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  1. Mountain Goat. Made with mesh, which works really...

    Mountain Goat. Made with mesh, which works really well. Plus, you can get them with a pocket on each end for storing your cordage. Really sweet.
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    After you get this sorted out, start here:...

    After you get this sorted out, start here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7NZVqpBUV0

    Trust me, Uncle Shug will help you.
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    The problem with joining ropes like that is you...

    The problem with joining ropes like that is you tend to be tensioning in a way that puts all of the stress at one point at the end of the loop. The way this is solved when you build kit planes is by...
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    I threaded my zing it ridgeline through two 18...

    I threaded my zing it ridgeline through two 18 inches pieces of aquarium tubing. That seems to prevent any damage to the tree bark.

    Keep in mind that the park rangers are probably thinking about...
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    Go look at Dutch bling. It may have nothing to do...

    Go look at Dutch bling. It may have nothing to do with solving your problem but it's like gadget crack. There's a bunch of elegant little doodads that are fun to play with. :-D
  6. Nope, never had that problem and I weigh about...

    Nope, never had that problem and I weigh about 235 lbs. I am really surprised your wife caused it to slip. Are those the original webbing straps or have you replaced them?
  7. I stuff my hammock in the bag and leave the...

    I stuff my hammock in the bag and leave the straps stowed on the outside. Don't know if that will work for you but I thought I'd throw it out there.
  8. Thread: need budget uq

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    If you want super-cheap, you may want to go...

    If you want super-cheap, you may want to go treasure-hunting at thrift stores. You might find a down comforter or sleeping bag you can re-purpose. Reflectix is dirt cheap. Two layers of Reflectix...
  9. What I don't like about Velcro is the spiky side,...

    What I don't like about Velcro is the spiky side, which if you're laying on it tends to poke you here and there. Magnetic clasps (WM, very cheap) are what I use when I want something to breakaway.
  10. I just bought 2 or 3 fleece baby blankets from...

    I just bought 2 or 3 fleece baby blankets from the thrift store, installed a WM snap on the corners of one end and a medium binder clip in the center of the other end. Q&D - but worked great.
    ...
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    Buying a sock is a lot cheaper than buying a...

    Buying a sock is a lot cheaper than buying a warmer tq/uq. I'd use what you already have - layer up.
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    I have used a 29" by 6' double layer of Reflectix...

    I have used a 29" by 6' double layer of Reflectix as a pad with my IMSS bivy. It does provide warmth but I only felt comfortable down to around 40-45 degrees. I should note that I was only wearing...
  13. You have the right idea to test it at home first....

    You have the right idea to test it at home first. If I were you, I'd drink a beer and take a good long nap in it. You know, for "research".

    Seriously, though, lay in it awhile and make sure...
  14. Thread: HG Burrow 30

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    FS: I'll take it. Please send PP info. Thx

    I'll take it.
    Please send PP info. Thx
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    That looks like something out of star wars. :-D

    That looks like something out of star wars. :-D
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    I got really cold one night and had to get up at...

    I got really cold one night and had to get up at oh-dark-thirty, find my down coat, and cover myself up because of the condensation from my breath.

    I got a fleece baby blanket from thrift store,...
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    Thanks! Good suggestion. I don't know if I'll...

    Thanks! Good suggestion. I don't know if I'll have time to climb to the top - depends on timing. But, I'll definitely hike the trail up a bit.

    I think I'll take my turtle-dog stand in case the...
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    Camping suggestions for Santa Fe area

    I'm looking to do some car camping on the way down I-25 to Flagstaff, AZ with my hammock. Last year I camped near Pecos and it took me about 30 minutes to drive to where I camped. 30 minutes is about...
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    I would not take the Spindrift. I have one I use...

    I would not take the Spindrift. I have one I use when it's below 0*F because my TQ/UG are only rated to 0*F. But, it's extra weight and it's not waterproof.

    I would definitely get a tarp with...
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    I chose Mountain Goat mesh two piece for my SF...

    I chose Mountain Goat mesh two piece for my SF primarily because they have a sew-in pocket on each of the middle ends. It makes packing up your tie-outs really easy.
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    Hmmm... I'm surprised no one mentioned UGQ.

    Hmmm... I'm surprised no one mentioned UGQ.
  22. I have a WBRR and a Spindrift sock but I've never...

    I have a WBRR and a Spindrift sock but I've never used the sock in really cold weather, like below 20*F. I do, however, use an UQP that doubles as a poncho. That seems to reduce condensation issues...
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    I have used 2 layers of Reflectix and a 32*F down...

    I have used 2 layers of Reflectix and a 32*F down bag in my hammock down to about 45*F, wearing a t-shirt and boxers. That was the lower limit for me. I was nice and warm, but just. Any colder would...
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    The Lynx uses small carabiners to attach. The HG...

    The Lynx uses small carabiners to attach. The HG Incubator is set up to be used with either a gathered end or bridge hammock. Consequently, the set up a tiny bit more complicated but really simple. ...
  25. suggestions for camping and fishing west of Boulder

    I'm looking to do an easy hike (1-2 hours), camp, and fish somewhere in the area west of Boulder up to Estes Park in next couple of weeks. I did Rainbow Lakes last year and that was great.

