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    Welcome from Nashville, though I was born and...

    Welcome from Nashville, though I was born and raised right there in Powdersville.

    You've come to the right place for hammock hanging information!

    So glad your wife and daughter enjoy camping...
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    Welcome from Music City!

    Welcome from Music City!
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    Welcome from up the road in Music City.

    Welcome from up the road in Music City.
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    I shop at Harbor Freight and have purchased...

    I shop at Harbor Freight and have purchased straps there for use with kayaks. HF sells some really crappy, cheap, light-weight stuff. I wouldn't trust my own or a child's spine over a rock, root,...
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    What he said, for sure! The angle of a hang is...

    What he said, for sure! The angle of a hang is one of the four major components of calculating failure.
  6. NY-CT> Hiking the AT in NY, May 31-June 5, 2015

    Am headed up to Bear Mountain State Park, NY next weekend to pick up where I left off on the AT last year. Going to hike the 62 miles or so to Kent, CT with a few Nashville and forums friends, doing...
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    Usually if the trees are that far apart, you...

    Usually if the trees are that far apart, you simply can't get the straps high enough on the trees to have a 30-degree angle of hang.

    Glad you were able to work it out!
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    I like the safety margin! LOL

    I like the safety margin! LOL
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    We ran into several big blowdowns on our hike...

    We ran into several big blowdowns on our hike from Yamacraw to Cumberland Falls. One was a chore to get through, and even then we were scratched up. It was along the Big South Fork just before the...
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    Enjoyed the Day 1 video so far. Thanks! I'll be...

    Enjoyed the Day 1 video so far. Thanks! I'll be there in two weeks sectioning from Bear Mountain State Park, NY to Kent.

    Query: Hwy 55 is in Kent??? As I understand my maps, Hwy 55 is...
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    Cheapest for youth would probably be strong line...

    Cheapest for youth would probably be strong line and connect with a Hennessey lashing (his web site shows a video of how to wrap it through the webbing loops). Holds well, easy to "tie," and line...
  12. Dutch sells some good Kevlar 1" straps! By the...

    Dutch sells some good Kevlar 1" straps!

    By the way, the strap material is only one small part of the equation. You have the angle of the hang, whether it's run over any sharp corners/hardware,...
  13. I was there two weeks ago. You could easily hang...

    I was there two weeks ago. You could easily hang around Princess Falls, especially across the creek from the spur trail. Easy to cross.

    I posted a photo album link in my own thread about my...
  14. Thread: 2-inch straps

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    No, you are not over thinking how to sew webbing...

    No, you are not over thinking how to sew webbing when human safety is involved.

    Vertical cavers have studied this long ago, as they hang 100', 200', even 400' or more in the air in harnesses they...
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    Welcome from ... Music City! Jump right in and...

    Welcome from ... Music City! Jump right in and enjoy!

    Let me encourage you to check out Nashville Backpacker on meetup.com. Lots of hammockers (and tenters) and we do several trips a month, if...
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    Welcome to the HF! I think you'll love quilts. ...

    Welcome to the HF! I think you'll love quilts. For me, the biggest improvement was ditching the sleeping pad(s) and making myself an UQ. Sorta saved the day for me. And, a TQ was an improvement...
  17. I post captions with my photos, and that pretty...

    I post captions with my photos, and that pretty much comprises my "trip report." Other members of the group posted photos to the same album, so you'll have to look to see the ones posted by me,...
  18. BLUSH! Personally, I think it blesses me and...

    BLUSH!

    Personally, I think it blesses me and my family as much, if not more, than it blesses the puppy. He's been great this week and is healing, growing, and fitting in with our menagerie of...
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    That's what I do, just spray to moisten, not to...

    That's what I do, just spray to moisten, not to soak as I would for clothing, gear, and hammock. Mostly I spray my TQ, because I do some cowboy camping with it. But both quilts spend some time on...
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    Welcome to the forums. Thanks, of course, for...

    Welcome to the forums. Thanks, of course, for your service!

    I have a hiking buddy who loves winter backpacking and leads trips every winter, especially where he can find snow in the South.
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    Ewker is right! Lots here. Jump right in and...

    Ewker is right! Lots here. Jump right in and enjoy. I'll add "ask questions."

    Rain Man
  22. Indeed we did. A little fellow latched onto us...

    Indeed we did. A little fellow latched onto us and followed us about half a mile during a road walk, from a bridge where we learned locals often dump dogs.

    He was happy to ride atop my backpack...
  23. Trip Report via Photo Albums & Captions

    The weather was awesome for the most part. One night was predicted to be bad, maybe even dangerous, so we bailed for overnight but went right back. My wife saw the full moonbow, with color. I was...
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    I made the same mistake, but was able to pull it...

