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  1. Pretty area. I like these loop trails with varied...

    Pretty area. I like these loop trails with varied terrain. Nice video editing too. I’ve always wanted to try one with some drone footage since the perspective is so unique. But they’re illegal to fly...
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    thanks. You should do it again. I plan to go back...

    thanks. You should do it again. I plan to go back this fall and plan a trek around Shining Rock Wilderness portion. Unfortunately I didn’t have the spare time for spur trails or the hike up Cold...
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    Art Loeb Trail - 2 Day NOBO Adventure

    While I have hiked many areas of the Pisgah, The 30.1 mile ALT has been on my bucket list for awhile. Sometimes referred to as the "Appalachian Trail's Greatest Hits" (although technically not on...
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    Be Careful Out There - Lineville Gorge

    I know this ares is a favorite amongst the hammock crew. Reminder to be safe out there.

    https://www.wral.com/hiker-dies-after-fall-at-north-carolina-gorge/19710921/
  5. I’m going to try to make this one work...

    I’m going to try to make this one work permitting. Will be up that way this coming weekend for some hiking too
  6. I was being somewhat tongue and cheek just given...

    I was being somewhat tongue and cheek just given those unexpected ups and downs on the Fork Mountain/CRT section. Art Loeb is ~7,600í of elevation gain going nobo, and supposedly that stretch when...
  7. Lacey looks so content in those photos Paul. Now...

    Lacey looks so content in those photos Paul. Now that you got the CRT under your belt I’m thinking Art Loeb nobo is on the horizon...
  8. Thanks for the trip video Layne. I was on the...

    Thanks for the trip video Layne. I was on the lower Dutchman/Uwharrie loop the same day as the 40-mile Ultra too - doing a day hike with my two dogs. Always enjoy the woods there. Nice to see some...
  9. Thanks for the tips Wkerber. I havenít been down...

    Thanks for the tips Wkerber. I havenít been down that way before so looking forward to checking it out.



    Thanks for updating this Paul. Appreciate the profile views.
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    The wet down clumps together at the ends of the...

    The wet down clumps together at the ends of the baffles - pushed there by gravity & the dryer tumbler. I just massaged the outer nylon shell with my hands to break them apart. The felt balls or...
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    I did it in my bathtub with Nikwax Down Wash. I...

    I did it in my bathtub with Nikwax Down Wash. I used just enough water to cover the quilt when submerging it by hand. I used the cap to measure the detergent - I think instructions call for 3 oz for...
  12. Bumping this up. 3 weeks out and would enjoy...

    Bumping this up. 3 weeks out and would enjoy having a few more SE backpackers join us. Looks to be a nice starter trip before the summer season.
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    Sawyer’s website says it has an effective shelf...

    Sawyer’s website says it has an effective shelf life of 10 years if stored in a cool/dry place. I’ve read on many blogs that it shortens to 3-5 years once opened, but I’ve seen no scientific studies...
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    Nice to see others enjoying the gorge. Yes the...

    Nice to see others enjoying the gorge. Yes the river was cold. I’ll be back again in the fall after I tick off some of my Pisgah/Smokies loops this summer.
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    Another fine video SirGeorge. Very impressed with...

    Another fine video SirGeorge. Very impressed with your video and editing skills. I used to lug around my SLR on some of these trips but it just got too heavy for most backpacking I do. Never had a...
  16. SC - Ellicott Rock Wilderness - Fork Mountain Trail Loop 5/22 & 5/23

    For anyone interested, Iím planning to backpack the Chattooga River, Fork Mountain and Foothills Trail loop the weekend of 5/22 & 5/23. The plan is to meet-up at the Burrells Ford Campground in...
  17. Nice! How did the stove work out? Here’s mine....

    Nice! How did the stove work out?

    Here’s mine. Back yard hang. Also tested a new UL headlamp diffuser made from a toothpaste cap. Weighs in at 3 grams for you
    UL weanies. Now time to switch out...
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    I thought about doing it clockwise after after...

    I thought about doing it clockwise after after experiencing those three climb sections. Saw a few other solo packers going the opposite direction as me. The LGT probably isn’t dramatically different...
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    It’s the 20* 800 fill version - 24 oz so about...

    It’s the 20* 800 fill version - 24 oz so about the same weight as the Hammock Gear Economy 20*. Heavier than the cottage maker premium quilts due to the shell material but it offered me a less...
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    funny you brought that up Paul as that was the...

    funny you brought that up Paul as that was the first thing I hit Sat am. There had to be three or four large downed trees on that pitch that I had the climb around/over - greatly added to my...
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    Fixed the corner tear on the Thunderfly. I had to...

    Fixed the corner tear on the Thunderfly. I had to use a silnylon patch for extra strength but itís working out fine. Wish I could join you all as Iíll be in Bloomington mid-May. ...
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    Thanks - gorge trips are fun but your legs really...

    Thanks - gorge trips are fun but your legs really feel it when finished.

    Leaves were out at the lower elevations and starting to bud out up top. I didn’t post those photos in sequence along my...
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    Solo Trip - Lineville Gorge South Loop

    Originally had this planned for next week with my brother but he injured his leg and rain looks to be in the forecast for next week. Really wanted to get across Spence Ridge so I went a week early...
  24. Headed out to Lineville Gorge next week for a...

