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    I will admit, last weekend when I was setting up...

    I will admit, last weekend when I was setting up my tarp I decided to correctly put the "point" towards the tarp...then as I looked at it I said "nah!" and flipped it around. It's a habit and just...
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    Yeah it's been dry down there. Maybe I'll get...

    Yeah it's been dry down there. Maybe I'll get lucky with 2' of fresh snow :)
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    OK thanks. I typically use a gravity filter after...

    OK thanks. I typically use a gravity filter after sorta giving up on the sawyer, but after having good luck with the mini on my last trip I may take it along. I also have a lightly used regular...
  4. Ahhh haha! I missed this originally. I had to...

    Ahhh haha! I missed this originally. I had to give this a look, simply out of curiosity. Appears many more "random brand" (as I call them) tarps have popped up in its place. Not sure they're any...
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    Dolly Sods water filtering

    I'm heading out here soon and wondered what the water is like. I heard some of the smaller feeder streams can be almost red from iron and hard on filters. Is everything else good for filtering? Or...
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    Oh yeah but that's a V stake. Not really worth...

    Oh yeah but that's a V stake. Not really worth the savings IMO but I do own some.
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    All the Y stakes I've seen have it on all sides....

    All the Y stakes I've seen have it on all sides. It's pretty natural given the Y shape to begin with. But I'm off google images to prove myself wrong...

    And someone actually tested it! I think...
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    Yeah about 1.7mi lot to camp. Mostly on trail and...

    Yeah about 1.7mi lot to camp. Mostly on trail and downhill going in. A couple wet spots/creek crossing, but nothing major especially with these drier conditions lately.
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    One thing that surprised me was the instructions...

    One thing that surprised me was the instructions (that I don't read) on y-stakes. The lone point goes towards the tarp! I had no idea. I figured you positioned the "v" side towards the tarp for more...
  10. 4+ months straight in a hammock indoors. Now I've...

    4+ months straight in a hammock indoors. Now I've been on the new mattress for 2 weeks (kinda sucks). Zero night time pant-peeing sprints to the commode. In fact, after waking up I don't even really...
  11. Probably. Icky feeling for sure on those damp...

    Probably. Icky feeling for sure on those damp nights.
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    Agreed. The secondary isn't a sufficient fix for...

    Agreed. The secondary isn't a sufficient fix for shortening the primary. You want that UQ tight against your body. Forcing the secondary to do that is likely going to cause issues. May get away with...
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    I tried the flex air pillows for about $2....

    I tried the flex air pillows for about $2. Inflate with the included straw. Light as a feather but absolutely useless. Filled around 25% I could make it work, but just not worth losing the comfort of...
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    My stakes are always pretty much buried to the...

    My stakes are always pretty much buried to the top. I also stomp the ground with my heel before inserting the stake since the sandy MI soil is very loose. I easily create a 4" deep imprint without...
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    Often the time when cars line the side of the...

    Often the time when cars line the side of the road, literally right next to the "No Parking on road" signs. 99% of the time with Illinois plates.
  16. Mt. Washington, backpacking destination on the way

    I'm putting the ~11mi Mt. Washington loop day hike on my list for next year. Current weather is 24, 61mph wind with 72mpg gusts. 124mph yesterday. So yeah, more of a late-summer ETA for me :)
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    I always make sure I don't write off the first...

    I always make sure I don't write off the first half of November. Michigan can still produce some really nice days. Or I can head south and hit summer-like temps. I'll plan one more fast/light hiking...
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    Actually is was about 3mi hike out, but it didn't...

    Actually is was about 3mi hike out, but it didn't matter since I slept warm and just dried my stuff when I got home. This was a 3-day trip. -16 first night, no issues. Second night was 0 so there...
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    Dammit!!! Too good!! 11hr drive...hmmmmm. Maybe.

    Dammit!!! Too good!! 11hr drive...hmmmmm. Maybe.
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    I would never rely on any kind of "fuse". If the...

    I would never rely on any kind of "fuse". If the storm is that bad, expect something else to fail first.
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    I no longer believe ANYTHING. Not even as a...

    I no longer believe ANYTHING. Not even as a general idea or trend in the weather pattern. This is from the same CPC that does the 6-10 and 8-14 day outlooks...which failed MISERABLY and consistently...
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    My last trip was a cold and damp one. The first...

    My last trip was a cold and damp one. The first two nights weren't as bad, but the last night hit that dewpoint with the coldest low right at 32. I noticed all around the footbox, outside of the TQ,...
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    With the amount of vapor I've seen collect, it...

    With the amount of vapor I've seen collect, it doesn't seem like anything would help much. Unless there was a wind blowing over the surface...but no one really wants that.
  24. We're professional campers with headlamps! I'd...

    We're professional campers with headlamps!

    I'd hate to miss this but don't want to burn vacation. I've been going pretty hard at the trips and should stay home anyway to get some stuff done. Or...
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    It's hard to describe in words, but that's sort...

    It's hard to describe in words, but that's sort of what I was getting at. Even with good quality shockcord, you really can't (want) to crank it as tight as you would something like zingit. With just...
  26. The thing old school detectives beat you with....

