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  1. Happy Anniversary Triforresttri!! I guess we'll...

    Happy Anniversary Triforresttri!! I guess we'll have to wait and see about the turn out; good chance for folks to experiment and mess with gear before fall!

    Gideon
  2. MO > Cuivre River State Park, North East Missouri, 20 & 21 August

    There was another thread for the "St. Louis" area this summer but to make it easier for people to find this, I'm starting a new thread with the location and dates in the title.

    This will be a good...
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    Graph, since you started this thread, I wanted to...

    Graph, since you started this thread, I wanted to run an idea by you. We might want to consider starting a new thread that includes the location and dates for the hike (if we're all agreed on them...
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    I hope you can make it MacPaks! I'll keep Hawn...

    I hope you can make it MacPaks! I'll keep Hawn in mind; I've hiked there for years and still go back a few times a year! One of the best trails in all of Missouri

    I'm hoping we get some more...
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    Thanks Ducky, the orange blazes are the northern...

    Thanks Ducky, the orange blazes are the northern loop of the river trail. Best best is simply to give us all directions to the specific trail head where we'll meet up. Then you'll guide us to the...
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    Okay Ducky, if I look at the map, there's a...

    Okay Ducky, if I look at the map, there's a trailhead at the very southern most point of the river trail. Your plan is to hike this "counter clockwise". 1/4 mile on day one to the spot you...
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    Silvrsurfr makes a good point; although I've used...

    Silvrsurfr makes a good point; although I've used it on tarps and back packs before and know it works, it does wash away faster than a more porous material. Having said that, I stopped using it on...
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    When you apply it, it leaves a residual coating...

    When you apply it, it leaves a residual coating on the material. If the material is slick and waterproof it still works but doesn't last as long as more porous material. I discovered this comparing...
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    Ducky, is the 1/4 mile in on the first day or is...

    Ducky, is the 1/4 mile in on the first day or is it 1/4 mile out on the second day? Depending on your answer we can adjust the time we agree to meet at the trail head accordingly. Late arrivers...
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    You've heard good advice. I started out with...

    You've heard good advice. I started out with pads, then moved to underquilts. If I had it to do over, I'd skip pads and move right to quilts. The downside of quilts is the expense and "fiddle"...
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    Hi folks, I think people missed my update that I...

    Hi folks, I think people missed my update that I "can't" make the 23rd and 24th of February. At this point, I'd like to propose 20 and 21 August for a NE Missouri hang. We won't pull a lot of miles...
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    If I'm ever off on a Wednesday/Thursday, I'll...

    If I'm ever off on a Wednesday/Thursday, I'll keep you in mind Ducky; might be hard to find hiking buddies during the week but you're certainly more likely to have the trails to yourself!
    My works...
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    23 & 24 July might work for me. Let me know how...

    23 & 24 July might work for me. Let me know how this works for you! If that weekend is a stretch then let's pick something in August and get it on the calender so we have it to look forward to!...
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    Funny that you mentioned Washington State Park, I...

    Funny that you mentioned Washington State Park, I was looking for trails closer to St. Louis and stumbled across this; didn't see the water warning/issue. Any of the three would be fine by me. In...
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    I'd be happy to put something together with you. ...

    I'd be happy to put something together with you. It might be mid to late July but I'm game.
    Gideon
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    Thanks for those sites, I'll be sure to check...

    Thanks for those sites, I'll be sure to check them out!!
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    Grew up in Hilton NY but didn't hike very much;...

    Grew up in Hilton NY but didn't hike very much; live in Missouri and have been researching trails back in my home state for a future trip home. I'd come across the finger lakes trail and wondered...
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    It was a great hike; sunny and warm but with a...

    It was a great hike; sunny and warm but with a cool breeze and a canopy that kept the sun at bay! Lot's of good water sources and it was nice seeing part of the loop trail that goes around Council...
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    I have a Darien UL that comes in at 13 ounces...

    I have a Darien UL that comes in at 13 ounces including stuff sack and suspension. I use whoopie slings, 4 ft tree straps and soft shackles. The stopped making the Darien UL some time ago but you...
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    Lot's of good advise. Even after quite a few...

    Lot's of good advise. Even after quite a few years, I still have nights when my hang isn't quite right and I won't be as comfortable as I usually am. I love hammock camping but I do think it has a...
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    Perfect hike for their age and they'll enjoy...

    Perfect hike for their age and they'll enjoy Pickle creek and all it has to offer!
    Gideon
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    My children are older; I often invite them but...

    My children are older; I often invite them but they rarely make it as their lives are quite busy and they don't enjoy the woods like I do. One of my daughters has gone a few times; including on a...
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    Now to enjoy the summer with something to look...

    Now to enjoy the summer with something to look forward to in the fall!
    Gideon
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    Rules call for groups of 7 or more to use...

    Rules call for groups of 7 or more to use designated spots. If we end up with 7 it won't be a problem but more and we'll want to split up into two groups. Easy to do in the area that I'm thinking...
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    That weekend would work for me. It's a good time...

    That weekend would work for me. It's a good time of year to hike there. I've been hiking/camping at Hawn extensively for the past 15 years. Regarding the fires, you're supposed to only make them...
  26. I've hiked the Taum Sauk section a number of...