    Headed out to Lineville Gorge next week for a solo. Did a back yard set-up of the new kit. Per thread title trying to keep things lighter in my pack. Thanks goes out to OneClick for hooking me up...
  25. I was going to say something similar. Your...

    I was going to say something similar. Your narration reminds me of a Bob Ross episode. My son is a 2nd year at Bloomington and I've always wondered what Lake Monroe is like when we're driving in to...
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    I worked for a civil engineering firm when I got...

    I worked for a civil engineering firm when I got out of college and did a lot of land surveying. Back then I wore gaiters not for the trail detritus but to keep out ticks and protect against snake...
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    It breaks down with exposure to UV and air....

    It breaks down with exposure to UV and air. General consensus is you should retreat after 6 weeks but I've found it to be effective for longer. I'm guessing after 9 months of storage it's time for a...
  28. I've been caught in several in the NC mountains...

    I've been caught in several in the NC mountains when I didn't yet have shelter pitched. Road them out sitting on my pack with the aluminum stays ground side down and a poncho providing my only cover....
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    Looks like a nice hike. There’s a few lollipop or...

    Looks like a nice hike. There’s a few lollipop or figure 8 routes in Uwharrie National Forest near me that have similar elevation changes. Also look a lot like your photos this time of year, although...
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    20 degree top quilt

    Looking for a 20 degree TQ to complete my kit. Prefer something light weight with a sewn foot box for backpacking. If you have something in your gear closet that could work please PM me. Would love...
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    Does anyone have an eclipse in the 2.5 oz/50*...

    Does anyone have an eclipse in the 2.5 oz/50* config? How small do they compress in a backpack?
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    Is there a limit to the comfort on a 50” width if...

    Is there a limit to the comfort on a 50” width if you’re broader through the back/shoulders? I’m not tall so would prefer to stay standard length and width but I sometimes have to bump up to XL...
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    Unfortunately I missed out on Free Homes Yeti so...

    Unfortunately I missed out on Free Homes Yeti so still in the market. Still hoping to locate light weight/low volume UQ or TQ/UQ combo for backpacking.
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    Gotcha. I think I was comparing the 40 degree SLD...

    Gotcha. I think I was comparing the 40 degree SLD which is a few ounces lighter than the Apex 6.0 Jarbidge, so you’re right it’s not apples to apples.
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    Thanks for the offer Peppy but trying to stay...

    Thanks for the offer Peppy but trying to stay lighter than the Jarbidge for backpack weight & volume purposes. I’d be ok with Apex in the asymm Trailwinder but otherwise prefer down for lighter...
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    Still looking.

    Still looking.
  37. I was able to get the Darien hung for the first...

    I was able to get the Darien hung for the first time yesterday. Just a backyard test but it went reasonably well except that it was super windy and I had a hard time getting the becket hitch tied...
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    Bump. Also willing to increase budget for a...

    Bump. Also willing to increase budget for a lighter weight 40 degree TQ/UQ combo or would be interested in a SLD Trailwinder in 3.6 or 6.0 oz standard left/right lay.
  39. I enjoyed this too. I like how you include the...

    I enjoyed this too. I like how you include the map trip summary at the end of each day’s trek.

    I’m doing the same loop in April and looking forward to it. Water levels and CFS have looked pretty...
  40. That looks awesome. One is a Great Pyrenees/Lab...

    That looks awesome. One is a Great Pyrenees/Lab mix and the other is a Catahoula/Lab mix. They’re ~70 ea. and go bonkers for birds and rabbits. They do fine with a tent but I’d be a bit worried...
  41. Funny that you mentioned this since my down bag...

    Funny that you mentioned this since my down bag is the first thing my dogs takeover when in the tent with me. They’re not going to like being left behind on hammock trips but they’re too big to get...
  42. Isn’t the 10D a bit delicate for an underquilt? ...

    Isn’t the 10D a bit delicate for an underquilt? I can see the attraction for a top quilt, but I think it would be less splash resistance and higher probability of tearing hanging off the hammock?...
  43. Thanks for the recommendation. I posted a WTB...

    Thanks for the recommendation. I posted a WTB for Phoenix or similar yesterday. While I see that many here recommend a 20 degree as a first quilt, we’re heading into warm weather season and I sleep...
  44. Yes, after getting feedback here and discussing...

    Yes, after getting feedback here and discussing directly with Randy at DH I decided to go with the Darien. I started out thinking modular was the way to go, but given the majority of my camping is...
  45. Thanks again for all the tips/suggestions. Both...

    Thanks again for all the tips/suggestions. Both the process of putting together a hammock kit and trying to reduce my pack weight is an interesting process. I used to just throw everything in my pack...
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    3/4 length 20 or 40 degree UQ

    Trying to round out my kit for an upcoming backpacking trip. Would prefer something down for weight/compressibility. Budget along the lines of something like the HG Phoenix or similar, but open to...
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    FS: I’ll take it. PM sent.

    I’ll take it. PM sent.
  48. Warbonnet Thunderfly 11í in 20D silpoly

    Looking to by a used Thunderfly 11í in 20D silpoly. Prefer one of the greens but open to other colors. Let me know if you have one for sale.
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    Sheldon...

    Sheldon...
  50. I’ll keep the UQ comments in mind when looking. I...

    I’ll keep the UQ comments in mind when looking. I have a nice 30 degree Arroyo bag with 800 fill to use as a TQ for now. Unfortunately my pack weighs as much as my tent, but it’s super comfortable...
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