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  1. Well, CB posted to the Gorge Rat forum this...

    Well, CB posted to the Gorge Rat forum this morning, so he is definitely doing better. He sounds in good spirits.

    DavyRay
  2. If anyone is interested in returning to Grayson...

    If anyone is interested in returning to Grayson Highlands in a week or two, just comment here, or send me a PM. The porta-potty will be there for another couple of weeks, I think.
  3. Marci said the GHSP phones and internet would...

    Marci said the GHSP phones and internet would probably be out until Monday. If we want to meet up there soon, we should communicate with the rangers first. Don't know when that will be possible. Who...
  4. Good advice, Slowhike. I'm really sorry you can't...

    Good advice, Slowhike. I'm really sorry you can't make it. You'll be missed. It's a good thing that you have trained so many of us in advanced tarp deployment.

    I am bringing my spare Amsteel. At...
  5. I am bringing extra tarp cordage.

    I am bringing extra tarp cordage.
  6. EDIT: The emerald ash borer only affects Ash...

    EDIT: The emerald ash borer only affects Ash trees, but all of NC and VA are potentially infested. My area was not on the quarantined map the last time I checked.
  7. 1) Park at the group site. The people hiking to...

    1) Park at the group site. The people hiking to Thomas Knob on Thursday are parking in the backpacker's lot for just that night. The AT is closer from there anyway.
    2) Camp store will be closed....
  8. I had a blast! Lovely time, with great people and...

    I had a blast! Lovely time, with great people and not-so-great weather. We have lots of fun whether it rains or not.
    Thanks to Hotlips and Kingsford for the organizing, the massive kitchen, rain...
  9. I have not heard that the rangers there were...

    I have not heard that the rangers there were especially difficult. Just use tree straps of decent width to protect the bark.
  10. I may be able to rig up an inverter and some...

    I may be able to rig up an inverter and some cables. Let me see what I can arrange..
  11. Batten down the hatches! Where were you...

    Batten down the hatches!

    Where were you hanging? I may get back to GHSP some day soon.
  12. Some of our group decided to use hammock stands...

    Some of our group decided to use hammock stands to make use of otherwise wasted space. The park built these bizarre pads all over the group camping area. I think they are intended for t*nts. Gravel...
  13. The usual suspects stayed late, to clean up the...

    The usual suspects stayed late, to clean up the site and take down Son of Big Blue. We had less than the usual amount of stuff to clean up, both "donated" food and stuff left inadvertently. Also must...
  14. Well, Cakes, with newbies, we'll wrap them in...

    Well, Cakes, with newbies, we'll wrap them in wool and give them warm baked potatoes to put by their toes in the hammock for those chilly nights.
  15. Cakes, I am bringing two of the little...

    Cakes,

    I am bringing two of the little Ultimate Hang cards. I will also print a few copies of the larger image, since Derek gave his permission.

    We have had a good time in the past, even with...
  16. Wow! That sounds great. Slowhike are staying...

    Wow! That sounds great. Slowhike are staying over, leaving Monday. I am having some interesting personal transitions, and have started to note that they seem to coincide with lunar events.
    I am just...
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    I will have my BD hiking poles with me. You are...

    I will have my BD hiking poles with me. You are welcome to try them out. I have had them a long time.
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    I can't figure out how to get Google maps to show...

    I can't figure out how to get Google maps to show GPS coordinates, but here is the address that works for directions.

    Center for Wildlife Education and Fish Hatchery
    1401 Fish Hatchery Rd
    Pisgah...
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    I had a few problems with pads. A one-piece pad...

    I had a few problems with pads. A one-piece pad which is thick enough to be effective is large and bulky. If the pad does not compress underneath you, it insulates well, but it's not compressible....
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    We had tarps. ...

    We had tarps.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4XLDO-vaMo
    I think we learned quite a bit about tarps. I learned that I have to get much better at staking out my Old Man Winter tarp. It got quite...
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    Waterproof on top. Breathable below. Always....

    Waterproof on top. Breathable below.

    Always.

    Spray a water hose on your rig. Do you want it to fill up and crash to the ground?
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    I've got an Old Man Winter, and love it. Any...

    I've got an Old Man Winter, and love it. Any large tarp will do the job. Just make sure you get something with doors on it for the best cold weather use.
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    This is a very good idea. If you use a second...

    This is a very good idea. If you use a second hammock to protect your UQ, just leave a bit of slack in-between. It's more important to have the wind barrier close than it is to have it in contact....
  24. I plan to attend. I hope Slowhike can meke it,...

    I plan to attend.
    I hope Slowhike can meke it, and of course, the girls Lo and Laura.
    If I have time, I will mod a Kelty down bag to serve as a top quilt. The K-Mart fleece I used in the fall hang...
  25. Thread: Why camo?

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    A few months ago, I was at Wally World shopping...

