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    I have all three on it. If I'm using it with a...

    I have all three on it. If I'm using it with a bridge, I take the two end poles and usually a center pole with a gathered end. 13' is really overkill for a gathered end. I have taken all three and it...
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    I definitely prefer 13' tarp with internal poles...

    I definitely prefer 13' tarp with internal poles with my Ridge Runner. The external pole mod is fine, but the internal poles open it up like an aircraft hangar. A 12' tarp works, but my 13' SLD Wind...
  3. I love Mt Rogers. Might be one of the coldest...

    I love Mt Rogers. Might be one of the coldest nights I've ever been out in one February. Learned a lot about quality gear that night.

    Haven't heard any rumblings lately, but there was a lot of...
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    I have one of Bill's Luxury Bridges with carbon...

    I have one of Bill's Luxury Bridges with carbon fiber poles and it works just fine. Everything fits the same as with the metal buckle on my Ridge Runner. I'm no engineer, but I don't see any issues...
  5. Thread: Brand?

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    I was the same way. A few years ago, I was about...

    I was the same way. A few years ago, I was about to make a comment about how great a particular vendor was, but I really didn't have enough gear from other manufacturers to justify that kind of...
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    I would just go with a full bugnet and minimize...

    I would just go with a full bugnet and minimize the fiddle factor and spend a little weight there and maybe save somewhere else. I haven't thru hiked, but have section hiked 80% of the AT and I take...
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    Just be careful, it gets addictive. I end up...

    Just be careful, it gets addictive. I end up splicing things that really don't need to be just because it's fun (and I just like the look of a loop not having a tail from a knot).
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    Definitely. I don't have a hammock from Jared.

    Definitely. I don't have a hammock from Jared.
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    Between "purdy boil" and "early" my friends that...

    Between "purdy boil" and "early" my friends that I backpack with (who flat out just don't know any better) think that I am nuts.

    Can't imagine it any other way.

    Thanks Shug.
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    Since I always use a net, this would be the best...

    Since I always use a net, this would be the best thing for me. I might be in the minority, though. That is just one place that I always choose to spend some weight (on whatever hammock I am in).
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    I think that the DCF palace tarp is probably the...

    I think that the DCF palace tarp is probably the easiest and lightest option. Maybe just not the cheapest option. I'm one of those hangers that always has a bug net no matter the time of year. I know...
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    The first one is from Shortoff looking back north...

    The first one is from Shortoff looking back north to Table Rock and the bottom one from the Chimneys area looking south. Both on the MST on the east side of the gorge.
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    Let me know when a production model is available...

    Let me know when a production model is available and I will get an order in! I do love my luxury bridge. Had it out last weekend for a low mileage hike.

    I was thinking of how to go more minimal on...
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    Definitely no shortage of views. 176563 ...

    Definitely no shortage of views.

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    You don't need a permit if you camp along the...

    You don't need a permit if you camp along the road (either KMH or Table Rock Rd on the east side) and there are plenty of car sites on both sides. If you decide that you want to back country camp,...
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    Instead of the standard bury at the end of the...

    Instead of the standard bury at the end of the Stingerz line, I put a locked brummel so that I can larks head an extension on if necessary. I keep a couple of dog bones made out of amsteel or zing it...
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    Check out linvillegorge.net for all of the info...

    Check out linvillegorge.net for all of the info that the gorge rats have on the area. For a short out and back you could park at Wolfpit TH and hike up Shortoff and explore that area. You could park...
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    I agree with both suggestions above. I have the...

    I agree with both suggestions above. I have the Night Ize moonlit hanging on the ridgeline, but you won't be able to see it from very far away from your hammock. Lawson's glowire on your tarp ties...
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    My Darien is the lightest of my hammocks (a WBBB...

    My Darien is the lightest of my hammocks (a WBBB XLC, 3 Chameleons, a Darien, a WBRR, and a Townsend Luxury bridge) with an attached bug net at 13.8 ounces. I'm sure that there is something lighter,...
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    Did you get pie?

    Did you get pie?
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    Practice getting your tarp up first and then...

    Practice getting your tarp up first and then doing everything else underneath it in case it rains.
  22. Thread: Cost to go UL

    by Dvankirk
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    Not enough to keep Party City in business,...

    Not enough to keep Party City in business, evidently.
  23. Thread: Cost to go UL

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    And helium is getting harder and harder to get. I...

    And helium is getting harder and harder to get. I spend more time backpacking and less time scuba diving because of the helium shortage (at least around NC).
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    I put kam snaps on my two-piece skins.

    I put kam snaps on my two-piece skins.
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    +1 on the Stingerz. I don't know of anything...

