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    The higher the wind is, the lower the tarp should...

    The higher the wind is, the lower the tarp should be. With a lower ridgeline, you will be exposed to less windforce. That being said, if there is any terrain available, a berm or thicket will help ...
  2. A diamond with two tie outs is a pretty robust...

    A diamond with two tie outs is a pretty robust option from a 9.5X9.5 tarp. I find the longer ridgeline to be of greater benefit than longer sides. If the weather gets rough, I just hang my hammock...
  3. Why not just hang it in a diamond?

    Why not just hang it in a diamond?
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    It looks like a one trick pony that would be more...

    It looks like a one trick pony that would be more difficult to pack.
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    I left mine as it is. Open wide and it is a big...

    I left mine as it is. Open wide and it is a big single layer. Fold in half for a fractional double layer.Folded in half, it keeps me warm down to about 50. It's a good summer solution.
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    I imagine that the shelter mice will be anxious...

    I imagine that the shelter mice will be anxious for visitors.
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    Just don't miss all of the other days by forcing...

    Just don't miss all of the other days by forcing this one. JC already has had about 5 inches this morning. It will be adding between now and Saturday. The wind in the mountain area could be a white...
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    I have a 35 degree synthetic bag and several cans...

    I have a 35 degree synthetic bag and several cans of foam insulation, would that be enough for RHK?? Also, are we allowed to use the kitchen in the shelter?
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    It does go a little speedier without hiking poles...

    It does go a little speedier without hiking poles and changing shoes all the time. But then, I only have 184 miles on my second map. :shades:
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    Where's the fun in that??

    Where's the fun in that??
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    The less weigh and bulk allows the bank to...

    The less weigh and bulk allows the bank to compress much more easily.
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    The air trapped in the bag when you put it there...

    The air trapped in the bag when you put it there at night is the same air you'll empty in the morning. The air in an air gap is replaced with the air from outside of your air gap. In other words...
  13. If you kept rolling out of a TQ, you might have...

    If you kept rolling out of a TQ, you might have just needed a wider TQ. there are plenty of similarly temperature rated TQ options out there that cost less and weigh less as well.

    I have a No...
  14. +1 on VB clothing versus liner. You can still...

    +1 on VB clothing versus liner. You can still wear other clothing over VB clothing to stay warmer whereas a VB liner requires that you be wearing nothing or next to nothing to work.
  15. A VBL becomes useful in subfreezing temperatures...

    A VBL becomes useful in subfreezing temperatures as its benefit is to reduce insensible perspiration. 35 degrees is too warm for that feature to be of benefit. In warmer temperatures, you'll just be...
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    If you have an air gap under you between the...

    If you have an air gap under you between the hammock and the bag, partially fill a light trash bag with air and throw it under there.
    http://www.imrisk.com/hammock/ultrahammock1.htm

    Eventually...
  17. You'd think for 4 bucks a night they'd have...

    You'd think for 4 bucks a night they'd have housekeeping come by and tidy up each morning.
  18. Actually I posited whether the bear in question...

    Actually I posited whether the bear in question had been a nuisance before not that it was known to have attacked before. Attacking bears don't get a second chance.
  19. True. However they do relocate numerous bears...

    True. However they do relocate numerous bears when they have exhibited nuisance behaviors...and some have made it back to the Smokies and picked up where they left off.
  20. If the bear finds the smell of a chicken infused...

    If the bear finds the smell of a chicken infused shirt appetizing, the same would be true for ones hair, skin and anything else exposed to the scent.
    That being said, the designated campsites in the...
  21. I had some loppers with me the last time I was in...

    I had some loppers with me the last time I was in bear country. About a dozen or so quick lunges and the bear's nails will be well trimmed and harmless. At that point I can trap him with the bugnet...
  22. http://www.wlos.com/news/features/top-stories/stor...

    http://www.wlos.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/bear-attack-victims-father-woke-up-saw-bear-dragging-him-21425.shtml#.VXiqSEYYSfL
  23. I don't think that a bear would notice what style...

    I don't think that a bear would notice what style of bugnet is on a hammock. I don't think I'll be getting a quick release Spectra bugnet in the hopes of thwarting a once every 15 year bear attack.
    ...
  24. One would think that a bugnet would make it more...

    One would think that a bugnet would make it more difficult to get out of a hammock and away as opposed to stopping a bear. I'm pretty sure that a bear paw can slice through nylon or bugnet with...
  25. I think Blackwolf was under the impression that...

    I think Blackwolf was under the impression that you would be hiking from the Tennessee side to get there rather than the shorter NC route.
  26. It's just the old Apple House shelter location. ...

    It's just the old Apple House shelter location. It was torn down due to being too accessible to the local party crowd. It's just a short hike from the AT intersection with 19E. It should have...
  27. There's a pretty decent location on the AT going...

