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  1. Thread: Knots

    by Montexan
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    I prefer hardware as well, but I'll admit it is...

    I prefer hardware as well, but I'll admit it is so exciting to finally get to use a knot you know, but haven't needed up until that point. This Summer I finally got to use an Icicle hitch, for...
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    Vertically Hung Cat Cut Tarps

    So much easier, I'm kicking myself I didn't do this sooner.

    We used to use Goodwill bed sheets, but this year I applied the simplicity of Line-Locs (thanks Ripstop!) with a white catenary cut tarp...
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    Lovely area! I have yet to get up there. Our...

    Lovely area! I have yet to get up there.

    Our Summers have so much traffic, permit systems will be the norm at our current rate of backcountry growth. And instead of spreading out, everyone follows...
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    I'll say. My last trip to Home Valley Park during...

    I'll say. My last trip to Home Valley Park during the Hood River Hop Fest resulted in an immediate flea infestation before a tent stake could even be struck. Then and some new, but rather permanent,...
  5. The navigation is good for, like previously...

    The navigation is good for, like previously mentioned, tracking to get to where you were, but inReach themselves said they limited the navigation functions to optimize battery life. So if you already...
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    But the true threat to OZ hammockers lies right...

    But the true threat to OZ hammockers lies right above. Waiting.

    http://www.paranormal-encyclopedie.com/wiki/uploads/Articles/Drop_bear_panneau.png
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    Meanwhile, in the Northern Hemisphere.. 137229...

    Meanwhile, in the Northern Hemisphere..

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    Polar bears strolls through electric fence to yank and drag a camper from their tent by their skull in Torngats

    Kayaking Svalbard - and...
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    I'm more "ehk" than an "ick" and never an "ock"....

    I'm more "ehk" than an "ick" and never an "ock".

    \ˈha-mək\ is the pedantic pronunciation. And makes sense it's the most popular since Old English's mattock is \'ma-tək\.

    But of course my...
  9. At lower elevations I'll fish and walk about....

    At lower elevations I'll fish and walk about. Often I'll end up tagging points in my GPS for alternate camp sites, climbers paths and ski lines. I'll do a class 3 scramble with a brain bucket, but my...
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    Once you set up in the dark, cold and rain/sleet...

    Once you set up in the dark, cold and rain/sleet while fatigued, knots (for the sake of knots) lose their appeal.
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    I hate plugs, but they will get you the sleep you...

    I hate plugs, but they will get you the sleep you need if you're dealing with high winds and have a hard push the next morning.

    I also found headphones a necessary item in Alaska Summers, where a...
  12. Great American Solar Eclipse - Where will you be?

    Oregon hotels have already filled in many places! And come January, Teton permits will be a fool's errand--might put in for it anyway.

    If La Nina works out, every ski bum across the Pacific...
  13. It makes a huge difference. My quilt was uber...

    It makes a huge difference. My quilt was uber gwoss after its first season which included several trips with sustained long and sweaty days. If you don't want to do it yourself, I was pretty happy...
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    After a hike I met up with a friend Elk hunting....

    After a hike I met up with a friend Elk hunting. We set up camp close to where he's often seen Elk crossing a clearing. We set up in dead of night, even. The ground was sloped, rooted and a bit...
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    Like, in Seattle proper? *Any park you can find...

    Like, in Seattle proper? *Any park you can find two trees, really. Or poles! Hammocks are great for watching parades--such as Torchlight last weekend. Which neighborhood are you in? There's always a...
  16. Yep. I burned a couple holes in a wool blanket...

    Yep. I burned a couple holes in a wool blanket when I did it once with a volleyball sized rock. It was my snuggle rock at below 0 one year. We also put one in a friend's tent, wrapped up in another...
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    I haven't really explored much of that area. Got...

    I haven't really explored much of that area. Got close this last week camping in Home Valley Park for biking Syncline and Hood River area, but didn't venture into the Gifford.

    Seems like an...
  18. And is the ranger interpretive or protection? Was...

    And is the ranger interpretive or protection? Was it even a ranger--or was it concessionaire labour? And I think you have it backwards. The permanent hires are the best and brightest young minds from...
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    You have a LOT of choices and most of it will be...

    You have a LOT of choices and most of it will be USFS, but anywhere around the Columbia and its tributaries are a mosaic of USFS, DNR, DoE and PUD managed lands. Spokane and up to Colville are the...
  20. Gotcha. I worry about the same thing, but with...

    Gotcha. I worry about the same thing, but with dogs and drinking.



    The must use tent pad or gravel area is a big one in busier, well-established NPS, state and Parks CA sites. But enforcement...
  21. And when a ranger or park warden says no, you'll...

    And when a ranger or park warden says no, you'll what, show them a printed list from an Internet forum that says different? The effort would be better put into discussions with...
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    The problem does exist. But I'll admit it's...

    The problem does exist. But I'll admit it's narrow and for an obstinate few.

    I have, and still do, carry my hammock with a bivy for Spring and early-Summer skiing. I'll attempt to hammock where I...
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    Yes! Good catch. No breaching during my trip, but...

    Yes! Good catch. No breaching during my trip, but some bigger pods here and there.
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    WA/BC/AK > Inside Passage > MV Kennicott

    Some photos aboard the Alaskan Highway Marine System's MV Kennicott. It isn't the "party" the Columbia is known for, but it gets you to Whittier. Loved the Kennicott and the crew! I highly recommend...
  25. Because car commercials aren't racing through...

    Because car commercials aren't racing through streets.
    Booze commercials aren't living-it-up at a busy bar or club.
    And Victoria's Secret didn't have teenage campaign called "Bright Young Things."...
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    Haha, is this a prank on an out of stater?...

