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    Looks like the Kevlar could pop through the...

    Looks like the Kevlar could pop through the opening in the Spider fairly easily. There's probably a reason that Dutch doesn't recommend it.
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    An easy way to slightly shorten an Amsteel lead...

    An easy way to slightly shorten an Amsteel lead by 1/4 to 1/2 inch would be to bury another piece of line within the braid for a few inches, like you're doing a splice, but with both ends buried. The...
  3. Does the 2.2 work with a Beckett hitch on an...

    Does the 2.2 work with a Beckett hitch on an Amsteel continuous loop?
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    There is a 50 or 60 mile stretch that is mostly...

    There is a 50 or 60 mile stretch that is mostly above tree line. The rest of it should be no problem. Plan carefully and blaze through that part and you should only have to spend a few nights on the...
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    Update: Catastrophic Failure

    I've been using my BD poles as spreaders with these hooks for several months while toying with bridge hammock designs. The hammock uses 3/8 solid webbing (vs. cord) along the sides. I simply tacked...
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    Here are several videos for cheap, lightweight...

    Here are several videos for cheap, lightweight DIY inflators. I made one based off the first video (using garden hose washer & soda bottle) and found it to be a perfect fit for a Thermarest NeoAir....
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    Ridgeline.

    Ridgeline.
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    I've got a superlight (

    I've got a superlight (<1 oz) pillow which I think is called a PIF. Can't remember where I ordered it. I believe it's intended as a disposable pillow for the hospital/health care industry. It's...
  9. Does 3,000 feet up on El Capitan count?

    Does 3,000 feet up on El Capitan count?
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    Ummmmm... doesn't that defeat the purpose of...

    Ummmmm... doesn't that defeat the purpose of adjustability?

    [Nevermind. I thought you were talking about a TARP ridgeline. Once I found the right hammock ridgeline length I simply made a dogbone...
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    If you can find a single tree, then how about...

    If you can find a single tree, then how about lashing some stout branches into a bipod? The back-side of the bipod could be anchored to something farther away than you would normally use, or it could...
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    Could you add another row of stitching to...

    Could you add another row of stitching to reinforce the lighter thread?
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    He may have been taking notes on Dutch's business...

    He may have been taking notes on Dutch's business model.

    But in all seriousness, it's great to see vendors constantly seeking innovation & improvement. But just like any other technological...
  14. https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php...

    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/85358-1000-and-1-now
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    Like this???...

    Like this???
    Unfortunately, life continues to conspire against me and I haven't had a chance to field-test this yet.
  16. Thread: Hybrid UQ idea-

    by G-Rat
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    My experience is limited, but I've found exactly...

    My experience is limited, but I've found exactly the opposite to be true.
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    Sure. But information is still useful. For...

    Sure. But information is still useful. For instance, using the same foam pad (Ridgerest) I'm much warmer on the ground than in a hammock. For people using an air mattress in a hammock, how low of a...
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    This may be slight thread drift, but I hope it's...

    This may be slight thread drift, but I hope it's sufficiently relevant.

    I've been contemplating a bridge-style hammock with a pocket for a Neo-Air pad to add structure. It would be heavier...
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    Would the DHWH work for those preferring to use...

    Would the DHWH work for those preferring to use 1/8 amsteel?
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    It's a beautiful place. I seem to remember many...

    It's a beautiful place. I seem to remember many stands of cottonwoods. But it's been many years since I've been in there. They say the memory is the 2nd thing to go, but I don't remember the first.
  21. Thread: Bridge tilting

    by G-Rat
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    I've had this very thing happen, resulting in...

    I've had this very thing happen, resulting in about 3/4 inch difference in the two sides of the hammock.
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    A question for those more experienced than...

    A question for those more experienced than myself...

    Wouldn't a polycro (sheet plastic) UQP cause condensation problems?
  23. I LOVE the Lost Creek. Regrettably, I wasn't able...

    I LOVE the Lost Creek. Regrettably, I wasn't able to make a trip down there this year. Thanks for sharing.

    On a trip last spring, I also believe I saw mountain lion tracks in the area just east...
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    How well do those wide spreaders fit under a tarp?

    How well do those wide spreaders fit under a tarp?
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    I found the cork starting to abrade where the...

    I found the cork starting to abrade where the straps rubbing on the cork were starting to abrade. You should keep a close watch there. If you see problems then you might want to add a thin pad...
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    Mine went in the trash. I really couldn't stand...

