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    Lake George will be a lot more crowded. At least...

    Lake George will be a lot more crowded. At least it was when I was canoeing and camping in the Adirondacks, circa 1960, but reports from friends who've been more recently suggest that Raquette Lake,...
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    Good point about the uneven distribution of...

    Good point about the uneven distribution of forces, Grizz. I am aware that my angular eccentricities put more stress at the corners of the hammock and the bend at the knees, so I've taken care to...
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    Excellent question. In my experiments with...

    Excellent question. In my experiments with bridge hammocks, I found that I could make them more comfortable by varying the width of the hammock from the smooth catenary curve to produce crosswise...
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    I've hiked both. What's your wife's preference? ...

    I've hiked both. What's your wife's preference? LG isn't a place to go with someone who doesn't like a challenge. The best pre-hike hint of what I was undertaking was a question from Cool Days:...
  5. Thread: forget vendors name

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    Very fine gear. Hangnout is her dad.

    Very fine gear. Hangnout is her dad.
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    Check the way the ends are gathered. Maybe...

    Check the way the ends are gathered. Maybe something slipped before the gather was tightly bound.
  7. Good stuff, Bill. I'll add a tangential...

    Good stuff, Bill. I'll add a tangential anecdote. I was using a trekking pole as a spreader, and I decided to try putting a sewing machine bobbin into the suspension for the tip. The hole in the...
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    Spreader bars

    I have a collection of dowels of various lengths, and they do limit experimentation. Also, if I want to send someone a hammock, it either requires a long package or they have to find their own...
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    Indeed, I hang the head end a bit higher, and the...

    Indeed, I hang the head end a bit higher, and the middle ridge does keep me from sliding down, but my legs are still elevated some. It's my feet that can drop comfortably so there is no pressure on...
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    I expect you've seen Grizz's videos. If not,...

    I expect you've seen Grizz's videos. If not, they are here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dA7rQl0JjEQ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qhw2g5hJMJM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8rWcwUsoP0
  11. Thread: Hello from Denmark

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    Welcome! We have a number of Danish hangers who...

    Welcome! We have a number of Danish hangers who are quite creative. Check out Snowball's posts. :)
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    There are a number of benefits to a true...

    There are a number of benefits to a true structural ridgeline. One is being able to put a short loop of 1" webbing on it to use as an overhead grab strap.
  13. FS: I'll take both.

    I'll take both.
  14. Thread: Ion Fabric

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    Found it on DutchWareGear.com. Thanks. :)

    Found it on DutchWareGear.com. Thanks. :)
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    I love Thatcher Park - site of many picnics and...

    I love Thatcher Park - site of many picnics and hikes with my family as a child (winter and summer). Can't say if it has changed in the last 60 years, though. Another one, farther north is...
  16. Thread: Ion Fabric

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    I just searched your site yesterday for a fabric...

    I just searched your site yesterday for a fabric to use for the bottom layer of an insulated PBH, and I couldn't find what I wanted. Just looked again, searching specifically for ion, but still...
  17. Thanks to dscotthep for the link...

    Thanks to dscotthep for the link in post #3. It adds considerably to my understanding of sewn splices, particularly to the difference between end to end splices and end loop splices. I have always...
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    Responding to questions about the litesmith...

    Responding to questions about the litesmith pillow:
    1) Yes, it's crinkly. Some may not like that. I made my own case for it with a layer of Primaloft on one side, but that's me - I make things. ...
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    I've been testing the litesmith pillow...

    I've been testing the litesmith pillow that johnspenn mentioned - I bought the large size, and I'm impressed at how durable it seems. Can't beat the price, too. I bought 3 of them and spent about...
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    I've had the pole locks slip a couple of times -...

    I've had the pole locks slip a couple of times - enough to use dowels to back them up. It's not catastrophic. The hammock suddenly gets narrower and you drop a bit, but don't hit the ground. I...
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    You ask good questions. I can't answer all of...

    You ask good questions. I can't answer all of them, but I do know how the dowel is used. You take the pole apart, sliding a smaller section out of the the larger one (usually the one with the...
  22. Thread: DIY Tree straps

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    Thanks, Rain Man. I'm glad there is a range of...

    Thanks, Rain Man. I'm glad there is a range of opinions again.
  23. Thread: DIY Tree straps

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    I'm puzzled. When I started to compose the above...

    I'm puzzled. When I started to compose the above post, there was another response with some good links and the advice to avoid the cheap straps. Now that post is gone. I'm not infallible, and...
  24. Thread: DIY Tree straps

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    I have used those exact same tree straps for...

    I have used those exact same tree straps for years. Note that I weigh about 150 lb. and 99% of the time there is not a 50 lb. dog in the hammock with me. Frankly, I'm amazed that they have lasted...
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    Been there, done ... something like that....

    Been there, done ... something like that. :rolleyes: I like your first response of putting pleats in the top layer. Measure that one as carefully as you can if it seems the right shape. That will...
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    Hey, Shug! I'm still learning from your videos. ...

