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    We have a lot of oak, elm, beech, birch and...

    We have a lot of oak, elm, beech, birch and occasionally pine and cedar but I never use the evergreens around here (southern NY) although I have in Maine and the Cascades (WA)

    Come to think of it,...
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    4" min. diameter, about 15' (~5 steps) apart is...

    4" min. diameter, about 15' (~5 steps) apart is my guide.
  3. This section... edge stitching is not even, hem...

    This section... edge stitching is not even, hem is not finished, lapped unevenly, and what's the little patch below the door loops??

    Personally, I would suggest purchasing from one of the reliable...
  4. Hey, no offense, and buy what you want, but...

    Hey, no offense, and buy what you want, but you've been warned.

    Southerners are well familiar with the phrase "pig in a poke" and it applies here.
  5. See above. Zoom in on the photo of the doors and...

    See above. Zoom in on the photo of the doors and look at the stitching and the hems/edges. Even in a low-rez photo it screams crap.
  6. Just be careful and get some close-up photos. BPW...

    Just be careful and get some close-up photos. BPW is renowned for atrocious "workmanship." Zoom in on the stitching and hems on those doors and it looks as if it was made by a total noob.
  7. LOL a lot like what I do. :laugh: Short jaunts...

    LOL a lot like what I do. :laugh:

    Short jaunts into the woods late into the day when I want to test some piece of gear or other, or just a break from news/people/daily routine. Sometimes take a...
  8. I'm a no-hardware advocate, but for pitching...

    I'm a no-hardware advocate, but for pitching close to the ground LLs are hard to beat... you can tension the full length of the guy line right down to the ground.

    Michigandave makes a good point....
  9. I agree that 20D and 30D are going to be pretty...

    I agree that 20D and 30D are going to be pretty close in packed volume, with the nod going to 20D. You can also get 15D tarps these days, and Gossamer Gear and Enlightened Equipment have tarps that...
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    Yes, good description you have. J-Bend is MSH...

    Yes, good description you have. J-Bend is MSH with the CL acting as toggle, and then a slipped bight of the MSH tag end thru the CL keeps the CL from pulling back thru the MSH loop. Very clever...
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    Concur with Phantom. Funny that I've never...

    Concur with Phantom.

    Funny that I've never actually tried it, however Amsteel-to-Amsteel with J-bend doesn't slip, and if ever it was gunna...!! Also, I formerly used MSH with Zing-it for guy...
  12. So many places, but camping high on a peak is my...

    So many places, but camping high on a peak is my favorite because of the lofty views and dramatic sunrises and sunsets.

    Sunrise over Giant Ledge, Catskill Mtns, NY. The night before this was my...
  13. When tying the Lapp to a CL, it is literally...

    When tying the Lapp to a CL, it is literally impossible to do the Anti-Lapp! This is because there is no tag end on a CL. :thumbup1:

    I will show you this tomorrow evening. :cool:
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    I've used my 0deg Incubator into the 50s with no...

    I've used my 0deg Incubator into the 50s with no problem. Uncover the TQ to vent and it all evens out.

    When that happened, the following night the low was 8 degrees and the night after that was 4...
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    Cut and hem if you intend for this to be the...

    Cut and hem if you intend for this to be the permanent configuration.

    You can also anchor the loose flap corners to the trees with separate guy lines, similar to what Kitsap Cowboy did with his...
  16. Indeed, will do! When you get right down to it,...

    Indeed, will do! When you get right down to it, Lapp is the simplest hitch on Earth.

    There is also a little trick for positioning it precisely. I like the foot end CL connection point to be about...
  17. Good points all! I learned a new term, which...

    Good points all!

    I learned a new term, which you probably already know... when you have to pull the working end of the cord through the knot to tie it, that's called "reeving" So Farrimond is a...
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    Mega ditto. :laugh: Start off with car camping...

    Mega ditto. :laugh:

    Start off with car camping and then wander a little farther into the woods and then deep into the hills as confidence and skills develop.

    I know this the place people come...
  19. It's getting dark a little before 5pm here! I...

    It's getting dark a little before 5pm here! I don't usually build fires the rest of the year but I do sometimes on these long, cold evenings of late fall and winter. A good, slow-burning cigar and...
  20. I was dubious that this would work with Zing-it...

    I was dubious that this would work with Zing-it but I did a 5-wrap and it held fine when very well dressed and cinched.

    With Glowire it holds great with only 2 wraps.
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    For backpacking in the winter it is best to keep...

    For backpacking in the winter it is best to keep things simple.

    What you have described is, to me, an unwieldy (and heavy!) patchwork of incompatible items that just aren't working together to...
  22. What happens when it rains? ... think about...

    What happens when it rains? ... think about where the water goes. What do you do for bottom insulation?

    What sort of bivy? My DCF Hex tarp weighs 194g (6.85oz) with ridge line and guy lines and...
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    For total suspension weight, there is nothing...

    For total suspension weight, there is nothing that is going to be lighter and simpler than UHMWPE or Kevlar webbing tied to the tree and attached to hammock CL with J-Bend or Lapp Hitch.

    Complete...
  24. Well done hike and video—and what a great venue!...

    Well done hike and video—and what a great venue!