    Mine went in the trash. I really couldn't stand them.
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    This thread got me to re-think how to use poles...

    This thread got me to re-think how to use poles with the Ergo handles (which I like very much) so I went back into the workshop this morning.
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    BD Ergo Poles As Bridge Spreader

    Behold the G-Hook!

    WARNING: I haven't used this on a hammock yet, and probably won't have a chance to until sometime later this fall. There was a posting on another thread about using BD Ergo...
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    2 layers, crossed over the top, then brought back...

    2 layers, crossed over the top, then brought back around on themselves to form a pocket. It was tedious (aka pain in the butt!) getting the dimensions and angles right.

    I forgot to mention, this...
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    The BD Ergo models have a slight bend at the...

    The BD Ergo models have a slight bend at the handle. While this makes it more comfortable when walking, it also means the top of the handle is not in line with the shaft. Placing a pin in the top of...
  31. I tried a single dogbone, and found that it...

    I tried a single dogbone, and found that it slipped in the girth hitch when I put more pressure on one side of the hammock than the other (when getting in and out). Two dogbones makes more sense to...
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    Where can I get more info on that? I do a LOT of...

    Where can I get more info on that? I do a LOT of desert hiking, and am just moving into hammocks. I've assumed I would need to (ugh!) take my tent in the desert.
  33. As others have said, it's easy to end up with 2...

    As others have said, it's easy to end up with 2 slightly different lengths along the sides of a bridge. Use whoopies instead of dogbones for the suspension triangle to correct this.
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    I assumed he would be using it more like...

    I assumed he would be using it more like this...88296
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    Is the output level adjustable on the flashlight....

    Is the output level adjustable on the flashlight. The description implies that without saying it outright.
  36. Thread: Colorado???

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    We were at the Turquoise Lake FS campground last...

    We were at the Turquoise Lake FS campground last weekend. Snow is essentially all gone.
  37. You mean like this? ...

    You mean like this?

    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?85358-1000-and-1-now
  38. Wish I could join you, but 'life' isn't allowing...

    Wish I could join you, but 'life' isn't allowing it this time. FWIW I had a one-night hang northwest of Wellington Lake last weekend. Cold and rainy over night, but the snow line stayed up around...
  39. I would love to join you, but it's unlikely....

    I would love to join you, but it's unlikely. Family issues are keeping me out of town right now (my parents are getting to "that age". I mountain bike a fair bit and have just started hanging....
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    Just change your screen name and all will be...

    Just change your screen name and all will be forgotten!
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    For me it was bears in Yosemite. I'd gone up by...

    For me it was bears in Yosemite. I'd gone up by Half Dome w/ some friends and ended up hiking out alone. With the trash. Which included my buddy's empty sardine can. It was getting late as I hiked...
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    I have the same issue.

    I have the same issue.
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    Down Eductor

    I've got all the parts, but haven't had the chance to actually do this.

    http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=33573
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    Which Size?

    Once you've had a taste, let us know which size works best for Zing It & 7/64 Amsteel.
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    Other W-M Fabric

    Speaking of Wally World fabric, I recently picked up some "100% polyester Static Free Lining" for $2/yd. Seems like it would make decent hammock material, but I haven't had a chance to use it yet....
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    No Reverse - No Problem

    For 20 years I used a machine that had no reversing mechanism. I simply turned the fabric around, made a few stitches and then turned the fabric around again.
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    At 6'-0" I'm basically the same height as you. My...

    At 6'-0" I'm basically the same height as you. My feet were being squeezed because they were too close to the end of the V. Your design is a few inches longer overall and has the spreader bar 12"...
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    The problem is that in order for my head to clear...

    The problem is that in order for my head to clear the head-end spreader bar, my feet are too close to the "V" at the end of the hammock. I also have to be careful getting my knees past the foot-end...
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    What length? How tall?

    XT, I made a bridge off eGrant's design with the 'canoe' shaped foot, but found it too short. My feet were being squeezed together in the end. I got some 1.1 on deep discount from RipstopByTheRoll...
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    1. Plan carefully. 2. Repeat step 1. 3....

    1. Plan carefully.

    2. Repeat step 1.

    3. Pins. Lots of pins. If you're doing heavier materials (packs, straps, etc) then get heavy pins. I've got lots of bent pins in my collection.

    4....
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