    Hey, Shug! I'm still learning from your videos. Thanks!
    It sure looks like an "insulated hammock", doesn't it? Why not go ultra-light and leave the other hammock at home. (Play it safe. Get...
  27. Thread: On the PCT

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    Chop, is Adam really using a catenary ridge line...

    Chop, is Adam really using a catenary ridge line now or just on the edges? I modified my old DIY cuben tarp to add cat cuts to the edges some years back, and they were nice but not essential for me,...
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    Glad to welcome another West Virginia hanger. ...

    Glad to welcome another West Virginia hanger. Yay for DIY enthusiasts, too! See you on the trail some time.

    David (down east)
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    You need to engage your astral pry bar, HFG. I'm...

    You need to engage your astral pry bar, HFG. I'm in. How about a pre- or post- hang mini summit if you can't make the weekend. Dave, you too.
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    Numerous DIY types have done it. Me, too. The...

    Numerous DIY types have done it. Me, too. The People's Bridge Hammock has separating zippers at both ends that hold a Risk-type quarterweight bugnet in place. I'd replace it with a winter...
  31. Thread: On the PCT

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    Hello again!

    Chop, what a pleasure to bump into you and Sweetpea here again! I jumped right to your 2016 debriefing posts, and grinned the whole time while reading them. Thanks. For me, life is a long distance...
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    Good work, all. This sharing of ideas is how the...

    Good work, all. This sharing of ideas is how the craft grows. Monkeywrench, welcome to the works! :lol: Share some details. What bridge design did you use. Does the underquilt have a...
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    4estTrekker, there are 3 approaches to bottom...

    4estTrekker, there are 3 approaches to bottom insulation that I've tried. The simplest is just to use a ccf pad. I have a blue WalMart pad that I found difficult to keep in place in a gathered end...
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    Climashield down, against feed dogs, as jellyfish...

    Climashield down, against feed dogs, as jellyfish suggested. This has always worked for me. I pin, but basting sounds like a good idea.
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    I got some pre-folded 2" grosgrain once, and I've...

    I got some pre-folded 2" grosgrain once, and I've been looking for more ever since.
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    I still think your SARL looks like a great idea. ...

    I still think your SARL looks like a great idea. I hope your experience bears it out. :)
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    Premise is mistaken but execution is great.

    I like your self adjusting ridgeline a lot. In fact your whole project is top notch. Your first sentence should begin, "Since the ridge line on this bridge hammock is not structural ...."...
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    How strong is "bombproof"? Are the links made by...

    How strong is "bombproof"? Are the links made by sewing two straps together or are they woven somehow? Beginners and winter campers will like the simplicity, but they won't like the jolt they get...
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    Don't forget the Peoples Bridge Hammock...

    Don't forget the Peoples Bridge Hammock. I haven't posted a detailed how-to yet, but the design is simple enough that the few drawings already there give you all you need. For the simplest version,...
  40. Thread: Heel pressure/ pain

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    This is one of the things I wanted to fix when I...

    This is one of the things I wanted to fix when I started doing adjustable hammocks with many small whoopie slings at each end. It carried over to my adjustable bridge hammocks with the adjustable...
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    Do you use a sock? Controlling airflow around...

    Do you use a sock? Controlling airflow around you helps a lot. My go-to winter setup has an insulated sock - sort a of a glorified peapod and I hang it inside a winter sock-tent. This was overkill...
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    I usually try to run 3 rows of widely spaced...

    I usually try to run 3 rows of widely spaced stitching to attach the channels, so that would be hard to do. I suspect 2 rows would suffice. Try folding the 1" webbing a little past the middle so...
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    It's only fair, after all the complicated...

    It's only fair, after all the complicated contraptions I've foisted off on you people. :lol:
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    There's a gate on the road that parallels the...

    There's a gate on the road that parallels the South Prong Trail. Is that where you were? The trailhead is up the road a bit. See the maps here. It's been a number of years since I've been there,...
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    It's a beautiful area. Quite a few of the...

    It's a beautiful area. Quite a few of the regular DS hikers have hiked there.
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    Generally around 15", more or less. Maybe 17"...

    Generally around 15", more or less. Maybe 17" once. It changes the shape of the storage space at the end of the hammock a bit, but doesn't affect sleeping position. I fold the corners together, a...
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    Intimidator, there are a couple of different ways...

    Intimidator, there are a couple of different ways you could do it. I just checked Grizz's video on Engineering the Ariel, and I recalled correctly that he didn't hem the edge of the fabric. (See...
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    PBH for side sleepers

    See the attached photo to compare hammock shapes. The angle at the knee does seem to be a good indicator of how high a ridge there will be. The new hammock is seen in this video.
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    FS: Eddy, I would have jumped on it, but I just...

    Eddy, I would have jumped on it, but I just bought a LeighLo quilt. I don't deserve two windfalls like these in one month.
    David
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    FS: I'll take it.

    I'll take it.
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