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    I used a Thermorest pillow for quite a few trips....

    I used a Thermorest pillow for quite a few trips. I just made a DYI pillow that is about 92 grams, which is considerably light than 280 for the Thermorest..I'll use my homemade pillow when needing to...
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    I use MSR Needle stakes that are very minimalist....

    I use MSR Needle stakes that are very minimalist. If one doesn't hold in a certain hanging location, I just put a rock on top of it. You might find this analysis of interest:...
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    Welcome from Huntsville.

    Welcome from Huntsville.
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    RJC is correct. If you lay directly on a...

    RJC is correct. If you lay directly on a Reflectix pad in the hammock, you will get moist from the condensation even though it is warm. I keep a short piece in my Mariposa backpack sit pad pocket,...
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    Poll: My first underquilt was a DYI Insultex that is...

    My first underquilt was a DYI Insultex that is about 48" x 60". When you use the good old Pythagorean Theorem, it works out to 76" on the diagonal. I'm 6'2" and can just get my heals inside the...
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    I'm 6 foot 2 inches and I can tell you the 11...

    I'm 6 foot 2 inches and I can tell you the 11 foot hammock will be more comfortable. I have both 11 ft and 11ft DIY hammocks. My journey went Byers Moskito > ENO SN> ENO DN and finally DIY everything.
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    Finished 1 of 2 Fronkey bug nets and voting for...

    Finished 1 of 2 Fronkey bug nets and voting for you! Thanks much and good luck.
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    Down vs synthetic

    Often the answer is "both." I started with a synthetic sleeping bag and a pad... But it wasn't very comfortable. Then I built an Insultex 40ish degree under quilt. I also snagged an old down down...
  9. Fronkey's original video stated the fabric...

    Fronkey's original video stated the fabric calculation should be hammock length x .83 (ridge line) times 2 + 6 inches. That means a 12 ft hammock would need 10.2 feet for a bug net if you use .83 for...
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    I agree with PapaSmurf. Nothing wrong with an ENO...

    I agree with PapaSmurf. Nothing wrong with an ENO if it works for you. I did move to a longer hammock because I am 6'2." I also don't always sleep in the "approved" position. If sinuses are...
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    I have a bug net to sew first, then a hex tarp to...

    I have a bug net to sew first, then a hex tarp to replace my ENO Pro Fly. I think I will also will use the Fronkey measurements with a 84 inch side. I can't wait to start my second tarp build...
  12. I also like browse everytrail.com where people...

    I also like browse everytrail.com where people log trips with photos and GPS. You can also find free topos and some trails for your GPS at gpsfiledepot.com.
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    I went with the Thermorest with the foam stars...

    I went with the Thermorest with the foam stars inside. It is a bit bulky but reasonably light and warm in winter (I have a torso length underquilt so this extends my length). I have bought and tried...
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    Going to Ground

    In a pinch, you could use a space blanket or a piece of cheap (light) drop cloth plastic from you local paint department. Hammock on top of the groundcloth. Use trekking poles staked at an angle to...
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    Thanks Yukon! I see that you found my previous...

    Thanks Yukon! I see that you found my previous account mentioned above and merged them. Sorry for the trouble!
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    Yes I made a new account. I had 94 posts as Brad...

    Yes I made a new account. I had 94 posts as Brad but I also became a donating member. No worries, though.
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    Thinking of changing my screen name

    Dang...I changed and started over at zero... At least I'm back up to 50 posts...
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    My stakes are pretty minimal... MSR Needle stakes...

    My stakes are pretty minimal... MSR Needle stakes I got with the last tent I ever bought (MSR Zoid 2). Now I just use the stakes. It they are not enough to do the job, I set a rock on top of the...
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    Welcome from the Rocket City (Huntsville, AL)!

    Welcome from the Rocket City (Huntsville, AL)!
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    Welcome to the addiction RP! I started with a...

    Welcome to the addiction RP! I started with a small Beyers and an ENO single nest. I upgraded or a double and found it to be quits suitable. Then the journey began. I swapped out their heavy...
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    Welcome to the addiction! Being almost 6' 2",...

    Welcome to the addiction!

    Being almost 6' 2", I will echo the advice on a longer hammock. The separate bug net is nice because you can leave it behind in winter, if you wish. If you weigh much...
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    Welcome from Huntsville. Enjoy the addiction!

    Welcome from Huntsville. Enjoy the addiction!
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    Underquilt cost.

    You are able to trade industry for dollars in some cases... But many variables affect your success. I looked for awhile to grab an old down sleeping bag on eBay and bought premade shells for two...
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    Ditto on camping near a creek. In the Sipsey...

    Ditto on camping near a creek. In the Sipsey Wilderness, most seem to be spring fed and quite cool. Therefore, we take a swim not long before bed. It cools your core temperature down, plus you get...
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    88495 Here is a winter photo of the top half...

