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    Welcome to the forums from the Great Lakes State...

    Welcome to the forums from the Great Lakes State of Michigan. There's lots of choices out there and tons of great info under the vendor forums. You might want to check out Simply Light Designs. ...
  2. Oh, you would have relished the chance to...

    Oh, you would have relished the chance to experience it with me. Have a great paddle!


    The rollaways are the high point of that section. You don't get the full effect until your up on top and...
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    I switch back from above or below, depending on...

    I switch back from above or below, depending on the tarp. With my cuben tarp and Autumnlight ridgeline with nama claws, I go above. My winter tarp with doors I use it below with zing it and...
  4. Camp by water and keep your hiking miles down. ...

    Camp by water and keep your hiking miles down. For me, dealing with heat isn't as bad as having high humidity. It goes all downhill from there if you add in mosquitoes.

    I know from experience...
  5. Michigan NCT SB 131/Roadside Park to Udell/M55, July 5-8, 2019, 62 miles Solo

    https://i.imgur.com/upOPlca.jpg

    Once again, I was due to get out for some hang time, so I headed back to the North Country Trail through one of my favorite sections of the Manistee Forest, with...
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    No stand required since there's a balcony over...

    No stand required since there's a balcony over the deck at the family cottage on the lake. Just got back from 2 nights going tarpless, but I did have to deal with some...
  7. Sorry to hear about the demise of the tarp. My...

    Sorry to hear about the demise of the tarp. My HG cuben tarp came with a repair kit, but given the size and location of the tear, I'd sent it back for professional help.
  8. Nice looking setup! I've got a Jared asym tarp...

    Nice looking setup! I've got a Jared asym tarp and it's amazing how small it packs down. Good choice on the Trail Lair. I'm on my 3rd summer season with mine, made from hexon 1.0. You also can't...
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    Before it goes in the dryer, make sure to take...

    Before it goes in the dryer, make sure to take all the suspension off. Its amazing how tangled those whoopie slings can get. Not that it happened to me....[emoji41].
  10. I was hiking the Manistee River Trail a couple...

    I was hiking the Manistee River Trail a couple years ago midweek, when there's not alot of people around. i was heading north on the MRT side and planned to cross the bridge to my traditional spot...
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    #47 is done after a 4 day trip on the NCT through...

    #47 is done after a 4 day trip on the NCT through the Manistee National forest in Michigan (trip report coming soon). 3 nights of hammock bliss along the river, in the pines, and on an awesome...
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    The full concentrate bottle goes a lot further...

    The full concentrate bottle goes a lot further than you think. I bought a bottle for last season (2018) and just finished it up after straying everything for my last trip. I probably sprayed...
  13. I saw that yesterday when EE sent out the...

    I saw that yesterday when EE sent out the announcement. $130 if you pre-order it (depending on fabric) and it did kind of catch my eye. I'm not a fan of having to deal with "head left" or "head...
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    Welcome to the forums and it was great meeting...

    Welcome to the forums and it was great meeting you at the Michigan Bushcraft Gathering this past May. Your collection of sharps are pretty amazing! Hope to see you at some upcoming outings.
  15. I was thinking that too, but didn't want to be...

    I was thinking that too, but didn't want to be the first one to bring it up.

    I have a ritual that I adhere to on every backpacking trip: I always carry in a first night can of beer and a hostess...
  16. That's the guy and I've seen that supersized...

    That's the guy and I've seen that supersized tarp. I think it's just what you need. You also might want to check out Simply Light Designs. He has a "tarp porch" that can be made to fit an existing...
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    Welcome to the forums from the other side of the...

    Welcome to the forums from the other side of the world!
  18. I briefly glanced at it. Wow, that's a long...

    I briefly glanced at it. Wow, that's a long read. At first I thought it was going to go down that path of a long ago thread here on HF about harvesting down.
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    The Winter Haven is a great tarp and I've got an...

    The Winter Haven is a great tarp and I've got an older 12 footer with the external pole mods. Plenty of room, but the ones Jared is making now with the internal poles are awesome. A couple of my...
  20. I'm a glutton for punishment and have a short...

    I'm a glutton for punishment and have a short memory too. Still looking forward to heading to GT the 3rd weekend of July.

    I always backpack the weekend before or after the 4th of July and this...
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    #46 is in the books after an overnight at the...

    #46 is in the books after an overnight at the cottage front yard overlooking Lake Huron. Probably have a night or two in the backyard next weekend, then in July I'll get out somewhere and get some...
  22. I've got the first version (all sil) of the SLD...

    I've got the first version (all sil) of the SLD Catchall and I like it. Jared has since updated his version so there's a strip flog no-seeum that helps bent air when compressing it.

    Lots of good...
  23. For me, I lock in the date and do my best to...

    For me, I lock in the date and do my best to stick to it. If something comes up and I can't go, then I pick a new date. I'm always watching the weather, but we all know how accurate that forecast...
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    Maybe try "Jack's r better"?

