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    Be careful with those ratings unless you have...

    Be careful with those ratings unless you have actually done this yourself. The ratings for the IMSS is ***for 4 hours with heavy weight long underwear***.

    I have used the full system, GoreTex...
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    Thanks, Red. That's kind of what I had in mind....

    Thanks, Red. That's kind of what I had in mind. I'm going to get out there and play around with it a bit.
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    Yes, 2 layers, stacked and taped together.

    Yes, 2 layers, stacked and taped together.
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    The reason I got interested in a frost bib is...

    The reason I got interested in a frost bib is because I ended up with a massive amount of condensation on my TQ, which I think was probably caused from my breath. I'm going to forego complexity and...
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    frost or condensation bib design

    Can't get a hit by searching so I thought I'd ask...

    Ran into some severe condensation issues that were probably caused by my breath. Shug recommended using a condensation or frost bib. His looks...
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    One really good application for a least a partial...

    One really good application for a least a partial skirt would be in a snow storm with high winds. In those conditions the snow is likely to blow right up under and swirl around inside a tarp. I have...
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    I have slept for quite a few nights with a double...

    I have slept for quite a few nights with a double layer of 29" wide by 6ft Reflectix down to around 45*F. I was wearing a t-shirt and light cotton shorts inside an IMSS intermediate (black) bag. One...
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    Great thread - really good info.

    Great thread - really good info.
  9. Where it would matter is if you're trying to...

    Where it would matter is if you're trying to decide whether it's worthwhile to pitch your camp downwind of a few trees. Once you know that they are generating more drag than you'd think, you might...
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    What ever you do, you're going to need something...

    What ever you do, you're going to need something to underneath you to keep yourself warm. You can use CSF and/or an air pad for that purpose. However, you'll find that since they aren't designed for...
  11. Thread: Camp security

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    I like to wander up into the mountains when I...

    I like to wander up into the mountains when I travel and find somewhere nice to camp not too far off the road. However, I worry about someone ransacking my car since it is isolated and, in many...
  12. I don't think Reflectix is going to be nearly as...

    I don't think Reflectix is going to be nearly as durable as a 3 mil contractor bag or a sheet of plastic. You get the added benefit of insulation but it's bulky. A 6' x 29" piece of Reflectix is...
  13. That number is correct. Note that I said, "round"...

    That number is correct. Note that I said, "round" not "rounded". And, we're talking about round from the perspective of the wind hitting it. Airplanes are moving through the air with the wind flowing...
  14. One more thing: I have camped where I was getting...

    One more thing: I have camped where I was getting 55 mph gusts on my SF. Being an engineer/nerd, I calculated the force on my tarp and it was more than I had guessed by a long shot. Then, I...
  15. Sorry... I try to stick to my $.02 worth and...

    Sorry... I try to stick to my $.02 worth and usually end up saying about $.05 more than I should. Doh!
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    As others have alluded, it depends on where you...

    As others have alluded, it depends on where you camp and the season. If you're camping where the weather conditions are relatively stable, like the beach, you may not need doors. On the other hand,...
  17. It pays to investigate the local conditions if...

    It pays to investigate the local conditions if you can find good info. I usually call the area park rangers for info so I can better gauge the risk. I got some very good advice on areas to avoid as...
  18. The first thing I thought on B. was that my...

    The first thing I thought on B. was that my breath was condensing on the TQ. However, while there was a little more condensation on the TQ around my face, the whole TQ was covered with very heavy...
  19. Thanks for your response, BillyBob. And, your...

    Thanks for your response, BillyBob. And, your thoughts parallel my own: I need to experiment and see if adding the sil-ny UQ protector causes the condensation to stay on the outside of the UQ...
  20. condensation problem on TQ and UQ - need advice

    I am getting a lot of condensation on my TQ and UQ in various cold weather conditions. I understand the phenomenon but I need some advice on the best ways to solve this problem. Here are 2 typical...
  21. Thread: Reflectix

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    I made a pad with a 6ft long double-layer of 24in...

    I made a pad with a 6ft long double-layer of 24in wide Reflectix. I used metal muffler tape to tape the 2 layers together in order to create a bit of air space btwn the 2 layers.

    I have used that...
  22. One really cheap, easy option is to use a double...

    One really cheap, easy option is to use a double layer of Reflectix. Downside is it's bulky to roll up and carry around. That's what I use down to about 40. But, I don't think I'd be able to go lower...
  23. FS: Sea-to-Summit Ultra-Sil Pack Cover: I'll take it.

    Sea-to-Summit Ultra-Sil Pack Cover: I'll take it.
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    Wrapping the webbing around the tree is a good...

    Wrapping the webbing around the tree is a good idea since it distributes the stress over a wider area and, therefore, decreases the pressure exerted on the bark. Maybe wrapping a few more times would...
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    The answer depends on whether you want a quick &...

