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    What an absolutely wonderful group ... These...

    What an absolutely wonderful group ...

    These hammock campers.
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    Take the tent. It's a good fall-back that keeps...

    Take the tent. It's a good fall-back that keeps you out there and prevents your being totally defeated.

    As weather permits pursue your original plan.

    If anyone wants to opt for the tent then...
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    Polycro peak beaks are another option.

    Polycro peak beaks are another option.
  4. I want to do something like this. Yes, details...

    I want to do something like this.

    Yes, details would help.
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    That's so awesome!

    That's so awesome!
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    Doesn't seem any more prone to puncture but I...

    Doesn't seem any more prone to puncture but I think that depends on the thickness of the polyester laminates. This 1.0 weight is pretty substantial.

    It does tear. Got a small tear once in my .74...
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    Thanks! Yes, same material -- 1/2" wide with 6"...

    Thanks! Yes, same material -- 1/2" wide with 6" looped at the corners and 4" on the long sides.

    Yes, I'll use it just as you say.



    Z-packs has them but I didn't make mine a bathtub.
  8. Other than cost I see no cons. I have two that...

    Other than cost I see no cons.

    I have two that are DIY. They were relatively easy to tape together and easily repaired in the field.

    Never had hail on one but they stood up well to rain and a...
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    Do you have hiking poles? A walking stick? ...

    Do you have hiking poles?

    A walking stick?

    There must be some rigid structural system to keep things suspended ... at least one columnar piece.

    Plus, your bug net is a Permethrin...
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    Thing is -- what did the cubs learn about humans...

    Thing is -- what did the cubs learn about humans from that?

    Man is the apex predator because of our sizable brain. *We should use it.*

    We will not win every battle but something has changed...
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    CF Ground Cloth/Welcome Mat

    Made this sweet thing yesterday. It's 36x80" made of 1.0 ounce CF from Z-packs with 8 loops and weighs 2.5 ounces. It replaces one of Tyvek, 32x80" that weighed 5.2 ounces, and had polycro wind...
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    Welcome, Mike!

    Welcome, Mike!
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    Am I right to assume, Rosaleen, that you are a...

    Am I right to assume, Rosaleen, that you are a woman?

    Men tend to need more ventilation.
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    A hammock would work in a survival situation if...

    A hammock would work in a survival situation if you used a Garlington-type UQ.

    If those guys could wear anything why no parkas? It's a rain forest.

    Sewing eyes on the back of his tuque was...
  15. Thread: Success. Finally!

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    Some like a firm mattress and some a soft. ...

    Some like a firm mattress and some a soft.

    Perhaps it's the same with hammocks.
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    Got caught in a severe T-storm one night with my...

    Got caught in a severe T-storm one night with my minimalist tarp. Was protected up top but there was a lot of splash and blowing droplets onto my DIY UQ. It got wet.

    But because it was treated...
  17. Thread: Hammock Dreams

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    LOL Well, I did drink some white wine instead...

    LOL

    Well, I did drink some white wine instead of my usual red! ;-)
  18. Thread: Hammock Dreams

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    Think of the people here that spend a lot of time...

    Think of the people here that spend a lot of time in a hammock, some full timers.

    Did you ever meet a more congenial and rational group of people?

    I'm in church work and yet impressed with the...
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    If one combines theories of referred pain and...

    If one combines theories of referred pain and sensory deprivation it would make sense that an extremely comfortable sleep would allow the mind to do better what it normally does, that is, process the...
  20. Thread: Hammock Dreams

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    Hammock Dreams

    My DIY 1.0 oz HyperD hammock is very comfortable at 10.5 feet and nearly 5 feet wide.

    Slept in it out in the back yard last night under clear skies, no tarp, but a bug net. It was breezy enough...
  21. Thread: Beach Hanging

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    Gulf Islands National Seashore across the sound...

    Gulf Islands National Seashore across the sound from Pensacola is awesome.

    The beach and campsites are wonderful but there is also a fort there that once imprisoned Geronimo.

    The Blue Angels...
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    I do but will test one to see. Okay, yes ... ...

    I do but will test one to see.

    Okay, yes ...

    Just tested it and it works well.

    Took Dutch speed hooks off my Executive Hammock and used only the bend.

    It was solid.
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    My UL hammock with Dynaglide suspension and "what...

    My UL hammock with Dynaglide suspension and "what is that thing?" bug net/weather sock weighs 12.5 ounces.

    The double Becket hitch/sheet bend to Dynaglide CL is solid.

    My minimalist 6x9 CF tarp...
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    The Dynaglide goes around the tree with a Dutch...

