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  1. What is the schedule for Friday? I work...

    What is the schedule for Friday? I work weekends, but could make it up for one night.

    Michael
  2. I haven't heard from them in a while, but I sent...

    I haven't heard from them in a while, but I sent both of them a PM to check on their plans.

    Michael
  3. Food Volunteers and Spreadsheet Updates Needed

    Looks like we also need more food volunteers for the whole event, and those that have volunteered food to indicate a meal and day. Please make sure you have updated the spreadsheet with what you are...
  4. If the weather continues to warm as forecast,...

    If the weather continues to warm as forecast, those with mukluks will probably want to plan on an alternate pair of waterproof boots. I've already packed a pair of winter hiking boots. I'm...
  5. I'm similarly eastern. I'll be heading out from...

    I'm similarly eastern. I'll be heading out from my work house in Lansing on Tuesday, so I can be on site Wednesday morning. Should be about a 12 hr trip for me.

    Michael
  6. Thanks, I've updated the spreadsheet with my...

    Thanks, I've updated the spreadsheet with my days. Also, I've acquired a parachute for use during the hang, you can get just about anything on eBay. Looking forward to the trip, now if the weather...
  7. To the best of my knowledge, no one has...

    To the best of my knowledge, no one has volunteered one. I can look into purchasing one, if needed. I also have some tarps to bring.

    Michael
  8. Try this link for the spreadsheet:...

    Try this link for the spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1e4afrlzlARTbwlZ0FjcRO8sJClbR6-0DqE3A3xH6kms/edit?usp=sharing
  9. Site Preparation and Set up

    I've noticed that a few individuals have volunteered to help with site prep and set up on 1/14. I saw that Hillbilly Deluxe and VinneyGirl were planning on clearing and cutting some wood on site...
  10. I've confirmed my days off, and will be there...

    I've confirmed my days off, and will be there early again this year, arriving on Wed the 14th to help prep the site.

    Michael
  11. I too wasn't sure about the whole shared food...

    I too wasn't sure about the whole shared food thing, and packed a full food bag, just in case. Pretty much the only thing I ended up eating was my Reese peanut butter cups, and a few snacks. There...
  12. I sure everyone is open to suggestions. I...

    I sure everyone is open to suggestions. I personally appreciate the shared food available, and think it provides a good opportunity for everyone to interact, and to make sure that everyone has...
  13. The link has been updated. Please try it again....

    The link has been updated. Please try it again.

    Michael
  14. Official 2015 Sign-up and Contribution Spreadsheet

    I have posted a new copy of the spreadsheet used for previous years:

    SPREADSHEET

    This is where we all have to work together to make sure we have everything we need as a group, and to have...
  15. It appears I may be traveling up by myself this...

    It appears I may be traveling up by myself this year, and therefore am looking for other MI hangers interested in splitting travel costs for this event. I will be traveling from either Lansing or...
  16. The roads are dirt, but pretty even. I drive in...

    The roads are dirt, but pretty even. I drive in with my Cadillac.

    Michael
  17. I'm in favor to a location in the same general...

    I'm in favor to a location in the same general vicinity as last year.

    Michael
  18. With the cold, mukluks are a great choice --...

    With the cold, mukluks are a great choice -- you'll see lots of them at the hang, loose fitting to allow for insulation without compression. For night, as TZBrown indicated in the other thread you...
  19. I'll be there, but will be working Sat/Sun during...

    I'll be there, but will be working Sat/Sun during the day. I'll be there on Friday, and after work on Sat. Please let me know if anyone coming needs some extra gear/tarps.

    Michael
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    I'll get a couple of pics. I use a traditional 5...

    I'll get a couple of pics. I use a traditional 5 foot wood toboggan as my pulk. Total weight of both top and bottom quilt, in stuff sacks is 14.5 lbs - that's 232 oz or 6577 grams for those keeping...
  21. Based on my experience the best solution is to...

    Based on my experience the best solution is to never have wet boots. :p Seriously though, having dealt with frozen leather boots on a multi-day trip, if I expect wet conditions I use water proof...
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    It Packs! (Sort of)

    Here are a couple of pics of the top quilt packed in it's compression sack. I set a 2L bottle next to it for comparison. Thank goodness this thing will be going in the pulk, I don't think I'd have...
  23. Yes. Michael

    Yes.

    Michael
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    +1 on the rubbermaid bins and cedar. I can lay...

    +1 on the rubbermaid bins and cedar. I can lay multiple quilts in one bin, and keep the bins stacked in the basement and ready to pull out for use as needed, knowing the gear will be all set to go....
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    I also have my woopie slings through the end...

    I also have my woopie slings through the end channels. Tying a slippery half hitch with the loose end of the woopie where I want the drip line to be has always worked for me, even in severe or...
  26. With the chance of warmer conditions and rain,...

