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    Start out with the single ridgeline. If you...

    Start out with the single ridgeline. If you don't like it, cut it in half and go with 2 lines. I personally have tried the single ridgeline, but I keep going back to 2 lines. If you want to...
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    I most generally side sleep, sometimes all curled...

    I most generally side sleep, sometimes all curled up. I find that most any gathered end hammock works well for side sleeping. Bridge hammocks work, but usually not for the full-on curl up. I do...
  3. If I can put the logistics together and Ole Ma...

    If I can put the logistics together and Ole Ma Nature cooperates, I am planning to hike in from Cass and make it a bit longer pre-hike this year. Such a beautiful trail and beautiful time of year. ...
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    I will usually go with a 3-season Yeti UQ for...

    I will usually go with a 3-season Yeti UQ for most trips, even in summer here in the WV mountains, and use a summer top quilt. I can always put on extra clothing layers for top warmth, but it is...
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    http://www.midatlantichikes.com/dst.htm Link...

    http://www.midatlantichikes.com/dst.htm

    Link to an about 25 mile circumnavigation. You could do this and a few zig-zags. Definitely take in the Rocky Ridge area for the views of the valley and...
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    I do seal the corners; I figure it may add some...

    I do seal the corners; I figure it may add some strength to the tieout seams (a lot of silicon sealant is also listed as an adhesive) and help to preserve the thread a bit. No proof of either one,...
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    Dolly Sods is marked more like a state park than...

    Dolly Sods is marked more like a state park than a wilderness, so it is difficult to get lost. In dense fog, if you are hiking off trail or not paying attention, you can wander on to an old grade,...
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    Saint Francis, If you hit the north area first,...

    Saint Francis,
    If you hit the north area first, you can do quite a few miles, since the treadway is pretty easy and there is very little elevation change. On weekends, especially holiday weekends,...
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    ++ for Cranberry and pretty much any of the other...

    ++ for Cranberry and pretty much any of the other options too.
    If it starts raining heavily, watch the stream levels in any of these places. The major streams/rivers drain a LOT of square acres and...
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    Yes, this is my favorite way of doing my guy...

    Yes, this is my favorite way of doing my guy lines. Works well, fast to adjust from underneath the tarp, light.

    I tried it with my ridgeline, but they would occasionally slip or tighten up making...
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    Triglides and Kevlar straps

    Anyone know if the 3.3 Kevlar straps will work with the Triglides? Do you think there would be any slippage or twisting?
  12. I use Beastie D's on the main ridgeline and each...

    I use Beastie D's on the main ridgeline and each of the main corners. I use grograin on the middle side tie outs, since I don't use those as much. I like the Beastie D's, but you certainly don't...
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    DIY is a great way to get what you want for your...

    DIY is a great way to get what you want for your needs. My latest hammock is a 9 footer, folded Hennessy style with the ends whipped. It is made from the Hexon 1.0 material from Dutch. It weighs 11...
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    Sticky: For me, I like the zipper bug net. Others take...

    For me, I like the zipper bug net. Others take to long and that is not good. The zippered net does not require me to think too much in the middle of the night and I make sure that the zipper pull...
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    This is the method I use when dialing in my...

    This is the method I use when dialing in my ridgeline on a DIY hammocks. It would certainly work to shorten the ridgeline of the WB hammock, it would have no knots and be easier to remove/adjust. ...
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    JRB recommends 9'3" between the apex of the...

    JRB recommends 9'3" between the apex of the triangles; I have seen people use a ridgeline set at that distance to be sure they do not get their hammock too tight (which stresses the netting) which...
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    Anytime I am going on a trip to a high-risk tick...

    Anytime I am going on a trip to a high-risk tick area, I freshly treat my clothes: Boots, socks, gaiters, pants, shirt, bandana, hat and my pack (yes, those buggers will crawl on your pack and ride...
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    I am 5 feet. I am comfortable in my DIY...

    I am 5 feet. I am comfortable in my DIY 9-footer. I expect a 10 foot would be a nice middle-of-the road hammock. With my shorter hammock, I can use a shorter and therefore lighter tarp. A 10 foot...
  19. Bumping this back to the top, so folks don't miss...

    Bumping this back to the top, so folks don't miss it.
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    I have not lived long enough yet to answer that...

    I have not lived long enough yet to answer that question; so a really old hammock hanger will have to answer it.
  21. Most generally, you will have to re-tension the...

    Most generally, you will have to re-tension the tarp a bit. I set my sil tarps up and retension before hitting the hammock. I may have to retension a bit more if it rains in the night. It is...
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    Sticky: There is a group hang, WaHHA!, at Watoga state...

    There is a group hang, WaHHA!, at Watoga state park in October. The thread is on the southeast trip planning. Stop in! Last year was the first year for this now yearly hang. It was cold, but we...
  23. National forest rules are 200 feet from a forest...

    National forest rules are 200 feet from a forest service road to camp; 300 feet in the Dolly Sods scenic area. Otherwise, you will have to pay to camp in campgrounds or risk getting caught. I do...
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    I like flat felled seams because they are simple,...

    I like flat felled seams because they are simple, strong and easy to do (I actually do a felled French seam; it is easier to do with the really slippery material). I have made 2 tarps without cat...
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    I use 9 inch carbon fiber stakes for the really...

