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  1. Tim, Freia and I are building a mountain bike...

    Tim,
    Freia and I are building a mountain bike trail in Watoga State Park. It's taking all my time these days, so I won't make it to Grayson this year. Wish I could. Greetings to all the gang. Stay...
  2. Slowhike, that's called separation anxiety. Not...

    Slowhike, that's called separation anxiety. Not them, you. ;)
  3. It's a good idea. You could also use a loop of...

    It's a good idea. You could also use a loop of soft 1" webbing instead of a T-handle. Why not put a whoopie at one end of the ridgeline? Small adjustments in length can make a noticeable difference...
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    If you're game for DIY, look at the People's...

    If you're game for DIY, look at the People's Bridge Hammock. It handles the lower back pain (for me), and the knee ridge lets me sleep with the head end higher without sliding down to the foot end....
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    Thanks for the Skurka link, Raheem. I look for...

    Thanks for the Skurka link, Raheem. I look for zones, as opposed to spots (to use his terms), starting my site selection before the actual trees I'll use are in sight. Give me a grove of 6 to 8...
  6. We'll wait while you find the words to comp-lete...

    We'll wait while you find the words to comp-lete that thought, Hickery. I remember the time I
  7. That's good news. I've been more aware of...

    That's good news. I've been more aware of shoulder squeeze in the last year or so, and plan to make my next bridge wider. Will watch the forces on my trekking pole spreaders and their pocket...
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    The Featherlight Freedom was my first Aarnpack,...

    The Featherlight Freedom was my first Aarnpack, too. Good choice! They're not just for people with back problems. Everybody feels better when they can walk upright, with their packload's center of...
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    I've made lots of hammocks with clews over the...

    I've made lots of hammocks with clews over the years and never had a material failure. The initial guess about how to reinforce the edge where the clews attach worked, so I haven't changed it. The...
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    That was my starting point for adjustable...

    That was my starting point for adjustable gathered end hammocks.
  11. Thread: Winter Top Quilts

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    Overstuffing helps. I think "over-overstuffing"...

    Overstuffing helps. I think "over-overstuffing" is counterproductive, not because it loses insulating properties, but because it adds weight and it adds $$$. Good baffle design is the best answer,...
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    Dee, to continue, here's a post with videos of...

    Dee, to continue, here's a post with videos of the GrizzBER bridge, most of which have to do with shaped insulation, but at 6 minutes in the first video I show how rolling the edge webbing in various...
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    Dee, before you change the shape of your first...

    Dee, before you change the shape of your first PBH, you may learn some things about it that make it unnecessary or point to other changes that you hadn't planned. I hang my hammock with the head end...
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    Valid points, all. It depends on the materials...

    Valid points, all. It depends on the materials available and the dimensions you choose. I strive for uniform thickness, which means narrower tubes and taller baffles. I have some cuben fiber on...
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    It's also going to be somewhat heavier, even...

    It's also going to be somewhat heavier, even without overstuffing. It's worth using real baffles, which can be made from very light fabric or mesh. With a "gravity baffle" the bottom layer could...
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    When I started making adjustable hammocks by...

    When I started making adjustable hammocks by cutting off the sections of fabric that weren't directly under me and replacing them with clews, I found that making some of the clews out of bungee...
  17. cmoulder probably puts that bucket with a tight...

    cmoulder probably puts that bucket with a tight lid in the bed of his pickup and drives 30 miles on rough roads - let the truck do the agitation. :laugh:
  18. Thread: Hammock stretch.

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    There are two ways a fiber can change over time...

    There are two ways a fiber can change over time in response to forces pulling it: stretch (elastic deformation - it goes back to the original shape when the force is removed) and creep​ (non-elastic...
  19. Thread: Hello + ?

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    If only Aarn Packs were widely so available in...

    If only Aarn Packs were widely so available in the US that you could add them to the list of packs you could try on and get expert help with, but they're not, so take the advice of others, do your...
  20. I have sewn 1/8th evazote with success, but...

    I have sewn 1/8th evazote with success, but Gorilla tape sounds like a good choice, too.
  21. I agree with those guys. It won't breathe. The...

    I agree with those guys. It won't breathe. The dyneema would be fine for the baffles, but I don't think you'd save much weight by using it instead of mesh. I made an insulated dyneema hammock...
  22. Many people use Zing-it and lighter lines for...

    Many people use Zing-it and lighter lines for ridgelines, but they are not making structural ridgelines, which in some circumstances (e.g. - trees very far apart) bear the same loads as the hammock's...
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    Nail down "90 Degree" while it's still floating...

    Nail down "90 Degree" while it's still floating around untaken. I'm still calling mine the Right Angle Hammock. Boring, but descriptive does the job best, IMO.
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    Here's a photo of my 2012 right angle hammock. ...

    Here's a photo of my 2012 right angle hammock. It used clews for the torso and leg sections, with spreader bars at the suspension attachment points to keep the hammock from collapsing when...
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    Good work!

    It's great to see various versions of this idea cropping up again, and the new ones look excellent. Here's a thread on the same theme:...
  26. That's a good question. I have some that have...

