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  1. I used a pad for the first year or so with my...

    I used a pad for the first year or so with my WBBB XLC until I upgraded to a UQ/TQ combo.

    I still occasionally use the pad (and sleeping bag) in my DIY hammock when I lend my WBBB to a newbie and,...
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    For me the key to a good (no - great!) sleep in...

    For me the key to a good (no - great!) sleep in my WBBB XLC is to make sure that my head is well towards the end of the hammock.
    I find that putting my shoulders level with the logo patch is...
  3. I also use this approach. The best part is that...

    I also use this approach. The best part is that you can easily tie the marlinspike hitch anywhere along the guy line so you can make the guy line as long or short as needed (usually to fit in with...
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    Update: Happy Now! Took my new HG DCF tarp out...

    Update: Happy Now!

    Took my new HG DCF tarp out for a quick overnighter.
    No rain, but significant condensation.
    All worked as promised.
    It is so much lighter than my DIY silnylon tarp (albeit a...
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    Not Happy, Jan*

    * quote from a famous Australian TV ad.

    As Iím in the Uber heading to the airport for yet another business trip I get a notification that my Cuben HG tarp is arriving today.

    It will be sitting...
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    Wow, problems since the 5th of November! :lol:

    Wow, problems since the 5th of November!

    :lol:
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    I used a tarp for over 20 years before...

    I used a tarp for over 20 years before discovering snake skins.
    I just folded it up (making sure that the guy lines and any moisture were on the inside) and stuffed it in my pack.
    Now that I've...
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    I took my teenage son out last weekend. I then...

    I took my teenage son out last weekend.
    I then made the ultimate sacrifice by letting him sleep in my WBBB XLC with top and under quilts while I was in my DIY hammock with sleeping mat / sleeping...
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    MikekiM: Basic trigonometry tells me that, if...

    MikekiM:

    Basic trigonometry tells me that, if you raise the foot end of a 12í tarp by 1í then the ground coverage reduces to 11.96í.
    Probably not a significant reduction!
    It looks like we were...
  10. Hmm, so the current consensus is to either leave...

    Hmm, so the current consensus is to either leave them compressed or not!
    :)

    I might take the middle road and unpack them if it looks like I'll have more than a few days without a practice hike.
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    The two reasons I see for pitching level: 1....

    The two reasons I see for pitching level:

    1. It looks better (YMMV)
    2. It gives you the best coverage for your hammock and gear.
  12. Advice needed: packing and unpacking quilts multiple times a week

    Iím in the last 5 weeks of preparing for a 14-day hike.
    That means 2 x 2-hour hikes during the week plus longer hikes on at least one day of the weekend.
    Iíve got my gear pretty much sorted and am...
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    My story: Heard about hammocks somewhere....

    My story:

    Heard about hammocks somewhere.
    Thought it sounded like something Iíd enjoy (Iíve been camping and bushwalking for over 40 years).
    Found Hammock Forums.
    Looked through recommendations...
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    I once found what was almost the perfect hang: ...

    I once found what was almost the perfect hang:

    On the side of a hill with my hammock in a depression.
    On the entry side (I have a one-sided hammock) the ground rose up almost vertically and there...
  15. I once hung across a small creek (mainly just so...

    I once hung across a small creek (mainly just so I could say I did it). The noise of the water sent me straight to sleep. Plus in the morning I could reach down and get fresh water for my morning...
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    Iím pretty sure this was on another thread: ďTent...

    Iím pretty sure this was on another thread: ďTent vs hammock in the rainĒ

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rA4DElALKt8
  17. Welcome and a wise choice. One word of warning...

    Welcome and a wise choice.

    One word of warning - once you try an Underquilt youíll find it hard to go back to a pad!
  18. Iím a big fan of the Warbonnet series. For your...

    Iím a big fan of the Warbonnet series.
    For your height, the Blackbird XLC would be my recommendation along with the Wooki Underquilt.
    Then a Topquilt to suit your temperature range (I use an...
  19. Thread: Cost to go UL

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    A few other comments: The spreadsheet is good...

    A few other comments:

    The spreadsheet is good for a couple of reasons.
    Firstly, to do the $/g calculation to see what to target first.
    Secondly to be able to plug in sale prices quickly to see...
  20. Finding time for all the things I want to do.

    Finding time for all the things I want to do.
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    To all those saying to hang it off the hammock...

    To all those saying to hang it off the hammock suspension: head end or foot end?
    Given the effort we go to to make sure the foot end is higher than the head end, it seems to make sense not to...
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    Hi, guys, I am likely to have a weekend in...

    Hi, guys, I am likely to have a weekend in Singapore in April. Can also hop over to Johor if the camping is better.

    Any interest?
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    It may be that they were not used to being...

    It may be that they were not used to being outdoors and wanted the comfort of someone else nearby?
  24. Thanks, anyway, I had to book my travel...

    Thanks, anyway,

    I had to book my travel already so will have to give it a miss.
    When I'm back in Germany in summer I'll try that forum- I don't really do cold weather!
  25. I seem to remember reading on this forum that...

