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  1. This hike had pretty good discipline on the...

    This hike had pretty good discipline on the trail. The fellow who lead us set a good pace to move the group forward but stopped at trail junctions to gather us back together avoiding anyone going...
  2. Dolly Sods, West Virginia 3 days 2 nights June 29-30

    My MeetUp backpacking group went to Dolly Sods Wilderness the last weekend in June. Last year we went to the central portion of the wilderness and this summer we moved to the northern half. It was...
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    I used my Tensa4 for the first time last week...

    I used my Tensa4 for the first time last week camping in my daughter's backyard in Detroit area. Long story on why I needed to camp in the backyard. Mostly due to a new baby in the house and space....
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    Thanks FL Turtle. Your link was interesting. ...

    Thanks FL Turtle. Your link was interesting. Not sure where I fall off on this. Not a clear cut option. My pack for this trip is about 24 lbs. Shave a pound off that isn't much and someone...
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    Appreciate the info everyone has shared. I enjoy...

    Appreciate the info everyone has shared. I enjoy my silnylon tarp having used in four seasons. But the reason I'm looking at this thread is I have a trip coming this weekend that involves rain. My...
  6. House Mountain near Lexington, Va Memorial Day weekend May 2019

    I want to share this trip. It repeats an earlier trip four years as I began hanging. One of the notable elements of this first trip was repeated in this trip. One of the two mountains in this...
  7. Elliot Knob Augusta County, VA May 18 & 19, 2019

    Our Meetup group went to the summit of Elliot Knob on May 18th. We'd rescheduled this trip after postponing due to severe weather a couple weeks earlier.

    The hike is within the George...
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    I'll post this video in trip reports but wanted...

    I'll post this video in trip reports but wanted to thank everyone again for the thoughts on lightning and hammocking. I postponed the trip on its original date because of forecasts that included...
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    As it turned out we had ideal weather last...

    As it turned out we had ideal weather last weekend. That said, we did see lightning on the other side of the Shenandoah Valley in the Blue Ridge. Was glad it was clear on our mountain. Picture...
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    Thanks everyone. Appreciate the feedback. I've...

    Thanks everyone. Appreciate the feedback. I've hung probably 180-200 nights during the last several years, almost always in a valley or well down the mountain from the summit. This trip is unusual...
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    Lightning and thunderstorms and hammocking

    I have an overnight trip coming up in the Blue Ridge. Our group is camping near the summit overlooking the Shenandoah Valley. I've suggested hanging in a grove of spruce below the summit because...
  12. Shug, been thinking about your trip report since...

    Shug, been thinking about your trip report since last night. I'd found it about bedtime, decided to look at first few minutes and ended watching it through. Really interesting stuff. Thanks for...
  13. Thanks Shug. Really enjoyed watching. Admired...

    Thanks Shug. Really enjoyed watching. Admired your fire. What did you use to get it started so quickly. One match and within seconds a reasonable blaze. Liked the idea of pre-cooked food. Never...
  14. Video - 12 miles south on AT to Harpers Ferry August 11-12, 2018

    My Meetup group (Virginia Backpacking) went to the Harpers Ferry area for an overnight trip. There were 17 of us ranging in age from 9 years old to the late 60's. We started at Gathland State Park...
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    Excellent trip report. Envy you the weather you...

    Excellent trip report. Envy you the weather you had. I hiked with my Meetup group of about 15 people southbound across the Presidentials a year ago about this time. Remember it was one of the...
  16. Agree with you jeff-oh. Our next trip will be in...

    Agree with you jeff-oh. Our next trip will be in the northern section in the fall. Colors must be spectacular then.
  17. Temps during day in upper 70's. Low humidity...

    Temps during day in upper 70's. Low humidity too. Night it got down to low 50's. Good sleeping.

    As we got back to our cars Sunday afternoon, we barely missed a downpour of biblical...
  18. Video - Dolly Sods Red Creek hike in West Virginia July 14-15

    The group that I backpack with took a long planned outing to Dolly Sods. We split into two groups, one hiking the northern portion of Dolly Sods, the second focusing on the Red Creek area. Access...
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    Beagles know forward :) I have one about the...

    Beagles know forward :) I have one about the same size as Lacey. She's sleeping at my feet right now after our nightly walk. She catalogues smells as we go and wants to keep finding new ones. ...
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    TallPaul, Thanks for a good trip report. ...

    TallPaul,

    Thanks for a good trip report. Really felt like we were coming right along with you and Lacey. Have to ask though. Did Lacey come back with you to get your camera after all those neat...
  21. Looking forward to the rest of the story. Those...

    Looking forward to the rest of the story. Those orange wild flowers were pretty. Look like sort of a dandelion. Wish I knew their name. Sometimes I take a small magnifying glass with me to look...
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    Those day time views across the Roans are...

    Those day time views across the Roans are stunning. Nothing like spring in the mountains. Watching Lacey explore and have a general good time reminded me of trips I've taken with my Walker hound...
  23. Not sure where to begin. Always good to see you...

    Not sure where to begin. Always good to see you and Hickery out on the trail. Am looking forward to the next installment of the Neusiok Trail story. Thanks for explaining the Eldorado.
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    Thanks for sharing your trip. Your camp looked...

    Thanks for sharing your trip. Your camp looked inviting, particularly with the sound of rain/sleet/snow on the tarp. Your homemade vestibule looked very practical. The view southeast from the AT...
  25. Yes, they switched my XLC to the new modular...

