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  1. Here I am browsing through the new posts, and...

    Here I am browsing through the new posts, and boom, I stumble on our trip report!

    Nice job, Geoff - hanging (put intended) with you and Treywilly was a lot of fun.

    Breaking trail was tough,...
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    Some of the "tools" I'll bring with me: *...

    Some of the "tools" I'll bring with me:

    * (winter) pee bottle (nobody likes to have to get out of the hammy in the middle of the night, put on boots, etc) - small nalgene, something sturdy - you...
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    +1 for the Dutch quilt hooks. Given they allow...

    +1 for the Dutch quilt hooks. Given they allow for not only the hammock suspension to be pulled a little higher/more snug up against the hammock, but they can be slid up and down the hammock ridge...
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    two words?

    two words?
  5. I think a bigger issue with ordering anything...

    I think a bigger issue with ordering anything from BIAS is that Brian takes weeks to get his products shipped with zero communication coming out of his workshop, unless of course you spend time...
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    Head support in hammocks.

    I use ZPacks clothing bag/pillow combo. It's incredibly soft on your face at night and holds all my clothing for multi-day trips.

    I'm using it on my AT thru currently.
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    OES tarp review

    I placed my order last Saturday, and they arrived on Friday.

    I'm positive the threat of filing a charge back moved things along for sure. Not that I like to go that route ever.

    Now I get...
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    OES tarp review

    I placed my order last Saturday, and they arrived on Friday.

    I'm positive the threat of filing a charge back moved things along for sure. Not that I like to go that route ever.

    Now I get...
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    Yet you're blocking the ladder and your hammock...

    Yet you're blocking the ladder and your hammock is in the way of those poor souls on the bottom and the top.

    Rule of thumb in any of the shelters is to not pitch your tent or hang your hammock...
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    There's no way all of that comes in less than...

    There's no way all of that comes in less than 15lbs. Not a chance.

    Sharpening stone? Hatchet? Three books that you don't *need*. Overkill.

    Mat? Pad? You don't need any of these unless you...
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    Brian came through and emailed me yesterday...

    Brian came through and emailed me yesterday apologizing - he'd been "traveling".

    Both tarps came in the mail today.

    Excellent quality product, there's really nobody else that produces such a...
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    I'm afraid I'm experiencing the same issue with...

    I'm afraid I'm experiencing the same issue with Brian and his lack of communication with his customers.

    I've contacted him three times now after ordering two MacCat Deluxe tarps and some guy line...
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    Look forward to meeting you and your fellow trail...

    Look forward to meeting you and your fellow trail angels, Big Jeff! Thank you!
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    Sorry for (yet) another post, but I couldn't edit...

    Sorry for (yet) another post, but I couldn't edit my older post. I changed my journal URL:

    http://northernwalker.blogspot.com/
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    Did you have to go to ground at all? If so, what...

    Did you have to go to ground at all? If so, what did you use in lieu of a sleeping pad?

    Any chance you could share your AT hammock gear list?

    Thank you in advance.
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    Thanks man, appreciated. It's a long journey...

    Thanks man, appreciated. It's a long journey ahead. One I'm very much looking forward to.
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    Can anyone offer any extra info on what it's like...

    Can anyone offer any extra info on what it's like to take a zero day in a hammock, and how they coped cooking dinner/breakfast in driving precipitation?
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    My online journal; my journey has already begun:...

    My online journal; my journey has already begun:

    www.nopainnomaine.blogspot.com
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    So Springer it is, March 15th start. Out of my...

    So Springer it is, March 15th start. Out of my mind excited.
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    So Springer it is, March 15th start. Out of my...

    So Springer it is, March 15th start. Out of my mind excited.
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    What is it they say about a dog looking like its...

    What is it they say about a dog looking like its owner? :lol:
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    Great stories, I chuckled at the leather jacket...

    Great stories, I chuckled at the leather jacket one! :laugh:

    I'm really excited to take this next step in the adventure that is life; especially the pain, knocks, bruises, crappy weather -...
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    It's quite frightening to think there are so many...

    It's quite frightening to think there are so many people who didn't at least do the bare minimum of dialing in their gear beforehand.
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    Thanks, Miguel. I will be taking my WBBB, and...

    Thanks, Miguel. I will be taking my WBBB, and both the UQ and my new TQ/bag - both are rated at 30'. I am planning also to take a torso length closed cell foam pad (1/8"). I did try Warbonnet's...
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    Looks like no approach trail for me, then. No...

    Looks like no approach trail for me, then. No point in spending ~3.5 hours on a trail that doesn't "matter".

    I very much appreciate the advice on hanging in the Whites/shelters and heads up on...
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    Thanks for the great feedback, Cannibal, this is...

    Thanks for the great feedback, Cannibal, this is exactly the kind of info I wanted to hear.

    Should I give the approach a miss? I wasn't planning on hiking it a-la Bryson to be honest - I didn't...
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    Trail Name - not yet Direction - NOBO Estimated...

