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  1. I live in the heart of northern Wisconsin's tick...

    I live in the heart of northern Wisconsin's tick country and wear permethrin treated shirt, pants and socks religiously, whether daily short hike, long day hike or backpacking. I very rarely ever...
  2. I can strike out west from my house through the...

    I can strike out west from my house through the pine barrens and it's not too bad. Hiking east down into lake country? Getting out alive is questionable.
  3. lol. Given that, they may regret their chosen...

    lol. Given that, they may regret their chosen location. The mosquito hatch has been vicious this year.
  4. Rainbow Gathering could affect NCT in Wisconsin

    Received this email from our chapter president yesterday, just an FYI for anyone in the area planning a hike on the NCT in Wisconsin over the next month. This is all happening just a couple trail...
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    No problem. The one tip I give when asked is go...

    No problem. The one tip I give when asked is go into it with an open mind. For some it is instant bliss, a "where have you been all my life" situation. For others it has to grow on them. My own...
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    Honestly, youtube is your friend. There's too...

    Honestly, youtube is your friend. There's too much in your questions to actually condense all the beginner info on this site into one thread. It's easier to give you points of where to start...
  7. lol You could hold a contest. Which ginger has...

    lol You could hold a contest. Which ginger has the more pasty white legs? I think I could give you a run for your money. Thanks for Part 2, awesome footage on Parent.
  8. Very sweet. You’re Hitting the BWCA trails hard,...

    Very sweet. You’re Hitting the BWCA trails hard, love it. Aye the blow downs, was up there right after ice out. The humbling power of nature. Good stuff, looking forward to part 2. Give me a shout if...
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    You haven't posted here in two years and this is...

    You haven't posted here in two years and this is what you come out of the blue to contribute? I'm somewhat baffled by this post as what you are even talking about and what's more none of us want to...
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    Frozen is the AT Thru Hiker / Vlogger I've chosen...

    Frozen is the AT Thru Hiker / Vlogger I've chosen to live vicariously through this season. He does great trip reports and I've never seen someone's spirit more suited for doing a long thru hike. 90%...
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    I don't drink so I've never used one but my...

    I don't drink so I've never used one but my friends have had great success with the growler Fitger's makes specifically (plastic) for taking into the BWCA. I always found it amusing, no judgement on...
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    You are correct metal (or glass) containers are...

    You are correct metal (or glass) containers are not allowed. I have erred myself by bringing tins of oysters back with me. Completely understandable to overlook that thin tin container but yep, it is...
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    Excellent, glad you got out, love that little...

    Excellent, glad you got out, love that little loop. Aye, weird spring, our last snow was on May 8th. Almost broke me. Thanks for the vid, know you're short on time these days.
  14. FS: I will take one of them

    I will take one of them
  15. IMHO yes. I was checking the difference the other...

    IMHO yes. I was checking the difference the other day between the 70D in a traveler and the blackbird I picked up in the dream tex. The dream tex was the far superior fabric. The 70D feels rough and...
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    Aye, they are great places to get started. You...

    Aye, they are great places to get started. You can get a sense of that up north remote feeling, have plenty of woodland and trail to get comfortable with skills and distance all while being close to...
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    Welcome Your two best resources for true...

    Welcome

    Your two best resources for true single track backpacking are the North and South Kettle Moraines. Both have the Ice Age Trail running through and some what secluded shelter sites. That's...
  18. Possibly, I do most of my major backpacking...

    Possibly, I do most of my major backpacking Sept/Oct so would just depend on the timing :)
  19. Copper falls does have a group site. And several...

    Copper falls does have a group site. And several very nice walk in sites that are grouped together. It is fairly hammock friendly. Amicon does not have a group site and only two walk in sites. The...
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    I actually bought the unique Eldorado stuff sack...

    I actually bought the unique Eldorado stuff sack to replace my OG Blackbird's stuff sack. Since I'm carrying one anyway it double duties and I've got twice the storage space. I'm a pretty minimal...
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    The short answer: yes. It's simply the same...

    The short answer: yes. It's simply the same hammock with no shelf.
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    Ah yes the grim back out. Very sorry. Yea that...

    Ah yes the grim back out. Very sorry. Yea that portage between Trease Lake and Angleworm is brutal, long and has one area that's always a sloggy muddy mess. Something else I might suggest for a nice...
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    Welcome Robert.

    Welcome Robert.
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    Good times :) Nothing like the labor of love to...

