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    That doesn't look like OK. :laugh: I'm jealous...

    That doesn't look like OK. :laugh:

    I'm jealous of anybody who has good, snowy winters on a regular basis. Our last few have been every disappointing around here. I'm going to have to go farther...
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    I agree with TrailRunner that they should (or...

    I agree with TrailRunner that they should (or could) last a long, long time. All depends on conditions, how frequently used, how hard/easy you are on your gear. I have known people who could destroy...
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    Good advice from Phantom Grappler. ;) If...

    Good advice from Phantom Grappler. ;)

    If replacing, in that situation maybe consider using huggers made from car seat belt straps. Heavier and material is designed for long-term UV light exposure.
  4. My thinking there is that if it is being used in...

    My thinking there is that if it is being used in lieu of something permanent such as a stitched bar tack that untying it would not be a high priority.

    But I would imagine that something like...
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    Link? Tents or tarps? Big difference.

    Link?

    Tents or tarps? Big difference.
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    Primary suspension not adjustable by...

    Primary suspension not adjustable by reducing/increasing length with LL3s?
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    Not concerned about the knot/hitch, but rather...

    Not concerned about the knot/hitch, but rather the angle at which the stakes were put into the ground, and precisely where on the stake the cord was tied... was the cord tied to the stake right at...
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    Do you have a photo of the staked end showing how...

    Do you have a photo of the staked end showing how they were secured?

    Sometimes a minor tweak can make all the difference.
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    Thanks much, and glad you enjoyed it! Fall is...

    Thanks much, and glad you enjoyed it! Fall is without doubt my favorite season as well... it all comes together, cooler temps, fewer bugs and color.

    I've done a fair amount of hiking in PA but not...
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    A slackline between 2 trees at typical hammock...

    A slackline between 2 trees at typical hammock height is also irresponsible and in some cases dangerous. Damage to tree bark is likely.
  11. And if you want something that cinches down...

    And if you want something that cinches down nicely using just a plain flat piece of webbing and releases easily, look up slipped buntline hitch. Absolute simplicity.
  12. As somebody mentioned earlier, just tie a loop...

    As somebody mentioned earlier, just tie a loop with a simple overhand knot. If you're into overkill, make it a figure 8.
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    It's always fun hanging out under a tarp and...

    It's always fun hanging out under a tarp and staying dry while the storm rages. When we did the LHHT earlier this year, it was a cool experience to make a cup of coffee under my small hex tarp while...
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    I have cleaned up the GPS tracks from Ambit to...

    I have cleaned up the GPS tracks from Ambit to get rid of (significant!) stray waypoints and make the gpx files manageable... fewer than 500 waypoints per track. So if anyone wants to replicate this...
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    Indeed, one might get lucky, but as the old...

    Indeed, one might get lucky, but as the old saying goes "Hope is not a strategy!" :laugh:
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    In a previous post you mentioned that you are...

    In a previous post you mentioned that you are 5'5"/125# so backpack weight is going to be a significant concern for you.

    In my very humble opinion, what you need right now is a mentor who has a...
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    lol yeah, I think there is some confusion here....

    lol yeah, I think there is some confusion here. 0C is pretty mild in the scheme of things. :)
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    +100 And they never come back and say "Umm......

    +100

    And they never come back and say "Umm... we wuz wrong..." :unsure:

    We once got a weather forecast that called for 10 inches of snow, and it ended up that there wasn't enough snow in the...
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    Snow is clean, snow is dry, snow means you don't...

    Snow is clean, snow is dry, snow means you don't have to search for water, snow is a great construction material, snow means there are no spider webs across the trail, snow smooths out rocky trails,...
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    I'm 5'9" and perfectly happy in my 10'/64"...

    I'm 5'9" and perfectly happy in my 10'/64" Dariens... one with 1.7 Robic and another 1.2 Robic. If I could have but one it'd be the Robic 1.7 (now called MTN XL)... I think...

    I'd email the Smurfs...
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    Link to map w/tracks... Pharaoh Lake Wilderness...

    Link to map w/tracks... Pharaoh Lake Wilderness 2019

    https://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/7/4/1/1/4/pharaoh_lake_wilderness_map_01.jpg
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    lol I say the same thing about many other places...

    lol I say the same thing about many other places I see in trip reports! What a country! :laugh:



    It is one of the neatest places I've ever camped. First time I hiked there I came in from Crane...
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    OK I uploaded most of them directly to Gallery so...

    OK I uploaded most of them directly to Gallery so these should "show up"!! :shades:

    Mileage total was 33.82 by Ambit3 track. 8.07, 8.96, 10.57, 6.22... We were takin' our time and smellin' the...
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    lol what a difference a month makes with the...

    lol what a difference a month makes with the bugs!

    Sorry you can't see the photos.... they are URLs from Google Photos and I posted one in the test thread to make sure it'd work and it was fine...
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    Pharaoh Wilderness, Adirondacks, Oct 2019

    I've done a couple of trips before to Pharaoh Wilderness, but never in peak fall season, so this recent trip with my friends JimmyB and Lisa was definitely the best yet. The colors were absolutely...
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    CCF is "Closed Cell Foam", which also doesn't...

