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    Poll: I am a most laggardly HF member, but I love you...

    I am a most laggardly HF member, but I love you people and I'll be hanging along the creek. I'll be wearing Aquablaze t-shirts this year, which will make me easy to spot (I hope). I'll be sorry to...
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    I agree that more vertical UQ suspension may keep...

    I agree that more vertical UQ suspension may keep the quilt tighter against you, but I don't really like it. I used to have prussic looped lines on my ridgeline that attached to my UQ suspension with...
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    Dave, that's what I was going to say! How...

    Dave, that's what I was going to say!

    How much does it weigh (inevitable question)?
  4. Thread: Widowmakers

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    Cannibal can tell you about Trail Days a few...

    Cannibal can tell you about Trail Days a few years back. I think he had just purchased his spinn tarp from Brian. Those things pitch tight and strong. A limb came crashing down and basically bounced...
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    Sticky: I tried this too, in an old grapefruit juice...

    I tried this too, in an old grapefruit juice container. It was mixed 1:5, filled to the top, and the lid screwed on tight. It had cured solid within a few hours. I did leave it outside in partial...
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    I maintain a trail in SNP with a variety of...

    I maintain a trail in SNP with a variety of forest types. It gives me a chance to observe blowdowns on a continuing basis. My observation is that healthy trees almost never come down without severe...
  7. Thread: Widowmakers

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    I'm glad you get the reference! I love the stuff...

    I'm glad you get the reference! I love the stuff but can't stand the taste of any other soda. Usually around here I have to settle for Malta Goya, the Latin version, but occasionally a German friend...
  8. Thread: Widowmakers

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    I was out with two friends last summer. An...

    I was out with two friends last summer. An intense storm rolled in just as we were making camp. The other guys hung their hammocks and then joined me under my tarp to watch the rain and socialize....
  9. Thread: VA hangs?

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    Sure! The Massanutten range is probably my...

    Sure! The Massanutten range is probably my favorite place in VA to hang, krs. A hanger over in Hot Springs (the Homestead) was also expressing interest in a summer hang.
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    We've suspected in the past that footfall...

    We've suspected in the past that footfall insulation (underlayment foam) is different than microfoam for packaging. I've never used the flooring stuff, but I've made a few quilts with the packaging...
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    Yeah, it was probably pushing its 300th night...

    Yeah, it was probably pushing its 300th night when I noticed water tickling my face. Even if it was worthless by that point, it would have proven its worth, but I have it back in action again. The...
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    Well, whoo-hoo, as Shug would say! If you're...

    Well, whoo-hoo, as Shug would say! If you're already on whoopie slings, you've gone to the head of the class. Many of the rest of us spent years messing with lesser suspensions. Maybe we should all...
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    I don't know. I wonder if it's the spray...

    I don't know. I wonder if it's the spray application that could be the problem? I had some other fabric that was advertised as sil but leaked like a sieve with that test. I did the caulk and spirits...
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    I started the misting tarp thread, and I talked...

    I started the misting tarp thread, and I talked with OES Brian about this very issue a few days ago. He said he's rarely, if ever, had a report of that happening with one of his. He's pretty careful...
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    I bought some no-tangle off of Brian this weekend...

    I bought some no-tangle off of Brian this weekend and love everything about it except the un-stealthy color. I'm going to try to dunk it in some black RIT dye and see what happens.
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    One of these days I'm going to verify that for...

    One of these days I'm going to verify that for myself :)

    Psyculman, if you hold a small section of the tarp in your fist and make a bag or bladder out of it and then fill it with a few cups of...
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    You're in Hot Springs? I'm in Waynesboro, and...

    You're in Hot Springs? I'm in Waynesboro, and you're welcome to check things out. I have to say though, I'm never totally happy with my rig either. If I had been easy to please I'd still probably...
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    I did it at 5:1. I think others have done 4:1....

    I did it at 5:1. I think others have done 4:1. 5:1 (by weight) is approximately half of a big can of mineral spirits and one tube of caulk.

    I think coating both sides may make the tarp less soggy...
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    It's the lumber running horizontally along the...

    It's the lumber running horizontally along the top of the wall - what the vertical studs are nailed to at ceiling height.
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    A Tip For Those With Misting Sil Tarps

    I know I'm not alone in experiencing some misting under my tarp in a downpour. It's not really leaking; it's just very small droplets falling and tickling my nose just enough to prevent a deep sleep....
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    I concur about the ENOs. I'm actually glad to see...

    I concur about the ENOs. I'm actually glad to see it... I think that's a quicker route to hammock proficiency than HH, which is almost a subspecies in terms of gear and technique. I think ENOs are...
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    Well, as far as I know, the law's not trying to...

    Well, as far as I know, the law's not trying to track me down, so I'll self-identify. I'm in the back, with the green shirt.

    I got carded in Dot's, for the first time in years.
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    If you're pinched for time, you could treat the...

    If you're pinched for time, you could treat the hammock with permethrin instead. The Sawyer brand spray permethrin is available at Wal Mart, Bass Pro, and other stores that sell hunting equipment....
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    Cannibal is very adoptable. I can see a lot of...

