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    I use an Exped 9 that is 25" wide. I think you'd...

    I use an Exped 9 that is 25" wide. I think you'd find 20" to be too narrow, and you'd end up with cold shoulders.
  2. Acadia N.P. is about 90 minutes from Bangor...

    Acadia N.P. is about 90 minutes from Bangor International. The combination of mountains & sea always kept my kids entertained
  3. I also picked one up at the HH Demo sales this...

    I also picked one up at the HH Demo sales this autumn. There's a bit of a learning curve in using it, and I haven't quite figured out the best arrangement before trusting it on a trip. It didn't...
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    I used mine in a JRB bridge down to 6 below and...

    I used mine in a JRB bridge down to 6 below and did OK. I have a Henessey with a sleeve and plan to test it out. Mine is 25" wide, and I wouldn't want to try it with a narrower one.
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    BMBH pads

    I use a Neoair large for 3 season use & it's quite comfortable. Lately, I've been leaving the mattress in the sleeve and rolling it up with the hammock.

    For winter, I use a Exped Downmat. Coldest...
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    Cord for Ridgelines, etc.

    Like many of us, I always have a use for paracord. Stretchy nylon cord is fairly easy to find, but there are fewer sources of low stretch polyester or polypropylene cord.

    I stopped by Hamilton...
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    Singer 201

    Check your bobbin again. The other suggestions were good (i.e. New bobbin, quality thread, etc.). However, the bobbin thread should come straight across the top of the assembly when feeding correctly...
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    Insultex Width?

    I saw the vendors who sell Insultex by the linear yard. Does anyone know the width? Thanks
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    Shock cord

    You might also check Hamilton Marine, Searsport, Maine. They sell a 500' roll of 1/4" white for $62.00 that will keep you supplied for a long time. If you visit the stores (Portland, Rockland,...
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    Blizzard Survival Tube?

    Dave,

    Did this material seem sturdy enough for multiple uses, especially in a bag or tube form, which is often a wrestling match in a hammock? I tried taping a mylar vapor barrier bag, but it...
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    Tarp in the snow

    Tim,

    How about stomping out a narrow trench (with snowshoes / skis) for the side edges of the tarp? Alternately, you could stomp out a larger platform for the entire tarp area, but the tarp could...
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    Downmat 9

    I also have a Downmat 9 that I've used in my JRB Bridge down to 6 degrees F in reasonable comfort. I inflated it fairly hard, and it's intriguing that deflating it might not affect the warmth that...
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    BMBH + Pad

    The BMBH hammock will take a 25" pad easily, and you can use a rectangular or mummy shape. I favor the former for cold weather camping to make sure that I have enough pad around me to insulate from...
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    Foot Box

    I'd also opt for a sewn in foot box. Mine are adapted from mummy bags, so there's automatically a foot box after removing the zipper. I find the less that I have to wrestle with in the hammock, the...
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    Mule Tape Order

    John,

    I'd like to place an order for a box of tape, if it's still available.

    Thanks

    Doug
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    I've done it twice also, once on a rectangular...

    I've done it twice also, once on a rectangular bag and once on a mummy. The mummy bag was a bit easier. Both were synthetic bags. Here are a few steps.

    - First step was to sew a seam a few...
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    Sewing repairs

    The experts at repairing this kind of damage would be sailmakers. Sailors often rip their sails / spinnakers, and the repairs have to hold up under all kinds of loads.

    Bainbridge (a sailcloth...
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    Tyvek in colors?

    I did a quick search for Tyvek in colors, specifically green or brown, so that they would make less obtrusive tarp colors, but nothing came up.

    Has anyone located a source for a similar item?
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    Exped Downmat

    I use an Exped Downmat 9 in my JRB Bridge Hammock. Coldest so far is down to zero degrees in the winter, and it's been OK. The newer models have a better pump, and my older one with the inflating...
  20. Zing-it

    You might check Hamilton Marine (largest stores are in Searsport & Portland). I don't think they carry Samson products, but they have similar items from Yale Rope (headquartered in Maine).

    If...
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    Is Insultex breathable?

    Just wondering if Insultex is permeable or are you working with something similar to a vapor barrier?


    Doug
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    BMBH suggestions

    TJM,

    I have almost the exact same hammock + tarp. A few suggestions:

    1. Your first few times in the hammock will seem like a wrestling match as you get your sleeping gear, pillow, and...
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    Maine advice

    Dale,

    Looking at your list, I'm not sure that I saw a jacket that would hold up to an all day rain. It's a possibility.

    Second, Katahdin can be a punishing mountain with wintry conditions...
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    Under the ridgeline

    I opted to have my ridgeline over the tarp, with the tarp hanging from very small carabiners on each end (tensioned by prusik knots) and a small carabiner in the center. It hangs taut that way, and...
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    Sticky: Fabric Warehouse in Auburn, Maine

    I don't think they do mail order, but I've gotten tremendous prices on fabric from Fabric Warehouse in Auburn, Maine. They typically have only urethane or polyurethane coated nylons rather than...
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    Pedro, Thanks for the reply. Did you use a...

    Pedro,

    Thanks for the reply. Did you use a fairly rugged plastic bag (i.e. contractor's bag) versus a regular weight bag such as used in a trash can?

    Great tip - I appreciate it.

    Doug
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    Pedro, I followed your explanation, but not...

    Pedro,

    I followed your explanation, but not having tried it yet, it seems as though the sack pump would block the air from the plastic bag trying to go into the mattress. Am I missing something...
  28. Thread: Hi from Maine

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    Greetings from Waterville, ME

    Shannon,

    Welcome to the forum. Give a holler if you need any local advice on UL gear - I'm making the same transition myself, though more oriented towards cycletouring & backcountry skiing rather...
  29. Ripstop Fabric

    I almost always check the fabric bins at Joann Fabrics & Wal-Mart and practically never find any suitable nylon fabrics.

    However, we have a large fabric surplus shop in Auburn, Maine (Fabric...
  30. Miguel, Home Depot has orange fabric carry...

    Miguel,

    Home Depot has orange fabric carry bags for $1-2 each. If you remove the black plastic piece, they'd be suitable for snow anchors, though much larger than what you need.
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    Silnylon / Mylar Blanket?

    I bought a moderate amount of silnylon from a kite maker and adhesive tape from a sailmaker. I also have several yards of silver mylar that is quite thin & light.

    It occurred to me that I could...
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