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  1. I'm 5'9" and use short (55" and 65") UQs down to...

    I'm 5'9" and use short (55" and 65") UQs down to 20°F because I'm fine employing a CCF sit pad to insulate my lower legs and heels.

    Some people are annoyed by the shock cord in the lower leg area...
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    When I got into the UL philosophy a little over...

    When I got into the UL philosophy a little over 10 years ago, as a ground dweller, I got a 50deg rated quilt with a zipper/cinch footbox thinking it'd be really handy for venting. Truth is, I've used...
  3. I should add that the AHE HUG weighs 6.52oz...

    I should add that the AHE HUG weighs 6.52oz (185g... in its stuff sack) on my digital scale.

    A bit more than advertised, but the mosquitoes were pretty thick and not one got through. I think they...
  4. I tried the AHE HUG bug net a couple of nights...

    I tried the AHE HUG bug net a couple of nights ago and it works great! I also have a Dutch Half Wit with built-in HUG and it also works well, but it's nice to have a separate net (AHE) for those...
  5. If you mean these...

    If you mean these, there's nothing wrong with them if you like the method of attaching to hammock, which they don't really show, and can live with the 8' length of each one, which might be...
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    A good mountain weather resource...

    A good mountain weather resource Mountain-Forecast, here for Lafayette... although mountain weather can be very fickle, especially the Whites.

    Always expect wind, however, any time of the year....
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    The pack is something of a Catch-22... at over...

    The pack is something of a Catch-22... at over 7lbs it is one of the things seriously contributing to the load, so switching to a 2lb pack would cut over 5lb from the total, which in Gramlandia is...
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    I like some sort of ridgeline organizer, and the...

    I like some sort of ridgeline organizer, and the HG version is good but any with some stitches to make 2-3 pockets is good IMO. It's really the only accessory I use for the hammock when backpacking,...
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    Hi tintin_snowy, Please take a look at my 0deg...

    Hi tintin_snowy,

    Please take a look at my 0deg list that I linked a few posts above. There are still some things in your list that you don't need and other things that you really (really!) need...
  10. True this. With marginally rated suspension...

    True this. With marginally rated suspension webbing and/or slightly suspect trees, especially birch and a couple of other species.

    And I totally agree it's HYOH and most people probably already...
  11. Personally, I like the idea of separate hammocks...

    Personally, I like the idea of separate hammocks and quilts because I can mix/match as conditions require.

    If you ever need something in a hurry, one of our vendors — Simply Light Designs — has...
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    Good point... assuming you're able to stay on the...

    Good point... assuming you're able to stay on the trail without injury for a few or several months, fitness is a given.

    For most of us (or maybe I should just speak for myself) I guess it's like...
  13. Grrr... leaving it on the trail — double bummer!...

    Grrr... leaving it on the trail — double bummer! Well maybe somebody else is enjoying it. :shades:

    So far it's the only filter that has earned a permanent spot on my gear list.
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    I concur that the specs look very impressive for...

    I concur that the specs look very impressive for that tarp. Cordage for ridge and guy lines is going to add about 3-4 oz so the total will come in right around a pound, which ain't half bad! :laugh:
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    Ah, okay... that makes a lot of sense regarding...

    Ah, okay... that makes a lot of sense regarding the wraps. Yep, 3 wraps is starting to get a bit problematic if up/down adjustment is needed.
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    Looks as if you've been doing the right thing all...

    Looks as if you've been doing the right thing all along. It has given me some food for thought, at least. :cool:

    Funny thing, when I was playing with the other single wrap and V adjustment and so...
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    I would like to hear your perspective about how...

    I would like to hear your perspective about how such a long journey with so much time in the hills changes your outlook (or maybe it doesn't?) when you get back to 'civilization' and working life.
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  18. Also a question... you mentioned something about...

    Also a question... you mentioned something about the BeFree filter and I'm not sure if you meant you couldn't find it for the trip or if it quit working for some reason. Is yours still working OK or...
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    They worked great with the recommended Dutch...

    They worked great with the recommended Dutch Spider-Poly straps.

    However I was still in the experimental/learning phase at that point and I moved on to something else that was less bulky and...
  20. Beautiful video, and the drone footage is...

    Beautiful video, and the drone footage is stunning! Makes me think of the Aerial America shows on Smithsonian channel... I really appreciate how stable it was in those obviously high winds! There's...
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    No worries. :cool: Yes, I saw the other thread...

    No worries. :cool:

    Yes, I saw the other thread about buckles but I didn't comment there because I have almost no experience with them except for Beetle Buckles which I used for a short while.
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    I just read back through every post in this...

    I just read back through every post in this thread, and while I'm sorry that you feel the way that you do I just don't see the justification for it.

    As with many threads, enthusiastic proponents...
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    That's what Dutch recommends for the Dutch Clip....

    That's what Dutch recommends for the Dutch Clip.


    https://youtu.be/uWFmbxXQG9o

    For me, it makes it awkward to also align the tarp ridge line off to the side so I'll continue centering the...
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    Ha! Thanks for figuring that out. :cool: I...

    Ha! Thanks for figuring that out. :cool: I actually do love graphs... after someone else has done the heavy lifting to crunch the numbers.

    Yeah, I think those webbing ratings are all 'straight'...
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    I've read about this technique and have used it a...