    Haha, is this a prank on an out of stater? Suggesting ferry travel on Memorial Day weekend is a misdemeanor in WA as defined by RCW 9.96.060.

    But if you must, WADOT has a legitimately awesome app...
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    Unfortunately you'll be there about 2 weeks early...

    Unfortunately you'll be there about 2 weeks early to fish the Green River that runs right through Renton..

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    Sweet! A VE! I recently picked one up for a...

    Sweet! A VE! I recently picked one up for a killer deal.

    And in the spirit of St. Helens, when tents reign over hammocks :) (also the VE's maiden voyage)

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    Memorial Day weekend, like most places, go...

    Memorial Day weekend, like most places, go camping bonkers. Friday evening and Monday mid-morning in the Snoqualmie I-90 pass--the main one outside Seattle--is stop-and-go. And the ferries.....
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    OR > There is never enough time for Hood

    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=130252

    With the nice weather, all of NW Oregon has quit work and are wandering around Hood. Or so it seems.

    5/10 - Skiing. Beer...
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    You snagged a Kalaloch spot in July! That will be...

    You snagged a Kalaloch spot in July! That will be phenomenal. I only go there for first come, first serve, outside Memorial to Labor Day during small weather windows.

    If you bring your canoe,...
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    Get permits and reservations now--if you can...

    Get permits and reservations now--if you can still find any available. Kalaloch is one of the, unarguably, best established campgrounds in the state that will easily fit your RV, many hammocking...
  33. If you're subjecting yourself to Anaconda (I kid,...

    If you're subjecting yourself to Anaconda (I kid, the Pintlers are super rad!), Skalkaho Pass is a must. It *might* be open by then. Not for the 1st night though, but a nice route the following...
  34. So 3 hours from Portland covers Hood, Rainier,...

    So 3 hours from Portland covers Hood, Rainier, Helens, Adams and Jefferson volcanoes. IMO Spring is the best time for the Volcanoes: more snow, low crowds and permit availability. But it depends on...
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    Have not heard of that either, but I am never...

    Have not heard of that either, but I am never there during a season when a Ranger is to be found. Maybe put it up with some of those tree-savers you use for slack-lining--goodwill goes a long way.
    ...
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    In case you missed the announcement Wednesday,...

    In case you missed the announcement Wednesday, especially for our out-of-state and country folk,

    ** WALK-UP ONLY PERMITS FOR 2016 **
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    Anywhere more specific? The coast is generally...

    Anywhere more specific? The coast is generally split into North, Central and South. And are you a micro beer person? So much good beer in Oregon.

    The weather will be at the crux of the random and...
  38. Seems like an appropriate place.. WTB: Your...

    Seems like an appropriate place..

    WTB: Your neglected Hilliberg or "2 person" single-wall wedge (E.g., Assault or Eldorado) due to hammocking.

    Unfortunately I find myself moving away from...
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    Wonderful area! Hopefully you like beer. I've...

    Wonderful area! Hopefully you like beer. I've been meaning to go back out to Glass Butte for hammocking and obsidian. Stellar place to hammock, since the ground is rough on tents and tires, with...
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    Same. I'll put a wool blanket over if possible. I...

    Same. I'll put a wool blanket over if possible. I don't mind wool over my face either since it catches my breath and warms incoming air.

    But if backcountry without wool, I''ve laid shells...
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    Wet suit dryer with sleeping bags

    Turns out my wet suit dryer is amazing for sleeping bags and quilts. It's basically an oversized hanger with a large computer fan. I finally bought one for the suit a couple months ago and can't...
  42. Thread: PNW?

    by Montexan
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    Where is she located? Maybe look into Meetup.com....

    Where is she located? Maybe look into Meetup.com. They have hiking groups split by skill, age and women-specific. Many of the groups aren't as active right now since those meetups are predominantly...
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    More curious than disrespectful. There just isn't...

    More curious than disrespectful. There just isn't the human population to create a fear that's even passed down by Mom. I just tell myself, 'least it's not a polar bear (Torngats!)
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    Same question. Since intimacy, not just NC-17...

    Same question. Since intimacy, not just NC-17 line items, is paramount in a relationship; questions about moving to this lifestyle are one of the most significant questions that can be asked on this...
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    I'd be interested too since Alaska is the...

    I'd be interested too since Alaska is the harbinger of death for many a tent; especially anything less than a quality 4-season, e.g., VE25, Hillebergs and Arctic Ovens. Location and season of course...
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    I prefer sticks! Pull out your cord and leave 'em...

    I prefer sticks! Pull out your cord and leave 'em buried.
  47. Be sure to call the local ranger district as that...

    Be sure to call the local ranger district as that mess of roads have locked gates. I haven't made it there myself, but would be real interested to know if you find all the gates open.
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    You get used to no fire. Due to fire bans or...

    You get used to no fire. Due to fire bans or other restrictions, campfires have been an increasingly rare treat, saved for special occasions like car-camping with a bigger group in shoulder-seasons....
  49. Thread: Footprints

    by Montexan
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    Wait. You sleep directly above a fabric that's...

    Wait. You sleep directly above a fabric that's been used to clean game?

    If that is truly the case, you aren't being clever about gear multi-use, just irresponsible. Keep that away from camp where...
  50. Thread: Footprints

    by Montexan
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    I sit in my hammock where I take off and then...

    I sit in my hammock where I take off and then hang my shoes on my trekking poles under the tarp. No rain splatter, no dew, no mouse poo. My pack (usually) sits on an mini camp-chair that I can easily...
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