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    How were you attaching it to the tree? What kind...

    How were you attaching it to the tree? What kind of tree?

    I could see the webbing potentially slipping on something relatively smooth like beech but highly unlikely on some scraggly-azz oak.

    I...
  2. Fallkniven mentioned upthread that he helped...

    Fallkniven mentioned upthread that he helped develop this tarp so presumably there is some intimate knowledge and understanding of its construction and design, which I also assume includes field...
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    That is really schweeeeet! My EE 50-deg is 11oz,...

    That is really schweeeeet! My EE 50-deg is 11oz, so 11oz for a 40deg is great... and LL doesn't skimp on down!

    You're going to get many years of excellent service from that piece of kit. :laugh:
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    lol you know me... always up for a walk. :laugh:...

    lol you know me... always up for a walk. :laugh:

    Had been thinking Sun-Mon (holiday!) but might be able to swing Sat-Sun or Sat-Mon. I haven't hiked during a snow event in quite some time.
  5. Although mild winter weather is entirely do-able...

    Although mild winter weather is entirely do-able with 40 liter pack, maybe consider getting a somewhat larger pack for "real" winter.

    I'm all about carrying a reasonably light pack, but a pair of...
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    lol right now I can't justify any more puppies or...

    lol right now I can't justify any more puppies or ducks or geese!! :laugh:

    I've got enough gear to outfit 4 people... well, for 3-season and mild winter. :scared:
  7. My favorite thus far as been the campsite at the...

    My favorite thus far as been the campsite at the top of Pharaoh Mountain in the Adirondacks. The top of the mountain is a windy place, but the campsite is tucked into a perfectly situated little...
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    And then there are those who would argue that...

    And then there are those who would argue that anything above 900, except for Eider, is a mythical number. Montbell claims to use 1000fp for the plasma parka, and I'd like to have one of those...
  9. Nothing wrong with experimentation — many times...

    Nothing wrong with experimentation — many times we read or hear that something can't be done and then figure out a way to do it, or find out later somebody has done it.

    Cmc4free your use of the...
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    Yikes, I hate to read that. I hope it isn't a...

    Yikes, I hate to read that. I hope it isn't a trend. :(

    I parked there a few weeks ago and mine was the only car on the circle when I left, fortunately not disturbed that night.

    A few years...
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    Also... Turkey Hill Loop (off Long Mountain...

    Also...

    Turkey Hill Loop (off Long Mountain Pkwy)
    Ramapo Equestrian Center (arguably the safest)
    Reeves Meadow
    Kakiat County Park
    Wildcat Mtn (just north of the bus stop, Rt 17/17A)...
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    I agree with MikekiM! I had not seen this...

    I agree with MikekiM!

    I had not seen this thread earlier, but I think you did totally the right thing going with Argon67 inside and out. With reasonable care and handling it will work fine for a...
  13. I wish it had worked but not surprised it didn't....

    I wish it had worked but not surprised it didn't. :(

    Have you made some whoopies with the bury located very close to the fixed eye? I made some mini-whoopies this way, using a 5" finished bury and...
  14. Thread: Clear tarp

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    I concur with SS that you're probably not going...

    I concur with SS that you're probably not going to find something that is clear with all those attributes.

    There are some mountaineering tents that have small clear windows but that material (I'll...
  15. PS I like your trick for tying it into a loop....

    PS I like your trick for tying it into a loop. Similarly, I once "transferred" a prusik by using a chopstick to hold its shape while threading thru a replacement cord.

    One good thing about yours...
  16. I've played with Klemheist and Hedden (using...

    I've played with Klemheist and Hedden (using amsteel... IIRC they were 4-5 wraps) attached to Venom and Myers (both UMHWPE) webbing and they locked down very tight under load. Fewer wraps, say 3, and...
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    Google "youtube polycryo tarp" and you'll get...

    Google "youtube polycryo tarp" and you'll get oodles of hits.

    Used to be sold by Gold Gear (David Gardner) but no longer, but he and others (per above) have videos on how to make them.

    Polycryo...
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    lol In other news, water flows downhill....

    lol

    In other news, water flows downhill. :mellow:
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    lol In my Photoschlock job with the sling blade I...

    lol In my Photoschlock job with the sling blade I purposely made it very ham-handed and cheesy looking so it wouldn't be mistaken for real. :laugh:

    But I confess to having yanked up a pesky weed...
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    lol well I never heard of it as a kaiser blade,...

    lol well I never heard of it as a kaiser blade, but when I was a kid Down South (FL panhandle) we called it a sling sickle. :)

    My grandmother's house back then had a ravine behind it that was full...
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    If I'm going into an area like that, I just take...

    If I'm going into an area like that, I just take along my sling blade. :laugh:

    179077
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    Spider poly straps are OK (in fact, designed as...

    Spider poly straps are OK (in fact, designed as such) for buckles. I would not use buckles on any UHMWPE or Kevlar options.

    I have Kevlar 3.3 straps that I have been using for almost 2 years. Yes,...
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    That's my general philosophy. I almost always use...

    That's my general philosophy. I almost always use everything I brought on every trip... outside of FAK/repair/emergency... and that is all in a very small silnylon zipped bag. I don't carry anything...
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    I must start with a caveat; I'm not a RR owner...

    I must start with a caveat; I'm not a RR owner and not even a bridge hammock user, however I've gotten to see a RR up close and have actually used one of Just Bill's Town's End prototype hammocks. So...
  25. LOL well I'll agree it isn't exactly a hot topic...