    Good times :) Nothing like the labor of love to upgrade the HQ. And the well earned nap as opposed to the guilty nap. Does that count after 45 though? They seem to become more of an requirement. Pics...
  25. Those are some tough choices, both are beautiful...

    Those are some tough choices, both are beautiful areas. You could use how much non society time you are desiring as a metric. If alone time is a priority, you're going to see far, far fewer people up...
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    I worked in the outdoor industry for about a...

    I worked in the outdoor industry for about a decade. I understood where they were coming from, the markup on these products is enormous, and the message they put forth was very positive, hey let's...
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    Bingo. They came on strong with a huge...

    Bingo.

    They came on strong with a huge hype/youTube campaign and that's what it was, hype.
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    Wow that is just incredible.

    Wow that is just incredible.
  29. FS: Enigma 40 SOLD

    Enigma 40 SOLD
  30. FS: Aye, went through that time. Thanks!

    Aye, went through that time. Thanks!
  31. FS: Enigma 20 is SOLD. Seaocean tried to reply to...

    Enigma 20 is SOLD. Seaocean tried to reply to your PM but the system says your message box is full.
  32. FS: lol It's spring and I like to give good deals.

    lol It's spring and I like to give good deals.
  33. FS: Both quilts SPF

    Both quilts SPF
  34. FS: Enlightened Equipment Enigma 20 and 40 Top Quilts

    These were my quilts for my ground set up with the wife. We just switched to a duo quilt / pad setup so no longer needed and I already have Hammock Gear quilts for my solo hammock setup. They work...
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    You're not looking back far enough in the Shug...

    You're not looking back far enough in the Shug catalog.
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    Their "about us" makes me about want to scream....

    Their "about us" makes me about want to scream. Sooooo your outdoor incompetence lead you to "invent" a product that was neither well thought out or needed? This kickstarted campaigned is already...
  37. I think you'll be much happier with the end...

    I think you'll be much happier with the end product and it will feel much more rewarding. Instead of making Bezos a little more wealthy you've enriched yourself.
  38. Your link has errors. Never heard of it but its...

    Your link has errors. Never heard of it but its the same mass produced ENO copy knock off as a thousand other hammock products on Amazon. Its cheap, it would work, probably last you a season or two....
  39. Thanks, that was really interesting. I hear them...

    Thanks, that was really interesting. I hear them occasionally in the national forest behind where I live, or out on a trek but haven't had the good fortune for a viewing yet.
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    Well there's a lot of factors there, depending on...

    Well there's a lot of factors there, depending on what you're doing. Also how much you invested into gear that is more compact while retaining the ratings you need it for. I'm a minimal backpacker so...
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    Thanks Carver, it was indeed a nice day and very...

    Thanks Carver, it was indeed a nice day and very welcome
  42. I'm a web developer so I generally have the forum...

    I'm a web developer so I generally have the forum up across multiple devices between work and home. And like michigandave stay logged in so always appear online essentially. Always something...
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    No problem, I think that's about a safe a bet as...

    No problem, I think that's about a safe a bet as you can get. Book mark that NOAA snow depth link, they update fairly regularly. Generally that's a little early for the park to start getting busy so...
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    No worse but no better. :P May 20th is a decent...

    No worse but no better. :P May 20th is a decent threshold to use, I usually go with May 15th as mine. I just keep in mind once the snow melts and the spring flooding starts I've got a couple weeks to...
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    Sorry I'm just being a jacka**. There is still a...

    Sorry I'm just being a jacka**. There is still a pretty deep snow pack in the woods.

    NOAA Snow Depth

    Generally speaking you can look at the end of April for the trails to be clear and that's in...
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    http://alifeoutdoors.com/images/jameson.jpg

    http://alifeoutdoors.com/images/jameson.jpg
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    Absolutely. I'm still iffy about making it down,...

    Absolutely. I'm still iffy about making it down, there's a lot of first aid / chainsaw certification training happening in April that I need to attend but the Trail Coordinator is still locking down...
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    Aye September if my favorite time of year to be...

    Aye September if my favorite time of year to be on the trail, obviously the later you push it the better colors you get. From what it's looking like so far and this is very much just my amateur...
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    My pleasure, again happy to do it, I'm extremely...

    My pleasure, again happy to do it, I'm extremely passionate about backpacking and the NCT here in WI. :) I also have this rather unique feature behind my property that would work well if people were...
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    Aye, they can get a bit unruly. I'd be happy to...

    Aye, they can get a bit unruly. I'd be happy to carry the whip and I can also offer up my house/property as a staging ground or what not, as it's right "on the trail" so to speak. I don't generally...
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