    The answer depends on whether you want a quick & cheap solution or are willing to invest some time and effort into making your own tarp. WM is probably going to be the fastest, cheapest solution and...
  26. Thread: Bridge Hammock

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    thanks for the vid link - very descriptive.

    thanks for the vid link - very descriptive.
  27. Thread: Bridge Hammock

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    Ah, I see how the net seals now once I enlarged...

    Ah, I see how the net seals now once I enlarged the pix.
  28. Thread: Bridge Hammock

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    What is "zipperless net (Shug-style)"? How does...

    What is "zipperless net (Shug-style)"? How does the mosquito net seal around the hammock?
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    It depends on the conditions you're in. Some of...

    It depends on the conditions you're in. Some of the parks were closed around here after persistent rain and flooding because the ground was saturated, which greatly increases the chances of trees...
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    It depends on what kind of hammock you have. I...

    It depends on what kind of hammock you have. I use a 15ft ridge pole for my WBRR.
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    I read the instructions but tried the SF out in...

    I read the instructions but tried the SF out in my backyard in light-moderate rain and didn't get any leakage. Then, I set it up in a heavy, persistent rain and yep, it was leaking. Sealed it with...
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    Wow - really nice pix. The first one is...

    Wow - really nice pix. The first one is spectacular the way the sunlight is streaming through the smoke.
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    I thought the hillbilly deluxe thing was going to...

    I thought the hillbilly deluxe thing was going to be hokey but I was surprised how well it works and how simple it is to set up.
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    I use two 6ft by 29in pieces of Reflectix taped...

    I use two 6ft by 29in pieces of Reflectix taped together on all 4 edges down to around 45*F instead of an UQ. I tried using just a 30*F sleeping bag but it was too cold without that insulation...
  35. Thinking about Hyde Memorial State Park. Does NM...

    Thinking about Hyde Memorial State Park. Does NM have hammock restrictions?
  36. Looking for place to car camp near Pecos, NM around Christmas/New Year

    I have been researching areas off of I-25 near Pecos. Ideally, I could hang from trees but I'll have my turtledog stand with me so not required. I'll have 2 dogs and would like to be near a stream...
  37. The hang calculator link is not correct. The cord...

    The hang calculator link is not correct. The cord tension, for example, is not 250 lbs for a 250 lb person - it's 500 lbs at a 30 degree angle. Cut that angle in half to 15 degrees and you get 966...
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    I own much more expensive TQs for lower than 35*F...

    I own much more expensive TQs for lower than 35*F but this is my "go-to" TQ above 35*F.
  39. Thread: Hammock Kit

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    Warbonnet socks are not rain-proof. You need a...

    Warbonnet socks are not rain-proof. You need a tarp if it's going to rain or snain (snow+rain). However, they present a lower wind profile than a tarp in high winds and add 15-20*F of warmth to your...
  40. Start here:...

    Start here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7NZVqpBUV0&list=TLC1VSUlRSxkyJefCFp8SmmEHffyhimH37

    Shug has great advice backed up with a lot of real experience.

    You might want to check out...
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    LOL... roger that!

    LOL... roger that!
  42. Thread: Bamboo Stand

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    I used a 2x4 inch piece of heavy duty non-skid...

    I used a 2x4 inch piece of heavy duty non-skid tape - worked really well.
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    During the week you were using this, how many...

    During the week you were using this, how many times did you have to re-plant the stakes?

    What kind of stakes were you using?

    How stable did it feel when you were in the hammock? Was it...
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    This is a great idea! I seem to remember...

    This is a great idea!

    I seem to remember seeing a variation of this configuration that used a single board on one end and a tree on the other. I think he also dug a hole for the bottom end but...
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    I think using a pad in combination with an UQ...

    I think using a pad in combination with an UQ extends the temp range and minimizes the cost. For example, I use a pad inside the double layer of my WBRR down to around 45*F. Below that temperature I...
  46. I think it's wise of you to consider carefully...

    I think it's wise of you to consider carefully before you commit a lot of money. I have tried and own all of the options you're considering. Here are some thoughts on your quandary:

    One...
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    Ozark Trail 0.44lb/32F Down Mummy Sleeping Bag,...

    Ozark Trail 0.44lb/32F Down Mummy Sleeping Bag, $80 from WM - probably your cheapest, warmest solution. Compacts down to about the size of a small cantaloupe. You can use it in combination with your...
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    I don't have a CF tarp but I did worry about my...

    I don't have a CF tarp but I did worry about my CRL abrading my silnylon. My tarp (SF) has a more curve in the last 12-18 inches. I ran my hand between the RL and the tarp to find where the most...
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    One problem you may run into is that, when wet...

    One problem you may run into is that, when wet and cold, shock cord loses most of its stretchiness. In addition, it's not as strong as the actual tie-out cord, which can be an issue in strong winds. ...
  50. I use cam locks on my Dyneema lines. I stow each...

    I use cam locks on my Dyneema lines. I stow each tie-out by pushing the cam up close to the D-ring, which doubles the line. Then, I fold the line in half again twice and tie a loose overhand knot....
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