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  1. I won't be able to stay for the pot-luck Saturday...

    I won't be able to stay for the pot-luck Saturday night but I'll plan on making a breakfast casserole again Saturday morning to share. You know, a "super-healthy" one with hash browns, sausage,...
  2. Thanks. I will definitely give washing them a...

    Thanks.

    I will definitely give washing them a try and the J-Bend.

    Phantom - I'll bring a set of washed and unwashed with me to the Yates hang for you to try out your knots.
  3. Black Mule Tape - Becket Hitch Failure (x2!)

    Switched to 1" straps+mule tape last year when a friend who works for the power company gave me a bundle of (white) mule tape and have never had any issues. Recently I bought a roll of "Cajun Mule...
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    I got one similar to a Singer Simple (manual dial...

    I got one similar to a Singer Simple (manual dial buttons) off Craigslist last year to learn on. I bumped it up to a Brother computerized one last Christmas...
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    Hitting that trail myself next week with the...

    Hitting that trail myself next week with the wife. If would have been cool if we had accidentally planned for the same dates and shown up at the same time....oh well....I'll see you at Yates for the...
  6. The way you describe it kind of sounds like the...

    The way you describe it kind of sounds like the factory forgot to apply the coating to your fabric. I'd send some pics and see you can't get some new material to replace it (of course then you have...
  7. That's interesting. The water on both of mine...

    That's interesting. The water on both of mine bead up really well to the point that I can give them a good shake the morning after a rain and they are almost dry.

    I've been really happy with the...
  8. An answer I got from a local vendor was this: ...

    An answer I got from a local vendor was this:

    "The aging tests simulate hundreds of uses. But they're just simulations. From experience, using our 1.1 Silpoly 2 weekends a month, I can say that...
  9. Silpoly durability in regards to remaining "waterproof"?

    Saw a comparison chart that shows 1.1oz Silpoly as having a Hydrostatic Head of >1500 when "new" and >492 when "aged" but it does not define what "aged" is. I've done a couple of DIY tarps with the...
  10. Awesome! Thanks TP!

    Awesome! Thanks TP!
  11. Campsites and water source at Bradley Gap (Roan Mountains - Carvers Gap to 19E)

    Looking at doing an overnight with the wife at the Carvers Gap to 19E section at the end of the month and am trying to split the distance up so that day 2 is not longer than day 1. I've seen some...
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    Me and the wife just did this loop Sun-Tue:...

    Me and the wife just did this loop Sun-Tue: https://caltopo.com/m/L00N - Saw lots of ponies, long horned steer, a deer, and a couple of non-venomous snakes. Didn't see any signs of bear until we were...
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    Sorry. I wouldn't be able to help out the week of...

    Sorry. I wouldn't be able to help out the week of the 8th. I'd love to hear a trip report when you complete it though! Good luck with the shuttle....
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    Not sure about any specific group hang sites but...

    Not sure about any specific group hang sites but there were lots of sites there that were large enough to accommodate groups in general. The parking lot (with the vault toilets) is here:...
  15. Thanks! My plan is to stay near enough to the...

    Thanks! My plan is to stay near enough to the shelters to use the lockers. I'm also prepared to hang PCT style if needed. If neither one of those options work out then I think I'll find some of those...
  16. Sooo...the latest alert I'm finding is from May...

    Sooo...the latest alert I'm finding is from May 23rd. Me and the wife are supposed to heading up to do a small loop between the State Park, Thomas Knob, and Wise. Anyone got some more current...
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    When are you looking at going? (I might be around...

    When are you looking at going? (I might be around that way). Also, the MTS page list some trail angels for each section. They might offer shuttle services or at least might be able to point you...
  18. On the calendar. Thanks PG!

    On the calendar. Thanks PG!
  19. Mine came out to 12.3oz for the green one (11' 3"...

    Mine came out to 12.3oz for the green one (11' 3" in the pictures) and 11.7oz for another one (10' 9" for the wife) which compared to a 1.6 HyperD (11') at 11.46oz is insignificant to me.

    I've got...
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    Awesome job. She looks extremely happy and...

    Awesome job. She looks extremely happy and excited about it!
  21. YUP! and unfortunately they weren't very pale...

    YUP! and unfortunately they weren't very pale after that hang....they were a nice, bright shade of RED!

    This is how I dealt with "Day 2"

    https://i.imgur.com/gMX03Lmm.jpg...
  22. Update #2 Took this hammock on our trip down...

    Update #2

    Took this hammock on our trip down to Driftwood Beach in Georgia. I absolutely love this material as a summer hammock. I would get in it while soaking wet from swimming in the ocean and...
  23. Accidentally made a "directional" hammock

    Was making a hammock last night and messed up pretty bad while making the 1" rolled hem channel on one end. I started out okay but the material was being fussy and it was late so I just tried to...
  24. Did an overnight this weekend at the Fat Butt...

    Did an overnight this weekend at the Fat Butt Hang in Medoc Mt with the new fabric and the forecasted low being around 66 degrees. I slept in shorts and a "wicking" style t-shirt (not cotton) and had...
  25. Good to see everyone again and meet some new...

    Good to see everyone again and meet some new friends. Glad to hear the pup is recovering well and hate that I didn't get to see everyone that had to leave early. Thanks to everyone for all the effort...
  26. Going to be delayed at least a day. Fridge...

