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  1. For the doors, here's what I do with the...

    For the doors, here's what I do with the Palace... black is shock cord, mitten hooks, Zing-it (yellow) mini-whoopies for adjustability. (This photo is actually the Hex std with doors, but it's the...
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    This mirrors my experience. I was out just a...

    This mirrors my experience. I was out just a couple of nights ago with something similar, a 65" 20deg Revolt (Enlightened Equipment), and was totally warm down to 24F when using my Evazote sit pad...
  3. My experience is that the textbook Becket can...

    My experience is that the textbook Becket can slip with the very light UHMWPE webbing, which is why there are some variations such as the one in the embedded video from Warbonnet that has an extra...
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    Good point... I did not see anybody on the trail...

    Good point... I did not see anybody on the trail except for a few day hikers in the vicinity of Torrey.

    I might re-think the whiskey next time! :)
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    You might not want to cut off the D rings just...

    You might not want to cut off the D rings just yet, in case you decide to go no-hardware in the future.

    In the meantime, however, you can attach the lineloc V using a small loop of cord that is...
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    Ha, none thankfully, although they can indeed pop...

    Ha, none thankfully, although they can indeed pop out of nowhere if you get a few warm days strung together. Best thing about this time of year is it's usually dry and there are no spider webs strung...
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    As I like to say, I like hiking with friends but...

    As I like to say, I like hiking with friends but going solo can be pretty nice because you have to consult with only one guy when making decisions. :)

    And so it was when I decided to pick off...
  8. Less fiddling is better, especially when it's...

    Less fiddling is better, especially when it's very cold, so I'd suggest the MW4.
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    If anyone wants to join, I'm planning to do a...

    If anyone wants to join, I'm planning to do a Tue-Wed (1/19-20) quickie, starting a bit earlier (say on the trail at 8am) on Tue and hiking 10-12 mi, then camping someplace with a short out Wed...
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    Almost any of the regular cottage vendors listed...

    Almost any of the regular cottage vendors listed in the forum directory for manufacturers, plus some not listed like Enlightened Equipment and Katabatic and Nunatak, etc. Look for something with 10D...
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    20D fabric with synthetic fill that is actually...

    20D fabric with synthetic fill that is actually warm at 20F is not going to pack small and will be very heavy compared to a quality down product. Between the 2, you definitely would not regret going...
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    Whoa, that's a beaut! You're really going to...

    Whoa, that's a beaut! You're really going to experience quite a contrast there. :laugh:
  13. Maybe get a HammockGear Phoenix Econ 40...

    Maybe get a HammockGear Phoenix Econ 40. $110 and done!
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    Good deal. Manufacturers are understandably...

    Good deal.

    Manufacturers are understandably conservative in their designs and you can 'push' things if you're well below the maximum weight limit. Sounds like you've done your homework.
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    I'd just add to be careful if you have the carbon...

    I'd just add to be careful if you have the carbon fiber spreader bars.

    I'm no math whiz (not by a longshot:rolleyes:) but there is some formula involving the tangent with which you can calculate...
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    If you have not tried it, brummel lock splicing...

    If you have not tried it, brummel lock splicing is super easy so you could make your own.

    If you know the exact length you want, contact Autumn Ultralight and I'll garondammtee she'll make ya...
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    I'm still happy with the 3.3 Kevlar that...

    I'm still happy with the 3.3 Kevlar that Dutchware normally carries, although it's currently out of stock. (I've got an email alert set for when they're back.)

    Two 12' straps weigh about 2.5oz, so...
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    Tannersville (NY) forecast looks uber-sloppy! :(

    Tannersville (NY) forecast looks uber-sloppy! :(
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    That's great to hear. I've not done a thru nor...

    That's great to hear. I've not done a thru nor any hike of more than a week, so it's great to have confirmation (again) that with a modicum of reasonable care they can go the distance. October 2018 I...
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    Yes, and the Palace has to be pitched with the...

    Yes, and the Palace has to be pitched with the side walls rather steep to accomplish this. Also, I added some adjustable toggles to help keep the gap from opening in the center. Zpacks sells these...
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    With a tarp w/doors (especially the Palace) I'd...

    With a tarp w/doors (especially the Palace) I'd definitely consider aligning it with the wind.
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    That particular spot was quite exposed, but we (I...

    That particular spot was quite exposed, but we (I was backpacking with MikekiM) had a great view and were fairly certain that the wind direction would be consistent based upon weather reports. There...
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    My experience is that you can get away with a...

    My experience is that you can get away with a smaller tarp but it requires a combination of site selection, pitch technique and luck for it to work 100% of the time. So if you can settle for, say,...
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    Yes, but I could hear Deb's footsteps in the...

    Yes, but I could hear Deb's footsteps in the hallway... :lol:

    And she'd be correct, of course. :)
  25. One thing you can do right away to better...

