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    General fraying is the most obvious sign,...

    General fraying is the most obvious sign, although sometimes these straps can get quite fuzzy looking and still retain a lot of strength.

    One thing is for sure, if you see horizontal threads...
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    Another good (free!) option is narrow strips of...

    Another good (free!) option is narrow strips of Tyvek cut from the larger mailing envelopes. They can withstand quite a bit of whipping in the wind and remain intact... attach to guy lines by tying...
  3. Great trip report and photos... you guys are...

    Great trip report and photos... you guys are killin' my bucket list! :laugh:

    Great to hear that your wife was still up for doing one more side trip. Must've been really spectacular!!
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    I agree with this assessment and also prefer...

    I agree with this assessment and also prefer minimal stretch cordage... Dyneema and other cords with very little and even less (Spectra, Kevlar) stretch.

    However, one thing that is true is that...
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    Here's the route profile on Caltopo. As "flat"...

    Here's the route profile on Caltopo. As "flat" routes go, it had its share of hills! :D

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    Hey bro, thanks for inspiring me to get out! ...

    Hey bro, thanks for inspiring me to get out!

    Sounded like a bit too much at first but given the totally perfect conditions it was impossible to resist. And it was totally worth it. :laugh:

    Some...
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    Darwin smiles.

    Darwin smiles.
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    Just wait until people who drive 'zero-emission'...

    Just wait until people who drive 'zero-emission' electric cars figure out where electricity comes from! :laugh:

    (And lithium.)

    Cradle-to-grave analysis is the biggest myth buster. Should be...
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    Thank you, and I hope you find it works for you....

    Thank you, and I hope you find it works for you.

    Yes, I've described it a few times in words but I don't think it adequately conveyed the advantages of the method.
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    Silpoly is waaaay better for stuffing than DCF so...

    Silpoly is waaaay better for stuffing than DCF so maybe not as big an advantage. However I still prefer this zig-n-roll method with the silpoly Quest tarp, no doubt because of habit. But it still...
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    Yep, DCF doesn't 'like' to be stuffed, and the...

    Yep, DCF doesn't 'like' to be stuffed, and the resulting crinkles and air pockets create substantially more volume. When using a snake skin it is still being semi-stuffed and the crinkly material...
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    LOL, which I why I don't kid myself that...

    LOL, which I why I don't kid myself that backpacking is low-impact when I've flown 2,000 miles and rented a car to get to the trailhead! :laugh:
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    PS I also dig your sig line... "better weight...

    PS I also dig your sig line... "better weight than wisdom..."

    Dovetails perfectly with UL/minimalist philosophy.
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    Very good point about how different pursuits each...

    Very good point about how different pursuits each bring something to the table. Mountain biking actually made me a better hiker on nasty trails. I have a tiny bit of rock climbing (top roping only...
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    I've used both integrated and Fronkey style (SLD...

    I've used both integrated and Fronkey style (SLD tree runner with separate net) and there's a bit of a learning curve for getting in and out. (Also with deploying the net and getting UQ squared away,...
  16. OK, do what you gotta do, but it would be easy...

    OK, do what you gotta do, but it would be easy enough to make a 3x longer loop and loop it over itself 3 times and make it much stronger. Don't even need to splice, just join the ends with a double...
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    You're welcome, Nanok, and thank you for your...

    You're welcome, Nanok, and thank you for your many thoughtful contributions.

    I was pretty sure I wasn't the first to have considered zig-zagging to fold but I did not find anything that 'checked...
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    Don't stress too much. We Yanks are just spoiled...

    Don't stress too much. We Yanks are just spoiled with an embarrassment of options and are always chasing that last Nth degree.

    But when it comes to cord, for me it is indeed that last Nth degree....
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    Glad to contribute. The interesting thing with...

    Glad to contribute. The interesting thing with this technique is that the wind can be helpful because it blows the cords downwind and 'self organizes' them!
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    The nice thing about clove hitches is that you...

    The nice thing about clove hitches is that you can quickly put one anywhere along the length of the guy line, so if in porch mode and I decide to batten down the hatches and bring the tarp sides...
  21. Camping in an area with constant ambient 'white...

    Camping in an area with constant ambient 'white noise' is definitely one of the best ways to get comfortable going solo. Wind and rain can be good, too, as long as it stops in time for breakfast and...
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    Interesting you mention this because even with...

    Interesting you mention this because even with the zig-zag I started off my experimentation by using much smaller zigs and rolling without folding in the ends, but it produced an unwieldy mess. The...
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    Also, on very nice fall weekends there's usually...

    Also, on very nice fall weekends there's usually a ton of people parking at Rattlesnake Rock and shuttling back north so maybe you could hitch a ride with somebody.

    I know, hope isn't a great...
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    As you know, nearly all of the great views are on...

    As you know, nearly all of the great views are on the north end, so maybe park there and hike in 10, 15 or 20 miles and then back out.
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    Ha, thanks Grappler! :laugh: I started out...

