic it appears you pitch it far higher over the hammock than I do. I've weathered some pretty nasty storms but with the tarp pitched right down to the hammock SRL. That's how you get the...
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    BTW, for any NY, LI, NJ HF'ers interested in...

    BTW, for any NY, LI, NJ HF'ers interested in joining me, I'm going to be doing a Harriman hike tomorrow and camp someplace with a quick out on Sunday morning.
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    Actually I did it with a group and we did the...

    Actually I did it with a group and we did the loop with the Link. That was 5-6 years ago so a bit hazy.

    However I have done the whole of LHHT, BFT, AFT, sections of MST and did okay without spare...
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    I did it a few years ago and did not carry any...

    I did it a few years ago and did not carry any spare footwear and it didn't bother me, as I recall. It was early October then.
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    You can also park overnight at Kakiat County...

    You can also park overnight at Kakiat County Park, about 2.5mi south of the Equestrian center. Very nice parking area.
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