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    Great idea about hiking/paddling back down! I...

    Great idea about hiking/paddling back down! I thought about doing this in the past but never gave it more thought.
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    Frolicking with Fronkey Ehh, maybe that sounds...

    Frolicking with Fronkey

    Ehh, maybe that sounds too cheesy :)
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    The clay and cabin thing early on really got me...

    The clay and cabin thing early on really got me worried about him. But now he really seems to have his stuff together.
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    Good! When I have a show that I look forward to...

    Good! When I have a show that I look forward to all week, a spoiler really hurts. Especially with this type of show where the "spoiled content" may not appear for weeks or months. I honestly didn't...
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    I remember Shug doing that in one of his videos....

    I remember Shug doing that in one of his videos. Tree-to-tree for a little extra support!
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    For my usual backpacking trips, I could probably...

    For my usual backpacking trips, I could probably do it in about 20 minutes comfortably. Food wouldn't be as good as usual (no cheese or candy stocked and ready to go) but everything else should be OK...
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    Yeah I know, always fun to joke about especially...

    Yeah I know, always fun to joke about especially with my family in MI :)
  8. I put my 1-year-old in my 10' WB Traveler the...

    I put my 1-year-old in my 10' WB Traveler the other day just to see what he would do. That's a LONG hammock for someone about 29" tall! He seemed to like it :)
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    Welcome! I like the old tent talk...here's an old...

    Welcome! I like the old tent talk...here's an old canvas tent from ~1950 my dad hung on to from his dad. We still put it up when hunting around Grayling. Not sure why, but probably mostly due to the...
  10. Wow, $215 ready to roll. Nice setup!

    Wow, $215 ready to roll. Nice setup!
  11. I usually roll in at night and just stumble into...

    I usually roll in at night and just stumble into the woods after a few miles and end up in some random spot well off the trail. Love it!!
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    I would love to but with more things going on...

    I would love to but with more things going on around home now, I'm not as flexible. I usually head out on trips without much planning or notice.

    No matter where you go you're guaranteed a good...
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    Like I said, I'm not going back to tents. I love...

    Like I said, I'm not going back to tents. I love my hammock. But just to play along, you really have to look at possible failure. What can really go wrong?

    Tent:
    • maybe a broken pole/shockcord?...
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    It can sure get pricey! I spaced my purchases out...

    It can sure get pricey! I spaced my purchases out to trick myself into thinking it wasn't so much...it's sort of works :)
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    I was curious so I checked my last sale: 20°...

    I was curious so I checked my last sale:

    20° Phoenix +1oz: paid $208, sold for $205.

    Definitely worth $3 to try and see! Hammocks and tarps would probably be similar around here.
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    Give it a shot. I CANNOT sleep on my back in a...

    Give it a shot. I CANNOT sleep on my back in a bed...so getting a hammock worried me at first. But after giving it a good night's test, I was sold. It's just a different kind of sleep for me. I lie...
  17. I sealed mine outside since that's where the...

    I sealed mine outside since that's where the grosgrain is, in addition to the thread. It just seemed to me that the grosgrain would hold the silicone nicely being rough/slightly porous. Maybe water...
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    Thanks for the photos. Sometimes I feel like all...

    Thanks for the photos. Sometimes I feel like all the cool places are not in the U.S. (no, I know that's not completely true!)

    By the way, photos > video!!
  19. OOPS! I did the outside on both my BMJ and...

    OOPS! I did the outside on both my BMJ and Superfly. No problems through multi-day soakers, layer of freezing rain, snow, cleanings, etc. So I guess I'll leave it alone.
  20. OUCH!! Those horrible clips in the winter!?...

    OUCH!! Those horrible clips in the winter!? Impossible!
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    Or just pull your feet out and let them breathe....

    Or just pull your feet out and let them breathe.

    I don't really understand the snap thing either. A hammock is almost like a narrow folded "taco" so there's no laying the quilt flat either, unless...
  22. Thanks O&B, nice list of advantages there. I have...

    Thanks O&B, nice list of advantages there. I have a UQP but never even use that. I think I will this winter so I feel like I didn't waste $35. And I like that pulk bag...perfect fit to keep things...
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    I bet you didn't have your car keys with you....

    I bet you didn't have your car keys with you. Otherwise you could have jiggled them saying "here kitty kitty!"

    Forget bears...these guys would scare me the most. Luckily there are just a couple...
  24. I want to do this!! The wife would not be too...

    I want to do this!! The wife would not be too happy though.
  25. Same here. I HATE condensation and a clammy...

    Same here. I HATE condensation and a clammy feeling. I'd rather have a slightly cool 15° with some nice airflow than a damp 20°. At winter temps, there's not much difference there anyway (for me at...
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    Lots to talk about here. I don't bash tents...