    With the chance of warmer conditions and rain, I'm going to sit this one out. I don't really want to have to deal with trying to dry wet gear and be ready for the MN hang by Wed.

    Michael
  27. Very nice looking tarp. I love the cuben fiber. ...

    Very nice looking tarp. I love the cuben fiber. Thanks for sharing.

    Michael
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    You are more than welcome to send any "extra" my...

    You are more than welcome to send any "extra" my way, I'll be happy to cover any shipping/handling costs. I'm always in search of more reclaimed down.

    Michael
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    Great vendor, great service, great communication....

    Great vendor, great service, great communication. I couldn't ask for anything more.

    Michael
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    I made several in the 126x60 for my kids, even...

    I made several in the 126x60 for my kids, even for the small ones this size works well and will fit them for years as they grow. Here is a picture of one I made for my older daughter. Even with the...
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    I've actually reduced my pack size following the...

    I've actually reduced my pack size following the switch to hammocks. As listed on my profile, my 3 season gear is an UL 6oz hammock, light/highly compressible down quilts, and a cuben tarp. The...
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    Hoping for some record cold here.

    I'll be out tonight and tomorrow night to continue to test my ultra cold quilt set. Hoping for some record lows. I've been using my small cuben tarp so far, not sure if I want to switch over to my...
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    I've never managed to rip a baffle, but then...

    I've never managed to rip a baffle, but then again, I've never stitched one without a rolled hem. I followed the lead of a couple of the other cottage manufacturers, sewing experts, and just jeff's...
  34. Diesel or gas? I would recommend running a...

    Diesel or gas? I would recommend running a lightweight synthetic: 5-40 diesel or 0-whatever for gas. Also if you're concerned about battery drain while parked you can always pull the battery cable...
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    Very nice guide. The only suggestion is to cut...

    Very nice guide. The only suggestion is to cut the baffles 1.5 inches larger so you van fold over inch, sew through two layers of museum for better seam strength, stitching inch from the edge. ...
  36. I have a double layer one that I love when I...

    I have a double layer one that I love when I don't mind the extra weight. It is huge, and can hold my entire family sitting if I want. Here is a pic next to a 120x90 for comparison. The 90X156...
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    If you don't have one, a drawstring at the top...

    If you don't have one, a drawstring at the top will help pull the topquilt into shape around your neck and shoulders. Then, adding either a snap or snagless velcro tabs to the corners allows it to...
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    Ha! My wife already suggested I name my quilt...

    Ha! My wife already suggested I name my quilt set "the dog house". :lol:

    Michael
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    Toasty Warm

    I finally got a good test of the quilts last night, with overnight temps hitting -10*F/-23*C. I was wearing a synthetic base layer, and a vapor barrier sweatsuit, and wool socks. I was toasty warm...
  40. I can bring my osprey exos. Michael

    I can bring my osprey exos.

    Michael
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    I trimmed down my bag, used a nylon inside a wet...

    I trimmed down my bag, used a nylon inside a wet dry vac tube to clean off the outside and top of the bag as well as any extraneous down from the work area. I just fed the gathered down back into...
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    Looking forward to pictures and results. One...

    Looking forward to pictures and results. One additional thought, do you use a vapor barrier or vapor barrier clothing?

    Michael
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    I tried this set out a couple of nights ago, but...

    I tried this set out a couple of nights ago, but it only got down to 12*F and I ended up having to vent both the underquilt and top quilt. Hoping to see much colder temps tonight, and have a little...
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    That should be good. I used 700 FP in my UQ, so...

    That should be good. I used 700 FP in my UQ, so it's a little heavier, and it took doubling the 1/8 inch shock cord, plus the additional end pulls to really keep the quilt where I wanted it. The...
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    Looks very nice. Great space in there -- should...

    Looks very nice. Great space in there -- should be nice this winter.

    Michael
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    Nice job! Looks like it will work a well. ...

    Nice job! Looks like it will work a well.

    Michael
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    Once it's packed up I'll snap a couple of pics...

    Once it's packed up I'll snap a couple of pics and get a final weight. The UQ is deferentially cut in both directions The outer layer is 22 inches wider and 12 inches longer than the inner layer.
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    You are correct that the deep underquilt should...

    You are correct that the deep underquilt should take care of the sides. For now my head gear consists of a heat exchange mask, a couple balaclavas in varying weights, and a heavy wool hat to roll...
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    Ready to Hang

    It looks like the temps should be back down to single digits most of this week, and I'm ready to give the set a few days trial. Here are a couple more pics with the suspension in place. I doubled...
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    Under quilt complete

    Here are a few pics of the matching under quilt for my ultra cold weather top quilt. Bottom quilt is dual differentially cut, fully baffled, and filled with 700 FP Siberian White Down with 7" loft. ...
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