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  1. Davenport Gap is a nice shelter, but it was one...

    Davenport Gap is a nice shelter, but it was one of the early ones that they renovated in the Smokies. Here is what some of the others look like. Note the high windows, covered porch area, benches,...
  2. All of the shelters along the Appalachian Trail...

    All of the shelters along the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park used to have chain link fences across the front. The idea being that you would take your food into the...
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    I love my dutch Ti cinch buckles! I was...

    I love my dutch Ti cinch buckles!

    I was tempted to go away from my strap suspension (on my bridge hammock) to go with speed hooks, but I decided to wait and see. I weigh in at 270, so I wanted to...
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    I'm in! Great idea for a giveaway. Thanks for...

    I'm in!

    Great idea for a giveaway. Thanks for your generosity.
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    Steve, The best place to start for GSMNP trip...

    Steve,

    The best place to start for GSMNP trip planning is downloading the latest backcountry map from the park. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/upload/GSMNP-Map_JUNE14-complete4-2.pdf

    It...
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    Robblandon, It is against park regulations to...

    Robblandon,

    It is against park regulations to sleep in your hammock at a shelter, unless you are a thru hiker with a valid thru hiker permit. To be considered a thru hiker, on must start their...
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    Yeah, I kind of feel the same way. I have met...

    Yeah, I kind of feel the same way. I have met some really great people staying in the shelters over the years. But invariably, my thoughts on the shelters are darkened by several less than...
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    Plan your first night at campsite 113 where you...

    Plan your first night at campsite 113 where you can use your hammocks. It is the former sight of Birch Springs Gap shelter. They have taken out the shelter and put in tent platforms. That would...
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    Just a word of caution on the carbon fiber...

    Just a word of caution on the carbon fiber spreader bar....

    There have been multiple reported failures of carbon fiber spreader bars when used as head and foot end spreader bars on bridge hammocks...
  10. I was in the Smokies a few weeks ago when they...

    I was in the Smokies a few weeks ago when they had a massive rain (5.5") and 80MPH wind gusts. When we were setting up camp for the night, I had trouble finding good trees because the cleared area...
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    These rubber bumpers at AHE work great. They...

    These rubber bumpers at AHE work great. They mostly stay in place, are easy to use, don't require loose hardware, are extremely light, and they are super cheap. I'm glad I bought them to give me a...
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    BillyBob, cuben durability is a matter of debate....

    BillyBob, cuben durability is a matter of debate.

    I think the general consensus is that cuben is not as abrasion resistant as silnylon. So for applications like backpacks, you have to be careful...
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    Request: Dutch, design a keychain Ti...

    Request:

    Dutch, design a keychain Ti bottle/can opener with dutchwaregear.com engraved/stamped/etched/relief carved/woodburned(?) on the side of it. Great promotional doohickey, and an easy way...
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    Thanks UrsaMajor. I have been treating my cuben...

    Thanks UrsaMajor. I have been treating my cuben carefully up til now, and was concerned about how it would fare in some really rough weather.

    If anything, this experience has given me new...
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    It was a very strange night. It would go from...

    It was a very strange night. It would go from normal light amounts of wind, to massive wind gusts that lasted just a minute or two, and then back to calm. I did get some sleep, but very little. ...
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    Dutch, Oh man, it was a mess of a trip. Check...

    Dutch,

    Oh man, it was a mess of a trip. Check out my quick reviews on your Wasps and on my HG cuben tarp to see a bit more information on the weather. 80MPH gusts of wind and falling trees which...
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    My method: Roll up tarp and stuff it in...

    My method:

    Roll up tarp and stuff it in storage sack. Wind up ridgeline tightly around tarp stuff sack. This is much quicker to wind up this way than using the figure 8 hank, causes less hand...
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    EXTREME weather vs HG custom cuben tarp

    I just got back last night from a 5 day trip in the Smokies where I got to put my custom HG cuben tarp to the test against some particularly nasty weather. Adam made me a 0.52 cuben tarp to work...
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    EXTREME weather vs Dutch Wasp

    I use a continuous zing-it ridgeline over my tarp. At one end I have a Dutch Hook and at the other end I used to use a Dutch Flyz, but I was starting to look for alternatives because it was...
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    EXTREME weather vs Dutch Ti Cinch Buckle

    I loved my original dutch cinch buckles, but I just replaced them with the Ti version to save a little bit of weight. I use them with my bridge hammock at 20-25 degrees with warbonnet 1" poly...
  21. On my bridge hammock, I made the loops on the...

    On my bridge hammock, I made the loops on the amsteel dogbones large enough that I could just take the two loops together and larks head them onto the cinch buckle. It works great. But when my...
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    I find cinch buckles easier to work with than the...

    I find cinch buckles easier to work with than the two part triangle thingies that Warbonnet uses. The cinch buckles are much easier to adjust.

    I just put the new Ti buckles on my Ridgerunner...
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    I tried out the Harbor Freight straps with my...

    I tried out the Harbor Freight straps with my ridgerunner and dutch cinch buckles. I noticed a bit of abrasion on the HF strap at the cinch buckle location. It looked like a couple of the threads...
  24. I just got my titanium cinch buckles in the mail...

    I just got my titanium cinch buckles in the mail yesterday. I didn't have a chance to rig them up to my Ridgerunner yet, but I will have a chance to test them out in the Smokies for 4 nights...
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    I use a ridgeline for cuben tarp, and hang it...

