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    If I were to get another UQ besides HG or...

    If I were to get another UQ besides HG or something like the WB Lynx (for Ridge Runner), I’d be sure the UQ had a differential cut so the loft isn’t compressed when the quilt is snug tight against...
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    Another thread talks about combining a pad with...

    Another thread talks about combining a pad with an UQ to extend the UQ’s range. Not only does that save on buying a warmer UQ, it also give you a Go-to-Ground option if you end up without suitable...
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    ATGIRL2028 - sounds like your gear setup is about...

    ATGIRL2028 - sounds like your gear setup is about as good as it gets. I don’t see who makes the bottom quilt but you’ve noted you are not getting CBS (cold butt syndrome); you are just cold all over....
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    From rock climbing days, decades ago, I learned...

    From rock climbing days, decades ago, I learned how much heat is generated when on material is rubbed against another - enough heat the melt the outer sheath of the rope.

    So I make and effort...
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    Looks like the Dream-Tex is now ready for orders....

    Looks like the Dream-Tex is now ready for orders. I’m not familiar with the weight designation. If I had one of the older models (metal pole fittings on hammock) in double layer - I think it was 1.7...
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    The quilt suspension allows for a few adjustments...

    The quilt suspension allows for a few adjustments - it lets you slide the end of the quilt so it's even with your head/shoulders as desired. Or it might allow a bit of a diagonal fit by sliding one...
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    There are lots of schools of thought. First -...

    There are lots of schools of thought. First - night clothes. The phrase is, “Cotton Kills.” That refers to using cotton for outer garments. If it gets wet, it stays wet and increases heat loss by...
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    I think many on the short side of the 5 to 6 foot...

    I think many on the short side of the 5 to 6 foot range are comfortable in 10 to 10.5 foot hammocks when camping. So it kind of depends on how quickly and how much you expect the person to grow.
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    >I promptly hung it in my garage to check it out...

    >I promptly hung it in my garage to check it out and as I pulled off the skin, a puddle of water spilled out

    That’s why I moved to mesh. :)
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    Charlotte - according to the hammock hang...

    Charlotte - according to the hammock hang calculator (http://theultimatehang.com/hammock-hang-calculator/) a 14 ft span for an 11 ft hammock (ridgeline about 86% of length) at 16 inches above the...
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    On a hike to Middle Sister (mountain near Bend...

    On a hike to Middle Sister (mountain near Bend OR) one fellow just carried a tarp, ground sheet, and sleeping bag - maybe some non-cook food in a bag. Pretty simple.

    There is not much to...
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    I keep it just in the skin, but separate from...

    I keep it just in the skin, but separate from everything else. Unfortunately (?) I haven’t had to deal with much rain. In my early “go to the summit” years, I dealt with all kinds of weather because...
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    For just a couple of bucks - or free if you have...

    For just a couple of bucks - or free if you have a bicycle shop near by - you can get some innner tube tubing that slides over the buckles on the ridge runner. The “couple of bucks” commercial...
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    I mostly kayak camp so I, as a minimum, carry a...

    I mostly kayak camp so I, as a minimum, carry a plastic ground sheet and a ¾ length Therm-a-rest pad as Plan-B. I’d probably do the same thing - maybe replace the Therm-a-rest with a lighter CCF blue...
  15. Benjamin6264, Thank you for the report. I had a...

    Benjamin6264, Thank you for the report. I had a question, in the UL (ultralight) sub-forum, about the carbon fiber spreader poles. But if you are not a donating member, you can’t see that sub-forum....
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    schris6849, if everything is sold out, your...

    schris6849, if everything is sold out, your friend might have no problem selling that 11 ft Superfly in the Forum and then buying the length he/she wants, albiet having to wait a bit for delivery.
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    You might just need an under quilt protector...

    You might just need an under quilt protector (UQP) on the bottom. Even in the warmer temperatures, it only takes a little breeze to feel the heat loss. Whatever you use on top, you can usually...
  18. new ridge runner vs old model - do you like it?

    For those who have tried both models, the newer having the updated fabric and spreader pole connection, how do you like the new over the old?

    I’m thinking of switching up my older DL 1.7 w/Net to...
  19. I believe this was from a kayak/hammock camping...

    I believe this was from a kayak/hammock camping trip to the San Juans in May a few years back (maybe April :) ). I stopped off at a friend’s house in Seattle.

    These are the times I run the...
  20. Was that coupler from Lowe’s (with the fence...

    Was that coupler from Lowe’s (with the fence rail) or did you order it from the same source as the 90 degree “arms”? I like the eye-bolt hold on the coupler. I’d like to use such stand for a Ridge...
  21. I see you’re from Seattle. What color RAIN tarp...

    I see you’re from Seattle. What color RAIN tarp are you using :)

    Note to readers: Oregon and Washington sort of have a friendly relationship, both identifying with PNW. In Bend we have a touted...
  22. the shock cord's job is to give. If it holds the...

    the shock cord's job is to give. If it holds the tarp’s shape when the wind isn’t blowing, that’s probably good enough. You can always use cord with less give, but there will always be a stronger...
  23. The point of the shock cord on non-DCF tarps was...

    The point of the shock cord on non-DCF tarps was to keep them taut when they would stretch a bit. DCF doesn’t stretch so that reason is out. But there’s another reason. When the unstoppable wind...
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    I picked up a UGQ TQ from the For Sale forum and...

    I picked up a UGQ TQ from the For Sale forum and it is really warm. In fairness to HG, the UGQ has a sewn shut footbox while HG’s is “draw string” (bungee) as per my option.

