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  1. Wanted to echo Phantom’s thanks to Tacoma and...

    Wanted to echo Phantom’s thanks to Tacoma and Foxpoop for hosting. I know it’s a thankless job but for new guys like me it’s a treat to meet forum members in person and see the various gear set-ups....
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    I agree. I’ve had a rough year turning 50...

    I agree. I’ve had a rough year turning 50 including breaking my hand in four places, breaking my wrist, fracturing a cheek bone and tearing ligaments in an ankle. I guess I’m lucky in that all these...
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    I’m finding this thread oddly inspirational. If I...

    I’m finding this thread oddly inspirational. If I can still hike/bike/camp in my 80s I will be thrilled to pieces. Turning 50 and experiencing more activity related injuries has been a humbling...
  4. If anyone is coming Thursday evening I could be...

    If anyone is coming Thursday evening I could be there around 7pm to hike up to the group site. Otherwise it’s looking like Friday 10:30am ish.

    Tacoma - thank you for coordinating this. Do we need...
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    I treat my hammock and integrated bugnet. In most...

    I treat my hammock and integrated bugnet. In most asym hammocks parts of your body will be close to the mesh at night so mosquitoes will try to bite through it. I also find it cuts down on how close...
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    Yea, not sure if permethrin crystals falling out...

    Yea, not sure if permethrin crystals falling out of suspension is specific to SFR or can occur with other formulations as well. But most supporting product info seems to indicate it is sensitive to...
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    If itís Martinís Permethrin SFR concentrate, the...

    If itís Martinís Permethrin SFR concentrate, the glitter is likely Permethrin crystals that can form if it is stored in garage below 40 degrees. The safety data sheets typically advise warming the...
  8. This gave me a good laugh. I plan to do some...

    This gave me a good laugh. I plan to do some hanging out too which I believe is the general point of a group "hang". Just can't personally pass up the opportunity to experience some Pisgah trails...
  9. Thanks for the CalTopo bookmark. Happy to have...

    Thanks for the CalTopo bookmark. Happy to have the company and check out your radio kit on Cedar Rock. I skirted it on the ALT last month when completing the NOBO route. I donít have a specific...
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    FWIW - Shug’s videos are super helpful as are...

    FWIW - Shug’s videos are super helpful as are many of the posts on this forum concerning general rules like hang angles and suspension choices. I am new to this too and learned a lot by experimenting...
  11. Iím willing to grab the 40L pack and make a full...

    Iím willing to grab the 40L pack and make a full haul of wood back to the hang site after setting up camp. Hope to be there Friday before dinner time if I can get off work early (~2.5 hr drive for...
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    Except EMT is conductive. So if the lightning...

    Except EMT is conductive. So if the lightning strikes a nearby tall object like a tree house and then travels though to the immediate ground area, it will also seek conductive paths through the...
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    According to weather.gov, half of all lightening...

    According to weather.gov, half of all lightening related injuries are caused by ground effect lightening, which would imply tents can be equally as dangerous depending on where they are pitched. Side...
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    I just treated my gear including hammock,...

    I just treated my gear including hammock, backpack, hat, socks, clothes, etc. before my my recent trip. It was very effective against bugs as the few bites I did receive were limited to exposed skin...
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    GSMNP has gone to great lengths to install cables...

    GSMNP has gone to great lengths to install cables at the registered campsites so people donít have to rely on traditional bear bag methods or canisters. While thereís no mention of improper food...
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    The Wall Street Journal ran an article earlier in...

    The Wall Street Journal ran an article earlier in the week about some of the National Parks having to close their gates due to overcrowding during/post pandemic. They weren’t necessarily citing...
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    ha, that ankle is still swollen but I was able to...

    ha, that ankle is still swollen but I was able to wear a different brace with some trail runners. Was hoping it would be back to normal by now but I guess it has other plans. As you say, really not...
  18. Pretty area. I like these loop trails with varied...

    Pretty area. I like these loop trails with varied terrain. Nice video editing too. I’ve always wanted to try one with some drone footage since the perspective is so unique. But they’re illegal to fly...
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    thanks. You should do it again. I plan to go back...

    thanks. You should do it again. I plan to go back this fall and plan a trek around Shining Rock Wilderness portion. Unfortunately I didn’t have the spare time for spur trails or the hike up Cold...
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    Art Loeb Trail - 2 Day NOBO Adventure

    While I have hiked many areas of the Pisgah, The 30.1 mile ALT has been on my bucket list for awhile. Sometimes referred to as the "Appalachian Trail's Greatest Hits" (although technically not on...
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    Be Careful Out There - Lineville Gorge

    I know this ares is a favorite amongst the hammock crew. Reminder to be safe out there.

    https://www.wral.com/hiker-dies-after-fall-at-north-carolina-gorge/19710921/
  22. I’m going to try to make this one work...

    I’m going to try to make this one work permitting. Will be up that way this coming weekend for some hiking too
  23. I was being somewhat tongue and cheek just given...

    I was being somewhat tongue and cheek just given those unexpected ups and downs on the Fork Mountain/CRT section. Art Loeb is ~7,600í of elevation gain going nobo, and supposedly that stretch when...
  24. Lacey looks so content in those photos Paul. Now...

    Lacey looks so content in those photos Paul. Now that you got the CRT under your belt I’m thinking Art Loeb nobo is on the horizon...
  25. Thanks for the trip video Layne. I was on the...

    Thanks for the trip video Layne. I was on the lower Dutchman/Uwharrie loop the same day as the 40-mile Ultra too - doing a day hike with my two dogs. Always enjoy the woods there. Nice to see some...
  26. Thanks for the tips Wkerber. I havenít been down...