    I've hiked the Taum Sauk section a number of times; I would encourage you to include that section as I believe its very likely the best section!

    Just finished a solo of the BRT trail in...
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    FS: Funds received and pad mailed so we're done! :)...

    Funds received and pad mailed so we're done! :)
    Enjoy the day
    Gideon
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    FS: Sold to Kanguru pending funds! Enjoy it Gideon

    Sold to Kanguru pending funds!
    Enjoy it
    Gideon
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    FS: FS: Klymit Insulated Static V sleeping pad

    I have a like new Klymit insulated sleeping pad for sale. It's oranage on one side, dark gray on the other. Had it a little while but only used it once. It's 4.4 rated so in many parts of the...
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    Just an option, take two treated 8" posts that...

    Just an option, take two treated 8" posts that are 12 feet long. Set them in the group the right distance apart. You'll need a post hole digger and you'll want to through a few bags into the holes...
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    Had a chance to look at one on a hike. Although...

    Had a chance to look at one on a hike. Although I appreciate the idea I'm concerned that bugs can simply drop or crawl into the hammock and make their way up to the head area. A better option is to...
  32. Something I'm trying is a whoopie sling larks...

    Something I'm trying is a whoopie sling larks headed onto a shorter tree strap (4"), I use a soft shackle from Whoopie Slings to secure that; benefit is the lenght of the strap isn't an issue...
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    In my opinion you simply gave to test pack and...

    In my opinion you simply gave to test pack and repack using different stuff sacks or dry sacks until you find an optimum configuration. Too many variables to to into but what you're packing has to...
  34. Like many of you, my base gear pretty much stays...

    Like many of you, my base gear pretty much stays the same. I will bring some whiskey or heavier foods on short hikes and I do enjoy solo over nighters where I spend more time in camp. On those...
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    FS: So what is the current price? Thanks Gideon

    So what is the current price?
    Thanks
    Gideon
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    I sold one so I could buy another. My first was...

    I sold one so I could buy another. My first was a 12 ft and it limited tree selection. I bought a 10 ft and its a much better fit for al of my hammocks. I think some go all in and then decide is...
  37. Same as many here: -I like to build a fire, even...

    Same as many here:
    -I like to build a fire, even a small twig fire beside me; can stare into it for hours and think
    -read ebook on my IPhone; love reading and Wattpad is one of my favorite "free"...
  38. Thread: New Hammck

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    Nice set up Sqidmark! I have a Darien UL that...

    Nice set up Sqidmark! I have a Darien UL that comes in at just over 15 oz including suspension and cuben fiber stuff sack so what you have for 17.1 oz and 11ft+ to boot is really a great setup!!!
    ...
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    Good advice right off the bat to take less. Take...

    Good advice right off the bat to take less. Take less and reduce the amount/quantity of what you take. Dehydrated food versus "wet" food is another place. If you know your water sources, carry...
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    Tyvek and I always get out to pee; nice thing...

    Tyvek and I always get out to pee; nice thing about a hammock and tarp, you don't have to go far :)
    Gideon
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    The lesson to all of this? Know the weather and...

    The lesson to all of this? Know the weather and take a conservative approach to dealing with approaching storms! I've been too cavalier in the past about thunder and lightning but I'm learning. ...
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    I like how you think! Some of my fondest...

    I like how you think! Some of my fondest memories are of time spend in Darwin Australia when I was a member of the US Air Force....long story. Love your country and your people!

    Doubt I'll ever...
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    My thoughts are similar to many: 1. Skip...

    My thoughts are similar to many:

    1. Skip pads, go straight to quality TQ/UQ's; don't try to make 3/4 quilts work in really cold weather, go full length.
    2. I'd go straight to a cuben fiber tarp...
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    Outstanding job and just what I need for my...

    Outstanding job and just what I need for my lightweight summer setup! I'll have to get some of these throws and place and order!
    Gideon
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    For those who asked, this is the source for the...

    For those who asked, this is the source for the 1.1 mm dyneema w/reflective properties:

    http://store.picharpak.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=51

    Shipping from Hong Kong took...
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    What size is that tarp??? Gideon

    What size is that tarp???
    Gideon
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    Well I'll "pile on". Wore a lot of camo for 21...

    Well I'll "pile on". Wore a lot of camo for 21 years. Now I like earth tones to include black and gray but it has nothing to do with "blending" in. I'm also bow hunt and have cammo that is matched...
  48. Thread: Bad luck

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    Although light, that fabric should be adequate...

    Although light, that fabric should be adequate for your weight "but", if anything pokes or picks at the fabric and starts even the smallest hole or tear then I can see how sitting on that edge/spot...
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    I don't know if it's true or not so that this...

    I don't know if it's true or not so that this with a grain of salt but I don't think I'd care for a CRL "under" a cuben fiber tarp. I see how cuben fiber gets soft with wear and it seems to me that...
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    Good thoughts and I'll respond to a few. I'd...

    Good thoughts and I'll respond to a few.

    I'd never go "away" from a cuben fiber tarp. Any tarp would have been making noise in those winds and the advantages of cuben fiber far out weight a small...
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