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  1. Thanks Shug! I went to bed last night and just...

    Thanks Shug! I went to bed last night and just before falling asleep I saw this on my phone so I watched it. Good motivation for my trip this weekend. I really need to get out without the pulk since...
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    Heading out in 4 hours! I was also happy to see...

    Heading out in 4 hours! I was also happy to see Shugs new video. I really need to do a non-pulk trip like that to get back into the groove of winter backpacking. I've been slacking for a couple years...
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    Just a small mitten hook clip on the end of 2-3'...

    Just a small mitten hook clip on the end of 2-3' of shockcord (cord lock for adjustability). Also tie a 1" loop in the end in addition to the hook. That way you can put that loop over the opposing...
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    I couldn't open up any more. I could practically...

    I couldn't open up any more. I could practically stand underneath at 5'9", no doors closed, porch mode. At least on the last two trips. Before that I was closed up but still with a door open on each...
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    Good old charmap.exe. But look at Apple, making...

    Good old charmap.exe. But look at Apple, making everything easy and efficient (yet I'm holding out with a PC since about 1991).

    Wait what? Oh yeah my top quilt. If it gets wet this weekend it...
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    I was excited for this weekend when the temps...

    I was excited for this weekend when the temps were in single digits. Then...

    A chance of snow showers before 1pm, then rain and snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 36. Chance of...
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    Good job! IMO single digits is where it starts...

    Good job! IMO single digits is where it starts getting "cold" and need to start focusing on getting things right.
  8. A little extra doesn't hurt of course. I never...

    A little extra doesn't hurt of course. I never had a cordlock slip, but if it did, that slack would keep it from completely detaching.
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    Can't change the weather, but the thing that...

    Can't change the weather, but the thing that kills me is that I'll be out on the two warm days...surrounded by 5+ days of nice winter temps on both sides. Will be colder in KS/MO than northern MI. Oh...
  10. That should work. I have about 36", with 20"...

    That should work. I have about 36", with 20" loose every time. I just never think to cut it while I'm out.
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    That's how it goes. This weekends forecast: 36...

    That's how it goes. This weekends forecast: 36 rain and snow. BUMMER!!
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    Perfect! Thanks, I'll put this on my list.

    Perfect! Thanks, I'll put this on my list.
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    Glad I waited on a windshirt because this is a...

    Glad I waited on a windshirt because this is a strong contender. Those pit zips may win over the Montbell I was looking at. Everything else about this looks right. But the large may be too large for...
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    Of course, my first thought is: Wade, have ya...

    Of course, my first thought is:

    Wade, have ya had a chance to think about, uh, that deal I was talkin' about, those forty acres there on Wayzata?
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    I agree. My favorite quote: ...

    I agree. My favorite quote:

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/k461mfiwf0kgk4z/warm_wet.jpg

    I'm starting to wonder if my TQ dampness is due to using a quilt that is right at, or even...
  16. Thread: zing it

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    I know I was out of the loop on those for years!...

    I know I was out of the loop on those for years! At least it's not abbreviated like everything else around here. But I guess googling SS won't quite get you the right thing.
  17. Thread: zing it

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    I have the original tarp flyz and zing-it on my...

    I have the original tarp flyz and zing-it on my tarps from 2012. No sign of wear other than the yellow coloring fades. I switched to gray for other uses, but no need to swap out the ridge line since...
  18. LOL!!! I've seen it a hundred times but I just...

    LOL!!! I've seen it a hundred times but I just now realized what the AF stands for. Man, I'm dense sometimes!!!
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    Thanks Shug. I think next time I will throw in...

    Thanks Shug. I think next time I will throw in the full blown driveway shovel in addition to the backpacking shovel. I never used my chains, but sorta hoping for a reason one of these days!
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    I always wondered how people get out to some of...

    I always wondered how people get out to some of the places they do. Even with a 4x4 and chains, I worry about getting back with the "seasonal roads" having a ton of fresh snow. There's no getting...
  21. I like my 2.2mm zing-it, so I would err on the...

    I like my 2.2mm zing-it, so I would err on the side of a little larger rather than smaller. The 2.5mm sounds like a good compromise. The only other consideration is if you're using any kind of...
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    I think I'll just take it next week to possibly...

    I think I'll just take it next week to possibly try; a crazy photo op at the very least to share here :)

    And I'll definitely be using the VB bag liner again with lows 14-19 all three nights as of...
  23. Same here. I did some christmas shopping over the...

    Same here. I did some christmas shopping over the weekend, just your normal amazon purchases since Friday/Monday wasn't anything special. I didn't need a 32" Sansuiii 720p TV for $129 that was going...
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    I do have that tyvek chem suit to try. It just...

    I do have that tyvek chem suit to try. It just seems so ridiculous, but could end up working great.
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    Still better than me bringing two tarps and no...