    The Dynaglide goes around the tree with a Dutch Whoppiehook securing it. I put trail sticks under it oriented vertically to distribute load.

    But it could easily be larksheaded to a tree hugger of...
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    Ayup. But it's Dynaglide to Dynaglide loop. ...

    Ayup.

    But it's Dynaglide to Dynaglide loop.

    It's a very light set up and I'm extremely happy with it.

    I'm about 180 pounds.
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    It's unreasonable to think that a line...

    It's unreasonable to think that a line with"glide" in its name will hold a simple knot.

    But I've had good results with the Becket Hitch on my Dynaglide suspension with two turns around the back...
  27. Whatever your age and physical condition the...

    Whatever your age and physical condition the lightest weight will be best for the sheer savings of energy to enjoy other things on your journey or to carry a luxury item or two.

    DIY is not...
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    It's obvious that I spoke too soon and in great...

    It's obvious that I spoke too soon and in great ignorance.
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    Can't see getting a date with that life-style. ...

    Can't see getting a date with that life-style.

    Not one you'd take home to mom anyway. ;-)
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    There is some wear and fraying on lines. The...

    There is some wear and fraying on lines. The cellulose in tree bark is rough on materials. Wraps around tight bends and any knots or splices reduces the strength of lines.

    Inspect your...
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    I'd go with Dutch or others of our made in...

    I'd go with Dutch or others of our made in America vendors.
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    I've heard of asym tarps but not an asym hammock....

    I've heard of asym tarps but not an asym hammock.

    If there is no ridge line and a shallow angle ...
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    Have I heard of an asym hammock before?

    Have I heard of an asym hammock before?
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    That's a great set up!

    That's a great set up!
  35. Thread: Tarp for two

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    Having been cold and miserable from the lack of...

    Having been cold and miserable from the lack of coverage (an ill-fated high school lark (the rain came down and the creek rose (it was awful))), I'd say two people would like a 12x12' Kelty Noah's...
  36. Thread: Wool blanket

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    If an evil villain put a gun to your head and...

    If an evil villain put a gun to your head and said, "Choose one warm thing," you'd want to choose a 100% wool blanket.
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    I have one and gave one away to a friend that did...

    I have one and gave one away to a friend that did a little welding for me.

    The fabric works great, is very comfortable, and looks luxurious.
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    I'd put two tablecloth hammocks side by side,...

    I'd put two tablecloth hammocks side by side, using crinkle taffeta: http://www.tableclothsfactory.com/tablecloths-Table-Linens-Chair-Covers-Sashes-s/132.htm
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    Got my Permethrin at Tractor Supply Company. ...

    Got my Permethrin at Tractor Supply Company.

    Powerful stuff. You hear the hum and then sudden silence.
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    That's a great solution!

    That's a great solution!
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    Bears need to associate humans with pain. Once...

    Bears need to associate humans with pain.

    Once saw a report that rangers at Yellowstone harass bears with non-lethal slugs.
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    Absolutely, you need an 11 footer! Welcome to...

    Absolutely, you need an 11 footer!

    Welcome to the obsession and congrats on the successful hangs. Yes, I always feel more refreshed after sleeping in my hammock.
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    Get well soon, Maytag. I got to hang on the...

    Get well soon, Maytag.

    I got to hang on the beach this week (Padre Island National Seashore) and it was awesome.

    Sending good thoughts your way.
  44. Thread: $50 Tarp?

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    Wow, geneaut, Can I go camping with you? You...

    Wow, geneaut,

    Can I go camping with you? You pick nice spots! ;-)
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    One could hook up a perimeter/trip wire to a bear...

    One could hook up a perimeter/trip wire to a bear banger or whistle: http://www.truflareusa.com/product_catalog.htm
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    That's a great solution.

    That's a great solution.
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    Hammock camping is like kayaking ... It gets...

    Hammock camping is like kayaking ...

    It gets you really close and personal to the environment.

    I think that you'll enjoy it very much for that reason.

    Yes, please, post some of your pictures.
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    You got me into a dyneema suspension and now that...

    You got me into a dyneema suspension and now that mule tape looks like the way to go.

    You taught me how build a cuben tarp. I have two now that are absolutely great.

    Thanks for all your great...
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    I like it. Did you use it in the mountains yet?

    I like it. Did you use it in the mountains yet?
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    Have 2 DIY CF tarps and one rain cape. It's a...

    Have 2 DIY CF tarps and one rain cape. It's a strong, light, reparable material -- ideal, in my always humble opinion.

    I use acetone to clean the surface before taping. My cleaning cloth reveals...
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