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    Maybe I'm the oddball here, (usually am!) but I...

    Maybe I'm the oddball here, (usually am!) but I use 1/2" conduit. Small toggles like arrow shafts or similar seem to be tougher for the strap to bend around and tighten against. By using something...
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    WELCOME! from just up the road in Danville, VA ...

    WELCOME! from just up the road in Danville, VA

    -Klauss
  3. Now that's some truly unique footage -- LOVE IT! ...

    Now that's some truly unique footage -- LOVE IT! An amazingly beautiful lake!

    -Klauss
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    Loved your "Backwoods Country Kitchen" segment. ...

    Loved your "Backwoods Country Kitchen" segment. I did a quick local bikepacking stint this past Sunday and had a Spammich too. But jeesh Rob, those Spam singles aren't healthy! I only use HALF the...
  5. Wow, that never even crossed my mind, but I...

    Wow, that never even crossed my mind, but I wonder ...
    I could be in trouble!

    -Klauss
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    Your video has over-extended my lunch break -...

    Your video has over-extended my lunch break - Thank you sir!
    Incredible trip as always. I'm really liking your camera presence, including interaction with total strangers, and production flair -...
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    I'm responding based on the title to your thread,...

    I'm responding based on the title to your thread, not necessarily on the other suggestions thus far. If cost is the main factor, have you considered an IX-UQ? I made mine for zero cost since I...
  8. How have I never seen this before ?!? Another...

    How have I never seen this before ?!? Another one to add to my "must try" list ...

    -Klauss
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    I have this link under the embedded video in my...

    I have this link under the embedded video in my earlier post ... here, try it again : https://youtu.be/1kcobKdm6LI?

    I remember another one he did on Letterman in the late `80's, but I can't find...
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    You know, we hammock experts always perform...

    You know, we hammock experts always perform rigorous scientific testing on every new idea. Protocol must be followed in order to achieve accurate results! Here is an excellent example of that...
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    Hmmm, very interesting! I'm sure your idea would...

    Hmmm, very interesting! I'm sure your idea would work with a trail stick as well.

    -Klauss
  12. I don't have the answer, but I can confirm the...

    I don't have the answer, but I can confirm the issue - same for me.

    -Klauss
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    Thank you Peter, that's the explanation I needed...

    Thank you Peter, that's the explanation I needed as well. :thumbup1:

    To parse or not to parse ..... Duh! I dunno!!!

    -Klauss
  14. WELCOME! to the high life! And now I've got...

    WELCOME! to the high life!

    And now I've got Tom Petty stuck in my head ... thanks :shades:

    -Klauss
  15. WELCOME! to the forum... Beautiful bikes there...

    WELCOME! to the forum...
    Beautiful bikes there -- Looks like you've got the best of both worlds, on & off road. Hammock camping is definately the way to go. Search for "motorcycle camping" threads...
  16. Absolutely. I'm not directly involved with our...

    Absolutely. I'm not directly involved with our Royal Rangers, but I do have a pretty good idea what they're doing, haha. Out of respect for our forum rules and outstanding mods, feel free to PM me...
  17. Ummm, not exactly. :shades: South-central VA. ...

    Ummm, not exactly. :shades: South-central VA. Our boys usually head toward WV or MD for their big campouts.

    -Klauss
  18. I've been talking with the leaders of the Royal...

    I've been talking with the leaders of the Royal Rangers at our church about hammocks as well...

    If you want to keep it simple enough for the boys to each make their own, I'd suggest the following...
  19. Hey Rob, looks like an awesome trip! I too miss...

    Hey Rob, looks like an awesome trip! I too miss those PA mountains since I grew up in them. Interesting camera comparison as well.

    Thanks for including us!

    -Klauss
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    Perhaps this thread should be retitled "Hanging...

    Perhaps this thread should be retitled "Hanging WITH kids?" ... Jus sayin

    -Klauss
  21. I've been using the AcuRite for over two years...

    I've been using the AcuRite for over two years now with no problems whatsoever, plus I'm still on the original battery!

    I figure, why does it need to be wasting the battery monitoring temps when...
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    After an unsuccessful attempt to turn my IX-UQ into an IX-IQ, I restrung my quilt suspension and tried to figure out how to best eliminate the air leakage at the ends. "Triangle Thingies" came to...
  23. Wow, amazing trip & video as always! Thanks for...

    Wow, amazing trip & video as always! Thanks for the "invite."

    My daughter, the same age, is starting to lose interest in Dad-time like this. Ahh, great memories though. Take every moment you...
  24. UPDATE: Overnight test complete.

    Alrighty then, Did a full 7-hrs overnight using my IX-IQ with a balmy low of 52 and light wind. Here's what I learned:

    The IX-IQ feels instantly warm when you lie down. I was comfortable all...
  25. Ok, I'll be spending a full night in my hammy,...

    Ok, I'll be spending a full night in my hammy, testing the IX- lQ to make sure if condensation (sweat) is an issue or not. So far everything's been fine, but with the low only in the mid fiftys, this...
  26. That was my first concern because I've noticed...

    That was my first concern because I've noticed that with pads. But so far not with multiple IX layers - not sure why.