    Going to be delayed at least a day. Fridge compressor died and niece's car needs a repair. I'm hoping to make it late afternoon on Saturday (fingers crossed)....
  27. Schedule cleared and I've signed up Fri-Sun. I'll...

    Schedule cleared and I've signed up Fri-Sun. I'll be bringing a 10'x10' canopy and can also bring a fold-out table if needed. I'll also be bringing one of the hammocks I've made form...
  28. Not sure yet as I haven't gotten a lot of time in...

    Not sure yet as I haven't gotten a lot of time in it (and I was fully covered with clothing when I was in it). It's supposed to be in the mid-70s here this weekend so maybe I'll get a chance to try...
  29. New Hammock - RipStop's new 1.8oz Airwave Hybrid

    Picked up some of RipStopByTheRoll's new 1.8oz Airwave hybrid ripstop nylon (https://ripstopbytheroll.com/products/1-8-oz-airwave-ripstop-nylon) on Monday to make a new hammock. The material does...
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    Hi All, Had a great Fri night hang. It was...

    Hi All,

    Had a great Fri night hang. It was good to see several familiar faces and to make new acquaintances Friday evening (the High Point hangers among others) but I had to take off early on Sat...
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    I've been looking at doing the ~16mi section of...

    I've been looking at doing the ~16mi section of the Florida trail that follows the Suwannee River from Suwannee Springs to White Springs or a ~23 mile of section in Ocala that goes from Alexander...
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    That link doesn't work for me. What's the name of...

    That link doesn't work for me. What's the name of the group hosting the hang?
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    I had no idea any of them were there either. I...

    I had no idea any of them were there either. I happened to discover them by volunteering for one of the MST workdays and got randomly assigned to do some work at the Ward family camp site.

    The...
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    Signed up and looking forward to it.

    Signed up and looking forward to it.
  35. Had a great time. I really appreciate Hickery...

    Had a great time. I really appreciate Hickery keeping the winds and precipitation to a minimum for my first real cold weather hang. Looking forward to Yates (who's taking care of the weather that...
  36. It's changed a little bit since I posted but I...

    It's changed a little bit since I posted but I got it from The Weather Channel for "Grayson Highlands State Park": https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/Grayson+Highlands+State+Park+VA+GRAYSONHIV:13:US
  37. JAN 24 AM Snow Showers 3123 JAN 25 Snow...

    JAN 24 AM Snow Showers
    3123

    JAN 25 Snow Showers
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    JAN 26 Mostly Cloudy
    179

    JAN 27 Partly Cloudy
  38. Signed up and planning on making it Thurs night. ...

    Signed up and planning on making it Thurs night.

    In addition to a coffee pot (kind of small), bowls, and trash bags, I''ll have a 20gal propane tank and a single burner stand (like for frying...
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    I just realized it last year after driving by...

    I just realized it last year after driving by their new shop on Miami Blvd for over year thinking, "Why do I know that name...." LOL
    They are good peoples.
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    Fellow Durmite here (Hwy 98/Falls Lake area)....

    Fellow Durmite here (Hwy 98/Falls Lake area). There's a couple of free, primitive campsites along the Falls Lake section of the MST. We should throw together a Triangle Hang this spring.

    Edit - I...
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    Ok. I guess I was thinking about it wrong then. I...

    Ok. I guess I was thinking about it wrong then. I thought the grosgrain was primarily there as added strength with the secondary purpose of providing more security of keeping the water out.
    ...
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    I'm starting to work on tarp #2 and got to...

    I'm starting to work on tarp #2 and got to thinking about the two methods described in this thread....

    What is the advantage of making the third seam go between the first two seams (and having the...
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    That's what I love about this forum....more...

    That's what I love about this forum....more detailed information about a miniscule detail than I could have ever even fathomed....FOR FREE no less!!!

    Thanks Bill!
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    What are the suggested measurements and stitching...

    What are the suggested measurements and stitching length be for doing the channels? 3/8" between rows and 2.5 for stitch length? (I'm worried I'm going to wake up on the ground now....)
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    HUGE thanks to you for all your YouTube videos! I...

    HUGE thanks to you for all your YouTube videos! I would never have even thought about attempting it had it not been for your informative, detailed, and extremely clear examples and PDF files. Thank...
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    I'm not sure what's wrong with me either but I'm...

    I'm not sure what's wrong with me either but I'm seriously considering risking my old man dingle berries for this hang too. It's not staying buried in my quilts at nights that worries me as much as...
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    12' Cat Cut Tarp - First Attempt

    I've been wanting to attempt making a tarp with the Silpoly stuff but have not wanted to spend the money just to find out that I'm terrible at sewing long distances or that working with the lighter...
  48. Very nice! The more I play around with these...

    Very nice! The more I play around with these claws the more I'm liking them.
  49. Nama Claw Instead of S-biner on End of Continuous Ridgeline

    One thing that has always bothered me with my continuous ridgeline for the tarp was how my straps rubbed up against the ridgeline whenever I lowered the tarp way down for bad weather. I know it made...
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    NAMA Claw - Real World Test

    I finally got to put my NAMA Claws through some real-world testing this past weekend at Stone Mt (NC) with two setups from Thurs-Sun. One tarp was using the NAMA Claws on Zing-It and the other tarp...
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