    Yes, they switched my XLC to the new modular system connection. Pretty nice of them. They really didn't have to do this. An example of some of the very best customer service. Understand I paid...
  26. Thanks for the review Shug. I have two XLC, one...

    Thanks for the review Shug. I have two XLC, one a double layer heavy, a second bought last spring a single layer. Each has both top covers. Warbonnet has excellent design features and their...
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    I've tried this approach with my winter top cover...

    I've tried this approach with my winter top cover and it works. I only zip it all the way when I'm expecting single digit temps. Rest of the time keeping the cover unzipped for about 12" near my...
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    Thanks for taking us along Shug. I've watched...

    Thanks for taking us along Shug. I've watched half of your trip and will finish tonight. Really enjoy. I haven't camped in conditions like you are experiencing, snow depths and frozen...
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    Good Warbonnet customer help

    I have enjoyed my XLC and Superfly for over 4 years and purchased a second XLC last spring. The equipment has worked very well. I estimate I've slept in the XLC over 150 nights.

    I hadn't...
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    Stunningly beautiful area. Would guess you could...

    Stunningly beautiful area. Would guess you could stay at one location and let the day pass and see different views/color all day long. The picture of you gazing across the valley is a keeper. ...
  31. You're right about having others with you in foul...

    You're right about having others with you in foul weather. We were fortunate this trip in that it didn't rain around supper time. Often this is the highlight of the day when we can sit around,...
  32. Our outings tend to be less than 15 people,...

    Our outings tend to be less than 15 people, typically 10-12. We have a trip coming in early April to False Cape state park. This trip is a large one with about 18 people going. Most of the time...
  33. The rain didn't cause a lot of problems during...

    The rain didn't cause a lot of problems during the hike in or immediately after we set up camp. Fellowship around the campfire, in this case a UCO candle since fires aren't allowed in the park, was...
  34. I've slept a number of nights in the rain testing...

    I've slept a number of nights in the rain testing in my backyard but this is the first trip in over 150 nights out that I've had rain. It rained off and on all night and the rain drops were pretty...
  35. Video: Trayfoot Mountain/Paine Run hike in Shenandoah National Park Feb 24-25

    Here's a trip report of my Meetup group (Virginia Backpacking) and our recent backpacking trip. It was a mild weekend for late February but rainy. The mountain views were limited by the weather but...
  36. Looks like a great outing. Appreciate the...

    Looks like a great outing. Appreciate the descriptions of everyone's gear and how they worked. Also thanks for panning the camp with your camera. Got to see how to use windshields to protect stuff...
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    Nicely done trip report. Bet the hike in with it...

    Nicely done trip report. Bet the hike in with it snowing was a blast. Views with blue sky and sunshine were stunning. Thanks for sharing.
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    Down throws at Costco

    I'm not sure where to post this find. I'd seen mention of Costco down blankets a few weeks ago in the Forum but couldn't find them in my local Richmond, VA area Costco. Did today. They were on...
  39. Thanks for the good reminder and advice Shug. ...

    Thanks for the good reminder and advice Shug. When I first started hanging several years ago I had read the admonitions on avoiding trees that might fall. Good advice then and now.

    What I...
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    Shug, thanks for this review. As always, well...

    Shug, thanks for this review. As always, well done and helpful. I know folks thank you for these and rightly so, but videos like these are really good for our hanging community. I know they take...
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    I tried layering my 20 degree and 40 degree top...

    I tried layering my 20 degree and 40 degree top and bottom quilts last winter as an experiment in a really cold snap in February. Got down to 5 one night which is pretty cold for Richmond. I placed...
  42. Thanks MAD777. I don't believe I will try the...

    Thanks MAD777. I don't believe I will try the hut to hut traverse again. It was pretty physical. But we met a number of folks hiking down from Mt. Washington and were heading either toward Madison...
  43. Have to admit that I sat on several rocks. There...

    Have to admit that I sat on several rocks. There were instances during the traverse that some of us took our packs off slipped down then grabbed the packs. The last 1/4 miles into the Mitzpah hut...
  44. The AMC huts are well designed for overnights,...

    The AMC huts are well designed for overnights, food is plentiful and very tasty. Meals are part of the price to stay. We had spinach lasagna the last night in the Mitzpah huts. Not bad for a hot...
  45. The weather was ideal. We left Richmond with 100...

    The weather was ideal. We left Richmond with 100 degree heat index and got to New Hampshire to temps in the mid 70's. The second day traversing Mt. Washington's slope was crystal clear. It was mild...
  46. Video - Four day hike across the Presidential Range in White Mountains New Hampshire July 25-28

    I'm posting four videos covering the four days my group spent in the Presidentials. I believe this is the most memorable backpacking trip I have ever been on.

    We camped before and after the...
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    Thanks much for this help Shug. I'm leaving on a...

    Thanks much for this help Shug. I'm leaving on a trip through the Presidential Range in New Hampshire. We'll be staying in AMC huts on the mountains but in campgrounds on either end of the trip.
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    Thanks for the whole trip. Everyone was a good...

    Thanks for the whole trip. Everyone was a good sport working in tough conditions. But you guys saw some beautiful stuff in between the overgrowth on the trail and the water. Lady slippers, grand...
  49. Great intro to your hike. Glad there was no...

    Great intro to your hike. Glad there was no permanent damage from the falls. Looking forward to the rest of the story. Thanks for taking us along. I noticed the Ribz front packs the guys were...
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    Early in my hanging career I actually got a...

    Early in my hanging career I actually got a protractor. Looking back it wasn't overkill. There is a skill to creating a good hang and it comes with experience. Once I knew I had roughly the right...
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