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  1. LOL! Only 30 posts in this thread and already a...

    LOL! Only 30 posts in this thread and already a few people have chimed in to say it's a Sheet/Becket! :laugh:
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    Cuben (DCF) tarps are no different than any other...

    Cuben (DCF) tarps are no different than any other tarp when it comes to ridge line choice.

    However, the discussions about whether to use a continuous or split RL, the various advantages thereof...
  3. Agreed, you can do an awful lot of good things...

    Agreed, you can do an awful lot of good things with a 1.5-2' piece of floral wire folded in half, along with a little cutting board and a sharp knife.
  4. My experience is that the Lapp is far easier to...

    My experience is that the Lapp is far easier to untie than the Becket, but there's a little trick (as usual). When you pull on the tail, hook the index finger of your other hand over the strap on the...
  5. If people would actually TIE these they might...

    If people would actually TIE these they might have a chance to understand the difference... and it is a BIG difference.
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    Answer: loop-to-loop...

    Answer: loop-to-loop (<--link)
  7. Indeed! I'm just going with the no-hardware...

    Indeed! I'm just going with the no-hardware option. I realize I'm a bit of a stick-in-mud about that lol. :laugh:

    However, the Lapp Hitch with kevlar straps doesn't slip and appeals to the...
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    I did a 6-night trip recently that featured a lot...

    I did a 6-night trip recently that featured a lot of rain and high relative humidity.

    Gotta say, I was impressed at how well my down UQ and TQ worked, both EE Downtek-treated, Revelation and...
  9. J-Bend works with anything, anywhere, all the...

    J-Bend works with anything, anywhere, all the time with zero slippage. Even Amsteel-on-Amsteel, which in my book is the acid test.
  10. ^^^^^All this too! I have a relative who was,...

    ^^^^^All this too!

    I have a relative who was, a few years ago, in love with the IDEA of getting into mountaineering, but when we actually did a trip and he learned how very difficult it is living...
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    I recently washed one in a sink with warm water...

    I recently washed one in a sink with warm water and a good squirt of Dawn.

    This particular hammock (Darien #6235) had at least 40 nights on it and barely any dirt/oils came out of it, so I'm...
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    Enlightened Equipment also has some ready-to-ship...

    Enlightened Equipment also has some ready-to-ship Revolts.
  13. This is very similar to my approach. Do a day...

    This is very similar to my approach. Do a day hike of 10-15 miles, ending up at a campsite not too far from the trail head, have a relaxing evening with a good dinner, a great night's sleep, a simple...
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    An air mat if all else fails and GtG is the only...

    An air mat if all else fails and GtG is the only option! I had to do this once in Baxter State Park at a shelter where hammocks were not permitted at all... pretty sure it was Pogy Pond. My inner UL...
  15. True, and the nice thing about the Lapp knot in...

    True, and the nice thing about the Lapp knot in hitch configuration is that it is impossible to tie the anti-Lapp (Lapp version of reef-thief).
  16. All I can say is tie it up to an actual hammock...

    All I can say is tie it up to an actual hammock and you will see that it's an entirely different beast.

    At first — when I didn't even know what it was called — I semi-jokingly referred to it as...
  17. I've got about 25 nights on it now and have had...

    I've got about 25 nights on it now and have had no problems using Kevlar tree straps and Amsteel CLs.

    Best technique for releasing it: Hold tail in right hand, hammock CL in left hand with left...
  18. Poll: This did not register precisely with me at first,...

    This did not register precisely with me at first, but that is actually a very clever application for tarp guys. I have used it for split ridge lines and it works great. Now that I can splice I need...
  19. Poll: This did not register precisely with me at first,...

    This did not register precisely with me at first, but that is actually a very clever application for tarp guys. I have used it for split ridge lines and it works great.
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    WTB: Sorry, no UQ but I have the rest: (EDIT: I have a...

    Sorry, no UQ but I have the rest: (EDIT: I have a summer UQ that might work for you... definitely summer only, see below.)

    1) Hammock: Dutch Chameleon standard (11' x 58") Hexon 1.0 (rec max...
  21. Poll: Glowire also bites into Glowire pretty well. :)...

    Glowire also bites into Glowire pretty well. :) Blake's hitch takes a set very quickly and doesn't untie itself.

    https://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/7/4/1/1/4/blakes_xx.jpg
  22. Guylines stay with the tarp, and stakes, too,...

    Guylines stay with the tarp, and stakes, too, rolled up in a thick (freezer) ziploc bag.

    Keeps everything together in a complete unit, and tarp deployment is that much quicker not having to add...
  23. Poll: Beasty Dees only because LLs limit cord choice...

    Beasty Dees only because LLs limit cord choice somewhat.

    I'm a pretty staunch no-hardware advocate, but plain grosgrain loops don't work for me because I use an adjustable (Blake's) hitch at the...
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    Another vote for found sticks if not using...

    Another vote for found sticks if not using trekking poles. A clove hitch holds guyline to stick, but truth is you can throw on just about any kind of crazy wrap and it'll probably hold. :cool:
    ...
  25. Maybe something from Strapworks...

    Maybe something from Strapworks?
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    Great advice above, to which I would add that...

