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    I got out and did about 4 mi at Hidden Creek...

    I got out and did about 4 mi at Hidden Creek State Forest in IL.
    What a beautiful day!
    Forgot my sleeping cap so my dome got a bit chilly at night, but it's all good!
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    I have a BA 40* bag. Before I got my UQ I put 1...

    I have a BA 40* bag. Before I got my UQ I put 1 or 2 blue ccf pads in the sleeve. It worked OK, but the back part of my shoulders did get cold. I still use the bag as a TQ and it is toasty when I...
  3. Yup. Pain and cold are great teachers.

    Yup. Pain and cold are great teachers.
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    Yes. It has been sooo long. Just an...

    Yes. It has been sooo long. Just an overnighter, but it's MY overnighter.
  5. Well...ARE you there yet? :) Great vid. My...

    Well...ARE you there yet? :) Great vid. My bet: She is back on the trail with you in a jiffy!
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    I agree. The S2S compression sacks are pretty...

    I agree. The S2S compression sacks are pretty aggressive in space saving. It sounds like a few more liters of pack will get you what you want.
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    Uh, I was told there would be no math...

    Uh, I was told there would be no math...
  8. Nice report. I agree that bailout was a good...

    Nice report. I agree that bailout was a good idea. I hike for fun and I guess most folks do, too. If its not fun anymore, then the experience is tarnished.
  9. For hanging socks you can use the amsteel...

    For hanging socks you can use the amsteel triangle at your feet or head. I think the RR has a pocket, too, doesn't it??
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    W....O....W! Beautiful trail!

    W....O....W! Beautiful trail!
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    That's why we do this! Thanks!

    That's why we do this! Thanks!
  12. The only hiking I'll be doing is up and down the...

    The only hiking I'll be doing is up and down the football stadium selling raffle tickets for the band! It's one way to get some hill climbing in!
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    Please Tell Me Why I'm Wrong ... well, if you're...

    Please Tell Me Why I'm Wrong ... well, if you're talking to my Dad, "Because I said so!" :lol:
    But it looks like it could very well do the trick!
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    I have always hung in a state of bliss. but...

    I have always hung in a state of bliss.

    but GA, IL, MN, Ontario
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    Take a look at this thread...50 State Project-...

    Take a look at this thread...50 State Project- State Parks Rules
  16. It's great to get back out into the woods! Fall...

    It's great to get back out into the woods! Fall is beautiful up there?
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    It's been said before, and it bears...

    It's been said before, and it bears repeating...Cheap, Light, Durable ,,, choose two.
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    Looks like a great time...but not much sleep!!

    Looks like a great time...but not much sleep!!
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    Take a look at some Dutchware for some uberlight...

    Take a look at some Dutchware for some uberlight hardware for suspension, tarp ridge, etc.
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    I do believe that this is Medicine Man's raison...

    I do believe that this is Medicine Man's raison d'etre, oui?
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    Big River State Forest, IL

    I did an overnighter at Big River SF this weekend. I was very happy to find a little used, but very nice place to hike. Here's the vid. The full write up is on my blog...
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  22. Thread: Do I dare?

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    If it's open season, wear a bright orange tee...

    If it's open season, wear a bright orange tee shirt...otherwise go for it.
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    I wasn't able to get out there...but, yes, there...

    I wasn't able to get out there...but, yes, there is water available in McKinley Woods FP. There are various spots along the I&M where potable water is available. Gebhard Woods, maybe Lock 8, I...
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    MP - How are you feeling? Knee doing OK??

    MP - How are you feeling? Knee doing OK??
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    Lawrence - How are you feeling? Knee doing OK??

    Lawrence - How are you feeling? Knee doing OK??
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    seriously...if you want something to do this...

    seriously...if you want something to do this weekend, take the drive up 55 (and 39) to rookiehanger's place...looks like about 20 or so folks will be eating, drinking, camping, canoeing, etc...it...
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    I was going to mention the special fishing...