    Those cold, rainy days do built character, and they're also a good test of your skills and your kit. If you can keep a good attitude and remain...
  25. Believe me, we who strive for simplicity and low...

    Believe me, we who strive for simplicity and low (and not necessarily lowest!) weight understand this early phase of experimentation. And it's good to try different stuff to get a feel for options...
  26. When this sort of discussion arises—no...

    When this sort of discussion arises—no hardware!—it seems inevitable that knots are soon to follow. :laugh:
  27. Thanks... was thinking about doing the Escarpment...

    Thanks... was thinking about doing the Escarpment earlier but was pretty sure water would be a problem.
  28. I like the Farrimond hitch, but does it work with...

    I like the Farrimond hitch, but does it work with Zing-it?

    It doesn't hold with Amsteel 7/64" so I suspect it doesn't work with UHMWPE materials in general.
  29. That is a fantastic almost-loop. Great(!) idea...

    That is a fantastic almost-loop.

    Great(!) idea bringing the bike for the trail head shuttle... I always waited to do that with a buddy so we could shuttle cars, overlooking the fact that it's a...
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    This bodes well for your Hazmat suit! :laugh:

    This bodes well for your Hazmat suit! :laugh:
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    My very personal/subjective/anecdotal experience...

    My very personal/subjective/anecdotal experience is that once I reach a certain level of dampness it just sort of stops building up, strongly tempered with the caveat that this for a non-exercise...
  32. Reflect-It is UHMWPE which is slippery, but if...

    Reflect-It is UHMWPE which is slippery, but if you make your tarp's ridge line Prusiks out of some sort of woven polyester cord they will probably have enough "bite" to hold with Reflect-It.

    I use...
  33. No problem for me right at the 16oz line, even...

    No problem for me right at the 16oz line, even with a vigorous boil. More than that there might be some, but any spillover doesn't bother the HX fins/shroud at all.

    I also relent a bit on gram...
  34. My observations as well. I'm using some 1.9...

    My observations as well.

    I'm using some 1.9 Kevlar now but if for some reason I had to choose only one to use from here on out it would be Kevlar 3.3. Overall best IMHO for no-hardware...
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    lol well don't go to the Adirondacks because...

    lol well don't go to the Adirondacks because there can be lots of people there in the winter. I once camped at Bushnell Falls and was relishing the solitude and the -15deg temps and no wind on a...
  36. Sounds like you were carrying maybe 4-5 days of...

    Sounds like you were carrying maybe 4-5 days of food at a time which keeps the pack weight reasonable... but water is a killer.

    Alcohol & cold. This time of the year I switch to the Sterno Inferno...
  37. Great trip report! How did you handle food...

    Great trip report!

    How did you handle food resupply?
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    HF Homeys Harriman Hike-n-Hang

    I realize it's last-minute (sorta) and it's the weekend of the NYC Marathon, but I am doing an overnighter in Harriman and am wondering if any N Jersey/New York/LI HF regulars might want to join me...
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    Haha right around 11,000 ft of uppity-downity. :D...

    Haha right around 11,000 ft of uppity-downity. :D

    When we did it I think our pack weights were around 17lb starting out, which made things easier.
    ...
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    Black Rock down hats...

    Black Rock down hats
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    Best not to larks/girth... do this instead. ...

    Best not to larks/girth... do this instead.

    https://www.netknots.com/index.php/download_file/413/0
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    When backpacking, put stuff in the backpack and...

    When backpacking, put stuff in the backpack and use the pack's haul loop and a cord with a slipped clove hitch to tie it to hammock CL. It's off the ground, it's covered, it's free and it adds no...
  43. UP looks promising as a synthetic alternative....

    UP looks promising as a synthetic alternative. How much loss of loft after repeated compression is the question; we know that down remains the leader in this category at present.

    Is UP going to...
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    No wind is good... sounds like enough layers as...

    No wind is good... sounds like enough layers as long as head coverage is also good.

    Wind without a tarp or sock to block it is a tougher scenario.
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    Dutchware has 2" wide kevlar huggers...

    Dutchware has 2" wide kevlar huggers.
  46. Good recap of your decision process, and it...

    Good recap of your decision process, and it appears to have worked great.

    You're going to love the 7D/950 combo. I have a 30deg Enigma reg/reg same material spec and it has become my favorite...
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    Good advice. Everybody needs a good practice area...

    Good advice. Everybody needs a good practice area that is either a car camp or a place that is about 1/2 hr fairly easy walk back to the car.

    And don't do trips only in nice weather. Rain, wind,...
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    Also in the 'hammock first" camp. I've put up...

    Also in the 'hammock first" camp.

    I've put up the tarp first a few times when it was raining, but I use "personal biometrics" for judging the height of the head and foot CL hitches, and it's just...
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    Same here. It's just gonna get more stuff on it...

    Same here. It's just gonna get more stuff on it the next time so it's pointless to try to keep it super clean. Whatever teensy bit doesn't come off with a little water and a swipe with a bandanna...
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    The simplest thing in extreme cold is VB, head to...

    The simplest thing in extreme cold is VB, head to toe. It works.

    I got to use them only a couple of times last winter, but the Lightheart Gear rain jacket and pants—which are non-breathable...
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