    I've read about this technique and have used it a couple of times when I had to use an Amsteel dog bone to extend the strap. Not sure how much good it does, but the same thing can be done with the...
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    Empirically, perhaps one could make a rough,...

    Empirically, perhaps one could make a rough, direct measurement using a luggage scale to tug the straps right where they contact the tree. With somebody in the hammock, of course. Which would require...
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    I agree completely with this perspective; I...

    I agree completely with this perspective; I sometimes feel that folks abandon things a little (or far!) too quickly. But it isn't just knots... people seem struggle with various hardware bits and...
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    Not sure that I do, however if one is worried...

    Not sure that I do, however if one is worried about strap pressure on the tree there's less of it with the V than there is when a knot, Evo loop or other hardware is cinched right up to the tree.
    ...
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    Haha! Probably won't switch but I like to play...

    Haha! Probably won't switch but I like to play with this stuff because I never know what I might be missing! But even if I don't use it, it's nice to file away in my noggin. I'm sure I've stolen at...
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    One picture being worth 1K words... here's 2K...

    One picture being worth 1K words... here's 2K :laugh: To maintain the V config, however, requires a fixed knot and not an Evo loop, slipped buntline or other sliding friction knot. Bowline would be...
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    Correct, just a V at the tree end. I'll do some...

    Correct, just a V at the tree end. I'll do some pics when I get a round tuit. :)

    I thought I was done experimenting but I reckon I'm not!
  32. I agree on the UQ rating... it should at least...

    I agree on the UQ rating... it should at least match or exceed expected ambient temperatures.

    However, for more than 30 years I have been using down parka and down pants to supplement a...
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    Welcome! And I have to say the title grabbed...

    Welcome!

    And I have to say the title grabbed me... in a "OH, NO!!!" kinda way! :scared: Pretty tough way to exit this world, with several tons of cactus piled upon you!

    Yes, even in AZ, even at...
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    I've been using 10' straps for a while but might...

    I've been using 10' straps for a while but might have to re-think this if I'm going to multi-wrap *and* make a longer V!

    Or maybe just leave well-enough alone? Grrrr....
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    I agree that the Prusik is not the best knot for...

    I agree that the Prusik is not the best knot for all materials, definitely not for zing-it/lash-it in my experience. I've also experimented with Klemheist and Hedden, and they also presented the same...
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    My take is that this might be true if the bark...

    My take is that this might be true if the bark had little or no friction and the strap were free to naturally equalize the forces. So it might apply to some extent to trees with smooth bark.

    What...
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    As a side note, you don't have to wait for things...

    As a side note, you don't have to wait for things to dry out before continuing your hike. Shake it out as best you can and then stow it; it won't ruin it. And you'll certainly have to deploy it...
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    tintin_snowy, very glad you found the reply...

    tintin_snowy, very glad you found the reply useful.

    I won't go into everything on your list since it would be getting perilously close to off-topic for this sub forum, but there are some items...
  39. Lol, well ultimately UL is about want vs need,...

    Lol, well ultimately UL is about want vs need, and this is sounding more like a need. :cool: I don't hesitate to carry more cordage or modify things if necessary.

    Admittedly I don't know anything...
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    Wow, almost there! :cool: Congrats on the...

    Wow, almost there! :cool:

    Congrats on the accomplishment, and thanks for taking us along. It has been so interesting following your journey and watching the landscape change during your trip.
  41. Thread: Will it work?

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    Putting a pad — air or foam — into a GE hammock...

    Putting a pad — air or foam — into a GE hammock is IMVHO a big step backward from the whole notion of getting a hammock in the first place.

    I tried it (air mat) early on, and even when I managed...
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    Sticky: For my suspension I use Kevlar webbing and knots...

    For my suspension I use Kevlar webbing and knots tied directly to the hammock continuous loops and find that the knots alone suffice as a water breaks.

    As Shug demonstrates in his video, any sort...
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    I agree. As that gear list stands, by the time...

    I agree. As that gear list stands, by the time actual weights of food, water and fuel (consumables) are added, OP will reach a pack weight north of 40lbs.

    There are ways to reduce that quite a...
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    IMLO (in my limited opinion:shades:) direction...

    IMLO (in my limited opinion:shades:) direction doesn't matter, but it matters greatly that the unloaded end of the bury always remains under tension. But that's "UCR 101" and if you're already...
  45. Could you simply use longer cord for the tarp...

    Could you simply use longer cord for the tarp ridgeline?
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    10D compresses a LOT smaller than 20D, and of...

    10D compresses a LOT smaller than 20D, and of course it's considerably lighter. Important if you're involved in backpacking or other self-propelled adventures where space and weight are concerns.
    ...
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    That is an accurate assessment. I used it on a 3-...

    That is an accurate assessment. I used it on a 3- or 4-night trip some years back and it was better than nothing, but just barely. [/COLOR]:(

    And this was when I was a regular ground sleeper....
  48. For *that* I'd use some 6mm climbing utility rope...

    For *that* I'd use some 6mm climbing utility rope and a small climbing pulley. Clearly, you're not quibbling over grams in this scenario! :)
  49. Thread: Pole mod

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    If you're backpacking, you can use trekking...

    If you're backpacking, you can use trekking poles.

    https://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/7/4/1/1/4/suprfly_trekpole_01.jpg
  50. Thread: Touch Me Not

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    Oooohhh... I've gotta try the creme brulee!

    Oooohhh... I've gotta try the creme brulee!
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