    Still better than me bringing two tarps and no hammock.
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    If I ever try clothing I think I'll keep it...

    If I ever try clothing I think I'll keep it simple and try the sauna suit someone else mentioned earlier. Something like $20 so it's worth a try.
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    Regarding the garbage bag, I'm not sure that...

    Regarding the garbage bag, I'm not sure that would work. I don't think any would fit me at 5'9". They start getting really wide instead of reaching a body's length. The xmas tree bag suggestion would...
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    Pretty good! My thin base layer and socks didn't...

    Pretty good! My thin base layer and socks didn't get wet at all when using my VB liner. I was surprised by this, but could depend on the individual and weather. To be safe, just plan on that being...
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    We did have a wagon-er out last weekend...it...

    We did have a wagon-er out last weekend...it didn't look like much fun either.
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    HAHA! As long as you're not breaking trail you...

    HAHA! As long as you're not breaking trail you can haul a shipping container!
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    Tons of info scattered here. Many have built and...

    Tons of info scattered here. Many have built and went the toboggan route to haul major gear/stoves. I have plenty of space with the popular Paris pulk.
    ...
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    I need to get back to the UP. "Total daytime...

    I need to get back to the UP.

    "Total daytime snow accumulation of 18 to 24 inches possible."
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    You're gonna drive yourself crazy :) I'd stick...

    You're gonna drive yourself crazy :)

    I'd stick with your order and enjoy. Can't go wrong with that setup. I just wish they still did customs so I can get another Phincubator when the time comes.
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    Good deal! To summarize, lighting thru 1 layer...

    Good deal!

    To summarize, lighting thru 1 layer - green/changes color. From the front (2 layers) more of an olive. I over-analyze everything.

    And more from another thread:

    Warbonnet tarp...
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    Yeah the bright snow is tough. I spend a long...

    Yeah the bright snow is tough. I spend a long time processing photos to make them real as possible...not sure if I spent the time on these, but probably since I'm a picky SOB when it comes to...
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    Thunderfly. It's a great color that really blends...

    Thunderfly. It's a great color that really blends into the woods in all 4 seasons.

    Here's another shot

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/opleyk9x2dtreuy/IMG_5395.jpg
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    I like the evergreen, but amazing how much it...

    I like the evergreen, but amazing how much it changes color with different weather/lighting. Sometimes it's plain green, sometimes almost a turquoise.

    But in general...
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    Yeah I discounted dew. EVERYTHING was dry...tarp...

    Yeah I discounted dew. EVERYTHING was dry...tarp inside and out, pulk (plastic), backpack, even the 16oz coke bottle sitting on the ground outside of the tarp. You would expect things like that to be...
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    Actually I should have said something thinner,...

    Actually I should have said something thinner, like a bed sheet for quicker drying. But would that even do anything?
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    Dang it I was 2 seconds away from posting a Mega...

    Dang it I was 2 seconds away from posting a Mega Man reference last night but decided not to!!!! LOL!
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    In the winter it will be crucial. Last winter was...

    In the winter it will be crucial. Last winter was when I could feel wetness and icy crystals INSIDE the TQ. Another night would have been impossible. But at -16 I expect crazy stuff to start...
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    That's the liner I tested above in post #292....

    That's the liner I tested above in post #292. ^^

    Seems to work well but will be doing more testing.

    Review thread: Equinox Vapor Barrier Liner
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    I thought about that, but the clothing was...

    I thought about that, but the clothing was minimal and the quilts were only rated for 5 above actual temp (20 quilt in 25 weather). And two weeks ago it hit 19 on two separate nights with the 20...
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    Pretty much true everywhere I've been too. In the...

    Pretty much true everywhere I've been too. In the woods you have a pine grove there, a lake there, an opening there, etc. No wind simply blasts right thru everything in one direction. It sorta gets...
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    Yeah, I was not far from a lake. 1-2" of snow...

    Yeah, I was not far from a lake. 1-2" of snow just melted that day. I guess that humidity was unavoidable on these past few trips.
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    I used to think this way, until the windward end...

    I used to think this way, until the windward end became all four ends on half of my trips!
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    I thought about hanging the frost bib, but I...

    I thought about hanging the frost bib, but I really hate stuff on the ridgeline. Seems like a pain, but a possible solution.

    Dew came to mind but being under the tarp...and the fact nothing else...
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    Wet top quilt, again!

    I posted a little about this in the vapor barrier thread, but gotta mention it here and figure things out. I'm not sure why, but only since last winter has my TQ been getting wet on the top/outside...
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    Yeah, you could look back at 7 years of posts by...

    Yeah, you could look back at 7 years of posts by me saying "no doors is simple...nice when it's dry...less to deal with..." But my luck finally ran out. My weather forcefield ran out of fuel. I'm...
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    This... https://youtu.be/dGucBm8qSFI

    This...


    https://youtu.be/dGucBm8qSFI
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