    I was going to mention the special fishing requirements, but Tony has you covered on that one...Of course, being the world's worst fisherman, I spend dough on licenses in several states and provinces...
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    rookiehanger has beautiful private park with lots...

    rookiehanger has beautiful private park with lots of trees. if you can make it out there, you should...it is a great time!
    Unfortunately I am committed elsewhere ... otherwise I would be...
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    5/10/14 I think is OK for me...here is my blog...

    5/10/14 I think is OK for me...here is my blog post
    Channahon State Park and I&M Canal Trail
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    Kickpoo overnighter

    Hey! Nothing special...just the first hike of the year.
    For more info about the park see my blog...otherwise here's the vid...

    ?v=qWFMFRY2sQ4&feature=player_detailpage
  31. I wrote a chapter and verse analysis of IL State...

    I wrote a chapter and verse analysis of IL State Park/DNR rules in the 50 State Project thread. Hammocks are allowed in IL if you stay at an official campsite and do not damage the trees.
    see post...
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    "It's actually pretty good!" Oh yeah, I've said...

    "It's actually pretty good!" Oh yeah, I've said that a few times.
    The whole episode looks strangely familiar!!!
    This is how great memories are made!
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    Looking forward to the pics and report~

    Looking forward to the pics and report~
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    hey, greaves take a look...go to wawhiker's Utoob...

    hey, greaves take a look...go to wawhiker's Utoob page and he has several vids of his setup

    ?v=SqkM5e8pKCQ&list=TLysJwb1xAVCfMhS0dWIPsCcdf55yTnCym
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    Good idea!

    Good idea!
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    Way to go! I'm in.

    Way to go! I'm in.
  37. It got above freezing here today! yeah...bump

    It got above freezing here today! yeah...bump
  38. Idjit at 2:11...

    Idjit at 2:11
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    Sea To Summit eVent medium should work....

    Sea To Summit eVent medium should work.
    Compression Dry Sack
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    OOOHH...the ribs,,, broke 3 of 'em once, but it...

    OOOHH...the ribs,,, broke 3 of 'em once, but it was ok...it only hurt when I breathed!
  41. I own 2. Bought them both used here on the...

    I own 2. Bought them both used here on the forum.
    Here is a review of the HG 12' Cuben tarp
  42. I started with a classic HH bottom entry. I had...

    I started with a classic HH bottom entry. I had issues with my feet and calf muscles. I then got a WBBB double layer. What a difference the foot box makes for me! I now own 2 WBBB, 1.7 and 1.1...
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    It is possible that we will see graphene based...

    It is possible that we will see graphene based materials in the next 5-10 years. They are already making flexible graphene materials in the lab.
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    Splicing can be more difficult with smaller cord....

    Splicing can be more difficult with smaller cord. But that just made me look for a better tool. I found some thin copper wire that works well. Now I splice braided masons line for smaller...
  45. Thread: Big Agnes

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    I have a BA Fishhawk 30* bag that I use in the...

    I have a BA Fishhawk 30* bag that I use in the hammock. I have used a ccf pad in the sleeve. It worked OK, but then I got an underquilt and never went back. I still use the bag as a topquilt.
  46. Nice pics, guys. The F-I-L is OK. He's 88. ...

    Nice pics, guys.

    The F-I-L is OK. He's 88. He had a subdural hematoma a couple years ago after a similar fall and ended up having brain surgery. Now, when he falls we always get him fully...
  47. R & K - I am heading into Chicago. My F-I-L fell...

    R & K - I am heading into Chicago. My F-I-L fell and hit his head. I gotta go help my wife.
    j
  48. I'm still at my desk in my office. I'll catch up...

    I'm still at my desk in my office.
    I'll catch up tomorrow late a.m.
  49. I'll bring some firewood, a dutch oven or two,...

    I'll bring some firewood, a dutch oven or two, peach cobbler fixins, extra tarp or two...hot winter drink...
  50. Thread: What to buy?

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    Quick, send me all your money...NOW, before its...

    Quick, send me all your money...NOW, before its all gone!!:laugh:


    But, seriously, take some time to research and then start with the basics, hammock, tarp. You probably have a sleeping bag and...
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