    I seem to remember reading on this forum that some people rig up a light rope to a nearby tree so they can pull on the rope to induce a rocking motion.

    Sounds like very advanced hammocking to me!
  26. Any German hangs the weekend of 23/24 Feb?

    I have a work meeting in Heidelberg the week after.
    If anyoneís planning a hang near Heidelberg or Frankfurt (and wants an extra attendee), let me know.
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    Hi, Ash, seat belt material would work but would...

    Hi, Ash, seat belt material would work but would definitely be overkill.

    Here's a link to Tier Gear's tree straps for your reference:...
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    Hey, Ash, welcome aboard from another Victorian!...

    Hey, Ash, welcome aboard from another Victorian!

    A couple of quick tips:
    1. While we know that our gum trees are pretty much indestructible, the people on this forum are pretty hot on using tree...
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    Hi, Simon and welcome to another Aussie! Re...

    Hi, Simon and welcome to another Aussie!

    Re hammock purchases - check out Tier Gear in Tasmania. Iíve always found them very helpful and good quality.

    As you look through this forum, remember...
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    Or just tie your guy lines directly to the...

    Or just tie your guy lines directly to the grosgrain loops. Iíve never seen the need for anything more (and it saves a little weight).
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    Just be prepared for cold/wet weather at short...

    Just be prepared for cold/wet weather at short notice.
    Yes, even in "summer".

    Apart from that, have a great time!
    New Zealand is fantastic.
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  33. You get very good at managing water Sent...

    You get very good at managing water


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    Not sure you need a stand for bikepacking -...

    Not sure you need a stand for bikepacking - surely if thereís nowhere to hang from, you just ride a few more kilometres until you find somewhere.

    Lots of other reasons to have a stand!
  35. I have an upcoming trip where 3 or 4 nights of...

    I have an upcoming trip where 3 or 4 nights of the 15 there will be no trees at my designated stopping place.
    I have the choice of carrying extra equipment to have a more comfortable ground...
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    How about teaming up with the Tensahedron guys to...

    How about teaming up with the Tensahedron guys to make a back-packable version?

    p.s. if you can get it to my in Aus by the middle of May I'll be your first customer!
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    If you are 6í5Ē and could stand under your tarp...

    If you are 6í5Ē and could stand under your tarp Iíd suggest youíve got it set up way too high. That would have caused a fair gap between the tarp and ground.

    I usually hang my tarp around shoulder...
  38. Well, as a card-carrying scientist I have to...

    Well, as a card-carrying scientist I have to disagree!

    This could be a really interesting study and not too difficult to set up properly.

    If I win the lottery and want to do a PhD Iíll keep...
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    Donít feel that you have to have doors on your...

    Donít feel that you have to have doors on your tarp!

    Doors are a fairly recent trend and I would suggest that the vast majority* of hammockers donít have doors on their tarps.

    Not having doors...
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    Try looking on the ground for a stick. Anything...

    Try looking on the ground for a stick. Anything thicker than your thumb will work.
    Added bonus - you don't have to carry it so no extra weight!
    Extra bonus - you can use a new one each time you set...
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    As far as I can tell, the only reason for the...

    As far as I can tell, the only reason for the tie-outs is to keep the bugnet off my face.

    I have a WBBB XLC and find that I don't need a tie-out on the shelf side as the weight in the shelf keeps...
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    Poll: I take my harmonica with me and trust me, no-one...

    I take my harmonica with me and trust me, no-one wants to be anywhere near me when I pull it out!

    I also like to set my own schedule, and like the challenge of being totally responsible for...
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    I pack my hammock and UQ very tightly into...

    I pack my hammock and UQ very tightly into separate stuff sacks and place in the bottom compartment of my pack.

    I then loosely put my TQ in an oversized stuff sack and use the ďmoldabilityĒ to...
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    Sticky: Hex tarps remove a little bit of material from...

    Hex tarps remove a little bit of material from those areas that donít really need it.

    Not sure the weight difference is significant!

    The next step is a hex tarp but with catenary cuts instead...
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    You can always go old school:...

    You can always go old school:
    https://www.distinctlybritish.com/shooting-sticks-walking-seats-c102x2201032
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    This thread confirms my decision to mostly hike...

    This thread confirms my decision to mostly hike by myself!
    Not sure how anyone could balance all of the viewpoints listed above.

    That way I can get up and go or take my time and I donít have to...
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    I'll use an alcohol or gas stove under my tarp...

    I'll use an alcohol or gas stove under my tarp but not a wood stove.

    A small wood stove (e.g. Emberlit / Vargo / etc) might allow you to have a small and more controllable wood fire near your tarp...
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    What, you woke up every couple of hours screaming...

    What, you woke up every couple of hours screaming and in the morning you found you'd @#$%ed in your pants?
    :)
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    Also have a look at www.bushwalk.com This...

    Also have a look at www.bushwalk.com

    This covers general hiking (with a fair number of hammockers) across Australia and New Zealand.
  50. If you have a range of trees to choose from, use...

    If you have a range of trees to choose from, use the "two hiking poles" approach to find ones that are about the right distance.
    That should increase the chance of getting it right (or close to...
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