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    I had a few problems with pads. A one-piece pad...

    I had a few problems with pads. A one-piece pad which is thick enough to be effective is large and bulky. If the pad does not compress underneath you, it insulates well, but it's not compressible....
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    We had tarps. ...

    We had tarps.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4XLDO-vaMo
    I think we learned quite a bit about tarps. I learned that I have to get much better at staking out my Old Man Winter tarp. It got quite...
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    Waterproof on top. Breathable below. Always....

    Waterproof on top. Breathable below.

    Always.

    Spray a water hose on your rig. Do you want it to fill up and crash to the ground?
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    I've got an Old Man Winter, and love it. Any...

    I've got an Old Man Winter, and love it. Any large tarp will do the job. Just make sure you get something with doors on it for the best cold weather use.
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    This is a very good idea. If you use a second...

    This is a very good idea. If you use a second hammock to protect your UQ, just leave a bit of slack in-between. It's more important to have the wind barrier close than it is to have it in contact....
  6. I plan to attend. I hope Slowhike can meke it,...

    I plan to attend.
    I hope Slowhike can meke it, and of course, the girls Lo and Laura.
    If I have time, I will mod a Kelty down bag to serve as a top quilt. The K-Mart fleece I used in the fall hang...
  7. Thread: Why camo?

    by DavyRay
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    A few months ago, I was at Wally World shopping...

    A few months ago, I was at Wally World shopping for arrows. The 32" aluminum arrows with field tip were $4.50 each. In camo, they were $5.50 each. Go figure.
  8. I don't think that wool is better than a...

    I don't think that wool is better than a synthetic polyester base layer.
  9. If this person who accuses you of having Gear...

    If this person who accuses you of having Gear Acquisition Syndrome has more pair of shoes than you do, you should reconsider the situation.
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    Insultex does not compress much, but it works...

    Insultex does not compress much, but it works really well. If you can stand the bulk, it delivers warmth. The only question I have is about your tarp. The 20 degree F bag is okay. I just wonder about...
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    Congratulations! Just when does it warm up in...

    Congratulations!

    Just when does it warm up in Ontario?
  12. My most recent gathered-end hammock is polyester...

    My most recent gathered-end hammock is polyester fabric. I will weigh it and post the results. I think it is similar in thickness to the Grand Trunk Ultralight I have, which is a polyester fabric...
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    What about beads, at intervals, strung on the...

    What about beads, at intervals, strung on the Amsteel. Each bead could be tied to a location on the ridgeline by simply making a thread loop through the amsteel to keep it in place. For each bead,...
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    You, sir, are a smartass. It's better than being...

    You, sir, are a smartass. It's better than being a dumbass by far.:lol:

    I would try making shorts of tyvek, but the members here keep talking about kilts, so I'm having trouble making up my mind...
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    Cool beans, dude. You are one of us. The cottage...

    Cool beans, dude. You are one of us. The cottage vendor guys are pretty cool. I know a few of them to talk to face-to-face. Really nice people. As Pgibson said, it is a really busy time of the year. ...
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    I've got an Egyptian cotton pup tent I got from...

    I've got an Egyptian cotton pup tent I got from L.L. Bean in the 1970s. Anyone want it? The floor is PU coated. There is just a little mold on the canvas parts. First offer gets it!

    Recycling can...
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    Just threaten to sue them. Your sleep is...

    Just threaten to sue them. Your sleep is undoubtedly being affected, no doubt your love life as well. It's a lifestyle choice.

    They need so see their names in the papers.
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    My sit pad is a FedEx tyvek large shipping...

    My sit pad is a FedEx tyvek large shipping envelope, cut open to make a butterfly shape. I radiused the corners. It keeps my shorts from getting wet when I stop to sit on a rock while resting or...
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    Yes. If you have not gotten any feedback on your...

    Yes. If you have not gotten any feedback on your order by now, walk away.
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    You are not the only one with UCRs which slip a...

    You are not the only one with UCRs which slip a tad. Welcome to the club. Glad you are having so much fun with your DIY gear.

    Congrats!
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    Actually, the weight and stress you could apply...

    Actually, the weight and stress you could apply to a tree is proportional to its diameter. A large diameter tree will see less pounds per square inch of force for your hang angle and weight.

    Say...
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    That child is having way too much fun. Is she a...

    That child is having way too much fun. Is she a member? She ought to be.

    Shug, are you watching?
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    It is good insulation. But, this stuff does not...