    Lots to talk about here. I don't bash tents because I like to remember where I "came from". I had some good times in the tent, but a hammock is more than a shelter and place to sleep for me...it's at...
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    My thoughts as well, if we're talking ~30°. No...

    My thoughts as well, if we're talking ~30°. No question about it.

    If you think you will frequently go lower, then maybe a 0°. I don't really like the "better to have more than not enough" in this...
  28. I do love the downy goodness! Up until just a few...

    I do love the downy goodness! Up until just a few years ago, I always looked at down as "weak" and overkill...something you can't get wet. But then I thought,
    when do I ever get my gear soaked?...
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    DAMMIT!!!! Where is the delete button on my...

    DAMMIT!!!! Where is the delete button on my brain? Already ruined :(

    trying to forget...trying to forget...
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    Yes water would definitely make it manageable...

    Yes water would definitely make it manageable more than anything else. I even pushed the limit and went out around May 20 one year...covered in flies, mosquitoes and ticks within minutes! Been...
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    I am absolutely shocked that anyone can backpack...

    I am absolutely shocked that anyone can backpack in the summer. I tried it ONCE and got destroyed by mosquitoes and flies late August at Nordhouse. Seriously, I couldn't even stand walking to the...
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    The Accuweather forecasts that go out 45 days are...

    The Accuweather forecasts that go out 45 days are not accurate?? NO!
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    For all seasons, I would recommend a full length....

    For all seasons, I would recommend a full length. I really wanted to make a 3/4 work but it just didn't feel right to me. I mainly wanted to do it for less bulk, not necessarily the weight. With a...
  34. Thread: Cold weather

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    Gotta find the PINEY WOODS! Green + White =...

    Gotta find the PINEY WOODS! Green + White = heaven

    I love when lake effect snow just sticks to everything
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/89379576/HF/snow_0215.jpg
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    I think everyone is taking this too literal. I'll...

    I think everyone is taking this too literal. I'll repeat:



    I make coffee every day at work. Can I wait 4 minutes for it to brew? Yes. Would I rather it take 4 seconds? Yes.
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    I know! Thems fightin' words! I like living on...

    I know! Thems fightin' words! I like living on the edge :)
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    Exactly. I got into hammocking simply for a dry...

    Exactly. I got into hammocking simply for a dry place to sit off the ground. It quickly took off from there!
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    Back to the OP: IMHO, leaving all pros and cons...

    Back to the OP: IMHO, leaving all pros and cons behind, a hammock backpacking involves significantly more time and labor to set up and maintain shelter than a tent.

    Yes, I agree. But I also agree...
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    I posted about this earlier this year. I was...

    I posted about this earlier this year. I was always told (and taught others) NEVER to pull a sleeping bag/quilt over your head due to condensation building from your breath. But, back in March or...
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    I sure miss the hood from my sleeping bag, but I...

    I sure miss the hood from my sleeping bag, but I get by. Last winter I got a little cold so I put on my down jacket with hood and I just passed out!
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    I use a Mamajamba and Superfly. I do like the...

    I use a Mamajamba and Superfly. I do like the simplicity of the MJ when the weather is good-fair. If I know there will be a decent rain/wind in the forecast I will go with the SF.

    I really don't...
  42. Wow, $8.7 million! I always wondered how people...

    Wow, $8.7 million! I always wondered how people could afford the time to do the AT without being retired!! Now I know!
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    My reason for switching to hammocks! Even more so...

    My reason for switching to hammocks! Even more so than the comfort (just because I didn't know any better at the time)
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    I don't think it's about people worrying about...

    I don't think it's about people worrying about time wasted in the woods. Humans by nature just like quick and easy. It doesn't mean you're lazy; it's just nice to reduce the time to do X. For...
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    I have no interest in using my tent unless forced...

    I have no interest in using my tent unless forced for some reason. But danm I could set it up fast - maybe 5min max. There was no tinkering or adjusting that I could think of. Even the rain fly had...
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    Looks like a great time! I may take the kayak...

    Looks like a great time! I may take the kayak down there again this fall. One of my favorite from last year...or has it been 2 years?:
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    I hate when I get bad clay. Nothing ruins a trip...

    I hate when I get bad clay. Nothing ruins a trip like bad clay :(
  48. Thread: Dos in the Dose

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    OK I was just wondering. If I take my bike on...

    OK I was just wondering. If I take my bike on anything other than perfectly smooth concrete, it's bad news! A hobby I pretty much abandoned after my son was born...no time.

    Anyway, looks like a...
  49. Thread: Dos in the Dose

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    Holy crap is that a road bike? Ouch!

    Holy crap is that a road bike? Ouch!
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    HAHA :) If they only knew before hand how things...

    HAHA :) If they only knew before hand how things would play out! Maximum weight of extra emergency rations was 5lbs, but that's not terrible. A 5lb jar of peanut butter would be nice!
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