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    Wish I knew more about that area, but one option...

    Wish I knew more about that area, but one option is the Profile trail at Grandfather. There is a campsite maybe a mile or two in on that trail before it gets steep that is a fairly easy hike. If...
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    I have 4yds of Monolite laying on my work table...

    I have 4yds of Monolite laying on my work table for a summer hammock. It's such a different fabric from other ripstops that a comparison with Hexon is a bit strange other than they're both 1.0 osy. ...
  3. I would make a rolled hem. You only need to do...

    I would make a rolled hem. You only need to do it on one side since the other two will be rolled in the hem of the tarp and it will be stronger. Having said that, I have seen people do circular...
  4. Thread: 20D vs. 15D

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    I've been using a MEMBRANE silpoly winter tarp...

    I've been using a MEMBRANE silpoly winter tarp for just over 3 years (mixed use since I also use my hex and asym depending on weather). My hex tarp is silpoly 1.1.

    In terms of tear strength, the...
  5. I think that would be a good way to go.

    I think that would be a good way to go.
  6. I would overlap them at the joint and probably...

    I would overlap them at the joint and probably use a little spray adhesive, letting it fully set before applying the fabric. I think you want a good physical joint between the two pieces of...
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    This is my backyard spot, shot a few winters ago...

    This is my backyard spot, shot a few winters ago - I love hanging on the worst weather nights of the year! We don't get a lot of snow and it's often freezing rain, so you have to challenge yourself...
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    Big Creek & Cataloochee CG's are both drive-up,...

    Big Creek & Cataloochee CG's are both drive-up, hammock-friendly campgrounds. I booked Cataloochee just this week and for some reason it is more expensive than Big Creek ($25 vs $17.50). Both...
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    I have a set of Venom (UHMWPE) straps from RSBTR....

    I have a set of Venom (UHMWPE) straps from RSBTR.

    Pros:
    - They are shockingly light compared to the "standard" 1500# poly straps
    - Much less bulky than "standard" straps
    - Hold both Becket's...
  10. https://hofmanoutdoorgearsupply.ca/accessories/34-...

    https://hofmanoutdoorgearsupply.ca/accessories/34-gutermann-mara-70.html

    The Gutermann Sew-all thread is a tex 30 Mara thread (Mara 70 is tex 40, sew heavier), and is widely available at...
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    I'm sure there are tons of good options...

    I'm sure there are tons of good options immediately near Murphy that I'm not familiar with. However, you're about an hour from Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, as well as the Bryson City side of the...
  12. I used the diygearsupply pattern for the first...

    I used the diygearsupply pattern for the first set I ever sewed: https://diygearsupply.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/DIYGS-TreeStrap-lowres.jpg

    Essentially, the box with an 'x' style. Then I...
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    My input: I would eliminate option #2/upcycle...

    My input:

    I would eliminate option #2/upcycle as I don't think you'll get an optimal result which, for your time, $, and desire to backpack is not a great outcome.

    DIY is within your...
  14. Now I just have to figure out how to get it to...

    Now I just have to figure out how to get it to rock at 0.25 hertz...
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    I would, too.

    I would, too.
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    I've been using these 8 for $12 for 3 years: ...

    I've been using these 8 for $12 for 3 years:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012GDMOVQ/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    A little dinged up, but still perfectly fine.
  17. I'd try steaming it if you have a steamer, or you...

    I'd try steaming it if you have a steamer, or you might try an iron with steam on the lowest setting and something like a cotton t-shirt in between the MEMBRANE and the iron. If all else fails, I'd...
  18. Unfortunately, two things nobody knows: 1) If...

    Unfortunately, two things nobody knows:

    1) If the NPS will be operating 100% again by then &
    2) What the weather will be in GSMNP two weeks from now, or even two days.

    But in any case, Twenty...
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    I agree w/Bill, especially for a down quilt. I'd...

    I agree w/Bill, especially for a down quilt. I'd probably do M15 for the extra durability and it being slightly easier to work with than M10. I've used calendered HyperD for down TQ's and UQ's and...
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    I've always used a poacher's knot, haven't had...

    I've always used a poacher's knot, haven't had any issues.
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    It would help, depending on the diameter and...

    It would help, depending on the diameter and stiffness of your chock sticks. In fact, Yosemite NP requires some form of chocking for straps and tarp lines in both the backpacker's campground as well...
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    https://www.walmart.com/search/?query=zing-it ...

    https://www.walmart.com/search/?query=zing-it

    But that's a third party vendor, more Amazon style.
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    I'm looking at the market for UP-stuffed pillows.

    I'm looking at the market for UP-stuffed pillows.
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    As others have covered, some spectra in the...

    As others have covered, some spectra in the 1.75-2.2mm range works really well. You can overengineer and go with Amsteel which also works just fine. The only thing I would add is that I always put...
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    Point taken on the 30% - I had it in my head that...

    Point taken on the 30% - I had it in my head that you needed 30% more UP than 600FP down, but it's actually 800FP down. I don't feel too bad, because the product info mentions 600, 625, 700, and...
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    Bill, I appreciate your thoroughness (typed...

    Bill, I appreciate your thoroughness (typed without irony), but it will take me some time to go through that. You do say:



    Which is definitely where I would start since you definitely need to...
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    But...the claim is that UP is warmer than 600FP...