    CCF is "Closed Cell Foam", which also doesn't "breathe" and will collect condensation. Now, the surface texture of CCF might (I don't know this for a fact) disperse moisture a bit better and promote...
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  28. Thread: Speed Tips

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    Yes, AAI in Bellingham! Only pic I could find...

    Yes, AAI in Bellingham!

    Only pic I could find is this one of our camp on the Coleman glacier (yes Coleman glacier, Colfax is the smaller adjacent peak... what I get for going from old memories)...
  29. I had, and used for several trips, one of KC's...

    I had, and used for several trips, one of KC's Glasgow KISS tarps and it was about as minimal as I would go with a tarp that I'd carry on a regular basis. Worst conditions it ever saw was moderate...
  30. Thread: Speed Tips

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    In that kind of situation it's nice to get dinner...

    In that kind of situation it's nice to get dinner someplace before arriving at the trailhead and then hike in a bit, throw up the tarp and hammock and climb in... and hope for a nice morning! :)
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    Well, since you've just started recently I'd say...

    Well, since you've just started recently I'd say give it some time.

    A good 15-20 mile walk, nice dinner, melatonin and ear plugs is usually a good formula, but 20-30 nights with absolutely nothing...
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    Since you're fairly new to hammocks, how many...

    Since you're fairly new to hammocks, how many full nights have you actually slept in one?

    I ask because at home I am a belly/side sleeper but in a hammock I happily sleep for 10 hours or more on...
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    Dutchware has them (Kevlar 3.3, 1" width) listed...

    Dutchware has them (Kevlar 3.3, 1" width) listed up to 15' but I'll bet he'd make you some 20' ones if you email about it.

    That said, just about the biggest you should need with typical 15-18'...
  34. Thread: Damp and down

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    Whew, that'll be a good test!! :eek:

    Whew, that'll be a good test!! :eek:
  35. Thread: Damp and down

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    After using Downtek-treated products for the past...

    After using Downtek-treated products for the past several years, it's still far too early IMO to draw any conclusions about the effects of the treatment on longevity since a decent-quality...
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    Pumps, whether hand or battery, are heavy! ...

    Pumps, whether hand or battery, are heavy!

    Something as simple as a small plastic bowl from a Chinese take-out restaurant is fine. I used a 20oz Gatorade bottle and it worked A-OK.

    Treat with...
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    Yes, it works great with straps to CL but also...

    Yes, it works great with straps to CL but also Amsteel to CL.

    However, straps are IMO better... a little easier to handle and to untie.

    No buckles and carabiners... hmm.... welcome to the dark...
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    J-Bend...

    J-Bend will work Amsteel-to-Amsteel.

    J-Bend is a clever variation on the Marlinspike Hitch and is the only (or at least one of the very few) knots/bends/hitches that works with just about anything...
  39. Thread: Speed Tips

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    Practice is the big one. Knowing what comes next...

    Practice is the big one. Knowing what comes next and doing it is always faster than standing there with a puzzled expression. :laugh:

    UL helps... Less stuff to begin with.

    Use a systems...
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    I experimented with several types of webbing,...

    I experimented with several types of webbing, including a couple of "flavors" of UHMWPE (Venom and Myers) and found that their characteristics are much more like cord than webbing, and I've heard the...
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    Yes, in that case I would also recommend Becket...

    Yes, in that case I would also recommend Becket Hitch, J-bend or Lapp Hitch (and there are others) and skip the toggle altogether.
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    When using with whoopie slings, the position of...

    When using with whoopie slings, the position of the MSH isn't terribly critical anyway.

    But you'd have to be a pretty bad at knot tying to miss it "by several inches"! :rolleyes:
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    Great area! Glad you had a good time and enjoyed...

    Great area! Glad you had a good time and enjoyed being solo. Much more convenient to go when others can't.

    I've been there with friends but it was nowhere near peak color, so I would like to go...
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    OK, do you have a dog? A properly trained dog...

    OK, do you have a dog?

    A properly trained dog might help because you can mentally relax knowing that the dog will alert you if something comes sniffing around.

    There are small tents for dogs...
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    Yep, I smoke a cigar occasionally but never in...

    Yep, I smoke a cigar occasionally but never in the hammock! :scared:

    And I pay attention to wind direction so that others are not annoyed by the smoke. However I am frequently surprised at how...
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    Beautiful place... hard to believe it's been 39...

    Beautiful place... hard to believe it's been 39 years since the eruption! Nice to see how Nature bounces back.

    That blister is heinous. Seriously, get some help with footwear that fits. It can be...
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    Have you tent camped and/or are you okay in a...

    Have you tent camped and/or are you okay in a tent? If so, maybe a large tarp with complete coverage would help.
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    I also noticed from photos/video on their website...

    I also noticed from photos/video on their website that Hummingbird hammocks do not have a structural ridge line (SRL), and if you really want to reduce frustration factor and get a consistent lay,...
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    I noticed in their specs Hummingbird lists it as...

    I noticed in their specs Hummingbird lists it as 116" (9.66ft... ok, close enough to 10') and width of 63" which, depending upon your height, should work fine.

    I'm 5'9" and have three 10' Dream...
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    Glad you made it and had a good time. :) Now...

    Glad you made it and had a good time. :)

    Now that you've done Pingyp and did a solo hike/hang, the rest is easy!

    Here is the view from near the top of Pingyp. The cut thru the trees is the...
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