    I made the same mistake, but was able to pull it back out somehow. Ever since, beads go on for sure. Split rings on existing whoopies that lack beads. Lots of alternative solutions, but the point...
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    I think others have diagnosed your likely problem...

    I think others have diagnosed your likely problem very well. But I'll throw out one tangent, whether in the air or on the ground, you body needs fuel to generate heat while sleeping. A good dinner...
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    Sounds like an awesome father-son time camping!

    Sounds like an awesome father-son time camping!
  27. Drat. I'll be in NY/CT on the Appalachian Trail.

    Drat. I'll be in NY/CT on the Appalachian Trail.
  28. Hasn't happened yet. Leave this Wednesday. :)

    Hasn't happened yet. Leave this Wednesday. :)
  29. KY> Sheltowee Trace - Yamacraw to Cumberland Falls, April 29-May 3, 2015

    Headed out Wednesday to leisurely hike and hang the 32 miles on the Sheltowee Trace in Kentucky from Yamacraw Bridge (where I left off last time) to Cumberland Falls SP to spend the weekend with 39...
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    I made both my DIY UQs parallelograms. Not...

    I made both my DIY UQs parallelograms. Not extreme, but somewhat offset for my diagonal lay.

    The baffles are modified KAROs.
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    Syracuse? Welcome to the ACC!!! Oh, and HF. ...

    Syracuse? Welcome to the ACC!!! Oh, and HF.

    :)
  32. Can you elaborate? No idea what "baffle bulge"...

    Can you elaborate? No idea what "baffle bulge" is.

    If you're thinking that a 48" wide piece of fabric won't cover 48" once filled with down, I agree. If I want a 2" loft, then I treat the quilt...
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    I don't think it's a worthwhile alternative to...

    I don't think it's a worthwhile alternative to whoopie slings... BUT, if you did two buries perhaps? Bury each of the ends in the other lines, separately? Just thinking out loud here. Definitely...
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    Going to the hardware store for "hanging" line is...

    Going to the hardware store for "hanging" line is problematic and a genuine safety concern. Indeed you will not get the product information that you will if you go to sources that sell line intended...
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    Should have at least posted notice on his...

    Should have at least posted notice on his website. Not good.
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    If weight per foot is not a concern, you can get...

    If weight per foot is not a concern, you can get plenty of polyester straps with 3k+ break strength.
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    Welcome from Nashville, Tennessee.

    Welcome from Nashville, Tennessee.
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    DITTO.

    DITTO.
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    Stupid me! I thought everyone did it that way. ...

    Stupid me! I thought everyone did it that way. I've never had a tree strap slide down a tree that I recall.

    Actually, I will admit that when I used the original Hennessey straps and lashings, I...
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    Same here, father of 3, husband of 1, in...

    Same here, father of 3, husband of 1, in Nashville, Tennessee. It's nice to see you youngsters joining HF. Welcome!

    :)
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    I third it.

    I third it.
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    Absolutely. The damage is to the cambium layer...

    Absolutely. The damage is to the cambium layer under the bark. The bark is dead. Damage to the bark is more or less irrelevant. The tree can die weeks/months later, after the hammocker is long...
  43. "A little piece of down"? That happens on all my...

    "A little piece of down"? That happens on all my down garments and bags, whether DIY or retail. Nothing to be concerned with.
  44. Thread: Frozen head

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    LOL... so, was Sarah a good trip organizer?! ...

    LOL... so, was Sarah a good trip organizer?!

    Rain Man

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    I use the plastic ones. Tried the metal, but...

    I use the plastic ones. Tried the metal, but they didn't work, so went back to plastic.

    Only use for the end/ridge lines, not the side tie-outs. Use little triangle plastic cams for the sides.
  46. I'm gonna have to wait closer to the time to pull...

    I'm gonna have to wait closer to the time to pull the trigger. That next Wednesday I start a 5-day hike on the Sheltowee Trace in Kentucky. Not sure I can be gone from home 7 days out of 9 just...
  47. Thread: Frozen head

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    I have a Nashville Backpacker Meetup.com group...

    I have a Nashville Backpacker Meetup.com group that will be there tomorrow (Saturday) night. I'd plan on it being 3-5 degrees colder up there than in Wartburg, but the real "problem," if any, is...
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    Welcome to HF! Very nice pics! Do you have a...

    Welcome to HF! Very nice pics! Do you have a big problem with mosquitoes? Or, a problem with big mosquitoes? LOL
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    We were resupplied (by family & friends) at the...

    We were resupplied (by family & friends) at the Bad Creek Access area. There is a closed gate after-hours to the access road and parking area. However, it has a call box and can be opened by remote...
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    You could look into "Wonder" Tape at a sewing...

    You could look into "Wonder" Tape at a sewing shop. I've used it for DIY quilts.
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