    It is good insulation. But, this stuff does not compress, so takes up some space in a pack. I have used it between layers in a double layer hammock. Works great. In the cold, it is just breathable...
  24. Thread: fire hose uses

    by DavyRay
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    Suspenders for lederhosen.

    Suspenders for lederhosen.
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    Now you tell us!

    Now you tell us!
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    I was recently considering the possible value of...

    I was recently considering the possible value of a curtain to the ground for cold weather camping. If you create a still air space below the hammock, the insulation you have might be more effective....
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    That is in an oxygen deprived environment. The...

    That is in an oxygen deprived environment. The problem is that sometimes people get sealed up in a tent with too much snow present. The snow absorbs the CO2, and the oxygen is depleted, and the...
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    That is a good point. Just add some guy lines at...

    That is a good point. Just add some guy lines at the appropriate corners. That should keep it from being so tippy. It will make it slightly more complicated to set up, but will make your ancient 1965...
  29. For the conditions, you were not especially well...

    For the conditions, you were not especially well insulated.

    All 30 degree synthetic bags I have used were way optimistic in their ratings. Most assume that the 30 degrees is outside your tent,...
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    v I have only a zero degree UQ. I use sleeping...

    v

    I have only a zero degree UQ. I use sleeping bags on the upper side. I have a 15 degree bag and a 40 degree bag. I think it is easy to vent the UQ for moderate temperatures.

    This is not the...
  31. Thread: Shelter Name

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    You could start with some of your own ideas, if...

    You could start with some of your own ideas, if this is going to be multiple choice.

    Otherwise, you will have to choose a method. The usual naming methods are:
    1. Name it after the inventor.
    2....
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    Outside. I have one on my back bumper.

    Outside. I have one on my back bumper.
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    How tight are you stretching this thing? The way...

    How tight are you stretching this thing? The way to get stable is to let a hammock sag a bit. I don't think the plate is a problem.
  34. Any insulation you can fit between the layers of...

    Any insulation you can fit between the layers of a hammock should help. You might have to pin a blanket on the ends, to keep it from bunching up. Fleece, sleeping pads, and wool blankets don't...
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    A photo would help.

    A photo would help.
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    Great gear. You should be fine in almost any...

    Great gear. You should be fine in almost any weather.
  37. Thread: Done With It

    by DavyRay
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    Deerfight, I read your OP the first time, and...

    Deerfight,

    I read your OP the first time, and thought you were throwing a YAGE. On another forum I like, this abbreviation was developed because members would occasionally post a message which...
  38. I agree. Too bad about your dime. lol. For...

    I agree. Too bad about your dime. lol.

    For real, the report by MacDaddy is just what we needed. Thanks, MacDaddy, for providing the observations.
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    You may need to modify the suspension of your UQ...

    You may need to modify the suspension of your UQ to work with a bridge hammock. I have a Winter Yeti. It came with a heavy-duty loop of elastic cord for the suspension. I replaced that with two...
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    Sorry to derail, but I just can't read this...

    Sorry to derail, but I just can't read this without commenting. Sealing up a tent with snow is a dangerous thing to do. Ventilation has to be sure, no matter how much snow banks up. Snow absorbs...
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    I agree with MAD777. Great way to use what you...

    I agree with MAD777. Great way to use what you have already constructed.
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    Welcome to the inner circle.

    Welcome to the inner circle.
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    UQ. I have been hanging for a few years now. I...

    UQ.

    I have been hanging for a few years now. I have a really good UQ. I am still using a sleeping bag for in the hammock. It's about time for me to get a real TQ.
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    Fronkey, Subscribed and Liked. ...

    Fronkey,

    Subscribed and Liked.
    Congratulations on the upcoming event as well.
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    Under belly gear sling You know, for a moment...

    Under belly gear sling

    You know, for a moment there, I thought you were talking about hauling your junk.:D
  46. Thread: Cheap DIY Tarp

    by DavyRay
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    We are always gentle. Tarps get in the way of...

    We are always gentle.

    Tarps get in the way of viewing the stars, but they catch the dew, and tree sap, and little bits that fly off of trees and land on your nose.

    And, of course, unexpected...
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    That's why I love this place. People will do...

    That's why I love this place. People will do their best to get along.
  48. A brand not mentioned yet is Jacks-R-Better. They...

    A brand not mentioned yet is Jacks-R-Better. They make bridge hammocks. You might send them email with your requirements, to see what they have or can recommend.
  49. Thread: Tenkara topic?

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    Good observation.

    Good observation.
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    Just how did you do that?

    Just how did you do that?
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