    But...the claim is that UP is warmer than 600FP down for a given volume. Which is really to say, that it's warmer than down for a given volume since the FP is, practically speaking, irrelevant for...
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    In practice they're close enough if you're...

    In practice they're close enough if you're talking about an inch of loft. Most manufacturers provide temperature ratings for down products based on the inches of loft. So the different FP's of down...
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    If you're willing to live on the margins, the 7/8...

    If you're willing to live on the margins, the 7/8 will probably work. I'm 5'9" and use a DIY 7/8 UQ and my head just goes off (some people leave their head on the quilt and use a pad under their...
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    The UP insulation is confusing me (which isn't...

    The UP insulation is confusing me (which isn't difficult). Temperature ratings for down quilts are based on the amount of loft of the quilt and the fill power of the down is essentially irrelevant. ...
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    Would it work? Yes. As jgscott notes, it's...

    Would it work? Yes. As jgscott notes, it's heavy and not very compressible, and I'd guess it would also require quilting loops or baffles for stabilization.

    So the question for me would be: is...
  32. Thread: Silpoly XL?

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    Yep! Many people have. Kitsap posted plans...

    Yep! Many people have. Kitsap posted plans somewhere around here, Dutch offers kits, and both Dutch and RBTR offer XL silpoly suitable for an asym tarp. I made one from Dutch's kit which...
  33. Thread: Hurricane

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    I'm kind of wondering who was camping next to a...

    I'm kind of wondering who was camping next to a flooding river near Asheville...fess up!

    https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article219864390.html

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    That quilt looks amazing. The Hexcam has to be...

    That quilt looks amazing. The Hexcam has to be my favorite pattern so far. In the span of a few months, I've gone from wondering why anyone would pay the premium for patterns to wondering how...
  35. Agreed. I'm very happy that they're embracing a...

    Agreed. I'm very happy that they're embracing a bold plan for that space (that's just one of six sections in the proposed master plan!) - you don't hear too many people saying Central, Piedmont, or...
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    Most TQ's don't have zippers that I've seen, so I...

    Most TQ's don't have zippers that I've seen, so I think what you're looking for is a TQ with a larger footbox, or none at all. You may want to look into synthetic insulation instead of down if cost...
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    My girls all have 11' foot hammocks and it's all...

    My girls all have 11' foot hammocks and it's all I make. That way they're all interchangeable/loanable.
  38. Raleigh, NC: Proposed Hammock Area in New Park

    With all of the discussion of where you can and can't hang a hammock, and some places outright banning them, I was excited to see the proposed master plan for Dorothea Dix Park includes a dedicated...
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    I haven't used that particular thread, but if Rev...

    I haven't used that particular thread, but if Rev says it's good, it's good. I've used Mara 100 (the Joann's sew-all from Gutermann) on many projects, including tarps and hammocks, and have had zero...
  40. Postscript: I did order some Adirondack VX-15 for...

    Postscript: I did order some Adirondack VX-15 for a spousal unit daypack and it looks even more amazing in person. I'd snag some at the introductory price.
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    I've made a few wide hammocks and used every bit...

    I've made a few wide hammocks and used every bit of fabric that I could (I paid for it, after all!) and have found that they are unbeatable for comfort without an UQ. You can get so diagonal and...
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    Sounds like a fun trip! If you make it as far as...

    Sounds like a fun trip! If you make it as far as Asheville, you'll likely take the BRP towards Mitchell. I'd stop at Craggy Gardens and hike to the pinnacle which is ~1.4 miles roundtrip and offers...
  43. Looks amazing. I'd like to see it in HyperD 300,...

    Looks amazing. I'd like to see it in HyperD 300, but may try some X-Pac for a daypack. My wife is in love with the Adirondack flavor.
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    Insulation rating for down is based on the amount...

    Insulation rating for down is based on the amount of loft as opposed to the density of the down. My take on overstuff is that it helps with lofting faster, replacing inevitable loss of down, and may...
  45. Good point. I'm actually planning to set up my...

    Good point. I'm actually planning to set up my Sawyer Squeeze gravity system for anything out of the buckets or the tubs. We're on city water, so there's a pretty good chance this is unnecessary...
  46. I've always been able to ride these things out...

    I've always been able to ride these things out without a generator, but with this Prym1 HyperD 300 sitting on my project table, I'm starting to think I might need one just for my sewing machine...
  47. I hit Trophy on Maywood on the way home last...

    I hit Trophy on Maywood on the way home last night - plenty of beer as usual, and the Asian market had tons of ramen so I'm well supplied. Got a coffee at Harris Teeter this morning and there were a...
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    Good luck and stay safe to everyone in the...

    Good luck and stay safe to everyone in the affected area. It was looking like a direct hit for NC last night, but seems to be more towards the SC peeps now. There will definitely be enough wind and...
  49. Thread: Silpoly XL?

    by Caminante
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    I have a 1.1 silpoly hex tarp I made that has...

    I have a 1.1 silpoly hex tarp I made that has held up really well. I have a silpoly XL asym tarp that I've barely used, but I don't see why there would be any difference in durability between the...
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    I don't see why you shouldn't try it out if you...

    I don't see why you shouldn't try it out if you have the materials on hand and the desire to push the limits. I'd set up over a spot that I wouldn't mind hitting, lower than usual, until you're...
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