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  1. I picked up the fixins for a breakfast bake and...

    I picked up the fixins for a breakfast bake and the biggest beef roast they had. Also grabbed some extra coffee, tortillas & Frank's Red Hot. I'll bring the grill tripod, dutch oven and small...
  2. I've never been there before. Is it worth...

    I've never been there before. Is it worth bringing the kayak and fishing gear?
  3. You know it. I had it out yesterday for a beef...

    You know it. I had it out yesterday for a beef roast. That might be a good one to redo for this trip. 133373
  4. I need to get in on this one. Hopefully I'll...

    I need to get in on this one. Hopefully I'll make it Friday, but if not count me in by Saturday morning.
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    Good advice - thanks. Maybe I'll try to figure...

    Good advice - thanks. Maybe I'll try to figure something out with a shop vac and nylons in the garage.
  6. Only someone from the Great Lakes area can say...

    Only someone from the Great Lakes area can say temp will be between 50 and 85 with a straight face and get no argument from anyone because it's the truth. Welcome to the forum.
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    Hoping I got a deal on down

    Anyone recycle a down comforter? Label says 2+ lbs of 800 fill that I got for $10. I'm hoping it's the start of a new underquilt and more down than feathers.
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    Welcome from Rockford. See you on the trail.

    Welcome from Rockford. See you on the trail.
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    Welcome from Grand Rapids. The wallet definitely...

    Welcome from Grand Rapids. The wallet definitely feels the hit from this addiction.
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    Just sent it. Thank you!

    Just sent it. Thank you!
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    North Manitou

    Would anyone happen to have any GPS coordinants or .gpx files for N Manitou that they would be willing to share? I'm heading up there for the 1st time in June and want to make sure we don't miss the...
  12. Brown 1lb sausage in Dutchoven - drain Stir in...

    Brown 1lb sausage in Dutchoven - drain
    Stir in bag of frozen hash brown, a cup or so of diced onion and bell pepper.
    Scramble 12 eggs with salt/pepper and pour over the top.
    Give it a couple...
  13. Hello and welcome from Grand Rapids.

    Hello and welcome from Grand Rapids.
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    Thanks. I winged it. Made a tube for the body,...

    Thanks. I winged it. Made a tube for the body, cut circles that an online circumference calculator sized for me, and the cat cut bands were tacked to the circles.

    The bands were the tricky part....
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    DIY compression bag

    I've been trying to come up with projects to get better at sewing without Too much material expense.

    Stitching is still not pro quality, but I learned a few things and had a good time.

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  16. Just found out my wife is having minor surgery...

    Just found out my wife is having minor surgery the Thursday before this trip. 25 years of marriage has taught me that there is no surgery minor enough that a weekend of hammocks and camp fire...
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    Looks like a great trip!

    Looks like a great trip!
  18. Absolutely. This time I might remember to...

    Absolutely. This time I might remember to actually bring the marinated pork loin as well. :)
  19. This is starting to make the list as long as we...

    This is starting to make the list as long as we are not as cold as last year. I have the Dutch oven seasoned and ready for some bacon!
  20. Show up with a hammock, some insulation, bacon...

    Show up with a hammock, some insulation, bacon and a pan to cook it in and you will be all set. :) if you are new this is a great chance for help dialing in your 4 season kit. I'm always surprised...
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    Sounds like a great trip. I think we are going...

    Sounds like a great trip. I think we are going to visit N Manitou for the 1st time this Summer.
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    Sure is. I had the surgery 4 years ago and feel...

    Sure is. I had the surgery 4 years ago and feel like a new man. Prior I'd get winded getting the mail and have since started backpacking and hiking. It's been an unbelievable change that I thank...
  23. My TX trip is early in the month so I may try to...

    My TX trip is early in the month so I may try to make it if the weather is a bit more mild than last year. I have a friend from the jordan hang making me a down top quilt that will help. -27 is...
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    Welcome from MI. I've spent a lot of time up in...

    Welcome from MI. I've spent a lot of time up in Lisle and Naperville and have had some heart surgery (just a valve repair)
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    You won't be disappointed!

    You won't be disappointed!
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    I got a WD a few weeks ago and it has snaps on...

