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    I was on a trip last year where it was in the 40s...

    I was on a trip last year where it was in the 40s (F) the entire time, and rained several hours each day. I found that I’d sweat until I was soaked wearing a rain jacket, but I’d stay warm hiking...
  2. I was out a couple years ago with my 20į...

    I was out a couple years ago with my 20į Incubator and a couple down throw blankets. The forecast indicated it wouldnít get below 20, so I figured I was safe.

    I was cold most of the night, and was...
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    Same! In fact, one of your videos a couple years...

    Same! In fact, one of your videos a couple years ago mentioned how easy a drive that is from the Twin Cities. Iíd never thought of it that way before. That single statement inspired me to buy an...
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    Thank you all for your encouragement and...

    Thank you all for your encouragement and comments! It really puts things in perspective to hear from those of you who are a decade or two farther down life’s road. Thank you for reminding me how...
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    First backpacking trip for my daughter

    I brought my daughter on her first backpacking trip last night. We stayed in Minnesotaís Chengwatana State Forest, right near the St. Croix river (though camped back in the woods due to the wind).
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    Thank you for posting this. You inspired me to...

    Thank you for posting this. You inspired me to plan my 9-year-old daughter's first backpacking trip.

    And thanks, all, for all the great ideas about backpacking with kids.
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    A similar experience is precisely the reason I...

    A similar experience is precisely the reason I ask. I also use reflective lines and always bring a flashlight when I leave the shelter. Turned out fine for me, too, but it really made me think.
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    My 9-year-old daughter is interested in going...

    My 9-year-old daughter is interested in going hammock camping with me. Any advice on taking a young kid out hammocking for the first time?
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    I think I'll go with the NiteIze. I love the idea...

    I think I'll go with the NiteIze. I love the idea to leave it on the ridgeline and pack it away with the hammock. Thanks, everyone!
  10. I've wondered exactly the same thing. Gotta watch...

    I've wondered exactly the same thing. Gotta watch this thread to see what others say.
  11. Thanks, everyone! I've had some similar issues,...

    Thanks, everyone! I've had some similar issues, and this leads me to believe I've been cinching the ends too much. Now I just have to wait for some colder weather to try out the theory...
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    Hammock light for comfort and safety

    This summer, I decided that I don't need to bring my Luci light with me. I always carry a small flashlight, and I can save ~4 oz by leaving the lantern. However, I've been rethinking this choice.
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    My hammock’s sprayed with permethrin under the...

    My hammock’s sprayed with permethrin under the assumption that mosquitoes would otherwise have been a problem. With permethrin, they haven’t been, but I never tried it without.
  14. Thread: Knot Booklet

    by Malcolm
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    Sticky: Thank you for this; it's very well done. A great...

    Thank you for this; it's very well done. A great reference to have on hand all the time. Perhaps others have suggested it, but have you considered printing a run of hard copies?
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    Ever since getting sap on my tree straps, Iíve...

    Ever since getting sap on my tree straps, Iíve kept them in the outer mesh pocket on my Arc Haul near my tarp and a few other things that I think could get the rest of my gear wet and/or dirty.
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    Just be sure to test any sealant on the tie-outs...

    Just be sure to test any sealant on the tie-outs before trusting the setup. I found out I'd done a garbage job of sealing the tie-outs on my Superfly when it rained hard on my first night out with...
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    Gosh dang, that's a beautiful setting. Welcome to...

    Gosh dang, that's a beautiful setting. Welcome to the forums!
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    It's the Superior Hiking Trail. It follows along...

    It's the Superior Hiking Trail. It follows along the north shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. It's on the shorter side for long-distance trails (310 miles), but it's really nice.

    You can check...
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    Okay, it appears I can add pictures now. ...

    Okay, it appears I can add pictures now.

    Here's my camp site from the first night. This was a nice area near a beaver pond (the Beaver Pond campsite a few miles south of Beaver Bay).
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    That's awesome. Great way to improvise. Hanging...

    That's awesome. Great way to improvise. Hanging low is better than not hanging at all—by a long shot.

    My most unconventional setup was at Badlands National Park. I suspended my hammock between our...
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    Two nights on SHT near Split Rock

    I recently went two nights solo on the SHT. These late Fall trips are some of my favorites, because you can see some really stunning views from hard-earned ridgelines without all those pesky leaves...
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    Thanks for all the replies! This was very...

    Thanks for all the replies! This was very helpful. I ended up packing a couple days before the trip, and the quilts lofted just fine, as everyone assured me they would. Trip report coming soon...
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    That makes good sense. I hadn't considered the...

    That makes good sense. I hadn't considered the total time things spend compressed on long hikes. Thanks!
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    Compressing down, long/short term

    I'm curious what experiences others have had with down that's been compressed for a couple days at a time.

    I always store my quilts uncompressed, or very lightly compressed in the cotton storage...
  25. I agree about the beard. Do you smell the...

    I agree about the beard.

    Do you smell the cedars all night when you camp among them like that? Looks idyllic.
  26. I'm heading up to camp near Split Rock River...