    Definitely will require more testing :cool:

    -Klauss
  27. Yes it would, and I had the same thought. But I...

    Yes it would, and I had the same thought. But I think it would be best if the IQ is not permanently attached to the hammock, for reasons of packability and temperature changes. Hmmm...

    After a...
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    Nice - Love the color! Now go make yerself a...

    Nice - Love the color!

    Now go make yerself a ridgeline! :shades:

    -Klauss
  29. In response to several PMs, I'll try to get some...

    In response to several PMs, I'll try to get some pics tonight. And hopfully a full night of testing - looks kinda windy! ;)

    -Klauss
  30. IX-IQ ??? Maybe we've had this all wrong

    For several years now I've been using and enjoying my DIY IX-UQ, made from 4 layers of large screen TV wrap plus an outer shell of material very similar to what an UQ protector is made from. I've...
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    There might be something I'm missing, but I've...

    There might be something I'm missing, but I've never understood why folks use a continuous ridge line, either over or under. Don't we want to pull the tarp itself tight along its ridge? Then hook a...
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    I made a little Tyvek bag for my stakes & ridge...

    I made a little Tyvek bag for my stakes & ridge lines. It's tough enough that I don't worry about the stakes pushing through, so the bag gets rolled into the tarp when it's packed up.

    -Klauss
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    Well thank the Lord I'm off tomorrow (!!!) so I'm...

    Well thank the Lord I'm off tomorrow (!!!) so I'm hanging tonight! Yup, low in the mid-40's and no alarm clock on Monday morning should be just about perfect. No new gear at the moment, just a...
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    :lol: -Klauss

    :lol:
    -Klauss
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    I've been getting along just wonderful with my...

    I've been getting along just wonderful with my DIY organizer made from a mesh pocket from an old backpack and some ripstop nylon. I use prussik knots to lock it tightly on the RL so it doesn't sag,...
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    I usually use a small pillow, maybe 6x10, that I...

    I usually use a small pillow, maybe 6x10, that I DIY'd from a larger one. I guess you'd call it a neck pillow.

    Another option I go to when space is at a premium is an inflatable pillow made with...
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    Very nice! I did something similar last...

    Very nice!

    I did something similar last summer, using fiberglass tent poles cut down to about 8". Not as light as yours I'm sure, but they've worked well.

    -Mike
  38. Nice work! And I agree with the advantages of...

    Nice work! And I agree with the advantages of leaving the guy outs attached to the stakes.

    -Klauss
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    WELCOME! from southern VA, although I was born in...

    WELCOME! from southern VA, although I was born in Harrisburg! My father was the assistant conductor of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra years ago, and actually founded the Harrisburg Youth Symphony...
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    YES! THIS !!! I've never understood why this...

    YES! THIS !!!

    I've never understood why this hasn't caught on like wildfire - ?!? Absolutely secure with no way to slip. This is all I've ever used and I have yet to find a better way.
    ...
  41. Raos, you know the old saying, "Sometimes it's...

    Raos, you know the old saying, "Sometimes it's not what you say, it's how you say it" ...?

    We've got a good thing going here with our cottage vendors and with all aspects of this forum. Not the...
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    Haha :lol: (and WELCOME!) -Klauss

    Haha :lol:

    (and WELCOME!)

    -Klauss
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    NO. They're titanium. Ferizzle :laugh: ...

    NO.
    They're titanium.
    Ferizzle :laugh:



    JohnD,
    Cool idea! But I wonder if your guy line's already in tension, can you pull enough to make the loop?

    I'm thinking someone else on here...
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    I gotcha, makes perfect sense. Just thought it...

    I gotcha, makes perfect sense. Just thought it sounded funny like "start with warm water to get your stove going..." :shades:

    -Klauss
  45. Great vid as always! Love the "hot tarp" setup....

    Great vid as always! Love the "hot tarp" setup.

    -Klauss
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    Ahh, so that's pre-coffee Rob, huh? :lol: ...

    Ahh, so that's pre-coffee Rob, huh? :lol:

    Great job, looks like you're well-prepared. I like that snap idea - hafta try that on my DIY TQ.
    Any idea on temps? Was the wind a problem? Can't say...
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    Hey there, joefbtg28, GOOD STUFF! Thank you. ...

    Hey there, joefbtg28, GOOD STUFF! Thank you.


    Hmmm, sounds like the ol' catch-22. Where do you get this lukewarm water before you thaw your fuel? :sneaky:


    So that's like 40 BELOW zero?!?...
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    WTB: Actually ... :rolleyes: If you look closely at...

    Actually ... :rolleyes:
    If you look closely at my pic, you'll see the prusik knots and the organizer can be separated. The line that runs thru the top of the organizer has a knot tied on each end. ...
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    WTB: When I made mine, I was concerned about it...

    When I made mine, I was concerned about it scrunching-up and sagging, but I still wanted to be able to move it up or down the ridge line. I just used some black paracord to add small prussik knots...
  50. Yup, what they all said ^^^ GREAT STUFF! ...

    Yup, what they all said ^^^ GREAT STUFF!

    MoMo's "saddle bags" must not have been too heavy - the way she bounces around, they didn't seem to slow her down. I assume she carries her own bed &...
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