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  1. Thanks for the pics, Moonbear. Glad you could...

    Thanks for the pics, Moonbear. Glad you could make it again this year!
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    I always have a tarp hung on my property. I have...

    I always have a tarp hung on my property. I have a Warbonnet Silnylon Cloudburst that probably has around 700-1000 days outside and a HG Silpoly Quest that has about 80 days. Both are holding up...
  3. I haven't owned either, so I am probably not the...

    I haven't owned either, so I am probably not the best to answer that. I was very interested in the design of the Bandit, but I have a size 13 shoe. A friend of mine with the same size feet said that...
  4. Quilt questions: outer material and length + other misc

    I'll take a shot at most of your questions:
    I'm 6'3" and use 78" quilts. I could go shorter and be fine, so I would say go 72".
    M10 is tough. I would save the weight unless you are really rough on...
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    I would be interested to see the stats on a SK90...

    I would be interested to see the stats on a SK90 based 2.5 mm (3/32") single braid. It could be lighter than 7/64" Amsteel but as strong as 1/8".
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    I pulled this quote from the interwebs: ...

    I pulled this quote from the interwebs:

    Dyneema[emoji768] fibers are available in three versions: SK75, SK78 and SK90 since late 2009. SK75 and SK78 are very similar in terms of features, the...
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    One door closes and another opens. Or you can...

    One door closes and another opens. Or you can just open the first door. That's how doors work.
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    I am not qualified to question Derek, but...that...

    I am not qualified to question Derek, but...that is most likely going to severely compress the Amsteel.
  9. One night on the Cumberland Trail at Prentice Cooper State Forest

    Nice spot you found there. Looks like a good time. Gotta love that SPecial hAM
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    Solo overnighter on Cedar Rock (Pisgah)

    Sounds fun. I would suggest the Cat Gap Loop starting at the far end of the fish hatchery parking lot and then up to John Rock. Back down the John Rock Trail and pick back up Cat Gap all the way back...
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    Italian sausage and jalapeños. Good stuff

    Italian sausage and jalapeños. Good stuff
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    If I have done the hike before, I'm not that...

    If I have done the hike before, I'm not that concerned. I was a little anxious that evening because I had not gone that route in about a year. I didn't have much daylight left, so there was not a lot...
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    It's a beauty.

    It's a beauty.
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    Solo overnighter on Cedar Rock (Pisgah)

    The weather was great yesterday, so I decided to solo camp on top of Cedar Rock in Pisgah National Forest.
    Most people go up from the Art Loeb Trail near the intersection of Cat Gap Loop. For some...
  15. No problem. There a certainly advantages to...

    No problem. There a certainly advantages to integrated net hammocks if you can make them work. Your topquilt won't slide out during the night is a big one. You can also leave your topquilt and...
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    Here ya go. This is probably what you saw. ...

    Here ya go. This is probably what you saw.
    https://dutchwaregear.com/black-rings.html

    However, I would advise you to watch a couple of videos on YouTube and learn how to splice. Make an...
  17. Correct. Of course, you will lose your bug...

    Correct. Of course, you will lose your bug protection, but this should tell you if a separate net (Fronkey/Hug etc) will work for you.

    Having tried several integrated net hammocks (WBBB, Netty,...
  18. First night / test run with my new Simply Light Designs Trail Lair Hammock

    I have the same problems with my leg that is closest to the net (right leg for me) in an integrated net hammock. I much prefer a non-integrated net for that reason.
    If you think you can sleep on...
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    Permission granted. And since I found that other...

    Permission granted. And since I found that other one in the garage, it's actually 22 plus 8. I should probably get some more webbing in case there is ever a need or opportunity to hang all of them at...
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    Thanks. Just found another hammock that I...

    Thanks.
    Just found another hammock that I didn't count in the garage...
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    I don't see a problem at all. I have: 21...

    I don't see a problem at all.
    I have:
    21 hammocks (material to make 8 more)
    6 tarps
    3 topquilts
    5 underquilts
    3 backpacks
    8 stoves
    3 pots (I've shown incredible self-control in this arena)...
  22. Finally caught the guy. ...

    Finally caught the guy.
    http://wlos.com/news/local/breaking-suspect-in-manhunt-caught-in-mcdowell-county
  23. Thread: PolyD(utch)

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    Robic 1.7 is a better comparison. Robic 1.2 is...

    Robic 1.7 is a better comparison. Robic 1.2 is awesome, but definitely not as firm as PolyD.
  24. Thread: Tarp lines

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    I generally go no hardware. I leave my line on...

    I generally go no hardware. I leave my line on the tarp and use a pile hitch to my stakes. I like Dutch and he has some awesome stuff. Having said that, Reflect It is going to give you problems with...
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    Update: used the hammock for 4 nights in Pisgah...

