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    A trail journal from an AZ trail thru-hiker and...

    A trail journal from an AZ trail thru-hiker and how she used her hammock:
    http://ramblinghemlock.blogspot.com/p/arizona-trail.html
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    I will admit that I often don't hammock in AZ,...

    I will admit that I often don't hammock in AZ, and although it has been many years, I remember the Highline had clusters of trees every now and then in canyons. They may appear wimpy/thin, but they...
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    [QUOTE=ChrisB;1431228] ... Is hammock camping a...

    [QUOTE=ChrisB;1431228] ... Is hammock camping a rare thing in this state? Also, do you have trouble finding spots?
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    I don't live in AZ, but hike there a lot. I have hiked the Highline...
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    I highly recommend that anyone attempting a...

    I highly recommend that anyone attempting a thru-hike intentionally spend some nights in extreme weather before your thru when you can. At least practice setting up your hammock/tarp in the back...
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    I have had the experience you are talking about a...

    I have had the experience you are talking about a few time, both on the ground and in a hammock.

    It wasn't any better on the ground than in a hammock.

    Experience and practice are the important...
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    Re: "but a gap in sock and bugnet by my face...

    Re: "but a gap in sock and bugnet by my face minimized the fallout."

    I think this is a key point to avoid the frost buildup. Not only because the moister air from your breath is more likely to...
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    Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks...

    Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks technically only allow camping in or near shelters, but as long as you are far from roads, reserved cabin camps and bodies of water, there doesn't seem to be an...
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    Re: "My boss camped last summer under the...

    Re: "My boss camped last summer under the Verrazano Bridge in the campground there."

    Floyd Bennet Field and I think a couple places in the Bronx also allow some camping, but these locations in the...
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    Re: "Harriman State park is not really accessible...

    Re: "Harriman State park is not really accessible by train"

    I disagree. I have used trains many times.
    The three train stations that I mentioned are within 1/2 mile of trailheads into Harriman. ...
  10. I have a Traveler Sock (the Warbonnet sock for...

    I have a Traveler Sock (the Warbonnet sock for gathered end hammocks).

    I find that if I leave at least 2' of gap at the very top, I never have condensation issues in wet Atlantic NorthEast...
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    I personally find that the top quilt is far less...

    I personally find that the top quilt is far less important than the bottom quilt, but I wear puffy layers to sleep when it's cold out.
    The extra clothing adds lots of warmth on the top, but doesn't...
  12. I'm going to be out f town for ths one:( I...

    I'm going to be out f town for ths one:(

    I hope to be around for the next one.
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    I think I have hung my hammock at least a hundred...

    I think I have hung my hammock at least a hundred nights in Harriman.

    Harriman is very hammock friendly.
    It is accessable by train and bus. In fact one trail starts and is blazed at the Tuxedo...
  14. No pictures, but will try to explain how I do it,...

    No pictures, but will try to explain how I do it,

    For the whoopies on the tarp corner, side and panel lines I make a continuous loop that is looped around the adjustable end of the whoopie sling....
  15. @SilverSurfr Re: "A Marlin Spike Hitch will...

    @SilverSurfr

    Re: "A Marlin Spike Hitch will slip?"

    I didn't clarify, I meant adjustable hitch knots.

    As far as being awkward, I settled on using whoopie slings because I felt they were...
  16. @Brian, Yes, there are trade-offs with each...

    @Brian,

    Yes, there are trade-offs with each system.
    I have never had issue with loosening my tarp lines using whoopie slings and I have really tightened my lines, with a cuben tarp. Even less of...
  17. A whoppie sling is going to be far less likely to...

    A whoppie sling is going to be far less likely to slip than a UCR, unless you have way to maintain the tension on the free tail.

    I have never had a whoppie sling slip, but unless I add some kind...
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    I also recommend testing in a real storm, with...

    I also recommend testing in a real storm, with wind blown rain and/or snow.
    This will help you dial your setup.
    It always seems like the worst weather happens to me when I'm several miles from a...
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    I believe that using a hammock sock negates the...

    I believe that using a hammock sock negates the need for a winter/shed tarp with doors.
    The sock will keep you relatively dry in the worst conditions under a typical summer tarp.
    The sock may get...
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    I agree with hutzelbein, a sock adds a lot of...

    I agree with hutzelbein, a sock adds a lot of warmth and protection for minimum weight.
    It allows you to save weight by using a smaller tarp and extending your comfort range of the gear you have.
    ...
  21. A few of us have converted to 100% Zing-t/Lash-it...

    A few of us have converted to 100% Zing-t/Lash-it whoopie sling lines on our tarps.

    Tangling is not an issue with a little practice.
    It sure makes setup, adjusting, re-pitch and tear-down...
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    Sticky: Nice! That's how I've been hanging for over a...

    Nice!

    That's how I've been hanging for over a year now. At least 20 nights.

    The only time I had an issue was when I was in a hurry and didn't quite have the soft shackle fully tightened and...
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    I'm sure a hammock with hammock stand would be...

    I'm sure a hammock with hammock stand would be fine. They just don't want anything attached to trees because historically that means doing damage to the trees.
    Sandy Hook is not a place where you...
  24. I have knot free, easy to adjust lines on my...

    I have knot free, easy to adjust lines on my whole setup, using whoopies and soft shackles, Lash-t/Zing-it, dynaglide and Amsteel.

    I tried to get my hiking partners interested and their eyes just...
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    Another cost effective option is Dacron kite...

