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    Tubular webbing that's designed for climbing...

    Tubular webbing that's designed for climbing applications is almost always made of nylon, and is designed to stretch under load--this acts as a dynamic peak-force limiter for high factor falls. You...
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    Remember, too, that you don't have to have...

    Remember, too, that you don't have to have closed-up ends just because it's winter out. Lots of people like it because it gives some some of that nice enclosed tent feeling and keeps you slightly...
  3. Hi Pete, I live up in Potsdam, and often hike...

    Hi Pete,

    I live up in Potsdam, and often hike in the Adirondacks. There are a couple of us Adirondackers up here.
  4. Thread: best hammock

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    There's a search box that will tell you the...

    There's a search box that will tell you the answer to your question. It involves reading, though.
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    Greg, unless you're talking about their Titan...

    Greg, unless you're talking about their Titan Dyneema 5.5 mm cordage, I wouldn't go with Blue Water line for supports. They're all going to be nylon, which will stretch noticeably under load.
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    The decorum demanded by this thread prevents me...

    The decorum demanded by this thread prevents me from typing the humorous response that comes to mind. It's a tough battle in my head, though.
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    Yeah, Pete, I think yours are Omega Pacifics,...

    Yeah, Pete, I think yours are Omega Pacifics, too. They're what EMS carries these days. SMC has more of a west-coast foothold, which makes sense given that it stands for Seattle Manufacturing...
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    Man, dryer sheets (even the unscented ones) make...

    Man, dryer sheets (even the unscented ones) make me really sick. Asthma, running nose, itching eyes, and a migraine if I'm around them for more than a couple of minutes.

    I wish the EPA would...
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    Why would you want to work that hard? You're in a...

    Why would you want to work that hard? You're in a hammock! Relax!

    I would make sure that you were in a system with substantial redundancy in suspension and base fabric. If you use the polyester...
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    I didn't know they were "newer", but yeah....

    I didn't know they were "newer", but yeah. They're a bit heavier, though, but they seemed to work on my Hennessy. Back when I was still sleeping in the Hennessy...
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    Brandon, I'm thinking about the ridgeline for a...

    Brandon, I'm thinking about the ridgeline for a second... given that splices are generally stronger than knots, you could also use a lighter cord for the ridgeline by making it a Whoopie Sling.
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    Something else you might look for is a shop that...

    Something else you might look for is a shop that sells technical mountaineering/rock climbing gear. I used to live in Scotland, and Graham Tiso's shop was always a good bet.

    SMC isn't particularly...
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    Word at our local store is that almost all...

    Word at our local store is that almost all Walmarten are converting themselves to Super-Walmarten, and that Süber-Walmärten will not carry fabric in the future.

    Great was the gnashing of teeth,...
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    Woohoo! Another happy hanger! And yes,...

    Woohoo! Another happy hanger!

    And yes, learning to use your sleeping bag in the hammock is always a challenge. Goes with the turf. Good luck!
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    Yahoo! Welcome to the club!

    Yahoo! Welcome to the club!
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    I tend to use sticks that I find on the trail,...

    I tend to use sticks that I find on the trail, supplemented occasionally with aluminum needle stakes. The sticks are both cheap and light, since I can pretty much always find some kicking around on...
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    Do I guess correctly that you're a rock climber?...

    Do I guess correctly that you're a rock climber? Relatively few people know the term "Perlon" these days.

    6mm cord will do fine for suspending your hammock. However, since it's made of nylon, it...
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    You can get something very similar to the Chilli...

    You can get something very similar to the Chilli Pad in the automotive section of lots of stores--they're called something like The Absorber and come in a capped plastic tube to keep them moist....
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    I'll be working 64 continuous hours of crisis...

    I'll be working 64 continuous hours of crisis hotline shift. Whee!

    Have a good time outdoors for me, folks!
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    Hi Dark! Sorry to hear that things aren't...

    Hi Dark!

    Sorry to hear that things aren't working completely smoothly. We'll all do our best to get you sorted out.

    Sometimes a picture's worth a thousand words. Could you get your wife to take...
  21. I don't know if this is what you're looking for,...

    I don't know if this is what you're looking for, but I've got an old poly tarp that's been out in the yard for quite a long time getting beaten on by sun, wind, and falling tree branches... I'm...
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    I'm planning on getting an Adirondacks (NY) hang...

    I'm planning on getting an Adirondacks (NY) hang together for late summer/early fall sometime. I'm still working on location--I'd like it to be a trip with some backpacking, and with stuff to climb...
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    Delightful post. I laughed a lot. Thanks for...

    Delightful post. I laughed a lot. Thanks for sharing!
  24. Thread: HF Bankrupcy

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    I wish there were Marshallses near me.

    I wish there were Marshallses near me.
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    I spent my first year of hammocking with a...

    I spent my first year of hammocking with a cobbled-together pad setup: closed-cell foam sleeping pad inside the hammock, with one (or sometimes two) really cheap CCF/Mylar windshield reflectors...
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    I'd be wary of using the Petzl Ultralegere...