    LOL well I'll agree it isn't exactly a hot topic with a whole lotta folks these days! :)

    Even a fair number of hammock people seem to think it's black magic. ;)
  26. Sorry, I don't understand what this means,...

    Sorry, I don't understand what this means, particularly the "disturbing" part.

    Knots & hammocks & tarps go together like beans & rice & andouille if you ask me! :laugh:
  27. Lapp hitch to CL. No video but a gif.... my...

    Lapp hitch to CL. No video but a gif.... my rather crude version of animated knots. :)

    https://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/7/4/1/1/4/death_hitch_gif.gif

    Early on, I called it the "Death...
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    Also need to know the Relative Humidity......

    Also need to know the Relative Humidity... (ambient water vapor).

    In fog/drizzle, everything is going to be wet no matter what. Period.

    But RH can be very high even with no fog/drizzle.
    ...
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    For what it's worth... I've been hanging for only...

    For what it's worth... I've been hanging for only a bit over 2 years but have come full circle with the early fascination with doodads and am back to using knots and hitches for almost everything....
  30. I have Dariens in 1.7 and 1.2 MTN (single layer)...

    I have Dariens in 1.7 and 1.2 MTN (single layer) and zero bug problems.

    However, even with a Dutch Half wit in Hexon 1.1 I've had no bug problems, but I usually wait until the heaviest bug season...
  31. That's a really good and useful comparison.

    That's a really good and useful comparison.
  32. This depends on what else you're carrying inside...

    This depends on what else you're carrying inside the pack.

    It is good to look at gear lists from highly experienced LD hikers. Chop/Beardoh is one of my favorites to reference because his and...
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    I've got one (2QZQ) but have yet to use it, not...

    I've got one (2QZQ) but have yet to use it, not even in a quick field test, which is very unusual for me because testing the validity of claims is something I usually relish.

    Got it early on...
  34. Attach to tree with slipped buntline hitch or...

    Attach to tree with slipped buntline hitch or simply thread thru the loops, attach to CL with Lapp Hitch.

    For me it's all about simplicity—no hardware and and fewest moving parts—and it can't get...
  35. Two 12' Kevlar 1.9 straps weigh about 55g, occupy...

    Two 12' Kevlar 1.9 straps weigh about 55g, occupy about 120cc.

    If you're looking for lightest, least bulky.
  36. Great job getting in and out, safe and sound!...

    Great job getting in and out, safe and sound! :thumbup:

    Sounds like you learned some valuable lessons. Those learned on the trail are the ones that stick with you because they came by way of...
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    With price and specs about the same, the one...

    With price and specs about the same, the one potential plus for the consumer is perhaps another place to buy one if the others are out of stock.
  38. Lol, have a great trip, Phantom! :)

    Lol, have a great trip, Phantom! :)
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    For future reference, when bulk is a concern it...

    For future reference, when bulk is a concern it is important to get quilts made with lighter shell material such as 10D or 7D ripstop which compress a lot more than 20D. This makes a much bigger...
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    Well looking at the radar it seems rain is...

    Well looking at the radar it seems rain is arriving soon. Gonna be a slushy walk out!
  41. Confirmation is straightforward. Just make sure...

    Confirmation is straightforward. Just make sure the tails both come out the same side of the knot and it is safe. (Depending, of course, upon application, materials and load.)

    Indeed, with a...
  42. OG Honey Badger, when you got chilled did you put...

    OG Honey Badger, when you got chilled did you put on every bit of clothing you had?

    Do you have down or synthetic insulated pants? I consider these a winter essential... huge amounts of heat can...
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    Welcome to HF! You certainly live in a wonderful...

    Welcome to HF! You certainly live in a wonderful part of the country for outdoor pursuits.

    There is a small but solid core of folks here who are into UL. For a good long time I resisted getting...
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    Looks as if you're in the Catskills now and I do...

    Looks as if you're in the Catskills now and I do not envy you one bit.

    Been in 2-3 real ice storms over the years and that's definitely the worst stuff ever.
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    If you have a stove, remove hammock and quilts...

    If you have a stove, remove hammock and quilts from under the tarp, light the stove and very carefully operate it under the tarp, on the ground or on the snow beneath the tarp. This should help free...
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    Phantom, you'd have been one helluva stock broker...

    Phantom, you'd have been one helluva stock broker if that had been your calling. :lol:

    MikekiM and I def gunna get down your way sometime. I did Shining Rock with my best bud in Aug 1981 and would...
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    AquaMira is good, and lately (past 1.5 yr) also...

    AquaMira is good, and lately (past 1.5 yr) also been using Aquatabs for water treatment.

    I have only one data point: I ain't been sick yet! :laugh:

    Drank some pretty manky swamp water and some...
  48. lol that's a neat trick! I wonder how much alky...

    lol that's a neat trick! I wonder how much alky to fry a pound of bacon? :cool:

    And yes indeed go solo if nobody else can make it. Maybe you will enjoy it... I find a way to have fun, messing with...
  49. WoooHooooo, look at you! :laugh: Glad to see...

    WoooHooooo, look at you! :laugh:

    Glad to see you getting in a good walk like that, and I'm jealous as all get-out — wish I could join ya! It's only a 10-hour drive. Have fun, Phantom Grappler!
    ...
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    I'm definitely going to stash some of those Via...

    I'm definitely going to stash some of those Via packets in my medical/repair kit!!
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