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    Good advice right off the bat to take less. Take...

    Good advice right off the bat to take less. Take less and reduce the amount/quantity of what you take. Dehydrated food versus "wet" food is another place. If you know your water sources, carry...
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    Tyvek and I always get out to pee; nice thing...

    Tyvek and I always get out to pee; nice thing about a hammock and tarp, you don't have to go far :)
    Gideon
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    The lesson to all of this? Know the weather and...

    The lesson to all of this? Know the weather and take a conservative approach to dealing with approaching storms! I've been too cavalier in the past about thunder and lightning but I'm learning. ...
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    I like how you think! Some of my fondest...

    I like how you think! Some of my fondest memories are of time spend in Darwin Australia when I was a member of the US Air Force....long story. Love your country and your people!

    Doubt I'll ever...
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    My thoughts are similar to many: 1. Skip...

    My thoughts are similar to many:

    1. Skip pads, go straight to quality TQ/UQ's; don't try to make 3/4 quilts work in really cold weather, go full length.
    2. I'd go straight to a cuben fiber tarp...
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    Outstanding job and just what I need for my...

    Outstanding job and just what I need for my lightweight summer setup! I'll have to get some of these throws and place and order!
    Gideon
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    For those who asked, this is the source for the...

    For those who asked, this is the source for the 1.1 mm dyneema w/reflective properties:

    http://store.picharpak.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=51

    Shipping from Hong Kong took...
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    What size is that tarp??? Gideon

    What size is that tarp???
    Gideon
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    Well I'll "pile on". Wore a lot of camo for 21...

    Well I'll "pile on". Wore a lot of camo for 21 years. Now I like earth tones to include black and gray but it has nothing to do with "blending" in. I'm also bow hunt and have cammo that is matched...
  10. Thread: Bad luck

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    Although light, that fabric should be adequate...

    Although light, that fabric should be adequate for your weight "but", if anything pokes or picks at the fabric and starts even the smallest hole or tear then I can see how sitting on that edge/spot...
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    I don't know if it's true or not so that this...

    I don't know if it's true or not so that this with a grain of salt but I don't think I'd care for a CRL "under" a cuben fiber tarp. I see how cuben fiber gets soft with wear and it seems to me that...
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    Good thoughts and I'll respond to a few. I'd...

    Good thoughts and I'll respond to a few.

    I'd never go "away" from a cuben fiber tarp. Any tarp would have been making noise in those winds and the advantages of cuben fiber far out weight a small...
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    Staying dry in prolonged, severe weather!

    Had a house full for Christmas so to make room I volunteered to sleep out back in my hammock; I know, a huge sacrifice :cool:

    So three nights and 4 days and it was the worst continuous weather...
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    I did something similar to save my knee and back....

    I did something similar to save my knee and back. Some thoughts:

    -the pack you've selected is an excellent pack but heavy. If you want to hike further and bet serious about lowering your base...
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    Great post; I'm just north of you in Perryville,...

    Great post; I'm just north of you in Perryville, MO. If you ever want some company, give me a PM and we'll plan a hang together. Missouri has some of the best conservation land in the US. May not...
  16. Great pics; were the orange pack covers for...

    Great pics; were the orange pack covers for safety or were they what those folks normally pack?

    Gideon
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    Great trip report, thanks for posting! I've...

    Great trip report, thanks for posting! I've hunted deer all my life but never in a place like that or while hammock camping. Unfortunately I'm all too familiar with hunting public land. My...
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    I think the cottage industry folks are much...

    I think the cottage industry folks are much better than any big name company. Usually they came up with a superior design through trial and error matched with personal experimentation that resulted...
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    Mountain Goat all the way. I've used henessey...

    Mountain Goat all the way. I've used henessey and a few others but started using MG mesh skins a few years ago. Recently tried the new one piece CF skin from Hammock Gear.

    The HG CF and the MG...
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    You'll have to spend the time, and unfortunately...

    You'll have to spend the time, and unfortunately the money, to find the "sweet spot" for you. I'm 5'7" and like a 10 to 10.5ft hammock but I'm more interested in weight. I've tried an 11 ft...
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    Enjoy, hammocks are one of those simple pleasures...

    Enjoy, hammocks are one of those simple pleasures in life that's hard to beat!
    Gideon
  22. Thread: side pull outs

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    This past weekend I pitched in gusty winds. One...

    This past weekend I pitched in gusty winds. One of the few/rare times I've used the side pull out on a tarp. Could have gotten by without it but the wind gusts pushed the side of the tarp against...
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    Question for those of you who've boldly gone where few others have!

    I've recently purchased some 1.1 dyneema with reflective tape built in. I'm using it for tarp guylines but now I'm thinking...
  24. First of all, congratulations! I've always...

    First of all, congratulations! I've always envied folks who could build their own stuff. I would recommend a Fronkey styled bug net. You can make that too and it'll work with your current DIY...
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    You're hearing good advise. Most fabrics come in...

    You're hearing good advise. Most fabrics come in 60" widths. Trim and sew and you're down to 58" or so. Some say a wider hammock would be more comfortable. i suppose so, especially if you're...
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    CRL above the tarp will always give some degree...