    Maybe try "Jack's r better"?
  25. We are coming up Thursday/Friday and chillaxing...

    We are coming up Thursday/Friday and chillaxing at our traditional winter base camp location for the weekend. If we get motivated, we may do some day hiking. We went up there last summer and really...
  26. I love GT. Heading up there the 3rd weekend of...

    I love GT. Heading up there the 3rd weekend of July with some folks from HF. I would suggest you call Ranger Scott at the Pigeon River State Forest for an accurate report of the situation. They've...
  27. Best reply so far. I hear ya and toast you with...

    Best reply so far. I hear ya and toast you with a Founders bourbon barrel aged beer.
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    Welcome to the forums from another Michogander...

    Welcome to the forums from another Michogander and a buddy of Wolverine. Gluttony planning thread will be posted in July. Hope you can make it up and enjoy some bacon with us!
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    Wonder what it would smell like if it caught an...

    Wonder what it would smell like if it caught an ember from the campfire?
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    Post some pics of it. I've heard nothing but...

    Post some pics of it. I've heard nothing but good things about this UQ from Jared at Simply Light Designs.
    https://simplylightdesigns.com/products/trail-winder-asym-uq
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    SLD Voyageur is an awesome hammock!

    SLD Voyageur is an awesome hammock!
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    Any hammock time is always a treat! I've done...

    Any hammock time is always a treat! I've done the same thing many times. Go for a local hike then come home for a night in the backyard and wrap it all up with breakfast from the hammock. A lot...
  33. I bet Rocketsredglare would be all over that...

    I bet Rocketsredglare would be all over that concept.
  34. Wow! Maybe you should send them a link to this...

    Wow! Maybe you should send them a link to this thread. Perhaps you might get a different answer. I don't think your original request seems all that out of the ordinary and I'm surprised by the...
  35. I'm still figuring out what I want, but here's my...

    I'm still figuring out what I want, but here's my question: I don't use continuous loops on my SLD Trail Lair and I just have a small loop on the end of my amsteel whoopies that I thread back...
  36. Poll: I never put 2 and 2 together on who started the...

    I never put 2 and 2 together on who started the poll. 4 of my tarps are SLD and line locs are standard. I liked them so much I requested they be put on my CF tarp when I ordered it from Hammock...
  37. Seeing another FS post that may be ok via our...

    Seeing another FS post that may be ok via our TOS, but certainly is questionable...
  38. Poll: Line locs are simple, easy and I don't have to...

    Line locs are simple, easy and I don't have to deal with insects.
  39. Fathers Day is coming up and I know my family...

    Fathers Day is coming up and I know my family would love to make me happy with one of these new ultralight suspension systems. Take my money and lead me further down the gram weenie path.
  40. Mine are always attached since all of my tarps...

    Mine are always attached since all of my tarps and hot tent (Simply Light Designs) plus my HG cuben tarp all have integrated line locks. No chance of losing expensive hardware and they are simple!
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    Donna at 2qzq makes a dandy one with 4 pockets...

    Donna at 2qzq makes a dandy one with 4 pockets and Velcro attachments. I did the 2 mesh/2 sil version to keep some things out of view, like my wallet etc.
  42. Meanwhile, look at all the negative PR that could...

    Meanwhile, look at all the negative PR that could be avoided by the vendor for the simple act of responding to an email. Zpacks are big ticket items and I've got a buddy who ran into the same issue....
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    If I were to buy one again, I'd pop for camo. ...

    If I were to buy one again, I'd pop for camo. The green is fine, but when it's hot or if you need shade, the greenhouse effect is full on!

    As to privacy, it is what is is and I wouldn't use it...
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    I went through a similar issue with my right...

    I went through a similar issue with my right shoulder last year, caused by pinched nerves that made my arm pretty useless for a while. It was self inflicted since it happened when I rolled over in...
  45. Looks very stealthy with those ends pulled in. ...

    Looks very stealthy with those ends pulled in. At first when I saw the post I thought it was for something you had for sale. Anxious to hear how you like it after you take it on a few trips.
    ...
  46. I'm very happy with the ridgeline setup I bought...

    I'm very happy with the ridgeline setup I bought from you, so I'd be up for this!

    How about offering a package deal with the Kevlar straps and spectra UCR with continuous loops? Ultralight...
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    Group hangs are great places to find like minded...

    Group hangs are great places to find like minded folks. It's worked for me and I've made some really great friends that I've enjoyed many adventures with and get together on a regular basis.
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    That was pretty cool. At least Shug didn't pull...

    That was pretty cool. At least Shug didn't pull a Bear Grylss and squeeze it out to get water or dig through it for berries.

    I really enjoyed the video and am looking forward to part 2. Taking...
  49. Sounds about right. Especially since having your...

    Sounds about right. Especially since having your own personal chainsaw is now part of our 10 essentials.
  50. Looks like you had a great weekend on the off...

    Looks like you had a great weekend on the off grid future homestead. When can we invite ourselves there for a group hang? Subtle hint...We will even supply the bacon [emoji16].
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