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    Me too, except on the rare occasion that I do...

    Me too, except on the rare occasion that I do want something to stand on or a place to put small items I just use my pack rain cover.
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    No. I understand the allure of futzing with...

    No.

    I understand the allure of futzing with gear, hammock or otherwise. But I've not fallen into that trap. I use a hammock because it's quick, easy, and comfortable. It lets me spend days (or...
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    For purposes of the point I was making, it...

    For purposes of the point I was making, it doesn't matter what the destination is.

    For my own thru-hike, I was thoroughly tired of hiking by the time I reached Katahdin and had absolutely no...
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    If it were me I would: - Get a smaller cook...

    If it were me I would:

    - Get a smaller cook pot
    - Get rid of the head net, deet, fire starter and 3/4 of the towel
    - Get rid of the Sawyer Squeeze and use Aqua Mira
    - Add a 3rd pair of socks....
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    No restrictions on hammocks, other than the...

    No restrictions on hammocks, other than the general restriction that camping is allowed only at designated campsites.
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    Hiker stink is real, but not mandatory. Rinse off...

    Hiker stink is real, but not mandatory. Rinse off at the end of the day. Wear sleeping clothes to protect your hammock, quilt, sleeping bag.

    I thru'ed on '09 and still use all of my gear. No...
  7. I've usually hiked enough miles during the day...

    I've usually hiked enough miles during the day that I'm plenty tired by evening. I crawl into my hammock with a book, read 2 or 3 pages, realize my brain isn't absorbing what my eyes are seeing, put...
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    When I went through Damascus on my thru-hike in...

    When I went through Damascus on my thru-hike in '09, I stayed at the Hike Inn. Suzanne, the woman who owned and ran the place at the time, has since sold it, but I understand the new owners continue...
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    Pending payment, everything has been sold. I hope...

    Pending payment, everything has been sold. I hope everyone that bought enjoys their new gear!
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    UPDATE: Everything had been sold with the...

    UPDATE:

    Everything had been sold with the exception of the JRB BMBH UL, which is still available.
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    Yes, most definitely a smoke-free house. The...

    Yes, most definitely a smoke-free house. The spreader bar storage bag is made by Jacks 'R Better for the BMBH bars but I have used it with the bars from both hammocks. Works great with either of...
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    UPDATE: The Cloudburst tarp has been sold. The...

    UPDATE: The Cloudburst tarp has been sold. The Lynx UQ has also been sold pending receipt of payment.

    The BMBH UL and the WB RidgeRunner are both still available, as is the spreader bar bag.
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    Bump... ...

    Bump... ...
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    It's yours. I'll send a PayPal invoice. Be sure...

    It's yours. I'll send a PayPal invoice. Be sure to reply with your shipping info.
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    Yes. All prices include shipping within the...

    Yes. All prices include shipping within the continental US.
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    I'm 6' 3" as well, but only about 185. Never had...

    I'm 6' 3" as well, but only about 185. Never had a problem with the length. The hammock truly does lay flat. Many people prefer this, but I found I actually prefer a traditional gathered end hammock.
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    I can't imagine why the Hammock Gear UQ wouldn't...

    I can't imagine why the Hammock Gear UQ wouldn't work, but I have no personal experience with it so can't answer definitively. I used a JRB Greylock 3 with it, which is a torso length UQ.

    The...
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    SOLD - Bridge Hammocks & Accessories

    I've decided to slim down my collection of hammocks and am letting go both of my bridge set-ups. To the best of my recollection they have been used for 2 weekend hikes each (it might only be 1 for...
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    To clarify, in a right lay hammock the zipper...

    To clarify, in a right lay hammock the zipper should be on my left (head side), correct?
  20. I have actually only used my RR on two weekend...

    I have actually only used my RR on two weekend hikes. I find it very comfortable, the UQ is a great design and is super easy to use and very effective. The Cloudburst tarp is huge and provides...
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    Since you noted that you "would like a nice...

    Since you noted that you "would like a nice relaxing weekend," I wonder if you are aware of the black fly season in the Adirondacks. Being from Florida you may not be aware of black flies, and they...
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    #4 skins will fit my Hennessy Explorer Ultralite,...

    #4 skins will fit my Hennessy Explorer Ultralite, with the undercover and the tarp. They would be way oversized for the Darien UL.

    The cuben fiber stuff sack for my Darien barely registers on my...
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    6 - 8 ounces? Where did you come up with those...

    6 - 8 ounces? Where did you come up with those numbers? Even the Hennessy #4 skins only weigh in at 2.3 oz, and they would be huge on the Darien UL. I'm hoping to find something smaller and made of...
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    Thanks Shug, but I don't want mesh. I want some...

    Thanks Shug, but I don't want mesh. I want some light-weight silnylon skins, I think. I want them to provide a smidge of dirt/moisture protection during set-up and take-down.

    I'm sure they are...
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    UL Skins for Darien?

    I got my Darien UL a while back and really like it, with the single exception that I never have liked hammocks in a stuff sack. Maybe I'm just clumsy, but I pretty much always end up dragging at...
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    Ha! Jokes on me I guess! I was thinking I...

    Ha! Jokes on me I guess!

    I was thinking I might be able to make this trip after all seeing that my calendar is kind of open next week, and now I finally figure out the dates were changed!
  27. Thread: BMBH Length?

    by affreeman
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    I am 6'3", with ridiculous size 15 feet to boot,...