    Thanks for the tips Wkerber. I havenít been down that way before so looking forward to checking it out.



    Thanks for updating this Paul. Appreciate the profile views.
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    The wet down clumps together at the ends of the...

    The wet down clumps together at the ends of the baffles - pushed there by gravity & the dryer tumbler. I just massaged the outer nylon shell with my hands to break them apart. The felt balls or...
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    I did it in my bathtub with Nikwax Down Wash. I...

    I did it in my bathtub with Nikwax Down Wash. I used just enough water to cover the quilt when submerging it by hand. I used the cap to measure the detergent - I think instructions call for 3 oz for...
  29. Bumping this up. 3 weeks out and would enjoy...

    Bumping this up. 3 weeks out and would enjoy having a few more SE backpackers join us. Looks to be a nice starter trip before the summer season.
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    Sawyer’s website says it has an effective shelf...

    Sawyer’s website says it has an effective shelf life of 10 years if stored in a cool/dry place. I’ve read on many blogs that it shortens to 3-5 years once opened, but I’ve seen no scientific studies...
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    Nice to see others enjoying the gorge. Yes the...

    Nice to see others enjoying the gorge. Yes the river was cold. I’ll be back again in the fall after I tick off some of my Pisgah/Smokies loops this summer.
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    Another fine video SirGeorge. Very impressed with...

    Another fine video SirGeorge. Very impressed with your video and editing skills. I used to lug around my SLR on some of these trips but it just got too heavy for most backpacking I do. Never had a...
  33. SC - Ellicott Rock Wilderness - Fork Mountain Trail Loop 5/22 & 5/23

    For anyone interested, Iím planning to backpack the Chattooga River, Fork Mountain and Foothills Trail loop the weekend of 5/22 & 5/23. The plan is to meet-up at the Burrells Ford Campground in...
  34. Nice! How did the stove work out? Here’s mine....

    Nice! How did the stove work out?

    Here’s mine. Back yard hang. Also tested a new UL headlamp diffuser made from a toothpaste cap. Weighs in at 3 grams for you
    UL weanies. Now time to switch out...
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    I thought about doing it clockwise after after...

    I thought about doing it clockwise after after experiencing those three climb sections. Saw a few other solo packers going the opposite direction as me. The LGT probably isn’t dramatically different...
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    It’s the 20* 800 fill version - 24 oz so about...

    It’s the 20* 800 fill version - 24 oz so about the same weight as the Hammock Gear Economy 20*. Heavier than the cottage maker premium quilts due to the shell material but it offered me a less...
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    funny you brought that up Paul as that was the...

    funny you brought that up Paul as that was the first thing I hit Sat am. There had to be three or four large downed trees on that pitch that I had the climb around/over - greatly added to my...
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    Fixed the corner tear on the Thunderfly. I had to...

    Fixed the corner tear on the Thunderfly. I had to use a silnylon patch for extra strength but itís working out fine. Wish I could join you all as Iíll be in Bloomington mid-May. ...
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    Thanks - gorge trips are fun but your legs really...

    Thanks - gorge trips are fun but your legs really feel it when finished.

    Leaves were out at the lower elevations and starting to bud out up top. I didn’t post those photos in sequence along my...
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    Solo Trip - Lineville Gorge South Loop

    Originally had this planned for next week with my brother but he injured his leg and rain looks to be in the forecast for next week. Really wanted to get across Spence Ridge so I went a week early...
  41. Headed out to Lineville Gorge next week for a...

    Headed out to Lineville Gorge next week for a solo. Did a back yard set-up of the new kit. Per thread title trying to keep things lighter in my pack. Thanks goes out to OneClick for hooking me up...
  42. I was going to say something similar. Your...

    I was going to say something similar. Your narration reminds me of a Bob Ross episode. My son is a 2nd year at Bloomington and I've always wondered what Lake Monroe is like when we're driving in to...
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    I worked for a civil engineering firm when I got...

    I worked for a civil engineering firm when I got out of college and did a lot of land surveying. Back then I wore gaiters not for the trail detritus but to keep out ticks and protect against snake...
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    It breaks down with exposure to UV and air....

    It breaks down with exposure to UV and air. General consensus is you should retreat after 6 weeks but I've found it to be effective for longer. I'm guessing after 9 months of storage it's time for a...
  45. I've been caught in several in the NC mountains...

    I've been caught in several in the NC mountains when I didn't yet have shelter pitched. Road them out sitting on my pack with the aluminum stays ground side down and a poncho providing my only cover....
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    Looks like a nice hike. There’s a few lollipop or...

    Looks like a nice hike. There’s a few lollipop or figure 8 routes in Uwharrie National Forest near me that have similar elevation changes. Also look a lot like your photos this time of year, although...
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    20 degree top quilt

    Looking for a 20 degree TQ to complete my kit. Prefer something light weight with a sewn foot box for backpacking. If you have something in your gear closet that could work please PM me. Would love...
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    Does anyone have an eclipse in the 2.5 oz/50*...

    Does anyone have an eclipse in the 2.5 oz/50* config? How small do they compress in a backpack?
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    Is there a limit to the comfort on a 50” width if...

    Is there a limit to the comfort on a 50” width if you’re broader through the back/shoulders? I’m not tall so would prefer to stay standard length and width but I sometimes have to bump up to XL...
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    Unfortunately I missed out on Free Homes Yeti so...

    Unfortunately I missed out on Free Homes Yeti so still in the market. Still hoping to locate light weight/low volume UQ or TQ/UQ combo for backpacking.
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