    Update: used the hammock for 4 nights in Pisgah at the John Rock Hang last week. Slept great.
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    Ha! PG was hanging in a 12' hammock with a 13'...

    Ha! PG was hanging in a 12' hammock with a 13' tarp. Basically a studio apartment. He likes to be very, very comfortable. And dry.
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    Trip report is up and running. WNC> 8th Annual...

    Trip report is up and running.
    WNC> 8th Annual John Rock Hang July 21-23 2017
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  28. WNC> 8th Annual John Rock Hang July 21-23 2017

    We had another great hang in the Enchanted Forest. Thanks to everybody.

    This year was a little different. We only had a few rain sprinkles all weekend, which was a big surprise.

    The Saturday...
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    Intimidator and I are at the Hub about to head in...

    Intimidator and I are at the Hub about to head in to the forest. See ya'll when you get here.
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    Absolutely. I use Kevlar 2.2 straps when I camp. ...

    Absolutely. I use Kevlar 2.2 straps when I camp. I just use those poly straps at home on my Tato stand. Before Kevlar was available, I tied this knot with poly straps directly to my continuous loops...
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    Intimidator and I will get there tomorrow...

    Intimidator and I will get there tomorrow afternoon.
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    I'll let Tacoma chime in here. He did the grocery...

    I'll let Tacoma chime in here. He did the grocery run last year.
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    Long story. I used to tie it exactly backwards...

    Long story. I used to tie it exactly backwards from the version on that video. I taught it to some kid that I reluctantly allowed to date my daughter. He does everything backwards (how can anyone lay...
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    Thanks. 11 grams each. SMC Descending Ring. REI...

    Thanks. 11 grams each. SMC Descending Ring. REI has them for $3.25 each.
    https://www.rei.com/product/471123/smc-descending-ring

    Trango also makes one, but I have never tried it. ...
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    Here is how I tie a slipped larkshead with one...

    Here is how I tie a slipped larkshead with one SMC ring. Hope it helps.
    https://youtu.be/u4HCvsmibvg
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    Tension? Maybe I'm missing something. I will try...

    Tension? Maybe I'm missing something. I will try to shoot a video of how I do this and post to this thread. Basically, I pull the webbing to my desired Hang angle, pinch the webbing against the ring...
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    Yes. I have used it on my tarp ridgeline with...

    Yes. I have used it on my tarp ridgeline with 1.75 Zing-It on many occasions
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    Use only ring only with a slipped larkshead. It's...

    Use only ring only with a slipped larkshead. It's how I have hung for years.
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    WBB RR vs Chameleon

    I get some shoulder squeeze in bridges. I also can't get in a full fetal position. Tarps are definitely easier with gathered ends. I get calf ridge in gathered ends, but I just live with having to...
  40. ^^^^^this.

    ^^^^^this.
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    Thanks, TacBlades. I just tried this with 1.1...

    Thanks, TacBlades. I just tried this with 1.1 guyline and it works great. I like it better than a slipped trucker's hitch because you can pull it super tight. With a slipped TH, you have to pull...
  42. Good for that guy. 3 years outside by any means...

    Good for that guy. 3 years outside by any means is impressive.
  43. I really like the wide width Merrell Moab FST...

    I really like the wide width Merrell Moab FST (not the Gore-Tex flavor). Not a minimalist shoe, but the wides just work for me. They are my regular hiking shoe.
    I have the first version of the NB...
  44. If you can, try on the shoes before buying. I...

    If you can, try on the shoes before buying. I thought I would love the Merrell Trail Gloves, but the arch was way too narrow for me.
  45. I have been down your path. Two bouts with...

    I have been down your path. Two bouts with plantar fasciitis. Podiatrist = orthotics. Didn't work for me. Did my research, read Born To Run.
    Went barefoot/minimalist only for about two years. I...
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    Jeff Myers Dyneema Straps and Setups

    ^^^^this for the soft shackles. They are just like TacBlades does them.
    His Amsteel tree attachment is a Phantom Grappler's Grappler's Hitch. I have some of his Dyneema webbing. It does tend to roll...
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    WNC> 8th Annual John Rock Hang July 21-23 2017

    I can give you the weather report right now for any day in mid to late July because I have lived here 14 years.

    The mornings will be cool and comfortable. It will get hot and humid by noon. It...
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    1.2 Robic XL Hybrid is HERE! We Promise.

    Thanks for the official intro. Robic 1.2 XL is a great fabric.
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    I use it if I need or want to tie out my tarp to...

    I use it if I need or want to tie out my tarp to a sapling instead of a stake. Works great.
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    WNC> 8th Annual John Rock Hang July 21-23 2017

    Don't count on having any cell coverage once you pass the intersection of 64 and 280. I have Verizon and I know of a couple of spots about half mile from camp that I usually get a weak signal....
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