    CRL above the tarp will always give some degree of "bowing"; depends on the cut of the tarp. As Shug said; tie outs on either end ofthe hammock will eliminate most of this, as will a ridgeline run...
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    :mellow: Not following....sorry Gideon

    :mellow:

    Not following....sorry
    Gideon
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    I've been on part of the Berryman loop; one...

    I've been on part of the Berryman loop; one review said it was "lacking in features". I would agree with that; it's your typical Missouri woods but it would be nice if you're looking for a loop hike...
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    I've always wondered if anyone did some serious...

    I've always wondered if anyone did some serious deer hunting combined with hammocking. I know of one place that backpacking into would be great, hanging would be great, but getting a deer out of...
  30. Go with a zero degree HG incubator with 2-4 oz of...

    Go with a zero degree HG incubator with 2-4 oz of overfill. Take a 3/4 to 1" closed cell foam pad and put that under your feet. I used the foam pad off the back of my pack. If that doesn't cut it,...
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    I've also used a small stick fire or a wood fire...

    I've also used a small stick fire or a wood fire in a Vargo titanium wood stove to amuse myself after dark. Doesn't take a big fire to mesmorize me!

    Gideon
  32. Now learn how to make a soft shackle and use...

    Now learn how to make a soft shackle and use those as a prussic to attach your tarp to your CRL. I would guess (but don't know) that the skills you learned to make a continuous loop would be...
  33. I don't look at tarps as winter or summer. To me...

    I don't look at tarps as winter or summer. To me its about weight and coverage which also has to do with configuration so a few thoughts:
    -Spending an extended time under a tarp waiting out rain...
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    I'm also a fan of CRL using a dutch hook and a...

    I'm also a fan of CRL using a dutch hook and a dutch flyz. I attached the tarp using a soft shackle formed into a prussic knot. One one end I use a 3-4" length of shock cord between the tarp and...
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    I always just dig my feet under and then lift the...

    I always just dig my feet under and then lift the quilt and wiggle my feet until I get them started down the hole. You do have to be careful or you can rip a sewn footbox. I had snaps on my HG TQ...
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    Lots of options; I'd recommend a double layer...

    Lots of options; I'd recommend a double layer from dream hammocks; you can get that with a suspension under $200 and it'll be lighter than the warbonnet. Wont' get you a tarp. I'd recommend against...
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    Poll: Hang your own hang but for me, I like gathered...

    Hang your own hang but for me, I like gathered end; I'm 5'7" so I can be comfortable in a gathered end and they're by far the lightest set up which is an important criteria for me. I'm into the...
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    If you don't want an integrated bug net, you...

    If you don't want an integrated bug net, you should really consider Dutch hammocks; truly high value for the money.
    Gideon
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    I think it's great what you and your dad are...

    I think it's great what you and your dad are planning to do. I looked at your one possiblility and all I could think of was HEAVY.

    I would ask how many miles a day do you intend to hike and for...
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    The Taum Sauk section is nice; it's point to...

    The Taum Sauk section is nice; it's point to point but no schuttle so you need someone to drop you off and place your car at the end. You can hit 3 or 4 of the highest points in Missouri and you'll...
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    FS: Okay, $30 shipped; you know you want one :)...

    Okay, $30 shipped; you know you want one :)
    Gideon
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    Same as others; I read books on my phone, take a...

    Same as others; I read books on my phone, take a late night walk if I'm by myself, and I like Tylenol PM :)

    I'm so tired all the time from work that an early bed time in. The woods is actually a...
  43. Thread: Hammock Size??

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    I'm 5'7" and I'm stuck on 10 ft. Tried 11 and I...

    I'm 5'7" and I'm stuck on 10 ft. Tried 11 and I "think" they might be a bit more comfortable but it's subjective as to "how much".

    I'm into ultralight so for me I want to keep it all small;...
  44. FS: I think our mystery is solved!! Hmm; so my...

    I think our mystery is solved!!

    Hmm; so my price seems high if you can buy a set from Wally world. Checked my local one but couldn't find it. So I'll offer this one for $10 shipped in case...
  45. FS: Interesting speculation; the entire pan is...

    Interesting speculation; the entire pan is non-stick. If it was intended for crepes, they'd be awfully small ones!

    Gideon
  46. FS: could very well be. I got it as part of ...

    could very well be. I got it as part of stove/cook kit so it was used in the field. It's definitely interesting!
    Gideon
  47. Thread: Footprints

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    In the past I used a regular black trash bag. ...

    In the past I used a regular black trash bag. Weighed little and could be useful for other purposes. More recently I've switched to a piece of Tyvek.

    I don't leave it laid out under my tarp and...
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    FS: Funds received, pack ships in the morning...kind...

    Funds received, pack ships in the morning...kind of sad to see it go but he'll really like it! :thumbup1:

    Moderators; you can close this one!

    Enjoy the day
    Gideon
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    FS: Sold to Japhyaz pending funds Thanks Gideon

    Sold to Japhyaz pending funds
    Thanks
    Gideon
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    FS: I agree Onawhym; I'm supprised no one has jumped...

    I agree Onawhym; I'm supprised no one has jumped on this, even at the higher prices! I see people on the trail all the time with 3-5 lb packs that I know don't carry as well as this one. If I end...
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