    Another cost effective option is Dacron kite line.
    It doesn't sag when wet, is inexpensive, it holds knots OK, easier to work with than masons line, it is easy to splice (hollow core) and there are...
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    I find that braided masons line has always worked...

    I find that braided masons line has always worked for me, if I have the time to deal with the tangles.
    It actually holds a knot better than Zing-it/Lash-it, but I don't use knots and so prefer...
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    Nothing but Beach Plums and other shrubs on SH....

    Nothing but Beach Plums and other shrubs on SH. The exception would be the few widely spaced trees in the old military housing area.

    Camping there would be like camping in a city park, fine for...
  28. Sounds like a fun thru-hike. I'm going to be...

    Sounds like a fun thru-hike.
    I'm going to be away all of November and December or I'd be there:-(
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    Pitching the tarp close is definitely a good idea...

    Pitching the tarp close is definitely a good idea in adverse conditions, but one problem I've had is in gale force winds.
    It seems no matter how tight my lines are the tarp will beat against me all...
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    There are lots of options. I tend to use a WB...

    There are lots of options. I tend to use a WB Traveler Sock when the temps drop.
    It allows me to get by with a smaller tarp and lighter insulation.

    Wind direction makes little difference, even in...
  31. It would be difficult to stealth camp in most big...

    It would be difficult to stealth camp in most big cities in Austria. You could if you take your time.
    I doubt it would be an issue in the countryside.

    I know I have stealth hung in NYC and have...
  32. Hammocks are very common on the AT. No need to go...

    Hammocks are very common on the AT. No need to go to ground unless you plan on camping above treeline in some sections, but I don't recommend camping above treeline.

    One of the most important...
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    Sticky: Thanks gmcttr, I re-read my post and corrected...

    Thanks gmcttr, I re-read my post and corrected much of what I wrote.
    I was trying to quickly post and work at the same time:-)
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    Sticky: Re: "why they suggest skipping 5 holes", I see...

    Re: "why they suggest skipping 5 holes",
    I see your point, but I find the finished splice so smooth at the brummel that it is less likely to snag than the method used in the original post.
    I have...
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    Sticky: I came across this pdf using a better locking...

    I came across this pdf using a better locking method. Less chance of anything working loose with the double buries.
    I suspect, but have not tested that this would make a more reliable continuous...
  36. Re: "this is funny... the guy in your last...

    Re: "this is funny... the guy in your last picture is my friend Conk... small world."

    We ran into him on the water and we finished at the same time. He had been out for a week and had a great...
  37. Or get rid of the CRL. I got rid of my CRL and...

    Or get rid of the CRL.
    I got rid of my CRL and now just use Lash-it whoopy slings attached to the ridge line edge ties to make for easy adjustments.
  38. Re: "Or...place ridgeline high on tree, leave it...

    Re: "Or...place ridgeline high on tree, leave it slack and tension with guylines to stakes. To raise, let out guylines and tighten ridgeline."

    That is how I do it as well. This method also keeps...
  39. Hi Doggie, It was fun paddling by your camp...

    Hi Doggie,

    It was fun paddling by your camp the other day. My partner and I were just out for a short paddle that day while we waited for our group to arrive for the the real trip the next...
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    Sorry I'm late on this, I find the "Improved...

    Sorry I'm late on this,


    I find the "Improved Soft Shackle"(recomended) to be quite easy to work with, when the line is 7/64" or thicker.

    I can attach and un-attach in the dark, even one...
  41. I would estimate that a 1/4" thinsulate pad would...

    I would estimate that a 1/4" thinsulate pad would be equivalent to a very thin underquilt, maybe something with a 50 degree rating.
    If you think you are going to be doing anything cooler than summer...
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    EE has a good reputation in the ultralight hiking...

    EE has a good reputation in the ultralight hiking community.

    I initially bought one of their top quilts because it came with tabs and straps to make it work as a top quilt on the ground or...
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    arczeneb and all, Looks like it was a very...

    arczeneb and all,
    Looks like it was a very successful hang.
    I hope it can happen again next year. I will do everything I can to be there.
    I should be living in AZ by next summer so it won't be so...
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    Re: "So I never hear about this happening with...

    Re: "So I never hear about this happening with tents...."

    This even more of an issue in tents because of the lack of ventilation. Double wall tents minimize the problem because the condensation is...
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    Re: "Forgive me if I'm covering an old subject,...

    Re: "Forgive me if I'm covering an old subject, but it seems like a sturdy sock could provide a place to store your pack and other light gear under you while you sleep."
    My only experience is with...
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    My experience is with several colder nights this...

    My experience is with several colder nights this past fall through spring. Temps ranged from 40f to less than 20f. One night with snow, hail and wind up to 40 MPH temps below 20 deg f.
    I was in a...
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    Re: "I've never experienced the misting I was...

    Re: "I've never experienced the misting I was just curious if there was a way to reduce or eliminate the problem. Last thing I want is to get my down gear soaked."

    Down gear can get wet, but most...
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    Although I could consider that some kind of DWR...

    Although I could consider that some kind of DWR finish is in order with many fabrics, spinnaker is not one that I would think needs it.
    If water is in fact penetrating Spinnaker, it would be...
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    I agree with SIlvrSurfr, it's like spilled milk,...

    I agree with SIlvrSurfr, it's like spilled milk, don't cry over it.
    In most case you can desensitize yourself and adjust, but be prepared for it and know how you can minimize the wetness....
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    This reminds me of a certain backpacker that I...

    This reminds me of a certain backpacker that I know who keeps replacing his expensive gear because of what he calls leaks.
    Going by his description, it always sounds like normal condensation.
    ...
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