    Any...
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    That date is just outside of most campgrounds'...

    That date is just outside of most campgrounds' seasons - most of the RMNP campgrounds are closing on Oct 10th. That's also right at the beginning of our winter storm season, which means if you hike...
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    FS: I'll take it.

    I'll take it.
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    Be careful with those ratings unless you have...

    Be careful with those ratings unless you have actually done this yourself. The ratings for the IMSS is ***for 4 hours with heavy weight long underwear***.

    I have used the full system, GoreTex...
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    Thanks, Red. That's kind of what I had in mind....

    Thanks, Red. That's kind of what I had in mind. I'm going to get out there and play around with it a bit.
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    Yes, 2 layers, stacked and taped together.

    Yes, 2 layers, stacked and taped together.
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    The reason I got interested in a frost bib is...

    The reason I got interested in a frost bib is because I ended up with a massive amount of condensation on my TQ, which I think was probably caused from my breath. I'm going to forego complexity and...
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    frost or condensation bib design

    Can't get a hit by searching so I thought I'd ask...

    Ran into some severe condensation issues that were probably caused by my breath. Shug recommended using a condensation or frost bib. His looks...
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    One really good application for a least a partial...

    One really good application for a least a partial skirt would be in a snow storm with high winds. In those conditions the snow is likely to blow right up under and swirl around inside a tarp. I have...
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    I have slept for quite a few nights with a double...

    I have slept for quite a few nights with a double layer of 29" wide by 6ft Reflectix down to around 45*F. I was wearing a t-shirt and light cotton shorts inside an IMSS intermediate (black) bag. One...
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    Great thread - really good info.

    Great thread - really good info.
  36. Where it would matter is if you're trying to...

    Where it would matter is if you're trying to decide whether it's worthwhile to pitch your camp downwind of a few trees. Once you know that they are generating more drag than you'd think, you might...
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    What ever you do, you're going to need something...

    What ever you do, you're going to need something to underneath you to keep yourself warm. You can use CSF and/or an air pad for that purpose. However, you'll find that since they aren't designed for...
  38. Thread: Camp security

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    I like to wander up into the mountains when I...

    I like to wander up into the mountains when I travel and find somewhere nice to camp not too far off the road. However, I worry about someone ransacking my car since it is isolated and, in many...
  39. I don't think Reflectix is going to be nearly as...

    I don't think Reflectix is going to be nearly as durable as a 3 mil contractor bag or a sheet of plastic. You get the added benefit of insulation but it's bulky. A 6' x 29" piece of Reflectix is...
  40. That number is correct. Note that I said, "round"...

    That number is correct. Note that I said, "round" not "rounded". And, we're talking about round from the perspective of the wind hitting it. Airplanes are moving through the air with the wind flowing...
  41. One more thing: I have camped where I was getting...

    One more thing: I have camped where I was getting 55 mph gusts on my SF. Being an engineer/nerd, I calculated the force on my tarp and it was more than I had guessed by a long shot. Then, I...
  42. Sorry... I try to stick to my $.02 worth and...

    Sorry... I try to stick to my $.02 worth and usually end up saying about $.05 more than I should. Doh!
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    As others have alluded, it depends on where you...

    As others have alluded, it depends on where you camp and the season. If you're camping where the weather conditions are relatively stable, like the beach, you may not need doors. On the other hand,...
  44. It pays to investigate the local conditions if...

    It pays to investigate the local conditions if you can find good info. I usually call the area park rangers for info so I can better gauge the risk. I got some very good advice on areas to avoid as...
  45. The first thing I thought on B. was that my...

    The first thing I thought on B. was that my breath was condensing on the TQ. However, while there was a little more condensation on the TQ around my face, the whole TQ was covered with very heavy...
  46. Thanks for your response, BillyBob. And, your...

    Thanks for your response, BillyBob. And, your thoughts parallel my own: I need to experiment and see if adding the sil-ny UQ protector causes the condensation to stay on the outside of the UQ...
  47. condensation problem on TQ and UQ - need advice

    I am getting a lot of condensation on my TQ and UQ in various cold weather conditions. I understand the phenomenon but I need some advice on the best ways to solve this problem. Here are 2 typical...
  48. Thread: Reflectix

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    I made a pad with a 6ft long double-layer of 24in...

    I made a pad with a 6ft long double-layer of 24in wide Reflectix. I used metal muffler tape to tape the 2 layers together in order to create a bit of air space btwn the 2 layers.

    I have used that...
  49. One really cheap, easy option is to use a double...

    One really cheap, easy option is to use a double layer of Reflectix. Downside is it's bulky to roll up and carry around. That's what I use down to about 40. But, I don't think I'd be able to go lower...
  50. FS: Sea-to-Summit Ultra-Sil Pack Cover: I'll take it.

    Sea-to-Summit Ultra-Sil Pack Cover: I'll take it.
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