    Ha, thanks Grappler! :laugh:

    I started out folding it in half, and then half again, but the bundle was too big. Then I folded in half again and it was too small. So the zig-zag was the...
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    Being no-hardware, the first consideration for me...

    Being no-hardware, the first consideration for me is good holding power with simple friction hitches, for which UHMWPE isn't good. With Glowire, a simple 2-wrap Midshipman's hitch doesn't slip.
    ...
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    If I ever did a long hike where GtG was very likely I'd also carry some sort of ground option. I did that at Baxter a couple of years ago and the first couple of days it annoyed me to no end that I...
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    It's not a bad idea to have 100' of cord so that...

    It's not a bad idea to have 100' of cord so that you're not caught short. I've found that a 30' ridge line comes in handy after trying somewhat shorter ones that occasionally left me wanting. And...
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    Glad you found something of use. Just have to...

    Glad you found something of use. Just have to make sure they, as well as tarp/cordage, are totally dry before storage at home.

    You're welcome, and I think I'll stick with the tarp topic and...
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    Pitching a square asymmetrically actually makes...

    Pitching a square asymmetrically actually makes the ridgeline longer (see Pythagoras:cool:) but at the expense of side coverage.
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    LOL heck yeah, loops with Blake's hitch on the...

    LOL heck yeah, loops with Blake's hitch on the tarp D-rings are DA BOMB! :laugh:
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    Video: How I fold my tarp

    Having followed various threads the past few years involving tarps, my sense is that I'm part of the minority of people who don't use the very popular snake skins.

    I'm aware of the various...
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    I use 2mm. 30' for ridgeline and 6' each for...

    I use 2mm. 30' for ridgeline and 6' each for guylines. So by that spec the cord weight should be a tick over 2oz for 54'.

    There are a few places where weight does not trump utility (within...
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    Also lotsa love here for Glowire. Has just the...

    Also lotsa love here for Glowire. Has just the right amount of stiffness to resist tangling and is perfect for tying and holding knots.

    Not as good, but viable, are Kelty Triptease and Atwood...
  35. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that...

    One thing to keep in mind, however, is that options are limited — in most cases extremely limited — because you must hang over the designated tent pad, and at some shelters, such as Pogy Pond, there...
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    Recent related discussion here...

    Recent related discussion here.
  37. When this question comes up it is usually because...

    When this question comes up it is usually because someone is trying to reduce pack weight/volume.

    Other conditions such as rain, snow and temperature are not mentioned, and of course these also...
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    Good question. The main issue most people have...

    Good question. The main issue most people have with UCR is securing the unloaded end of the bury, although there are some easy ways to manage that. When I was experimenting with them I used a simple...
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    I concur with this. Seems to me that people often...

    I concur with this. Seems to me that people often worry too much about getting the angles exact instead of developing a mental picture of what it should look like when it's correct. [/COLOR]
  40. Very impressive test!

    Very impressive test!
  41. Looks good enough! :) I kinda like ugly stuff...

    Looks good enough! :)

    I kinda like ugly stuff that works. Has a charm all its own.
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    For adjusting/tweaking guylines I use Blake's...

    For adjusting/tweaking guylines I use Blake's hitch. Using Lawson Glowire, which holds knots superbly, and DCF tarps with very low stretch, they rarely have to be re-tensioned anyway. Most mornings I...
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    I considered that briefly but I don't sew — at...

    I considered that briefly but I don't sew — at least not with a machine, which would be needed for bar tacking — and the additional hassle of listing/selling/mailing made it not worth it.
  44. I do this, but I wait until late winter / early...

    I do this, but I wait until late winter / early spring when NY pothole season is at its peak... maximum efficiency! :lol:
  45. You can make some combination of cord, shock cord...

    You can make some combination of cord, shock cord (bungee) and mitten hooks to tie them back out of the way, or use them to attach to separate stakes, or criss-cross them to tie to your corner tarp...
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    Kevlar 1.9 and 3.3 have been out of stock...

    Kevlar 1.9 and 3.3 have been out of stock everywhere for some time now.

    I've googled and duckduckgoed it to death and cannot find any info as to why, although it coincides with Covid and most...
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    Trees close together is the issue for me with...

    Trees close together is the issue for me with whoopies.

    If you learn how to make whoopies — and it really isn't hard at all — you can make them with the adjustable bury located as close to the...
  48. I wouldn't remove anything. Toss in a bucket with...

    I wouldn't remove anything. Toss in a bucket with some hot water and Dawn, squish it around, rinse and hang to dry. No rocket surgery involved! :laugh:
  49. Very hard to say because you'll get experienced...

    Very hard to say because you'll get experienced people who are fine using a postage-stamp asym in a hurricane and other people claiming that nothing short of a quonset hut sized tarp with internal...
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    I got the one in this thread...

    I got the one in this thread from years ago... MD Pinnacle. I'm guessing it is long gone.

    Pitches purty. :)

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