    A few months ago, I was at Wally World shopping for arrows. The 32" aluminum arrows with field tip were $4.50 each. In camo, they were $5.50 each. Go figure.
  26. I don't think that wool is better than a...

    I don't think that wool is better than a synthetic polyester base layer.
  27. If this person who accuses you of having Gear...

    If this person who accuses you of having Gear Acquisition Syndrome has more pair of shoes than you do, you should reconsider the situation.
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    Insultex does not compress much, but it works...

    Insultex does not compress much, but it works really well. If you can stand the bulk, it delivers warmth. The only question I have is about your tarp. The 20 degree F bag is okay. I just wonder about...
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    Congratulations! Just when does it warm up in...

    Congratulations!

    Just when does it warm up in Ontario?
  30. My most recent gathered-end hammock is polyester...

    My most recent gathered-end hammock is polyester fabric. I will weigh it and post the results. I think it is similar in thickness to the Grand Trunk Ultralight I have, which is a polyester fabric...
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    What about beads, at intervals, strung on the...

    What about beads, at intervals, strung on the Amsteel. Each bead could be tied to a location on the ridgeline by simply making a thread loop through the amsteel to keep it in place. For each bead,...
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    You, sir, are a smartass. It's better than being...

    You, sir, are a smartass. It's better than being a dumbass by far.:lol:

    I would try making shorts of tyvek, but the members here keep talking about kilts, so I'm having trouble making up my mind...
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    Cool beans, dude. You are one of us. The cottage...

    Cool beans, dude. You are one of us. The cottage vendor guys are pretty cool. I know a few of them to talk to face-to-face. Really nice people. As Pgibson said, it is a really busy time of the year. ...
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    I've got an Egyptian cotton pup tent I got from...

    I've got an Egyptian cotton pup tent I got from L.L. Bean in the 1970s. Anyone want it? The floor is PU coated. There is just a little mold on the canvas parts. First offer gets it!

    Recycling can...
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    Just threaten to sue them. Your sleep is...

    Just threaten to sue them. Your sleep is undoubtedly being affected, no doubt your love life as well. It's a lifestyle choice.

    They need so see their names in the papers.
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    My sit pad is a FedEx tyvek large shipping...

    My sit pad is a FedEx tyvek large shipping envelope, cut open to make a butterfly shape. I radiused the corners. It keeps my shorts from getting wet when I stop to sit on a rock while resting or...
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    Yes. If you have not gotten any feedback on your...

    Yes. If you have not gotten any feedback on your order by now, walk away.
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    You are not the only one with UCRs which slip a...

    You are not the only one with UCRs which slip a tad. Welcome to the club. Glad you are having so much fun with your DIY gear.

    Congrats!
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    Actually, the weight and stress you could apply...

    Actually, the weight and stress you could apply to a tree is proportional to its diameter. A large diameter tree will see less pounds per square inch of force for your hang angle and weight.

    Say...
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    That child is having way too much fun. Is she a...

    That child is having way too much fun. Is she a member? She ought to be.

    Shug, are you watching?
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    It is good insulation. But, this stuff does not...

    It is good insulation. But, this stuff does not compress, so takes up some space in a pack. I have used it between layers in a double layer hammock. Works great. In the cold, it is just breathable...
  42. Thread: fire hose uses

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    Suspenders for lederhosen.

    Suspenders for lederhosen.
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    Now you tell us!

    Now you tell us!
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    I was recently considering the possible value of...

    I was recently considering the possible value of a curtain to the ground for cold weather camping. If you create a still air space below the hammock, the insulation you have might be more effective....
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    That is in an oxygen deprived environment. The...

    That is in an oxygen deprived environment. The problem is that sometimes people get sealed up in a tent with too much snow present. The snow absorbs the CO2, and the oxygen is depleted, and the...
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    That is a good point. Just add some guy lines at...

    That is a good point. Just add some guy lines at the appropriate corners. That should keep it from being so tippy. It will make it slightly more complicated to set up, but will make your ancient 1965...
  47. For the conditions, you were not especially well...

    For the conditions, you were not especially well insulated.

    All 30 degree synthetic bags I have used were way optimistic in their ratings. Most assume that the 30 degrees is outside your tent,...
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    v I have only a zero degree UQ. I use sleeping...

    v

    I have only a zero degree UQ. I use sleeping bags on the upper side. I have a 15 degree bag and a 40 degree bag. I think it is easy to vent the UQ for moderate temperatures.

    This is not the...
  49. Thread: Shelter Name

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    You could start with some of your own ideas, if...

    You could start with some of your own ideas, if this is going to be multiple choice.

    Otherwise, you will have to choose a method. The usual naming methods are:
    1. Name it after the inventor.
    2....
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    Outside. I have one on my back bumper.

    Outside. I have one on my back bumper.
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