    I am 6'3", with ridiculous size 15 feet to boot, and I have no problem in my BMBH UL.
  28. Great watching you strolling on the beach....

    Great watching you strolling on the beach. Meanwhile we're expecting another 4" or 5" of snow tonight...
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    I know I'm late to the ball but there's a chance...

    I know I'm late to the ball but there's a chance my schedule could be changing so now I'm a bit more interested in this trip. If you're hiking in on Friday, and hiking out on Sunday, what's on the...
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    That's just a small intersection and there's...

    That's just a small intersection and there's really no place for vehicles to sit and wait there. Why not just meet at the general store at the base of the Arlington Stratton Rd? It's actually just...
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    And while I'm posting photos, this might give you...

    And while I'm posting photos, this might give you an idea of how much room I, at 6'3", have in my 11' Darien UL:
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    Replying to my own post, how gauche! Thinking...

    Replying to my own post, how gauche!

    Thinking a bit more, I wonder if this issue with the quilt hook placement is only because the hammock is unloaded. Once I'm in the hammock and the UQ is forced...
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    Here's my JRB Hudson River Long, at 86", on my...

    Here's my JRB Hudson River Long, at 86", on my 11' Darien UL:

    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/--Oz3t26gwHs/URPhvxNIhVI/AAAAAAAAR3A/umNjUGtcBCM/s851/IMG_20130207_120909.jpg

    And here's a...
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    I know some folks like hammocks because they...

    I know some folks like hammocks because they enjoy the tinkering and innovating that they lend themselves to, but I save that stuff for at home. On the trail the whole purpose of using a hammock is...
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    For reference, the quilt I used and referred to...

    For reference, the quilt I used and referred to in my post is the JRB Hudson River Long, which is 86". If the quilt hooks are 100" apart on the 11' hammock, it doesn't make sense to me that I have...
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    I have the 11' Darien in coyote. Received it a...

    I have the 11' Darien in coyote. Received it a few weeks ago just before the blizzard hit. Had just enough time to make a very quick trip to the local park the day before the blizzard to hang it for...
  37. That's exactly what would happen to me during...

    That's exactly what would happen to me during thunderstorms, which is why I ditched the stock tarp and replaced it with an OES Maccat Deluxe.

    With the stock tarp attached to the hammock ridgeline,...
  38. I use the same 'biner and ring suspension on my...

    I use the same 'biner and ring suspension on my Hennessy. Super fast and easy.

    On my Hennessy I tie both ends of the elastic side tie-outs to the little ring on the side of the hammock so it makes...
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    It is wonderfully light. I put it on my postal...

    It is wonderfully light. I put it on my postal scale and it weighed in at 14.8 oz including the stuff sack and suspension, a scant 0.3 oz over the published weight.

    There's a chance I might get...
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    During the winter the Arlington - West Wardsboro...

    During the winter the Arlington - West Wardsboro Rd is only open to the AT trail head from the east (Rt 100) side. From there you have to walk up the road -- which is open to snowmobiles in the...
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    With a February start I'd want a 0* UQ at the...

    With a February start I'd want a 0* UQ at the beginning, then I'd switch to a light-weight summer UQ once it warmed up; something rated at 30* or 35*.

    Even if you can vent the winter UQ for warm...
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    My 11' Darien UL should be arriving in today's...

    My 11' Darien UL should be arriving in today's mail!
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    As a non-thru-hiker aren't you required to have a...

    As a non-thru-hiker aren't you required to have a permit for each night and sleep in the shelter or at the campsite you are permitted for?
  44. I went through SNP as a thru-hiker and I could...

    I went through SNP as a thru-hiker and I could count on 2.5 mph including all breaks (8 hours = 20 miles). But as a weekend section hiker I would expect to cover 1.5 - 2.0 mph.

    The trail and...
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    I just tie the laces of my boots together and...

    I just tie the laces of my boots together and drape them over the head end of my hammock, outside but under the tarp. That keps them off the ground and away from porcupines and other critters that...
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    I'm 6'3" and I used my Explorer Ultralite for my...

    I'm 6'3" and I used my Explorer Ultralite for my thru-hike in '09. Slept in it every single night on the trail except through the GSMNP where you are required to sleep in shelters, and through the...
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    I read Certain's journals the winter before my...

    I read Certain's journals the winter before my own thru-hike, and really enjoyed them. She didn't hold anything back and was completely honest. She was so honest and open that I sometimes found...
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    In winter weather when it's cold enough that any...

    In winter weather when it's cold enough that any precipitation is going to be snow and not rain, I leave the hammock and tarp at home and pack my a bivy sack and a CF pad. With plenty of mold-able...
  49. Thread: Long Trail

    by affreeman
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    If there is any criticism of the LT, it would be...

    If there is any criticism of the LT, it would be that there are too many trees, not too few. Hanging is easy, but you may find yourself wishing for fewer trees once in a while so you could enjoy a...
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    BTW I believe my HH Explorer Deluxe has a RL...

    BTW I believe my HH Explorer Deluxe has a RL length of 108"* - just 2" shorter than the 11' Darien UL -- and my Maccat Deluxe tarp has a length of 130" or 10'10". I've never had any issues with this...
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