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    I'm right up the hill from you in Colfax and I...

    I'm right up the hill from you in Colfax and I haven't backpacked nearly enough this year. There's also a Nor Cal hang in October. Get in touch with E.A.Y.

    Also, as far as the original question...
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    Hi folks: Life has been busy with my new day job...

    Hi folks: Life has been busy with my new day job and more music students at night. So I haven't been responding as quickly as I should.



    My wife and grand daughter are each about 5' tall. ...
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    Massassauga? I thought it was pronounced "Moose...

    Massassauga? I thought it was pronounced "Moose will squeeze ya" ?
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    VIDEO: The "Walking Wounded Tour"

    It's been a weird year or so with Thunder getting hurt, me putting weight back on because I wasn't walking with Thunder, my old job shut down it's building entirely and laying off 100+ people,...
  5. Great photo tip Charliev. Yep, length is...

    Great photo tip Charliev.

    Yep, length is everything. I've gone from a 9 1/2' hammock to a 10 1/2' hammock up to a 12' hammock. The 12 footer is hugely more comfortable. Also, I set my foot end...
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    I'm 6'1" 235 and I make all my own hammocks. ...

    I'm 6'1" 235 and I make all my own hammocks. Longer is better. I have a video out which compares the comfort of 3 different hammock lengths. You might find that useful.

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    Executive...
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    I'm still confusing different people :) Gary...

    I'm still confusing different people :) Gary (The Photographer) what was your online name? And what was Peter's online name?

    I had a great time. Mt Boggs is really a pretty spot which isn't...
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    Because of stuff happening at work I think...

    Because of stuff happening at work I think Thunder and I will be coming in on Saturday instead of Friday.
  9. Awesome video. I need to make myself a new tarp...

    Awesome video. I need to make myself a new tarp which is a bit longer and has built in doors. I used the same string technique to calculate my cat cuts. But I think I made mine way too deep on my...
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    It looks like I will be able to make it. Thunder...

    It looks like I will be able to make it. Thunder and I should arrive sometime around Friday afternoon.
  11. That hammock is what I would now consider a short...

    That hammock is what I would now consider a short hammock. I just did a video comparing hammock length and comfort. You may find it helpful.

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    I think you may just be fine with the 12 1/2' as...

    I think you may just be fine with the 12 1/2' as it is. I have a bit of loose fabric at my head and feet already. However, a head box/foot box would certainly help (although I haven't built one...
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    That's an interesting idea. I should say that...

    That's an interesting idea. I should say that the 12.5' hammock only weighs 18.4 ounces. You may be able to have two rods at the ends which the hammock can hang off of, but I'm not sure if the...
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    They're all made from a standard bolt of nylon. ...

    They're all made from a standard bolt of nylon. So they start out at 60" (5 feet) but I lose an inch or so due to the rolled hem. But 60" is close enough.
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    You may find some helpful hints here in these...

    You may find some helpful hints here in these videos.

    This is how I sew a hammock.
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    This is a detail of how my ridgeline is installed.
    UNUGh5iLCLI

    And this is a video I just put...
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    VIDEO: Hammock Length vs Hammock Comfort

    I've made 3 hammocks over the past 20 months or so and each of them is a different length. In the comments on my "How Greg Makes a Hammock" video I asked if it would be useful to show how the...
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    Very Cool. I have a video on how I built...

    Very Cool. I have a video on how I built hammocks. It may be useful to you.

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    And here's a more detailed look at how the ridge line connects to the end
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    Hope it helps.
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    Buy the best and you only cry once. :rolleyes: ...

    Buy the best and you only cry once. :rolleyes:

    I bought 2 of the quilt kits from Thru-Hiker each with the extra down. I made a top quilt form one and a bottom quilt from the other. I have about...
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    Tyvek bags make a good food bag. It's a bit...

    Tyvek bags make a good food bag. It's a bit small for a sit pad. I use a 4'x4' piece of Tyvek for my porch/mini ground cloth. That way I can sit entirely on it cross legged and not be sitting in...
  20. Hey Buddy. I know those bear canisters are only...

    Hey Buddy. I know those bear canisters are only $5 to rent in Yosemite. But if you need one in the future for someplace outside of Yosemite I have the Bear Vault Soloist which can easily carry food...
  21. Wow, she's way cuter than your last hiking buddy....

    Wow, she's way cuter than your last hiking buddy.

    (Thunder says "Speak for yourself big guy")
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    When you hang your hammock do you have a slight...

    When you hang your hammock do you have a slight bit of tension on the ridge line before you get into the hammock? Or is it very tight before you get in? Or perhaps very loose? This is strange.
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    The tech line should be tight enough to keep the...

    The tech line should be tight enough to keep the ridge line from coming through. I just did a real quick demonstration of that attachment. Does this help?
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    I am 6'1". The 12.5' hammock is the most...

    I am 6'1". The 12.5' hammock is the most comfortable one I have due to the greater ability to lay diagonally and a minimal calf ridge.

    Hey Guys, Here's an idea. Since I have 9.5, 10.5 and 12.5...
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    The hammock worked great last night. I was able...

    The hammock worked great last night. I was able to sleep with no ridge under my leg at all. If I was centered in the hammock it was very comfortable.

    However, the trees I have here at the...
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    If you make a figure 8 on a bight then you have a...

