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    FS: HammockGear - Phoenix Underquilt - 20 Degree

    Selling my wife's gently used Phoenix 20 Degree Underquilt. She only used it for a four week hike of the Colorado Trail. She never uses stuff sacks while hiking and always stores the UQ in the...
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    Ha! and Heck No! Maybe Shug for Prez?

    Ha! and Heck No! Maybe Shug for Prez?
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    Have a great trip up there. The Cascades are...

    Have a great trip up there. The Cascades are pretty incredible! Drop me a line if you have any questions.
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    I think this may be one of the most entertaining...

    I think this may be one of the most entertaining posts I have read in some time.

    I tend to agree with Shrewd to a great extent about The Trek and with many others regarding the YT content creators...
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    Nice El Gordo...that made me laugh :) I went...

    Nice El Gordo...that made me laugh :)

    I went toggle-less for quite some time actually (about 30 nights on our Mississippi River Thru-Canoe in 2017), using a J Bend, and really liked it. That was...
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    Thanks to all for your thoughts on this! I love...

    Thanks to all for your thoughts on this! I love how HF works and the sharing that a simple question like this can bring out :)
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    Thanks for the offer MikekiM - roughly, what...

    Thanks for the offer MikekiM - roughly, what would say the diameter of the shephard stakes is? I have used a few different ones over the years.
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    My gut feeling is that the webbing, being so...

    My gut feeling is that the webbing, being so light weight, folds in on itself significantly.

    I have only used the UHWMPE for about 80 hangs but it is pretty darn supple....and it started out...
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    I wish the solution were as easy as that. I...

    I wish the solution were as easy as that. I seat (Bury) the loop on the knot. Fortunately, I got in that habit about 500 hangs ago.


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    For sure...definitely not hanging on the toggle...

    For sure...definitely not hanging on the toggle itself. Danger!

    Watching your vid reminded how flat/wide the other strap types stay...hmm..will think on that a bit.
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    Toggle Crimp issues

    Hi All - I have been using the UHWMPE straps for a bit and have had some toggle crimping issues. While I am pushing 200lbs, I don't believe it is my weight causing the issue, as a friend who is well...
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    Hammocking is easily do-able north of Kennedy...

    Hammocking is easily do-able north of Kennedy Meadows. South of KM, you may have to go to ground a few times, though I know some people have found a hang every night of their PCT hike.

    My...
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    No worries. Happy to help. Sent from my...

    No worries. Happy to help.




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    Indeed it was. We ran into a couple guys who had...

    Indeed it was. We ran into a couple guys who had done grizzly research up in Alaska and showed them the video - they were pretty sure it was a grizzly.


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    Great Divide Trail

    Hey All,

    My wife and I just wrapped up a hike of the Great Divide Trail. I am not sure if any one has used a hammock in this past on this trail. We hammocked every night of the five week hike and...
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    Awesome! Congrats! Sent from my iPhone...

    Awesome! Congrats!


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    Grand Enchantment Trail

    Hi Folks - SweetPea and I just headed out on the Grand Enchantment Trail on April 5th. While we are not hammocking this trail (largely desert trail) - we are paying attention for hanging sites, and...
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    Yes! I wish I had done this. Sorry to you guys...

    Yes! I wish I had done this. Sorry to you guys that I didn't.
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    You can hammock so much of the desert that I...

    You can hammock so much of the desert that I would really encourage you to do so if you love hammocking. Even with other hikers that are tenting, rarely would you be unable to sleep near them.
    ...
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    I have a couple Robic 1.0 kicking around. All in...

    I have a couple Robic 1.0 kicking around. All in fine shape. Hike the PCT in 2016 with the first one, no issues. Colorado Trail in 2017 and a lot of pleasure hangs for an hour or so in the...
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    That will serve you well

    That will serve you well
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    The Marlin Spike is excellent and I’ve used it...

    The Marlin Spike is excellent and I’ve used it for years as well. Was hoping to move away from using hardware if possible, when connecting the webbing to the hammocks CL.

    With the lightweight...
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    I hear ya! And yes, the beetle buckles work...

    I hear ya! And yes, the beetle buckles work great with the Dyneema/Poly webbing. My use of the phrase 'over-cautious' was meant only respectfully...and I certainly agree that it is good guidance to...
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    Thanks for your thoughts. I probably should...

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    I probably should have been clearer about what I use for suspension.

    Currently (and as used in the above description) I have been using only webbing:

    The UHMWPE...
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    Some problems with the UHMWPE webbing

    I was excited to learn about the UHMWPE webbing that came out in recent years. As a hiker who likes to keep a light pack, I was thrilled to see a high tension rating on this new webbing. I have...
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    Thanks man. On retrospect, we are probably just...