    Trail Name - not yet
    Direction - NOBO
    Estimated Start Date - early to mid-March (haven't decided yet)
    Approach Trail - yes for sure
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    Thanks for the heads up, I'm excited to get some...

    Thanks for the heads up, I'm excited to get some dialogue going. Cheers, breyman.
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    HA - good point, I should have known better to...

    HA - good point, I should have known better to ask that here :)

    I guess I'm hoping to get into some serious discussion from thru-hangers that could share their sage advice, and maybe go through my...
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    Thru-Hiking the AT

    I'm planting my feet firmly on the trail mid-March 2013 at Springer (I'll be hiking the approach trail, too), and I would really prefer to hang for the entire trip.

    I'm aware that there are going...
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    Whoopie slings are much lighter and are just as...

    Whoopie slings are much lighter and are just as quick to adjust.

    All a matter if taste and bulk in the pack.
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    I love how OP's username is The Big Lebowski, and...

    I love how OP's username is The Big Lebowski, and the first commenter (Barlutti) actually looks like The Dude.
  33. I was talking to a REI rep only this weekend...

    I was talking to a REI rep only this weekend about this product, and his take on it was that many purists may have issue with the actual treatment if the down itself; apparently it's not that...
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    I have a twice-used (in dry weather) Warbonnet...

    I have a twice-used (in dry weather) Warbonnet 20 3/4 length Yeti UQ for sake over at GearTrade if you're interested.

    I would post here but I don't yet have the requisite 50 post minimum.

    PM...
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    * a decent tarp - HH tarps aren't great *...

    * a decent tarp - HH tarps aren't great
    * whoopie sling suspension
    * a book/ebook on knots - prusiks, half hitches, etc are quite essential for hammocking
    * a quality CCF pad, torso length is ample
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    If the temps start dropping into the 30's, I plan...

    If the temps start dropping into the 30's, I plan on taking my CCF torso pad - this slips nicely between the double layer of my Warbonnet Blackbird.

    I own a 20 UQ and a 30 TQ; more than enough...
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    OP is also a really good writer :) Nothing...

    OP is also a really good writer :)

    Nothing like hanging when it's wild out. If a trip isn't challenging, you may as well stay sitting in your armchair at home.
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    So I was too warm during the night? I'm assuming...

    So I was too warm during the night? I'm assuming my body was too warm which created all the moisture from sweating...? I was wearing a LOT of insulating clothing - base layer, fleece, and high-loft...
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    I'll pick up the ripstop version, Bill. I...

    I'll pick up the ripstop version, Bill.

    I bought the sock from Warbonnet, and while it certainly added some much needed protection when hanging close to the ridgeline, it was a pain in the ***...
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    Thanks for the recommendation, Bill. May I ask,...

    Thanks for the recommendation, Bill. May I ask, if i only wanted a little more insulation rather than a full-blown VBL solution, would you suggest the breathable ripstop version over the silnylon?
    ...
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    Thanks a lot, DivaB - much obliged!

    Thanks a lot, DivaB - much obliged!
  42. Could not agree with this more. I have a...

    Could not agree with this more.

    I have a good friend who, due to his gram-weenie-ness, will sleep in his clothes to save on pack weight. Don't get me wrong, I think [smartly] shaving ounces is...
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    Although not a true article of VBL clothing, I...

    Although not a true article of VBL clothing, I do remember wearing my Houdini windshirt through the night on a cold evening - that seemed to keep me quite warm, and also provided some vapor barrier...
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    Excellent article, thank you for linking. I...

    Excellent article, thank you for linking.

    I can't argue with your assessment; my UQ was certainly unaffected by the moisture trapped by the space blanket, but I remember the following night I...
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    Vapor Barriers

    I hear a lot of talk about vapor barriers, especially in the colder climates. I tried using a space blanket once on a mid-20'F night, placed inbetween my double layers on the WBBB, and whilst it...
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    0 UQ overkill for three season?

    I tend to sleep on the colder side, and there have been nights that have dropped into the low 30's in September and I've gotten a tad chilly.

    I also use a 30 quilt from Zpacks - which keeps me...
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    I had to go to ground once as I brought my 72"...

    I had to go to ground once as I brought my 72" webbing and I swear, I couldn't find a tree slim enough to wrap around. I was gutted. Just having hiked about 18 miles I was tired and now, grumpy as...
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    Thanks for sharing an actual photo. I'm hanging...

    Thanks for sharing an actual photo. I'm hanging this weekend and I, too, will post pictures; it certainly helps us noobs with perfecting setups when we can actually see how you guys pitch your gear. ...
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    What's Your Preferred Method Of Tarp Setup?

    I currently have a ZPacks Regular Cuben Tarp fastened at each end (along the ridge line) with two Dutch hooks that are attached to the ridge line using prusiks.

    I like the ability to be able to...
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    Yeah I'm hoping I can find somewhere to actually...

    Yeah I'm hoping I can find somewhere to actually overnight field test new gear, and I know Harriman quite well - Fahnestock State Park on the 301 is about 45 mins from me, too.

    Thanks guys for all...
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