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    Here is a winter photo of the top half of the big tree. I was standing on the canyon rim when I took it. It is not far from the bottom of the falls. Since I live to the east, we often start...
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    Sticky: Hey Jacko. I pleated all of my materials before...

    Hey Jacko. I pleated all of my materials before assembly (I used an upper and lower shell and three layers of IX).

    The IX underquilt is good to near 40F in my estimation. It is almost too warm at...
  27. That is a great sunset photo with you rig!

    That is a great sunset photo with you rig!
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    I have been thinking of making a leash for my...

    I have been thinking of making a leash for my dog... For camping. There have been situations where I needed to clip her to a line run between two trees temporarily like when a group if hikers are in...
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    Welcome to the forum!

    Welcome to the forum!
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    Welcome to the forums. You have a beautiful...

    Welcome to the forums. You have a beautiful family.
  31. Welcome! If you don't have trees in your yard,...

    Welcome! If you don't have trees in your yard, check out the stands in the DIY section. They are a great way to test your setup.
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    Great trip report and photos! My son and his...

    Great trip report and photos! My son and his friend (16) plan to try a Dad free trek and hammock camp soon.

    Camping with a dog is the best!
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    The Sipsey is one of my favorite and most...

    The Sipsey is one of my favorite and most frequented locations. The grunting you heard was most likely a deer. We were night hiking to the big tree from the Borden Creek trail head once (about 5...
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    Welcome from the Rocket City! You will love this...

    Welcome from the Rocket City! You will love this addiction...
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    I weigh 210. I have a single layer 1.1 Marpat...

    I weigh 210. I have a single layer 1.1 Marpat (you can see through it somewhat) and one made from DIY Gear 1.3 Coyote Brown. That one is a little less see through.

    Both are holding up well. I...
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    I built two top quilts with these types of...

    I built two top quilts with these types of jackets. They have less loft than my Marmot jacket I wear when camping. We found them to be a little too warm at 60 F and work fine in the mid 40s F.

    At...
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    Thanks for the great video. I have made an 11...

    Thanks for the great video. I have made an 11 foot hammock which I really found to be more comfortable. I think I will not shorten my 4 yards on my next DIY hammock and see how it works for me.
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    Gi-normous Hammock Tent Sighting

    I would never want to carry this on my back, but had to share this post my wife found on Viral Nova... :scared:

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=253755598133186

    I almost wonder if they...
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    It really doesn't matter how good your underquilt...

    It really doesn't matter how good your underquilt is if your top cover is substandard. You can get cold from the top or bottom.

    Get a good UQ and a top quilt. You will be much happier.
  40. Thanks for sharing with HF! Entered for the...

    Thanks for sharing with HF!

    Entered for the win :)
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    I hang there often. Thanksgiving weekend was my...

    I hang there often. Thanksgiving weekend was my last trip to the Sipsey.

    If you go from the Northwest, you should be able to cross the creeks.

    East side: From the Borden Creek trailhead, the...
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    Just like we tell folks that Alabama is full of...

    Just like we tell folks that Alabama is full of moonshiners and that we all live in double-wides. :)
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    Good luck out there! Any night hanging is a good...

    Good luck out there! Any night hanging is a good night!

    Let us know how it went tomorrow.
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    What a great story BigSilver! That is why I took...

    What a great story BigSilver! That is why I took both of my kids camping so many times.

    To the OP: once your son has his own hammock, I bet he will be on fire to take it camping.
  45. At 60f/16c you should carry something to put...

    At 60f/16c you should carry something to put under your backside. If you don't take take a pad, at least take a small sit pad or a square of Reflectix.

    (I fold up about 3 feet/1 meter of...
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    :lol: I kept my work area down to snow shower...

    :lol: I kept my work area down to snow shower level somehow. My wife has been very tolerant of my takeover of her thread injector and my constant search for down or bargain bin ripstop.
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    I wish I had thought to ask a local shop for a...

    I wish I had thought to ask a local shop for a bent arrow! I bought a blank from ****'s Sporting Goods.

    I think I will ask around for a couple before I get started on my next project.

    I...
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    Wow. Almost to a hundred! Count me in and thank...

    Wow. Almost to a hundred! Count me in and thank you for your generosity.

    This post also gives some good ideas for my "after Christmas" list.
  49. Welcome from the rocket city! Jnunniv: thank...

    Welcome from the rocket city!

    Jnunniv: thank you for your service.
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    I have larger headlamps, but now I only take my...

    I have larger headlamps, but now I only take my Petzl E+LIte. It is small, light, and has 26 lumens of output. Plus I can carry extra 2032 batteries without much weight added.

    Includes both white...
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