    I got a WD a few weeks ago and it has snaps on the doors. 40+ MPH wind gusts the 1st night I had it in the woods and it held up great. Mine is made from PU4000 which i highly recommend. 3 nights in...
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    Agreed! Great stuff!

    Agreed! Great stuff!
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    Welcome from a bit north of Grand Rapids

    Welcome from a bit north of Grand Rapids
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    Took it out last weekend and it is awesome. Big...

    Took it out last weekend and it is awesome. Big thumbs up for the PU4000. We had lows in the upper 20's, along with a bunch of rain, sleet and snow and even with the doors closed there was no issue...
  30. My daughter did the return trip in crocs a couple...

    My daughter did the return trip in crocs a couple years ago after depth testing some ankle deep swamp mud in her trail runners on our way out. Definetly not the best way to walk out but better than...
  31. I don't think I've ever spent 3 days in the woods...

    I don't think I've ever spent 3 days in the woods and come out weighing more than when I started. It will be on the "must attend" list for next year.
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    Took it out this weekend and gave it a good test....

    Took it out this weekend and gave it a good test. We had 40 mph gusts and rain the 1st night and while a couple of the heavier blows pulled out some heat it quickly heated back up. I'd blame that...
  33. Had a great time! Looking forward to the pictures.

    Had a great time! Looking forward to the pictures.
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    I haven't heard of a draft collar on an...

    I haven't heard of a draft collar on an underquilt but like the concept. Is it just a thicker band on the ends that is 3-4 inches wide?
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    Correct. Baffles in down are like quilting. It...

    Correct. Baffles in down are like quilting. It keeps everything from clumping together in one area and leaving no insulation in others. I like Apex because it also doesn't need quilting to stay...
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    I tried something I haven't seen with the way I...

    I tried something I haven't seen with the way I sewed the sides. It's hard to explain so I drew a picture. I sewed this down both sides and left the ends open. Then turned it inside out separating...
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    If you have the time and can make the drive you...

    If you have the time and can make the drive you are welcome to join up for the group hang this weekend at the Pinney Bridge campground.

    Here is the order list from my Ripstop by the roll order:...
  38. I'm suddenly wishing I had Jameson, Kahlua,...

    I'm suddenly wishing I had Jameson, Kahlua, Bailys and just a dash of Frangelico in my cupboard. :)
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    Agreed on the compression and thanks. I wanted...

    Agreed on the compression and thanks. I wanted to see how small it would go.
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    Nice work! Wow!

    Nice work! Wow!
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    1st project complete. Apex underquilt.

    7.5 oz apex/ 1.75 lb ready to hang in the compression bag

    I'm pretty happy with it for a 1st project and curious to see how low I can take it.

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  42. AndrewB - I'd normally be happy to carpool but I...

    AndrewB - I'd normally be happy to carpool but I have Friday off and am going to see if I can head up Thursday night.

    I ordered a cheap 9 cup percolator off Amazon a couple days ago. I'll bring...
  43. I'm looking forward to it! Work has been crazy...

    I'm looking forward to it! Work has been crazy and a few nights in the hammock are always the perfect prescription.
  44. I'm thinking I'll bring the Dutch oven along for...

    I'm thinking I'll bring the Dutch oven along for a sausage/hashbrown/egg breakfast and a garlic/balsamic marinated pork loin.
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    Welcome from Rockford.

    Welcome from Rockford.
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    Awesome! I was hoping to get it in time for a...

    Awesome! I was hoping to get it in time for a trip early in November.
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    Winter dream on order!

    Ordered the Winter Dream 12' less than 2 weeks ago and am already obsessing about getting the delivery notice. Can't wait to get it out for a trial run!:boggle:
  48. As long as the snow isn't so deep I need...

    As long as the snow isn't so deep I need snowshoes, I'm planning on attending.
  49. Buying a winter tarp & could use advice.

    I'm looking for a 12' - 13' with doors and side pull outs. Budget is about 200-250 and I'm looking at Old Man Winter and UGQ. What others should I check out?
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    If you are looking to walk all 6 days I'd...

    If you are looking to walk all 6 days I'd reccomend pictured rocks.
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