    That's a good question. I have some that have behaved the same way, and I just push the loose end of the bury a little harder to make the whole thing loosen up and pull a little harder on the line...
  27. The height of the knee ridge is governed by the...

    The height of the knee ridge is governed by the angle between the two straight edges on the sides. You get a lower knee ridge when the angle is bigger. For side sleeping you don't want much of a...
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    All my adjustable gathered end hammocs had a cord...

    All my adjustable gathered end hammocs had a cord in a sleeve on the ends, and holes burned in the doubled fabric just inside the cord. The clews were larksheaded through the holes and around the...
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    Update on my 2" dyneema straps from Myerstech...

    Update on my 2" dyneema straps from Myerstech (post #3) - the 4' strap on a large tree does curl in the middle a bit, while the ends are held flat by the bamboo battens. I will add a batten or two...
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    Welcome! Hammock setup looks great (once I...

    Welcome! Hammock setup looks great (once I turned the picture over). Let us know how it handles wind. My bridge turns into a whirligig if I don't tie down one side or lie in it.
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    185254I've recently experimented with 2" wide...

    185254I've recently experimented with 2" wide UHMWPE tree straps, and I worried about the tendency of lighter weight straps to curl. My 1" kevlar straps do that, too. I'm pleased with the 2" dyneema...
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    The most satisfying change you can make is to...

    The most satisfying change you can make is to become even more expert at site selection because it weighs nothing and it's free. The feeling of accomplishment is nice, too. You also notice things...
  33. Also can't see photos.

    Also can't see photos.
  34. Thread: Knotty Mod Question

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    The first side stretch models were my adjustable...

    The first side stretch models were my adjustable GE hammocks, in which I cut off all the fabric at the head and foot ends that wasn't actually underneath me and replaced with small whoopie slings...
  35. Thread: Needle Choice

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    Universal needles. I now use 11 with Tera 80, 14...

    Universal needles. I now use 11 with Tera 80, 14 with Tera 60, and 19 with Tera 40. For a long time I used just Tera 60 and a 14 needle for all types of sewing, including hammocks and webbing,...
  36. Thread: Down booties?

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    Down booties are great because they fit loosely. ...

    Down booties are great because they fit loosely. Want a less expensive way to see if they might help you keep your feet warm? Try a pair of very large socks first.
  37. I've been meaning to try 2" straps for a while,...

    I've been meaning to try 2" straps for a while, so I just ordered some from Myerstech. My 1" kevlar straps can twist and roll, so they don't protect the trees as well. I'm thinking of sewing a few...
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    I'm gonna tell your dog you said that! I used...

    I'm gonna tell your dog you said that!

    I used Supplex nylon (also called Taslan) for my dog hammock. It's strong and very soft. Ed Speer used to make hammocks for very large people with it.
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    That's what I think, too. It's the tension on the...

    That's what I think, too. It's the tension on the sides, whether tendons in channels or sewn on webbing, that make it act like a suspension bridge.
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    I understand your hesitance about using trekking...

    I understand your hesitance about using trekking poles as bridge spreaders. By all means, start with what you're comfortable with. It does take some extra effort to make sure the materials are up to...
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    The biggest possible weight saving measure is...

    The biggest possible weight saving measure is probably to use trekking poles as spreader bars. It's not an easy swap, as it requires different spreader bar attachment method and paying attention to...
  42. Now that we know a bit more of the...

    Now that we know a bit more of the history,suggesting that the chamber could have been empty all along without anyone noticing, I think Firesong's suggestion is pretty good.
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    No geometry needed for the Peoples Bridge...

    No geometry needed for the Peoples Bridge Hammock. Suspension "triangle" is just 2 lines and a spreader bar. No catenary curves - just straight edges. :)
  44. If you're comfortable transferring down, then...

    If you're comfortable transferring down, then that's a better solution. (I would.) Cut that thing open and tell us what you see.
  45. Interesting problem. Some questions: Are the down...

    Interesting problem. Some questions: Are the down tubes (and baffles) transverse, rather than longitudinal? Does the entire down tube appear to be empty? Can you tell which way the down went? If you...
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    Nice work, all. Question: to save weight could...

    Nice work, all. Question: to save weight could you use 1/16" shock cord clews on one end and very light non-stretch clews (e.g. 100 lb test or less dyneema fishing line) on the other end? Does it...
  47. I agree with Tpatter. Apex on the inside and...

    I agree with Tpatter. Apex on the inside and down on the outside to avoid compressing the down.
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    See Pinestraw's great trip report...

    See Pinestraw's great trip report. He scouted it for you. Note pic of 105. To paraphrase, "There are hours, and there are Gorge hours." (They disappear into darkness faster.)
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    You'll be able to get to the car. The campsite is...

    You'll be able to get to the car. The campsite is right next to the road. Both the campsite and the road will look a lot more primitive than Grayson. Hickery is your best source of information.
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    Matthew, there's a gorge nearby. We'll come look...

    Matthew, there's a gorge nearby. We'll come look for you in the Spring. We'll know where to start when we see your car just off the road. :rolleyes:
    As Hickery says, "The trees go deep."
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