    There's a pretty decent location on the AT going SOBO from 19E. It's close to the highway, but it will have fewer restrictions than the state park. Much better road conditions as well.

    As for me,...
  28. I didn't mean to imply that chains will be a...

    I didn't mean to imply that chains will be a must. However, chains might be a must. Rubber doesn't bite into ice all that well. I've got four wheel drive and all terrain mud+snow tires, but no...
  29. Tomorrow would certainly be a bit on the...

    Tomorrow would certainly be a bit on the challenging side. My guess is that the top might be getting around the negative 20's. With the windchill, it could possibly in around negative 50. Friday does...
  30. Yeah. The problem with this one is that it was...

    Yeah. The problem with this one is that it was mostly ice. That's what knocked out the power in so many places. In the mean time, just wait and see what has ice remaining and what the mix is for...
  31. Welcome back. I'm sure you had fewer mosquitoes...

    Welcome back. I'm sure you had fewer mosquitoes to ward off than me lately.

    I think DOT is busy with the primary roads for now. Knoxville still has close to 20k without power and may get more...
  32. http://www.ncdot.gov/traffictravel/ I believe...

    http://www.ncdot.gov/traffictravel/

    I believe it's the Avery or Yancey County areas that would apply. The current report indicates snow and ice on secondary roads there.

    Temps won't be warm...
  33. You might check with NCDOT beforehand.

    You might check with NCDOT beforehand.
  34. Just wanted to clarify, the 19E will be the...

    Just wanted to clarify, the 19E will be the clearest road of any of the areas mentioned above. If Black Wolf misses a resupply, his next option will be hiking about 17 extra miles to 19E where other...
  35. That's just it. Carvers Gap is the most likely to...

    That's just it. Carvers Gap is the most likely to be cleared. The only other ways to get to RHK are via Hughes Gap, Overmountain or 19E. They can plow the asphalt all they want, but it might not...
  36. You might want a backup on resupply as well. The...

    You might want a backup on resupply as well. The forecast looks like Carvers Gap might not be accessible if it ices up. Just be sure you keep enough in reserve to make it the extra long day to 19E. ...
  37. Glad to hear from you ! The last time I saw you...

    Glad to hear from you ! The last time I saw you at Slickrock, your pack was about 5 pounds.

    Those AT conditions are passable, but daily mileage might be lower with the extra gear weight.
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  38. Wednesday and Thursday look dangerously cold...

    Wednesday and Thursday look dangerously cold along the AT. Lows could be in the negative teens without the windchill and the highs won't offer much of a reprieve . Hopefully he's either toting the...
  39. It's about 90 here right now in Rio. :) That...

    It's about 90 here right now in Rio. :)

    That area gets high winds regularly. I wouldn't imagine more downed trees than usual. If the wind is that high next Friday, you'll want to find shorter...
  40. That's exactly what I meant on mountain forecast...

    That's exactly what I meant on mountain forecast being off. It doesn't have 6000 feet as being much colder than 3000 feet, when there should e about 9 degrees difference. This weekend would be a real...
  41. The windspeeds are about as accurate. I suppose...

    The windspeeds are about as accurate. I suppose the helpful part of RHK is that one can find enough places to hang out of the wind. Just don't pick big trees as that will result in feeling like your...
  42. I wouldn't put much stock in that when packing my...

    I wouldn't put much stock in that when packing my backpack. A quick look shows summits over 6000 around here only being 6 degrees cooler than Knoxville which is less than 900 feet. My experience...
  43. Brutal ? Due to ice, snow depth, wind,ice,...

    Brutal ? Due to ice, snow depth, wind,ice, aggressive bands of pickpocket gypsies?
  44. It looks like we may have a myriad of options...

    It looks like we may have a myriad of options Friday. Some are looking at Hughes Gap to RHK Friday then hiking to 19E on Sunday. Others will be at RHK Thursday and still others just a single night .
  45. Ice, do you think you might be able to provide...

    Ice, do you think you might be able to provide some guidance on snow cover as it gets closer?
  46. I hear ya! Just got back from an Everglades trip...

    I hear ya! Just got back from an Everglades trip and will be getting back from Brazil a few days before Roan. I suppose a good tan (or sunburn) is an important component of any winter backpack. ...
  47. Haven't seen you since the first year Ice. It'll...

    Haven't seen you since the first year Ice. It'll be good to see you again.
  48. I took a weekend and swapped an engine and...

    I took a weekend and swapped an engine and transmission last year.

    Having seen how you drive, I can understand a blown headgasket. :)
  49. I just dropped 900 bucks for some new tires too!...

    I just dropped 900 bucks for some new tires too! Then again, I'll be breaking them in on a drive to the Everglades tonight.
  50. The weather always decides for us.

    The weather always decides for us.
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