    I use a ridgeline for cuben tarp, and hang it underneath. I leave the tarp attached to the ridgeline, and start rolling it up from one end, as I roll up from one end of the ridgeline to the other, I...
  26. Saw the announcement.... went to dutchware.... ...

    Saw the announcement.... went to dutchware.... placed order....

    rinse and repeat
  27. Whoopies do add a bit to your minimum hang...

    Whoopies do add a bit to your minimum hang distance between trees, but as long as you are using a typical 10' gathered end hammock, with a typical 11' tarp, they work just fine together.

    I...
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    I have those on my rig right now. Even thought...

    I have those on my rig right now. Even thought they are a smidgen smaller than the camp nano 23's, they work just fine. You can order them in silver and light blue. Or you can order a six pack...
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    The Ridgerunner's suspension triangles really...

    The Ridgerunner's suspension triangles really take up a bunch of space. I have preferred using the adjustable webbing suspension (over whoopies or UCR's) because it reduces my minimum hang distance...
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    Hmmmm..... I have been considering a...

    Hmmmm..... I have been considering a ridgeline.... You may have just tipped me over the edge to try it Acer.
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    genixia Please tell me more about your 1"...

    genixia

    Please tell me more about your 1" kevlar strap. Where did you get it?

    thanks
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    welcome to the bunkroom

    I used these
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    To do this
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    Front to back
    my dad in my warbonnet ridgerunner
    my brother in his warbonnet xlc
    my nephew in his warbonnet traveler
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    I put my pad between the layers. I have tried...

    I put my pad between the layers. I have tried using it on top of the hammock instead of between layers and it definitely feels a bit more tippy.

    I use an exped synmat UL7 (78" x 26" x 2.8" @...
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    What's the difference between a banjo and a...

    What's the difference between a banjo and a vacuum cleaner?



    The position of the dirt bag.



    (I love banjo music, but this joke is just too funny to pass up.)
  35. smokies

    I hike extensively in the Smokies, and I love it there. I have read through this entire thread and wanted to comment on a few things....

    New permit system vs old permit system
    This has sparked a...
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    I dream of dutchware

    I dream of dutchware
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    I found this funny looking bottle in the sand. ...

    I found this funny looking bottle in the sand. When I picked it up, Barbara Eden popped out in a dazzling purple cloud. She said "What are your three wishes, my master?"

    I said "1: A dutch ti...
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    I am assuming this is the same everywhere, but...

    I am assuming this is the same everywhere, but Amazon is now delivering a lot of their packages through USPS. It started with Saturday and Sunday deliveries, and now seems to be the norm when I...
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    gmcttr, Really, you would spurn a 7g savings...

    gmcttr,

    Really, you would spurn a 7g savings for mere money? Just think of the extra half candybar you could put in your pack and not notice a thing! :drool:

    As for me, I will rejoice in my...
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    pics, specs, measured weights

    I got the carabiners yesterday. The "Edelrid 19g" carabiner is specified to weigh 19.5g. On my scale, it weighed in at 20g. The resolution of my scale is 1g, so the actual weight could be anywhere...
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    I have ordered a pair of these. Should be here...

    I have ordered a pair of these. Should be here by Monday. I will try to post some pics and actual weights.
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    a lighter biner - 19g

    I did a search and didn't find mention of this here. I just ran across a slightly lighter carabiner than the camp nano 23. Edelrid makes a "Nineteen G" carabiner that weighs in at ~19.5g. Full...
  43. I have tried whoopies and warbonnet triangle...

    I have tried whoopies and warbonnet triangle strap suspension. I prefer using the strap suspension, but replacing the triangle thingies with a pair of cinch buckles from Dutch.

    I'm pretty...
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    My ridgerunner suspension is similar to gmcttr's...

    My ridgerunner suspension is similar to gmcttr's except instead of a dutch biner and a continuous loop, I use a soft shackle. I wrap the soft shackle around the cinch buckle 4 or 5 times so it stays...
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    Yeah, I'm with gmcttr. I just make new ones. ...

    Yeah, I'm with gmcttr. I just make new ones.

    Though, i'm not planning on re-selling my ridgerunner anytime soon. My boys have both expressed interest in my hammocks... so even if I go on to...
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    Chris, I can lay fully stretched out on my...

    Chris,

    I can lay fully stretched out on my back with my elbows up and my hands folded under my head. I have a few inches of clearance from my feet to the foot end spreader bar, and from my head...
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    I have reduced the foot end dogbones on the...

    I have reduced the foot end dogbones on the suspension triangle down to 32" with no effect on stability. For what it is worth, I am 6'1" 270 lbs. I did this to accommodate a custom tarp which has a...
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    55g per pair to 22g per pair! Cue "ode to...

    55g per pair to 22g per pair!

    Cue "ode to joy". I'm really looking forward to these.
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    That compares very favorably with the down that...

    That compares very favorably with the down that thru-hiker.com sells.

    900 FP Goose Down - $45 for 3 ounces
    800 FP Goose Down with Activ-Dri - $39 for 3 ounces
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    Sgt Rock has a video that shows how he made a...

    Sgt Rock has a video that shows how he made a footbox on his netless DIY hammock. He just added some cord and a bit of noseeum at the foot end.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLIuC-kEnpE
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