    Great advice above, to which I would add that once you achieve a bit of proficiency setting up hammock and tarp, go out and do some quick overnight trips in mild weather and camp about a mile from...
  27. Other practicalities aside — such as carrying a...

    Other practicalities aside — such as carrying a machete and 200 feet of rope — imagine constructing that shelter while it's raining! :scared:
  28. Wow, sorry to hear this. Shades of the old Zpacks...

    Wow, sorry to hear this. Shades of the old Zpacks I first purchased from in 2012.

    As you know, my friend Jimmyb got an Arc Haul that was so shoddily constructed that he ended up making his own and...
  29. Definitely a benefit with silnylon tarps, but...

    Definitely a benefit with silnylon tarps, but even when those get wet they stretch only so much and often a quick re-tensioning will make them taut for the duration, assuming tensioning...
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    I can't comment on others' experiences with CF...

    I can't comment on others' experiences with CF different spreader/hammock combos, but the 3.6oz set that I made for JB's prototype do not at all feel as if they're on the verge of failing when loaded...
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    Indeed, the devil is in the details and unless...

    Indeed, the devil is in the details and unless you do things precisely and exactly the same way then I've done them, I can see how they might fail. For instance, if you use these bars with the...
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    hunkered under tarp flash crack boom, rain...

    hunkered under tarp
    flash crack boom, rain gushing down
    sipping hot coffee
  33. Thread: Tree straps

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    RBTR Venom...

    RBTR Venom and Myerstech (hard to find link... check FB) also fit the bill, but most of these UHMWPE straps 'behave' more like cord than straps because they bunch up and are annoying to flatten out....
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    I'm 170/5'9" and perhaps at the upper end for...

    I'm 170/5'9" and perhaps at the upper end for something so light. I used them only 1 night so how they might hold up long term I don't know, but with reasonable care they should be fine. Compression...
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    I made 2 pairs of 36" CF spreader bars. #1 pair...

    I made 2 pairs of 36" CF spreader bars. #1 pair were made were 3-section with 13mm (OD) x 11mm (ID) tube with 11x9mm ferrules, 1.5mm shock cord to make them easy to deploy and metal tips. Weight was...
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    That's a great looking piece of gear — many happy...

    That's a great looking piece of gear — many happy slumbers to you!

    DH are to hammocks what sleek racing yachts are to boats. I have 3 Dariens and luv 'em all.
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    +1 for the buff... double duty item! Also,...

    +1 for the buff... double duty item!

    Also, check weather websites for the moon phase. I've got an upcoming trip for which the moon is waning and won't be rising until around 3 a.m. and getting...
  38. lol against that mindset, hammocks don't stand a...

    lol against that mindset, hammocks don't stand a chance! :laugh:
  39. Indeed, most people want things that require no...

    Indeed, most people want things that require no thought or skills or adaptability to deploy, which is why even trekking pole shelters and tarps still take a statistical distant backseat to framed...
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    With wet suspension maybe you would become the...

    With wet suspension maybe you would become the resistor in the circuit? :scared:
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    Your suggestion of getting off the ridge is a...

    Your suggestion of getting off the ridge is a good one, not just for lightning but for extreme wind bursts. On a ridge or a mountain top you're kinda 'asking for it...' :mellow:

    Beyond that it's...
  42. I have a .74 poncho that I can test in the next...

    I have a .74 poncho that I can test in the next couple of days. It has zippers but nothing else that could absorb any water.

    I also have a 50' hank of 2mm Glowire that I could weigh dry and wet to...
  43. Thanks for doing the math, JB... it's nice when...

    Thanks for doing the math, JB... it's nice when reality and theory dovetail!

    I hope you get to test some of your hybrid ideas, but there are so many projects and not enough time and resources for...
  44. Math error noted elsewhere... What I generally...

    Math error noted elsewhere...

    What I generally do as I scroll through post headings is to skip those that don't interest me, and for those that do interest me I read but don't comment unless I...
  45. That is a good idea to isolate the primary...

    That is a good idea to isolate the primary materials to find out specifically, and comparatively, how much they retain.

    A guy on Whiteblaze, colorado_rob, did a test a couple of years back with...
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    It shouldn't be too hard to coordinate a hike for...

    It shouldn't be too hard to coordinate a hike for a smaller group of HF-ers in Harriman. We've got a nice little group represented here from downstate and LI.

    However, I've got the PA trip...
  47. DCF tarp — real-world water weight retention

    From time to time we read claims that one of the benefits of DCF (Cuben) tarps is that they don't absorb water — which is true — and therefore there is very little additional weight when they are...
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    An option there is to use some 2"-wide Dutch...

    An option there is to use some 2"-wide Dutch Kevlar Huggers combined with whatever straps/whoopies/cords you prefer.

    Here the hugger is tied to a smaller tree with a slipped buntline (a...
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    I concur regarding DCF in general. Price is the...

    I concur regarding DCF in general. Price is the only real downside, but otherwise it is, for me, simply the best tool for the job. I do not see it at all as a status symbol.

    The noise thing really...
  50. With a 2000lb break strength (assuming 1" wide...

    With a 2000lb break strength (assuming 1" wide 3.3g/ft variety) you're not going to break it. However, it can be damaged from friction/heat so it is important to pull it out in small increments to...
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