    If I needed a new...
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    Welcome to the forum. I’m wondering why you are...

    Welcome to the forum. I’m wondering why you are looking for the most opaque tarp? When I got started and was selecting a tarp, I figured I wanted it dark so it would dry more quickly in the sun. A...
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    My body goes from warm to cold until I pee. I...

    My body goes from warm to cold until I pee. I think it’s a “wake up” mechanism for me. I have a friend who used to suffer from night leg cramps after a long hike. Finally she took my suggestion to...
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    Kentmatt - great write up. I was around those...

    Kentmatt - great write up. I was around those waters last year (kayak: Mariner XL). Note that SaltSpring (Ganges Harbor) has a great Saturday Market if you can time your adventure so you are there on...
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    Let’s call the point where the to lines from the...

    Let’s call the point where the to lines from the spreader bars come together as the apex point or apex connector. Different vendors' (WarBonnet, JustBill, etc.) designs suggest different distances...
  29. DIY Stickies pictorial review imagines missing

    It might be my web browser but when I opened the first DIY stickie - pictorial of Locked Brummel - the first post showing the images, the point of the post, the image box said it wasn’t available.
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    What did you do at the pole ends on the ground to...

    What did you do at the pole ends on the ground to keep them from slipping towards each other?
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    Might list what camping gear you already have....

    Might list what camping gear you already have. For example, though an underquilt (UQ) is the preferred “best comfort” option, many have gotten started using their camping pad, albeit in a double...
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    If I wore my diving face mask to block breathing...

    If I wore my diving face mask to block breathing from my nose, and used the diving snorkle with end outside the sock, that would keep the moisture out. Something to try.
  33. If you’re new to hammocks you might find yourself...

    If you’re new to hammocks you might find yourself sleeping soundly on your back. A bed causes pressure points to build up which inspire you to flop. Because of the gentle support characteristics of a...
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    Sorry to push on this - what’s the minimum...

    Sorry to push on this - what’s the minimum distance you need for trees/support? I’m asking because usually a bridge hammock requires more distance that a GE and for that reason I’ve only brought one...
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    I keep my UQP’s on their hammocks all the time....

    I keep my UQP’s on their hammocks all the time. One less thing to decide to - or forget to - bring. One event not mentioned is when you are holding the hammock under your arm to adjust the suspension...
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    Ouch! Why do you think that happened?

    Ouch! Why do you think that happened?
  37. Sounds like bug issues are minimal for you - even...

    Sounds like bug issues are minimal for you - even in rainy Seattle? If so, you might consider a HUG net. That’s like a ¼ net. It has one bungee that can attach to your hammock ridgeline to lift the...
  38. A waterproof top cover would allow condensation...

    A waterproof top cover would allow condensation to form. It’s breathable on purpose. It does provide additional protection from wind direction changes, especially if your tarp doesn’t have doors....
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    As awkward as the conversation might be, you...

    As awkward as the conversation might be, you might discuss bathroom issues and techniques before hand. For example, most information in print mentions squatting, but for my flexibility (or lack of),...
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    Sooooo Beautiful! How far apart do the trees have...

    Sooooo Beautiful! How far apart do the trees have to be? What will you’ll use for a bugnet and UQ?
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    IF you are adventuring where there might not be...

    IF you are adventuring where there might not be trees, where you may need to go to ground, then your pad will work both for the hammock and your ground nights - where you string up a tarp and tuck in...
  42. I wear jammies and light socks. So much easier to...

    I wear jammies and light socks. So much easier to wash pajamas than down. If cold, or out long enough without washing my hair, I also use a balaclava. Another benefit is, in the morning I can just...
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    I found there’s a tendency to set the tarp...

    I found there’s a tendency to set the tarp ridgeline horizontally. There is nothing wrong with that AND there is also no reason it has to be that way. If the tree are a bit too close, you can raise...
  44. Thread: Asym tarps

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    Paradoxically, the Asym-tarp is good for good...

    Paradoxically, the Asym-tarp is good for good weather - as sunblock. Many times I’ve reached my day hike destination and set up for a noontime rest, only to find the sun glaring down at me. In...
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    I’d recommend just using the tree as a separator...

    I’d recommend just using the tree as a separator and putting the hammocks side by side. You run the hammock suspension of one off the right side of the tree and the other hammock off the left side -...
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    You don’t need those hooks/connectors. the bungee...

    You don’t need those hooks/connectors. the bungee suspension usually brings the sides of the UQ above the Hammock body anyway. If you do need lift, you can put an S-biner (even a paper clip would...
  47. Some cottage industry folk mentioned in the forum...

    Some cottage industry folk mentioned in the forum have a 13 ft option on their larger tarps. For example, WarBonnet’s popular SuperFly tarp can be ordered in a 13 ft length. It has some features...
  48. Thread: Tarp length

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    Unless you are using a hammock with a long “V”...

    Unless you are using a hammock with a long “V” suspension length and want to close doors - like the WB RidgeRunner specifically - there is no reason for a longer tarp. One reason I use my GE more...
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    Some measurements need to be more exact than...

    Some measurements need to be more exact than others but most are the “ish” kind. Like the length of the pole connecting cord is 6-ish inches. For pole material there are outlets like Questoutfitters...
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    There are two types of CRL setups. One makes it...

    There are two types of CRL setups. One makes it easy use snake skins, one requires some adjustment. If your CRL wraps around the tree and clips to itself then continues to the other tree, wraps...
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