    Cannibal is very adoptable. I can see a lot of trail magic being bestowed upon him.

    I had the worst cold of my life last year on a 35-mile hike with some friends. I had the sniffles before I...
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    Boats and hammocks go together like peanut butter...

    Boats and hammocks go together like peanut butter and jelly!
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    Poll: Big Papi, the Glade Spring exit you are talking...

    Big Papi, the Glade Spring exit you are talking about is one way to get to Damascus. You're right about how badly hit it was. The exit was closed for about a week after the twister but it's open...
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    Poll: Everybody bring your foul weather gear. It looks...

    Everybody bring your foul weather gear. It looks like rain from Thursday to Tuesday, which is coincidentally the span of time I am planning on camping at TD and elsewhere.
  28. Thread: Zero Tasking

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    Happy birthday, buddy!

    Happy birthday, buddy!
  29. Thread: I'm Back

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    Likewise, BB! It's comforting that a lot of...

    Likewise, BB! It's comforting that a lot of people still have the same signature lines.
  30. Thread: I'm Back

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    Next you're going to tell me that the sun now...

    Next you're going to tell me that the sun now rises in the East and that rabbits have learned how to procreate.
  31. Thread: I'm Back

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    I'm Back

    Hey, Everyone. I've missed this place a bunch. My HF account went dark for over a year and a half, but I hope to be back on here regularly now.

    The reasons for my absence are several, but one of...
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    Great advice, especially about the heavy duty...

    Great advice, especially about the heavy duty thread. I learned that lesson too, a few years back.

    I'd also add that newcomers should feel free to add their experience or ideas to the pile. Many...
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    You're right. I guess I had it in mind that...

    You're right. I guess I had it in mind that Sherando was state-run, because of the $8 day-use entrance fee. I'm not used to shelling out that kind of dough in a national forest.
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    By the way, I don't know if Sherando allows...

    By the way, I don't know if Sherando allows hammocks or not. I don't know that they don't, but it's a state park, and state parks in general have been more restrictive of hammocks than any other type...
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    Trippclark, I live about 15 miles from Sherando....

    Trippclark, I live about 15 miles from Sherando. It's the backyard, so to speak. Here's what I can tell you: tent sites are $15 per night. Most are pretty nice, with maybe 5-8 trees per site. You...
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    Welcome aboard. Bike touring and hammocking is a...

    Welcome aboard. Bike touring and hammocking is a beautiful combination. I'm still trying to figure out how to make the bike itself a dual-use piece of hanging gear. Let us know if you figure that one...
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    I sure wish I was in Newfoundland. I've never...

    I sure wish I was in Newfoundland. I've never been closer than Cape Breton, but it's high on my list.
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    It'd be the mugger's fault ;)

    It'd be the mugger's fault ;)
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    I'm missing something. 20 feet up the tree trunks?

    I'm missing something. 20 feet up the tree trunks?
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    Cranky Bear, you're right... the longer the tarp...

    Cranky Bear, you're right... the longer the tarp ridgeline, the fewer options you have for stringing it in dense woods. In some places I'd be pressed to find trees that were more than 12 feet apart...
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    He could have big parties in the rainy woods!...

    He could have big parties in the rainy woods! I've had a group of people under my tarp (10 or 11-foot ridgeline, depending on configuration) and we've had great evenings watching the rain.
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    kycamper, you're right, each of us probably has a...

    kycamper, you're right, each of us probably has a slightly different take on what is acceptable urban stealth camping, and to thine own self be true. I camp in national forests when I can, but that's...
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    Sleeping isn't a crime, or at least, it shouldn't...

    Sleeping isn't a crime, or at least, it shouldn't be, even in airports. People sleep in concourses, cabbies sleep in their taxis, and in some airports (Heathrow), homeless people often come to the...
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    I have to thank Leivits for inspiring me to get...

    I have to thank Leivits for inspiring me to get out the thread injector again... it had been gathering dust. Here he is testing out his new rig for the first time:
    ...
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    You're more likely to find rubber-edged squeegees...

    You're more likely to find rubber-edged squeegees in the cleaning section of a home improvement store.
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    I had someone try to mess with my food bag one...

    I had someone try to mess with my food bag one night when I was bike camping right on the outskirts of a really sketchy town. They couldn't figure out how to undo my PCT-method bag hoist. This was in...
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    I hate the eye gnats too. I've used a headnet for...

    I hate the eye gnats too. I've used a headnet for them before, but that can be annoying and hot. I've noticed from doing trail maintenance that when I wear safety glasses, no gnats. It seems like any...
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    I'm with you cooldays. I camp in the exact same...

    I'm with you cooldays. I camp in the exact same area that you do. My go-to hammock used to be permethrin treated until I got sketched out by the possible health effects of that stuff. I never got...
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    It was cheapo wally-world sil for a free tarp for...

    It was cheapo wally-world sil for a free tarp for a buddy. He knows in advance not to be choosy. I'm thinking of doing a sharpie John Hancock on my patches (yes, there will be two).

    If I drop it...
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    Make that "knives". I'm too ticked at myself to...

    Make that "knives". I'm too ticked at myself to spellcheck.
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