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  1. Seems like the thing to do. Like feeding Vaal. ...

    Seems like the thing to do. Like feeding Vaal. I just went whole-hog. Asym Zip, storm canopy, over cover, supershelter, got the snakeskins and water thingies, and it's coming Saturday!
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    Finally! It's coming Saturday...

    Hi all.

    I haven't posted in quite some time. You know how it is.

    Last Friday evening, after more than a year of hemming and hawing and arguing with myself, I finally pulled the trigger.
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    Here's all the photos from camp: TL Storer 2013...

    Here's all the photos from camp: TL Storer 2013
  4. I just spend a week at Scout Camp in 90+ temps...

    I just spend a week at Scout Camp in 90+ temps and wet-wool-blanket humidity.

    I had a 40-degree "summer" bag that I was using as my quilting material, until by the end of the week it was just too...
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    A week at Scout Camp

    Hi all.

    I've not been around in a while, but nevertheless...here I am.

    Just spent a week at T.L. Storer Scout Reservation with my Troop. I ran into another forum member out there (Ginixia),...
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    "13 pounds" and "Travel light" in the same...

    "13 pounds" and "Travel light" in the same article? Yeah, sure.

    I traded in my 13 pound tent on a 16 ounce hammock. I've already had a much nicer hiking experience on the one trip I brought it. ...
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    Headed out this weekend...

    ...to Nobscot Scout Reservation (Sudbury, MA).

    It's the Boston Minuteman Council Klondike Derby. I'm on staff, so I'm cheating and heading for a cabin (while the boys sleep on the ground.)

    But...
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    Well, so I managed to get outside Saturday...

    Well, so I managed to get outside Saturday afternoon as promised.

    I have a nice tree and the roof support to my patio at just the right distance, so I strung it up and crawled in. It was about 40...
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    My tent weighs that much....my GT UL and the...

    My tent weighs that much....my GT UL and the overweight hanging gear I'm using right now (temporary, I swear!) comes in at just 2 pounds.
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    Dismayed. Cellar not hammock friendly.

    Well, I got my GT UL on Wednesday. After a couple of nights of Scouting (meetings, alas...no field work) I was finally home to try a test hang downstairs tonight.

    A few weeks ago, I was able to...
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    I'm the 3rd to take the plunge in my troop. I'd...

    I'm the 3rd to take the plunge in my troop. I'd imagine that the more trips we do, and the more scouts see it, the more will transition.

    We do a couple of backpacking trips a year...after...
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    Well, greetings comrade! From the Eastern Mass...

    Well, greetings comrade!

    From the Eastern Mass enclave of Waltham....
  13. Thread: It's Here!

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    It's Here!

    Why, my nice mailman brought me a package from Skokie, IL just now.:thumbup:

    It's Grand Trunk Ultralight!

    It's so little.....going to try to string it up in the cellar later today. Don't...
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    Not an ounce-counter. Swapping my tent for a...

    Not an ounce-counter. Swapping my tent for a hammock will probably be enough to start. :shades:
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    Sheesh. Lifelong Scout and Scouter here...I...

    Sheesh.

    Lifelong Scout and Scouter here...I have every intention of using non-stretching marine grade nylon rope and any number of hitches and lashes to get my hammock up this spring.

    Only...
  16. As a lifer, I love seeing all the other Scouters...

    As a lifer, I love seeing all the other Scouters out here!
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    Winter Camper here....I've done -34 in a tent up...

    Winter Camper here....I've done -34 in a tent up near the Canadian border. Summer, not so much. I'd rather play in the snow than sweat my region off.

    Think those days are behind me now, though. ...
  18. When I joined Boy Scout Troop 61 (Saugus, MA) at...

    When I joined Boy Scout Troop 61 (Saugus, MA) at age 11.....a few years ago.

    I've never been out of uniform since....and most of my life since then, we camp every month with the troop like...
  19. Thread: USPS Blew It

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    Huh, I'm having an issue right now with GT. Not...

    Huh, I'm having an issue right now with GT. Not them, but the tracking number they provided for my shipment. Email says it's UPS, but the number keeps returning "not found". On a whim, I tried over...
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    It's all fun and games until Zodiac shows up.

    It's all fun and games until Zodiac shows up.
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    IT IS DONE! Ordered it this morning. They can...

    IT IS DONE!

    Ordered it this morning. They can ship in 8 hours so it's waiting for me when I get home, right?
  22. Thread: Poison ivy

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    Still immune at age 46 - I've been lucky. This...

    Still immune at age 46 - I've been lucky.

    This is de riguer - every time I lead a hike, whether with Scouts or LL Bean, no matter where we are or how many times I've done it, we always stop the...
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    Not waiting anymore - first purchase!

    Ah, I can't wait until spring. But by then I should be on my second hammock. I have every intention of picking up a WL Night Owl, but I just ran across the $20 GT "el cheapo" special online again....
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    Jeez, skypainter...what'd you do with that stew...

    Jeez, skypainter...what'd you do with that stew that has people having PTSD?
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    Like all things good and true about these United...

    Like all things good and true about these United States, the "Hammock" was invented here in New England.

    The Puritans, looking for a way to segregate themselves while sleeping so they didn't...
  26. I think you ought to have a plan B....if it's not...

    I think you ought to have a plan B....if it's not too much trouble, bring a tent as a backup. You know the gear works on the ground, so that could be a safe out if somebody is too cold in...
  27. Thread: Hanging Indoors

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    Hanging Indoors

    So, how do you do it?