    I use 9 inch carbon fiber stakes for the really soft, deep stuff. They are of good diameter (pencil sized), so have a lot more surface area than Ti stakes. The 9 inch ones "usually" get down through...
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    Gate to the scenic area is open (FS75). The road...

    Gate to the scenic area is open (FS75). The road has seen some repair, so it is in good condition.
    Link to Youtube slide show below. It was a superb weekend! I was able to cowboy camp hammock...
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    Should be a perfect weekend!

    Should be a perfect weekend!
  28. Definitely come! You will see a rainbow of...

    Definitely come! You will see a rainbow of hammocks, tarps, quilts and other cool gear. Everyone is willing to share information about all things hammock. Pick up a couple of raffle tickets, have...
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    Sorry about the late reply. You can walk the...

    Sorry about the late reply. You can walk the forest service road (FS75 specifically) to trail heads. The walk in from the Jordon Run Road side is pretty steep and about 3/4 mile to the Bear Rocks...
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    I actually prefer rectangular tarps. They give...

    I actually prefer rectangular tarps. They give great protection without doors (although, you can rig one of those up to close off the ends too). That said, I also have gear, such as my rain kilt and...
  31. That is one I made for this summer. I posted pic...

    That is one I made for this summer. I posted pic on Dutch's FB page in one of his contests. I won! Got my hammock's mug on Dutchware homepage. Made it from Hexon 1.0 and used .67 mesh. Did it up...
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    My camp stool on shorter trips or trips that are...

    My camp stool on shorter trips or trips that are summer lightweight trips: nice for sitting and makes a great night stand at the hammock. Extra coffee! candle lantern for ambiance when I can't have...
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    I like my gathered end for side sleeping. I...

    I like my gathered end for side sleeping. I sleep feet right about 60% of the time. Depends on how you sleep in your bed; if you sleep on your left side the most, the get a hammock with feet to...
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    I use gutted out paracord. I have lots of...

    I use gutted out paracord. I have lots of paracord. I don't need strength in the whipping. It is easier to whip the ends when the paracord is gutted out and it is lighter. I can also make it pretty...
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    Sewn footbox. I have never unsnapped the footbox...

    Sewn footbox. I have never unsnapped the footbox on the one TQ I have with the snaps. A person's feet rarely get all that hot. Even on a hot night, I may uncover my body, but not my feet.
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    If all businesses did business like our cottage...

    If all businesses did business like our cottage vendors, they would have loyal customers forever. I have never had service like I have had as a hammock hanger; it has been a wonderful experience.
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    Agree about the length conflict of short hammy...

    Agree about the length conflict of short hammy and long tarp. This is why I like to make my DIY hammocks and tarps to work perfectly together. I can put my tarp only a few inches off the top of the...
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    I have had LOTS of condensation on cold, still...

    I have had LOTS of condensation on cold, still nights, especially camping in a damp area. But, if the wind is howling, they are can make a huge difference in staying warm. If it is calm, I just...
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    On my DIY hammocks, I start about 86% and then...

    On my DIY hammocks, I start about 86% and then tweak to my personal perfection, which is usually between 85% and 89%. I think everyone is different. Experimenting is part of the fun of hammock...
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    I have tried it, but the tangling was a total...

    I have tried it, but the tangling was a total turn off for me. Use dyneema, zing-it or tech line now.
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    My cinch buckles have whoopie hooks on them to...

    My cinch buckles have whoopie hooks on them to attach to the hammock. I prefer my suspension separate from my hammock. I unhook them from the hammock, roll them up and put in a small stuff sack...
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    The gates into the scenic area (the main sods...

    The gates into the scenic area (the main sods area) open April 15, but you should have a plan B in case they are not open for some unforeseeable reason. I have never had an issue finding a place...
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    Hmmm. This has my wheels turning. Not sure that is a good thing though.
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    If you have a local lumber yard/hardware store, I...

    If you have a local lumber yard/hardware store, I expect they will cut the pipe for you. Mine not only cut the pipe to the lengths I wanted, they also smoothed the cut edges and put them in my Jeep....
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    I made one about a month ago. So far, I have...

    I made one about a month ago. So far, I have only used it in the house at around 57 degrees. No condensation, I stayed warm. Of course, winter conditions in a house (dry air) are not real conducive...
  46. Ditto what MichiganDave and Floridahanger have...

    Ditto what MichiganDave and Floridahanger have said. Great way to connect and adjust your pole mods to perfection.
  47. Short hikes, only thing I change is to take a...

    Short hikes, only thing I change is to take a full-length UQ and my Kindle.
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    I do mine side to side (if using 2 panel pulls)...

    I do mine side to side (if using 2 panel pulls) about 2 feetish from the center of the tarp and 25" down from the ridgeline. Using only 1 panel pull, I center it and then 25" down from the...
  49. Yahoo! Be good to see everyone again. Might do...

    Yahoo! Be good to see everyone again. Might do a longer B-pack on the GBRRT; 16 miles was just a tempting sample.
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    Try going to a local sawmill. You can actually...

    Try going to a local sawmill. You can actually find 2 x 2's that measure 2 x 2. You can also get lumber of different hardwood wood types, such as good quality poplar, maple, cherry, oak. The...
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