    One thing you can do right away to better optimize pack space is to use a *larger* stuff sack. This allows the "package" to conform to whatever space is available inside the pack instead of producing...
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    I started a new thread...

    I started a new thread in the UL Backpacking sub-forum to respond to this post since it's diverging from the thread topic.
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    There's just something really fun about being out...

    There's just something really fun about being out in the woods in nasty weather and having that warm, dry 'capsule' from which to observe nature happening. :)
  28. Maybe sell one of them and buy a proper UQ? ...

    Maybe sell one of them and buy a proper UQ?

    That's a fairly expensive piece to use in an experiment.
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    Congrats on the new pack! MikekiM makes good...

    Congrats on the new pack!

    MikekiM makes good stuff, so you're in luck. There are other things such as the clip that Zpacks sells, but that is more water bottle specific, IIRC.

    In the winter,...
  30. This is great! I have both TUH1 and 2, and...

    This is great!

    I have both TUH1 and 2, and while TUH2 is the 'bible' for hammocking — much like 'Freedom' is for mountaineeering — there is such an abundance of information about the blizzard of...
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    Hope you're feeling well!

    Hope you're feeling well!
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    Catch ya next time!! :)

    Catch ya next time!! :)
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    Looks as if the stars are lining up. Is 9:15am at...

    Looks as if the stars are lining up. Is 9:15am at Silvermine good for everyone?
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    I don't know what mileage people want to do, but...

    I don't know what mileage people want to do, but here's a nice, fairly easy loop (7.3 mi) from Silvermine to Brien, AT to RD to LP and back to Silvermine on Menomine.
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    I can do a day hike Sunday. Still working out the...

    I can do a day hike Sunday. Still working out the details.
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    Not really LOL, it goes to show that logic...

    Not really LOL, it goes to show that logic doesn't always apply. :mellow:

    Still I appreciate the extreme effort!
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    One thing to keep in mind for folks who go to...

    One thing to keep in mind for folks who go to great lengths to keep quilts bone dry and hermetically sealed is that unless conditions are juuuust right and you have plenty of time in the morning to...
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    That was fun! Thanks for bringing in that neat-o...

    That was fun! Thanks for bringing in that neat-o fire kit and the good spirit. :)

    And many thanks to you and Michael and especially "Hawkeye" Kathy for the combined 3 man/woman-hours scouring the...
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    Holy moly, that's the sort that knocks down big...

    Holy moly, that's the sort that knocks down big branches and entire trees!
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    Meet around 9:30 at Skannatati, a few minutes...

    Meet around 9:30 at Skannatati, a few minutes before or after...
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    MikekiM is up for some more trail miles, so we're...

    MikekiM is up for some more trail miles, so we're planning to repeat my hike of a couple of days ago. Ends up not far from Skannatati parking so you can hike in a very short distance and hang, and...
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    I've cleared it with me loverly bride so I'm good...

    I've cleared it with me loverly bride so I'm good to go! :laugh:

    I'm up for a bit of a hike... rain ending early Sat and nice the rest of the day, no more precip until late morning Sunday.
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    Same here. I'm about 85% belly and side in the...

    Same here. I'm about 85% belly and side in the bed at home, almost 100% back in a GE hammock. I'd get a cheap (but good!) GE hammock and experiment a bit before committing a bunch of $$ to the...
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    Wow, that looks great — very impressive! I've...

    Wow, that looks great — very impressive!

    I've read so many times that handling the down itself is a major task, so congrats on that. :cool:
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    Having just gotten back I'm pretty sure tomorrow...

    Having just gotten back I'm pretty sure tomorrow (Friday) is out for me... BUT special pleadings might result in a Sat-Sun trip. Although that is far from certain... you guys plan and I'll see how it...
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    There's not a speck of snow anywhere! There might...

    There's not a speck of snow anywhere! There might be some icy spots here and there after tonight, but nothing you can't simply walk around. I'm absolutely not taking microspikes. The next rain in the...
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    On Sunday, a friend of mine and I hiked up to Big...

    On Sunday, a friend of mine and I hiked up to Big Hill from Horse chock (Willow Grove) and the trails were in very good shape. Not a huge sample but generally the rest of the park should be the same....
  48. I suspected 'Antarctic' was a bit optimistic....

    I suspected 'Antarctic' was a bit optimistic. :rolleyes:
  49. When you inflate an air mat at ~95F (temperature...

    When you inflate an air mat at ~95F (temperature of breath) and it cools down to 15F it will lose a lot of volume. According to that Bernoulli fella. But of course the air cools rather quickly...
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    Definitely takes some getting used to... happens...

    Definitely takes some getting used to... happens sometimes to me and I just squiggle around and tuck it back in without giving it much thought.

    However, if you end up wanting 360 coverage that...
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