    +1 on the Stingerz. I don't know of anything easier and I like the "v" so that my hammock suspension never brushes against the line.
  26. No, those are actual dressers sitting on the...

    No, those are actual dressers sitting on the floor. They do have translucent doors and drawer fronts for the Besta series, though.

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    The Besta frames that hang on the wall come in 2...
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    +1

    +1
  28. Yeah, but that one isn't a pepper. I like...

    Yeah, but that one isn't a pepper. I like Dragon's Breath.
  29. I had a Ghost Pepper in my cart Friday that I...

    I had a Ghost Pepper in my cart Friday that I din't pull the trigger on for some reason. Guess this was why.

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  30. It's the BestA series. Really modular stuff. You...

    It's the BestA series. Really modular stuff. You can hang it or put legs on it. Has doors and drawers if you want them. Bins that are made to fit.
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    Just ordered one. My name is Doug and I have...

    Just ordered one.

    My name is Doug and I have a problem.
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    Just ordered one. Haven't been disappointed in...

    Just ordered one. Haven't been disappointed in anything from Jared yet.
  33. Thanks. My OCD side coming out.

    Thanks. My OCD side coming out.
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    I wanted to like this pillow, but it will end up...

    I wanted to like this pillow, but it will end up at the bottom of the pillow bin. Pillows have become a quest for me and I think that I am up to about 10. My Sea to Summit Aeros has been my go to...
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    Thanks for the tip Dutch. I will have to say, of...

    Thanks for the tip Dutch. I will have to say, of all of my hammocks and various storage options (peak bags, saddle bags, side cars, shelves) I find the peak shelf the most useful. Plenty of room to...
  36. Ikea can do wonders for relatively little...

    Ikea can do wonders for relatively little investment.

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    Thanks, I always enjoy watching your videos and...

    Thanks, I always enjoy watching your videos and get a lot of new trip ideas. Especially since we hit a lot of the same places. I'm actually planning a loop around Mount Mitchell next week. I think...
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    I used my teeth the last time I installed some....

    I used my teeth the last time I installed some. Good thing my teeth are still stronger than the plastic.
  39. Thread: Cost to go UL

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    I agree. The hike becomes closer to effortless...

    I agree. The hike becomes closer to effortless being lighter. For me, it is more about the journey than rushing to get to a destination. I think that it comes from being in sales where my phone rang...
  40. I hung up a closet rod and have mine hanging from...

    I hung up a closet rod and have mine hanging from the hangers with clips along with my down jackets and rain gear.
  41. Thread: Cost to go UL

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    I agree with Bill on most of his sentiments. I...

    I agree with Bill on most of his sentiments. I spent the money and lightened everything up so that I can be ultralight and pound out miles if I want to. Is that fun? It can be for me. I also don't...
  42. Thread: Cost to go UL

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    I did and I feel great. I can get my pack under...

    I did and I feel great. I can get my pack under 10 lbs and lost 12 pounds and the miles feel so much better. I look back 20 years when I section hiked the AT and I was carrying 35 lbs. Those were the...
  43. Thread: Cost to go UL

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    The biggest thing that I have realized in getting...

    The biggest thing that I have realized in getting my base weight to below 10 pounds is that it is a lot cheaper to loose 10 pounds off of my belly than my pack.
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    I'll order some of the 2.5 for my LineLoc 3s....

    I'll order some of the 2.5 for my LineLoc 3s. I've always had good service and a quality product from him. I think that the glowire is more reflective than anything else that I have seen (if that is...
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    Is it too much off topic or against the rules to...

    Is it too much off topic or against the rules to ask why Lawson got banned?
  46. Here's a link to the "Is That All You Got" Loop...

    Here's a link to the "Is That All You Got" Loop that I do 3 or 4 times a year which is about 23 miles (and gorge miles are different than regular trail miles). I usually hike around 2.5-3 miles per...
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    I would certainly get one with doors. The weight...

    I would certainly get one with doors. The weight addition is negligible (especially for DCF) and you can always tie them out of the way if you don't want them. Even if you think that you are a fair...
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    I use spider/poly straps with Dutch's Beetle...

    I use spider/poly straps with Dutch's Beetle Buckles to the continuous loop on my hammock. You can use a whoopie sling with the Beetle Buckles if you like, but I don't feel like I need another...
  49. Thread: Cost to go UL

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    I really like my NU25 as well. I always have a...

    I really like my NU25 as well. I always have a battery charger with me anyways. It weighs so little that switching the headband out for shock cord is still really comfortable.
  50. Thread: Cost to go UL

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    I think like everything else with backpacking, it...

    I think like everything else with backpacking, it is about balance and what you want to accomplish for any particular outing. I just did a 39 mile loop where I was glad my base weight was under 10...
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