    I'd be wary of using the Petzl Ultralegere for this. They're very small, and they don't seem to be very strong. It's fine working (as intended) on a carabiner, but I'd be concerned about breaking...
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    At the moment I'm using a big ol' heavy pack...

    At the moment I'm using a big ol' heavy pack that's a top-loader with sleeping bag zipper. I stick the hammock and tarp down at the bottom and access them through the zipper, which is quick. I don't...
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    I'm not a handgun user, but I can say that my...

    I'm not a handgun user, but I can say that my boots get tied across the ridgeline and slung out the entry slit. Works even with the Hennessy SuperShelter.
  29. If you want more pictures of what comes with the...

    If you want more pictures of what comes with the Warbonnet, have a look at http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews/Shelters/Hammocks/Warbonnet%20Outdoors%20Blackbird%20Hammock/ which is a test...
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    It gets worse. I made him a custom stuff sack...

    It gets worse. I made him a custom stuff sack tonight, and he was over at my house learning how to make a ridgeline and bug net.

    After a while, you stop needing to put the tourniquet on your...
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    He was lying on a bit of a diagonal later, but I...

    He was lying on a bit of a diagonal later, but I didn't photograph it.

    Remember, too, that the taller the user, the harder it is to get onto a diagonal with a given bolt width.

    We're gonna get...
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    My hammock proselytizing has finally borne fruit!...

    My hammock proselytizing has finally borne fruit! Soon we'll get everyone into the trees... and then I'll have trouble finding a camping spot... doh. But it will be worth it!

    For those who are...
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    Is Brian okay?

    Has anyone heard from Brian recently? I've been sending him emails with no reply for the last couple of weeks, and I'm getting worried about him.

    Previously, he's always responded like lightning,...
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    Check out the Garlington Insulator. Same idea,...

    Check out the Garlington Insulator. Same idea, but with a trash bag and a crumpled-up space blanket. More Leave No Trace-compatible than the native materials gig.
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    We haven't learned that either. When the...

    We haven't learned that either.

    When the student is ready, the master appears... guess we're all still unready.
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    Looks like 1.25 _dollars_ per yard. Still a great...

    Looks like 1.25 _dollars_ per yard. Still a great deal, though!
  37. Thread: Golite Ultra

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    Any comments from the people who just bought the...

    Any comments from the people who just bought the GoLite Ultra 20 quilts? I'm thinking of getting one, and would welcome a few more reports from the field.
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    Thanks, Wah Wah! I didn't want to "out" myself as...

    Thanks, Wah Wah! I didn't want to "out" myself as a tester before posting the report. You'll recognize the third tester, too.
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    Cannibal, For someone who uses as much gear as...

    Cannibal,

    For someone who uses as much gear as you do, I don't imagine you'll have difficulty finding something that meets the use requirements. Point your browser at...
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    It's in all of your knot books--you're just...

    It's in all of your knot books--you're just looking for something different. Look up the cleat hitch (e.g. http://www.animatedknots.com/cleat/index.php ) and you'll see the Hennessy lashing right...
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    You'll figure it out very quickly. Just do some...

    You'll figure it out very quickly. Just do some backyard testing before trying to head out onto an actual backpacking trip--there can be a bit of a learning curve. Soon you'll be converting the...
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    If you have a side-entry hammock, it could be...

    If you have a side-entry hammock, it could be used as a field-expedient surgical table for doing first aid tasks (or surgery, assuming you're trained for that). Hard to sterilize, and otherwise...
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    My concern isn't so much about the carabiner...

    My concern isn't so much about the carabiner attachment--it's similar in function to a Bachmann hitch--as about the line you've chosen. Amsteel Blue is a Dyneema fiber that's generally considered...
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    Heya Rug, I'm really glad to have...

    Heya Rug,

    I'm really glad to have misinterpreted, then! That's the issue with the internet, I guess.

    I'm with you on the concern about nylon-on-nylon wear; it's one of those things that the...
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    Hi Rug, Welcome to the forums! I'll try to...

    Hi Rug,

    Welcome to the forums! I'll try to answer your questions as best I can, but I wanted to include a few things as preface.

    This is a friendly forum, full of people who are both innovative...
  46. It seems relatively safe to guarantee that it'll...

    It seems relatively safe to guarantee that it'll hold 44 lbs.
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    ... I naturally assumed it was to the tune of the...

    ... I naturally assumed it was to the tune of the Queen song ;)

    I'm working toward lighter gear, though I'm certainly not there yet. I have my own opinions about the pursuit of low pack weight...
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    Days later, I'm still laughing about "another one...

    Days later, I'm still laughing about "another one leaves the dust".
  49. Thanks for sharing this great report about what...

    Thanks for sharing this great report about what looks to have been a gorgeous trip. Cheers, mate!
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    I'm sure all of us BackpackGearTest people are...

    I'm sure all of us BackpackGearTest people are glad to hear that our efforts are appreciated.

    Want to join us? We're always looking for more testers!
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