    If you make a figure 8 on a bight then you have a loop at the end. Since it's on a bight it's technically a slip knot. However, if you then pull the locked brummel through that loop it's no longer...
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    Nicely done. Doesn't it feel great to backpack...

    Nicely done. Doesn't it feel great to backpack with gear you built yourself?
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    VIDEO: How Greg Builds a Hammock

    I found myself wanting to build an even longer hammock which is 12 1/2 feet long with a 116" ridge line. So I decided to try to film the entire process.

    I hope you find it useful.

    0c5-ha4bod4...
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    Oh heck yeah. Thunder will introduce Tala to all...

    Oh heck yeah. Thunder will introduce Tala to all his buddies at the dog park.
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    Hey Fronky: Looks like a great trail. I was...

    Hey Fronky:

    Looks like a great trail. I was considering hiking up there just as a day hike last weekend which may have been the same time you were there. But chores got in the way.

    Once the...
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    I just rolled the edge of my DIY Sil Nylon tarp...

    I just rolled the edge of my DIY Sil Nylon tarp and it's been working great with no sign of it coming apart. By "rolled" I mean fold it over by about 1/4" and then fold it again by about 3/8" and...
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    Yeah, he's a bundle of energy for sure. :D We...

    Yeah, he's a bundle of energy for sure. :D We talked about all kinds of things. It was just sort of a 2 day ramble of disjointed ideas and topics. And he likes "The Pogues" so you know he's cool....
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    It was a fun trip. It was a really fun to get...

    It was a fun trip. It was a really fun to get to meet Fronky and hang out with him. Thunder was in his element and loved it. In fact, he was off leash most of the time and just kept exploring...
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    Fronky, GregB, Thunder Preview

    Fronky's probably making his video right now of the overnight trip we just did yesterday and today. I only took a few photos so I thought I'd wet your appetite for the video.

    Our view from camp...
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    BTW, I have maps ;) There are quite a few cool...

    BTW, I have maps ;)

    There are quite a few cool trails in that area (it is nearly my backyard).


    It will be an interesting winter. Fronkey and I talked on the phone a few weeks ago before he...
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    What's next weekend's trip? Did you still want...

    What's next weekend's trip? Did you still want to get together?
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    Probably surpassed only by any of the Ghost...

    Probably surpassed only by any of the Ghost hunter shows.

    I heard Dr. Steven Novella make a comment about these kinds of shows. He said "It's like watching kids playing 'Cowboys and Indians'...
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    Mmmmm, Furries in hammocks. ...

    Mmmmm, Furries in hammocks.

    https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/1620751104/h47D53780/

    http://caseyscieszka.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/furry-hammock.png
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    We were just up in Lake Tahoe yesterday which...

    We were just up in Lake Tahoe yesterday which would have been my 2nd day on the trail. There was a bit of snow at Echo summit where I'd be tomorrow. But garyg763 just PM'd me to let me know that he...
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    My Lake Tahoe Rim Trail trip is cancelled

    I did another quick overnight training trip this weekend which was part of a long term exercise plan to get ready for the 170 mile Tahoe Rim Trail (A.K.A. the Tart) next month. A storm came in...
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    I just picked some up at the running store last...

    I just picked some up at the running store last night. The big town just downhill from where I live is Auburn, the endurance sport capital of the world. They have the Western States 100 which is a...
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    Liz: I wish I could make it. I'd love to meet up...

    Liz: I wish I could make it. I'd love to meet up with other hangers in my area. But if everything works out I'll be on the Tahoe Rim Trail that weekend.

    Have a great time and keep me in mind for...
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    Yeah, that's how I remember it after the fire. ...

    Yeah, that's how I remember it after the fire. That fire was one of the reasons we moved to northern California. Every place we went hiking and camping was nothing more than a stand of burnt trees....
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    Wow, we keep just missing each other in that...

    Wow, we keep just missing each other in that area. Did you go to Beyer via Grouse Ridge or Lake Spaulding. Either way I probably drove, or walked, right past your car.

    I'm going to do the same...
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    Paso Picacho, is that the one that's right across...

    Paso Picacho, is that the one that's right across the road from the Stonewall Peak trail? I use to go there all the time when I lived in San Diego. How's it look now that it's been about 9 years...
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    Building up the mileage in the Sierras.

    The Tahoe Rim Trail trip is getting closer and closer and I'm getting worried about my state of fitness. So I'm pushing my mileages higher and higher.

    Friday evening after work I drove up to...
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    THAT is a great piece of advice. When I bought...

    THAT is a great piece of advice. When I bought my ULA Circuit (which I love) it didn't work for me because I still had a not very compressible 5 pound synthetic fill sleeping bag which took up...
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    I use aluminum arrow shafts. I just drilled a...

    I use aluminum arrow shafts. I just drilled a hole in them and used a bit of line to tie them to a loop. Yup, connecting them to the end of your tree strap is a sure fire way not to lose them.
    ...
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    Jimmy Shelter ladies and gentlemen let's give it...

    Jimmy Shelter ladies and gentlemen let's give it up for Jimmy Shelter. :D



    Yeah, I was so glad that the wind came up and blew the smoke away by 2:30 so we could see the meteors.



    Yeah,...
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    VIDEO: Quick Overnight In The Sierras

    This was Thunder's first trip since his knee surgery. We've been very slowly increasing his exercise. 2 miles is nothing to him. 3 miles is also easy. 3.5 to 4 is a bit tough if it includes hills...
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