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  1. This may be one of the most epic routes ever...

    This may be one of the most epic routes ever planned. Definitely keeping up with this!
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    That's remarkably inexpensive for a complete...

    That's remarkably inexpensive for a complete setup. This could be a really good option as a backup, a test kit, or something to throw in the car.

    I hope nobody calls you any bad names for sharing...
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    Another great trip report, Paul. Thanks for...

    Another great trip report, Paul. Thanks for giving us a look.
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    Nice video. Ya'll were covering some miles on...

    Nice video. Ya'll were covering some miles on that terrain. Thanks for the trip report. I'd love to do the triple crown but I am scared of the crowds.
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    I liked it so much that I made something like it....

    I liked it so much that I made something like it.

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20191015/943c578c7063526d298c60235b5435ee.jpg

    I'm sure it is nowhere near the quality of warbonnet, but it is...
  6. That's a great trip report nested in here!

    That's a great trip report nested in here!
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    This is probably the best thread I have found...

    This is probably the best thread I have found which clearly outlines the basics of construction method for a topquilt. I know that there are a plethora of down calculators etc out there, but this one...
  8. I guess that makes this a park that only allows...

    I guess that makes this a park that only allows cold soaking or protein bars??

    That's crazy.

    I've never heard of any park, even out west, banning gas stoves. Alcohol stoves, yes,, but ALL...
  9. I had some success with a KISS tarp as well. Rain...

    I had some success with a KISS tarp as well. Rain was limited to a heavy drizzle and the wind gusts were minimal. I was surprised that I stayed dry, but it performed great in those conditions....
  10. lmao. A 30 million volt lightning bolt at that.

    lmao. A 30 million volt lightning bolt at that.
  11. I don't care for it either. It seems the...

    I don't care for it either.

    It seems the reserveamerica lobby has a nice stranglehold on the parks systems. Fortunately, here in SC they decided to create their own system and it has been much...
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    Wowza. Irony meter overload. I, for one, am...

    Wowza. Irony meter overload.

    I, for one, am greatly appreciative of Chum! providing his links and reviews. I don't care if he makes a kickback or not. I have the power of judgement and the free...
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    I mean, it's borderline glamping when you have a...

    I mean, it's borderline glamping when you have a cooler, make pizza, brought your own oven, brownies, biscuits and gravy, fresh eggs etc...

    Bravo!
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    Looks like it was a great trip! I am so...

    Looks like it was a great trip! I am so interested in doing a kayak camp, but I've gotta get a boat first.

    We stayed on Fontana a couple of times during the winter and it is remarkable how low...
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    Dream hammock multi buckles. Very useful and even...

    Dream hammock multi buckles. Very useful and even better that they are paying tribute.
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    Jones Gap State Park SC

    Desperately seeking a break from the unbearable heat generated at the base of the piedmont plateau, we ran towards the foothills of South Carolina.
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    Looks like a lot of nice products at fair prices....

    Looks like a lot of nice products at fair prices. Etsy!

    It's good to see more custom vendors coming to the market to replace all those who've closed up and the bigger operations that have outgrown...
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    Amen to that! A good Pawleys Hammock is lovely...

    Amen to that! A good Pawleys Hammock is lovely for a nice afternoon nap, but nothing like a night of deep restorative gathered end rest-hang!
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    That's just the best of all worlds. Common sense...

    That's just the best of all worlds. Common sense and decency all snugged up in the best lounging scenario possible.
  20. This is a great trip thread. Love that nightsky...

    This is a great trip thread. Love that nightsky photo.
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    Good photos Burner. I could have done without...

    Good photos Burner. I could have done without seeing the nastiest blister I have ever seen in my life. At least move that thing to the last picture. I bet those final miles made you contemplate...
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    This is such a beautiful production. The silence...

    This is such a beautiful production. The silence and observation that the children show. They really seem in touch with nature. Speaking of nature, so magnificent. You've got some happy and capable...
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    I've gotten a mix of both econ and premium...

    I've gotten a mix of both econ and premium quilts. I must admit that the coolness factor and greater cost make me a big fan of the premium line. The cool fabric and better quality down are both...
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    Jeff Oh, Those are just some tarp beaks I made...

    Jeff Oh, Those are just some tarp beaks I made from the drops of the tarp material. They help with privacy and prevailing winds. They work pretty well with the stand. The interior poles create too...
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    Yes. Will transport on a roof rack designed for...

    Yes. Will transport on a roof rack designed for hauling long lumber. Fits in the bed of the pickup with three feet hanging over also
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    Swampfox is the man with the plan. Check the...

    Swampfox is the man with the plan. Check the foothills website. They have multiple shuttle drivers. Great folks. I'd recommend Taz as the driver to use. Plenty of options to leave a car and the...
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    Thought I would add some photos to the thread...

    Thought I would add some photos to the thread since jeffo was so helpful.