    I'm heading up to camp near Split Rock River Sunday through Tuesday. I'm hoping to experience similar solitude and beauty.
  27. I’m with you. Dispersed impromptu latrines and...

    I’m with you. Dispersed impromptu latrines and tents on the trail constitute bad manners. Too bad the conditions at the site weren’t any better.

    As a more solitary type, I think my SHT trips will...
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    The peak shelf in my Chameleon. One of the most...

    The peak shelf in my Chameleon. One of the most useful things ever.
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    This was a fun video to watch. Thanks for posting!

    This was a fun video to watch. Thanks for posting!
  30. 1. It probably will. I use a Chameleon as my...

    1. It probably will. I use a Chameleon as my primary hammock, and I love it. But I still occasionally use my ENO Singlenest. I'm admittedly odd in this regard, but I still find the ENO to be very...
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    And now to resurrect an old thread... Thanks...

    And now to resurrect an old thread...

    Thanks for showing us this! I did a quick search to see if this would work; lo and behold—it will. You saved me from wasting money on some other tarp when my...
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    Hahaha I love your description of the video. I've...

    Hahaha I love your description of the video. I've only been able to watch a little bit so far, but I'm enjoying it. Thanks for posting!
  33. I agree about sleeping best in temperatures below...

    I agree about sleeping best in temperatures below 70. That said, even if it's hotter, I do much better in a hammock than on the ground in a tent. Actually, I find the hammock is one of the best ways...
  34. Definitely keeping all my stuff organized at...

    Definitely keeping all my stuff organized at camp. I hate how disorderly the area immediately under my hammock gets, especially when I'm making dinner (or I would, you know, if I were foolish enough...
  35. Oh my gosh, this is awesome. I've read several of...

    Oh my gosh, this is awesome. I've read several of these comics and loved them. This is an odd worlds-colliding experience for me. Great artwork! Thanks for posting.
  36. I'm surprised people would try it. I'm...

    I'm surprised people would try it. I'm tentatively planning a trip for next year, and decided to bring a ground tarp after reading about the layout of the campgrounds.

    In any case, I'm glad to...
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    A simple question, but a good one. I, too, am...

    A simple question, but a good one. I, too, am scared that the stakes would puncture the tarp. I also don't like the idea of (potentially?) abrasive dirt getting on the tarp from the stakes.

    My...
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    Shout out from happy customer

    George just made another order modification for me. I keep emailing questions, and he keeps replying and treating me like I'm NOT a nuisance (I've worked with customers in the past, and I know I AM a...
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    I feel a little safer being up off the ground. ...

    I feel a little safer being up off the ground.

    Here in MN, it’s perfectly legal for me to bring a firearm camping, but I don’t usually do that anymore. It’s a considerable amount of extra weight,...
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    FS: I'll take it.

    I'll take it.
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    And welcome from Minneapolis! It's always fun...

    And welcome from Minneapolis!

    It's always fun to see new products from small vendors.
  42. I like to be able to open both sides of the net...

    I like to be able to open both sides of the net for ventilation without removing it entirely.

    More importantly, I suppose, it's really nice to be able to reach out both sides to adjust my...
  43. I went out on a whim last year toward the end of...

    I went out on a whim last year toward the end of bowhunting season. Once I got out a bit, I realized that there had been hunters out where I was hiking. That itself doesn't bother me, but I realized...
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    i'm curious about the craftsmanship comment. I've...

    i'm curious about the craftsmanship comment. I've always had the impression that craftsmanship among the smaller vendors was basically equivalent. Upon what do you base this comparison?

    Kinda...
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    I made some 1/8 continuous loops (it was the only...

    I made some 1/8 continuous loops (it was the only Amsteel I had on hand). Works fine with Beetle Buckles, but the fit is awfully tight if you have to hook the bury. I'd recommend installing the CLs...
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    I successfully hung one end of my hammock from...

    I successfully hung one end of my hammock from the luggage rack on a Toyota minivan in the Badlands last year. It creaked, but otherwise worked great. I like donuts and weigh ~240lb, and it seemed to...
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    Not sure yet. Iíve been thinking about doing an...

    Not sure yet. Iíve been thinking about doing an out-and-back in part of the Sioux Hustler Trail. Shugís latest video at Caribou Rock Trail kinda inspires me too. But nothingís decided. Iíll...
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    Welcome! That’s a great setup to be starting out...

    Welcome! That’s a great setup to be starting out with. There’s a lot to be said for doing it right the first time.

    I’ve been out on the Superior Hiking Trail this year, and am hoping to hit up...
  49. Thanks for a great video! I've never wanted to...

    Thanks for a great video! I've never wanted to hike that section of the trail, but now you've got me interested.

    I've found boxer briefs to be the best solution to chafing, but to each their own.
  50. Thread: TARP TIE-OUTS

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    I leave them tied on, and I use Andrew Skurka's...

    I leave them tied on, and I use Andrew Skurka's methods for tying them out.

    A link, in case you're interested:...
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