    Thanks man. On retrospect, we are probably just crazy :)


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    Actually, we were OK letting it go. Have another...

    Actually, we were OK letting it go. Have another one up in Wisconsin :). Not quite as good, it has some leaks...but that is fine for the trips that we foresee in the future.

    Finishing the trip...
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    Thanks for checking out the blog. We were...

    Thanks for checking out the blog. We were fortunate to see an overhead picture of the river traffic around New Orleans and our whole group agreed to take the Atch. It was great to be on a small...
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    We used a Grumman 17' aluminum canoe. It is...

    We used a Grumman 17' aluminum canoe. It is beast of a canoe bit handled rough water and waves well. Hard portaging if one needs to carry it.

    Pdubs suggestion is a good one. We had a couple...
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    If it weren't involved in it's duty as my night...

    If it weren't involved in it's duty as my night time scarf..yes :)
  31. Thread: Tree Distance

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    Anywhere from one foot longer than my tarp length...

    Anywhere from one foot longer than my tarp length out to 26 feet will work just fine for me.

    I pace off the distance between prospective trees and if it is between 4 steps and 9 steps, that tree...
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    After years of not using a pillow, this past...

    After years of not using a pillow, this past summer I folded up my down jacket and wrapped (and tied) a bandana around it. After a cumulative 3.5 months with the pillow, I am converted - the...
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    I got these straps about 3 weeks ago and like...

    I got these straps about 3 weeks ago and like them. I have been doing a JBend on one strap and using a Dutch Beetle Buckle on the other strap to dial it in.

    Not using Whoopies at all now. One...
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    I haven't had them for most of my trips, but when...

    I haven't had them for most of my trips, but when I have them, I use them and appreciate them. You may not miss them. See how it goes.

    A bit of their usefulness depends on their placement and...
  35. I am wondering how a pull over bug net (cinches...

    I am wondering how a pull over bug net (cinches at the end) would work as a double duty bug net/lazy slug tube. The LST would be pretty loose, but it seems possible....hmm.
  36. THanks Dave...that is great!

    THanks Dave...that is great!
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    Thanks!


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  38. Dave....Thanks for showing the photo. Super fast...

    Dave....Thanks for showing the photo. Super fast setup and take down...that is appealing.

    College questions:

    Is that a Fronkey style bugnet?

    How loose are the items in the LST?

    Thanks.
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    Thanks! @johnspenn Sent from my iPhone...

    Thanks! @johnspenn


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    Completed the Mississippi River trip. It was a...

    Completed the Mississippi River trip. It was a very challenging trip, both physically and mentally....moreso than a thru-hike.

    Hammock camping was do able the whole way. We slept on the ground...
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    Got in the UHMPE stuff and have spent a few...

    Got in the UHMPE stuff and have spent a few nights hanging from it. Have used a Marlin Spike hitch, J Bend, Beetle Buckle. All work well.

    The UHMPE webbing is super light. I've cut it into...
  42. In a manner, I stuff together, but not in a...

    In a manner, I stuff together, but not in a separate bag.

    Over the last few years I have largely gotten away from using separate stuff sacks since the compartmentalization creates balls in...
  43. This is a great question that will probably spur...

    This is a great question that will probably spur some folks to test their gear more thoroughly.

    Full nights are probably worth doing to dial in your gear. If you can test humidity and wind speed...
  44. I think Tom and I are similar. The places that I...

    I think Tom and I are similar. The places that I want to go are not chosen because they are hammock friendly, but because they are scenic, fun, challenging, wild..etc.. I love it when the they are...
  45. We've dealt with this on a few trips...going to...

    We've dealt with this on a few trips...going to ground. Arizona Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Colorado Trail (CDT) and on our Mississippi River Thru-Canoe.

    By carrying a 7 section, 7oz Thermarest Z...
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    I love hiking and try to get a lot of miles in...

    I love hiking and try to get a lot of miles in each year. Hiking is what introduced me to hammocking.

    Personally, I would advocate hammock use for any kind of outdoor use when there are trees...
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    I like the idea of using the Becket Hitch. I've...

    I like the idea of using the Becket Hitch. I've used webbing plus whooping (both with marlin spike and also with the beetle buckles).

    I would like to simplify as well as remove sag in my...
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    Anyone use Dutch spider webbing with beetle...

    Anyone use Dutch spider webbing with beetle buckles yet? They hold well?


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    The ability to go to ground is really helpful. ...

    The ability to go to ground is really helpful. After several through hikes, I've just decided to take a half length z rest if I am going to hammocking. It works for foot insulation as Shrewd...
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    Hexon vs Robic for ultralight backpacker.

    Strange. I used a hammock out of Robic XL 1.0 for 5 months last year without issues. And a different hammock out of the same material for 5 weeks this summer. Again, no issues. I hover around...
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