    The thing old school detectives beat you with. AKA, telephone book. But now many would also ask, what is a telephone book?
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    This really seems to be the way of many. Years...

    This really seems to be the way of many. Years ago there were so many fancy setups with shockcord; personally I think people just wanted to tinker and fix a problem that didn't exist. I'm not a...
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    Two years old but I liked this thread! Good way...

    Two years old but I liked this thread! Good way to ramp up into winter.

    I think for the first time in my life I may not be excited about snow, or cold! My attempt at acclimatizing to warm weather...
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    I just had this out for 3 nights car camping in...

    I just had this out for 3 nights car camping in the cold and wind. I was going to use the Superfly but I'm glad I chose this instead last minute.

    After tweaking the pole lengths, I've come to the...
  30. It would save me about 3.5oz...but that's giving...

    It would save me about 3.5oz...but that's giving up a TON of dry space, nice big porch mode and mini doors (Thunderfly tarp). 3.5oz.

    I've even given up on my standard hex after getting blasted in...
  31. I like that there's an option to have a lightning...

    I like that there's an option to have a lightning bolt strike the non-stop barking dog.
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    Ouch, hot thread. In someone(s) defense I...

    Ouch, hot thread.

    In someone(s) defense I don't think anyone is being a xenophobe. The fact that 99.9% of this stuff (other than some cottage vendors) comes out of China, that's just the fact. I'm...
  33. My first thought is always limiting use, while...

    My first thought is always limiting use, while securing that cash. I could be totally wrong, but I do miss the days of arriving at any trailhead at 9PM on a Friday and seeing one or two cars. Now...
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    This must be your first day on the Internet....

    This must be your first day on the Internet. Don't worry about it, we have more tangents here than a 4th-year geometry textbook. There's also plenty who are offended by anything that's not dutchware,...
  35. Dirty. Not close enough to affect me but I always...

    Dirty. Not close enough to affect me but I always hate seeing more flaming hoops no matter where it is.

    I just don't do reservations and permits; don't care how quick or easy it may be. Just one...
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    I honestly don't know. I mentioned that as...

    I honestly don't know. I mentioned that as something I do sometimes. But even after a google search or just navigating thru amazon you get the /ref stuff. Just going to my current shopping cart and...
  37. Thread: Speed Tips

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    Having a system comes in handy. Tonight I'll...

    Having a system comes in handy. Tonight I'll drive 4hrs after work. Roll into some random public land in thick pines where I've never camped, after 1-1.5" of rain all day. Heaviest at 9pm right when...
  38. Thread: Damp and down

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    I'm heading out into some real shetay...

    I'm heading out into some real shetay weather...consistent 44 highs everyday, 34 lows every night. Windy and rain/snow. Just miserable. The 20 set is coming for sure this time.

    Good point about...
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    I just happened to come across this on the...

    I just happened to come across this on the Feathered Friends site:

    Do you use water-resistant down?

    Treated down (“dry down”) is a technology that was developed to decrease drying time for...
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    I'm not sure it works this way, but I always...

    I'm not sure it works this way, but I always delete everything to the right beginning with "/ref=" on the amazon links. Just to not give them the satisfaction in case of a shill. Sorry to be that guy...
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    I just like how they are bucking the ALL CAPS...

    I just like how they are bucking the ALL CAPS COMPANY NAME trend. And getting wild by not even capitalizing the first letter. onewind. Well played.
  42. Whew! Reminds me about the "are the woods...

    Whew! Reminds me about the "are the woods becoming more crowded?" thread.

    I love seeing the fall colors up north!
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    Great country song. The obvious mention of a...

    Great country song. The obvious mention of a pickup truck, "how my baby left me", whiskey, sad and lonely on a cold night...I hang over a dying fire.
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    Oh man, thank you HF for serving as my memory. I...

    Oh man, thank you HF for serving as my memory. I didn't finish this last year, so I totally forgot what I was doing here. I'm looking forward to fixing the other two poles and getting out this winter.
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    Power trolling, with exceptionally tasty bait. I...

    Power trolling, with exceptionally tasty bait. I felt this needed a bump as we get into cooler weather.
  46. I've only stacked top quilts, a 20 and 40. It was...

    I've only stacked top quilts, a 20 and 40. It was a ridiculous puffball of down. Felt like I could have gone to -20. Maybe more since my 0 alone was plenty down to -16.

    Good point about...
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    I hear too much about this place to only...

    I hear too much about this place to only experience it online. It's a 9.5hr drive, so doable but will need to be one of my year's "big" trips. It's on the list for next year. Thanks for the info and...
  48. Nice piney carpet! I really need to get up there.

    Nice piney carpet! I really need to get up there.
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    Haha piling up snow...I do it every time. I don't...

    Haha piling up snow...I do it every time. I don't know why!! Habit I guess. All that does is block more wind/hold in condensation. It also creates a little "ramp" for more snow to accelerate up and...
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    I learned that the hard way when I had the great...

    I learned that the hard way when I had the great idea to "block 100% of that cold wind with a big tarp". To gain a theoretical 5 of warmth, I added buckets of condensation to EVERYTHING under the...
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