    I've seen references to doors and other things, but I can't picture how you'd string one up. I did have my old mesh hammock up briefly down in the cellar, tied to a ceiling...
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    Say guys, as the District Man here, (Training...

    Say guys, as the District Man here, (Training Chairman, SOL District, Boston Minuteman Council) regarding this whole alcohol stove issue?

    I say bah. I'd keep my nose clean if I was going to a...
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    TriSec from Troop 250, Waltham MA. I have one...

    TriSec from Troop 250, Waltham MA.

    I have one scout in a Hennesey, and one leader in an unknown type. (He didn't make the last trip, but I heard about him.)

    And of course your Loyal TriSec...
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    "Tablecloth Brazilian" really doesn't sound like...

    "Tablecloth Brazilian" really doesn't sound like it belongs in a family forum.

    :scared: :laugh:
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    Howdy from Mass, and another Revolutionary...

    Howdy from Mass, and another Revolutionary hometown! (Well, not quite. But I live just 5 miles from Lexington and Concord.)

    Was in Williamsburg and Yorktowne in 2007...nice area for us history...
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    Hi guys. Just watching from the sidelines. Hope...

    Hi guys. Just watching from the sidelines. Hope to make it to a spring event!

    (like all else, it's on the "after treatment" list. That's coming up quick; last one on Jan 9!)

    I've been having...
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    Hmm....try a freestanding fleece hood, maybe? (I...

    Hmm....try a freestanding fleece hood, maybe? (I have one - it's great. I wear it under some hats and over others.

    I also have a "Radar Hat" (Like Radar used to wear in MASH when it was cold),...
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    Sticky: Well, there's this guy I work with. One day, he...

    Well, there's this guy I work with. One day, he cornered me and made me drive home and get my tent. Then there was a painful blow to my head, and I remember hitting the floor, but not much else...
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    Heh, you are correct about that laughing...

    Heh, you are correct about that laughing bit....30 isn't even cold around here. (New England.)

    I've done some tent camping around the zero mark. Fun stuff!
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    Where's the KABOOM? There was supposed to be an...

    Where's the KABOOM? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering KABOOM!!????

    Just like the freakin' Mayans. The end is coming at 5pm today, after a full day's work. (EDT/EST, anyway.)
  37. Thread: Obsessed

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    I'm thinking probably no. I'm a three-season...

    I'm thinking probably no. I'm a three-season camper (Fall, Winter, Spring) and rarely go out in the heat of the summer and height of bug season.

    The only place I've ever used a bug net is at Boy...
  38. Thread: Obsessed

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    Obsessed

    OK, so if I keep going back to the same website and gazing at the product, could it mean that's the one?

    I'm enamored by the Wilderness Logics Night Owl now. I've looked at a bunch of other...
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    My stakes go straight into the vampire's chest. ...

    My stakes go straight into the vampire's chest.

    I have a little ditty bag that I can steal from my tent. Doesn't take up much room.
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    My Go-To place locally isn't really...

    My Go-To place locally isn't really woodlands....I live right close to Minuteman NHP (Lexington and Concord). We're out to the Battle Green and Old North Bridge multiple times every year. There's...
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    I'll add Camp Sayre in Milton (right near the...

    I'll add Camp Sayre in Milton (right near the Blue Hills) and the lovely Nobscot Scout Reservation in Sudbury. I do believe both allow outside (Re: non-scout) groups to reserve campsites.

    There's...
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    Well, I'm right here on the coast. I'll probably...

    Well, I'm right here on the coast. I'll probably climb up atop one of the nearby hills with a view of the ocean and watch the Megatsunami come in.

    Too bad, drowning is pretty much the only death...
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    I'm going to get out with Skypainter in the...

    I'm going to get out with Skypainter in the spring before I pull the trigger.

    Got some health issues going on; everything is on the "After treatment" list, but that last date is coming up quick.
    ...
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    First Hammock - HELP!!!!

    I've been looking and searching and reviewing, and my head is swimming.

    I'm a WWII geek; I love reading about it because 20 million men served in uniform, and every single one of them has a...
  45. Thread: BB vs. Traveler

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    Seeing the Vid was very helpful. Looks like...

    Seeing the Vid was very helpful. Looks like Skypainter was right...I like the shelf and footbox thingy.

    OK, it's a BB on the list. Eyeing the April trip for my first hang now. (Troop 250,...
  46. Thread: BB vs. Traveler

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    BB vs. Traveler

    Hey gang.

    I've got this narrowed down. I'm still sleeping on the ground for this winter, but come springtime I'm likely to pull the trigger on a Traveler.

    My friend recommends the BB...so I'm...
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    Northern Tier deep winter - can I do it?

    Hi again.

    Obsessing over things, and I haven't even bought one yet.

    I'm reading about the various insulation methods, and I'm seeing a temp range starting around 40 down to about 25 for various...
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    "We're Troop 61 (Saugus, MA). We don't cancel or...

    "We're Troop 61 (Saugus, MA). We don't cancel or postpone trips because of inclement weather."

    A policy that has caused my current unit (Pack 250 Waltham) much chagrin.

    Only if it's snowing so...
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    Doin' it on the cheap

    OK, as my friend Skypainter tells me, this rapidly becomes an obsession.

    I've priced out a bunch of things, but what say you to this?

    I own a pretty big mosquito net - I imagine it won't be so...
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    Mesh hammock mishap

    Did something silly this evening.

    I have yet to convert (don't hold that against me)...I decided to dig out my old mesh hammock and see if I couldn't string it up in the cellar for a try.

    So, I...
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