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190928/a1668f0122882e4dc089d0bfbf406e51.jpg

    Came up with a successful tensa using...
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    Fantastic photo and even better on a pillow!

    Fantastic photo and even better on a pillow!
  29. Donation received but don't know who sent it?

    Editing to clean up my post so I don't contribute to the negative.
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    Getting around to using this rf down I bought...

    Getting around to using this rf down I bought from Amazon. Made a couple of diy pillows.

    The down in the 1lb bag I got is very good. It's all down with very few feathers.
    ...
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    Don't use cord that will stretch, such as...

    Don't use cord that will stretch, such as paracord. Make sure you have the ability to tighten your ridgeline and ground pullouts as the tarp stretches. Use a friction hitch of some type or some cord...
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    I guess you could sew a couple of pockets onto a...

    I guess you could sew a couple of pockets onto a double end hammock bag, but I go with the lazy slug stuff sack. Everything fits inside. If the the straps are wet, or sappy they get rolled up...
  33. Now you're multitasking!�� Poor guy that digs ...

    Now you're multitasking!�� Poor guy that digs the next Dakota pit. Seriously, why do you have to be solo to drop that rye loaf right in the middle of camp? It's all good in the woods!
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    WHY would you want to minimize that sweet music?...

    WHY would you want to minimize that sweet music?

    Seriously, I think nylon is the least percussive of the materials. My poly tarps sing, but I like it.

    I wonder if the tarp is strung with less...
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    That's a good looking setup. You really have...

    That's a good looking setup. You really have whittled down at all of the other components. It looks like your next leap to super ultralight will involve the insulation. Kudos. I hike around thirty...
  36. Good to see you back in the woods. Been looking...

    Good to see you back in the woods. Been looking forward to some more of your hiking videos.
  37. There was obviously a disconnect between what the...

    There was obviously a disconnect between what the post stated and what you interpreted.

    If you read the post, it essentially agrees with everything you said. The true value in DIY lies outside of...
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    I'm seeing less than three ounces difference...

    I'm seeing less than three ounces difference between the econ 20 and the premium. If you upgrade to the 950 fill power down, gain an additional ounce.

    I'd look for other places to shed weight....
  39. Monitor the wind and keep a reasonable distance....

    Monitor the wind and keep a reasonable distance. Burn a clean burning fire that doesn't produce big sooty ash which can burn longer in the air. Be selective about which wood you use, as some will pop...
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    This thread is great! Why couldn't I have found...

    This thread is great! Why couldn't I have found it sooner?

    Did this very Whoopie/UCR conversion last night and sorted it out on my own. I also like your locking knot and the return bury. I did...
  41. Thanks for everything Jeff Oh. The thread on your...

    Thanks for everything Jeff Oh. The thread on your initial build was very helpful. Thanks for all of the calculations and sharing your experience to make it easier on us non-scientific bunch. :)
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    Don't worry Oneclick, as the trendies are a...

    Don't worry Oneclick, as the trendies are a fickle bunch who hop from fad to fad like so many fleas on a dogs butt. Those silly beardbros and their instagram girlies will lose interest in hammocking...
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    Sticks distribute the load of the strap...

    Sticks distribute the load of the strap vertically. This eliminates the potential for girdling, which is cutting off nutrient and water flows horizontally around the girth of the tree. Sticks are a...
  44. How much do you REALLY save when you DIY a tarp?

    Okay, after looking through the history of my diy tarp builds, I am not so sure that I have saved a whole lot of money.

    Granted, when you diy you get the option of full customization.

    Which...
  45. What a breakdown! Some more details: The...

    What a breakdown!

    Some more details:

    The feet were spread 73inches. The top holes are drilled 3 inches from the end and the bottom holes at 1.5 from end. The temp ridgeline cable provides for...
  46. 180lbs Good to see others having success...

    180lbs



    Good to see others having success with ten foot lengths. Is it tall enough for you to have a tarp? How many times have you used it? I'm just getting started with it, but it seems plenty...
  47. This is just an outstanding running deal. I would...

    This is just an outstanding running deal. I would highly recommend to anyone.

    If you aren't interested in diy, are just getting started, or want to upgrade your current kit, I would advise folks...
  48. Regular aluminum + stakes. Holding fine. I would...

    Regular aluminum + stakes. Holding fine. I would recommend a stronger stake though. Just in case. I also have a guy line on the head end to keep me from collapsing the tensa on myself.

    The tarp...
  49. Fence rail is heavier, bulkier, and stronger. EMT...

    Fence rail is heavier, bulkier, and stronger. EMT is sufficient for folks who don't require extra support.
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    Wow! That is a complete failure. Where is the...

    Wow! That is a complete failure. Where is the ripstop?

    I've been swinging in robic ultralight (Ripstop by the roll, before the great hammock wars of 2018) for a couple of years, as it is my...
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