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  1. I did pretty much the same hike you are doing a...

    I did pretty much the same hike you are doing a few years back with the exception of going North-South. It was a nice week-long ramble, I stayed near shelters each night (my buddies stayed in the...
  2. Yep, 15' is a good length. Over here on James...

    Yep, 15' is a good length. Over here on James Island, or down on Cumberland Island National Seashore, the trees are REALLY big, so I sometimes have to go even longer than 15'. For mountain hiking...
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    I have done the section from Springer that...

    I have done the section from Springer that crosses the AT northbound several times; it's very nice to be able to avoid the crowds especially in summer. I will say that once we did the BMT northbound...
  4. Thanks for the video! ME, as tough as it is to...

    Thanks for the video! ME, as tough as it is to hike at times is still one of my favorite places to be on the AT....I am looking forward to the rest of your hike.
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    Welcome from James Island. I do know that before...

    Welcome from James Island. I do know that before I lost ~70 lbs and had moderate sleep apnea my hammock was probably the best non-machine sleep that I could get. Even then I would still wake up at...
  6. I think I am around 15 these days, give or take a...

    I think I am around 15 these days, give or take a hammock. But I have been at it since 2004, so that's not really all that many if you stop and think about it. :lol: As addictions go, it's a...
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    Paw Paw reminds me of my Grandpa! Born in 1884,...

    Paw Paw reminds me of my Grandpa! Born in 1884, died in 1974.
  8. Thread: Yeti and Pads

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    Right at 25 degrees by itself (with a leg/foot...

    Right at 25 degrees by itself (with a leg/foot pad in my TQ), in conjunction with a Speer PeaPod around 15 degrees and could have gone even lower as I was VERY warm all night. I am a cold sleeper,...
  9. Thread: Yeti and Pads

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    I just used this exact set up on my recent GSMNP...

    I just used this exact set up on my recent GSMNP end-to-end hike in May due to the fact that I had to be able to potentially sleep in the shelters due to Park regulations. Since the lowest temp...
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    That is basically what I did each night, and it...

    That is basically what I did each night, and it worked perfectly. Since I used a light weight pad (thermarest neoair), it only cost me ~1 lb extra to carry. The night I slept in the shelter I just...
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    He didn't say a word to the tenters, but man did...

    He didn't say a word to the tenters, but man did he hassle anyone that came in/near the shelter. He was so bad that several people were going to write in about his people skills. Most of the true...
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    Well, I did completed a GSMNP end-to-end hike...

    Well, I did completed a GSMNP end-to-end hike (Fontana to Davenport Gap) last month. Here's what happened to me. Night 1 at Mollies Ridge there was a ridgerunner there that was *extremely* zealous...
  13. Great video! That is the next section that I...

    Great video! That is the next section that I have to do once I finish the Smokies, which I will start next weekend. From the sound of it, I should be able to do that section in a long weekend,...
  14. Thread: Warbonnet Yeti

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    I am 6' and have used a 20* Yeti for years. In...

    I am 6' and have used a 20* Yeti for years. In fact, I'll be taking it on a AT/Smokies hike coming up in two weeks. I'll supplement my legs with a pad like everyone else does if it gets cold, but...
  15. Thread: Leave a note

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    That definitely deserves an AAARGH!

    That definitely deserves an AAARGH!
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    I agree with the other poster....I didn't use the...

    I agree with the other poster....I didn't use the snap for a while and then tried it one night when it was really cold. Makes all the difference in the world, and helps keep your shoulders covered...
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    No, just roll with it. I bought my first hammock...

    No, just roll with it. I bought my first hammock 11 years ago and a couple of thousand dollars worth of gear later I am still addicted! Just ordered another set of cinch bugs from Dutch yesterday....
  18. Well, I didn't mention that we had one incident...

    Well, I didn't mention that we had one incident that was pretty funny on our last Standing Indian Loop - we had heard about the bears and decided to do a serious bear bagging exercise. Our Senior...
  19. Another great video, Paul! I've done that loop...

    Another great video, Paul! I've done that loop several times and it's one of my favorites in the SE. I am surprised that you didn't have any bear activity, the last time we hiked it in the spring...
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    I bought these a few years back when they first...

    I bought these a few years back when they first came out. They are my go-to summer set up and work great! They really help getting the pack weight down. I've never tried going below 50* in them,...
  21. Nice build! I keep thinking I need to make the...

    Nice build! I keep thinking I need to make the wife a purple one like that.
  22. Let me add to the growing list of thanks for your...

    Let me add to the growing list of thanks for your report. I've been an AT section hiker for about 10 years now, and recognized some of the spots in your photos. Also, your gear list and ideas on...
  23. Thread: Epiphany!

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    This is so true....no wonder we love it!

    This is so true....no wonder we love it!
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    Couldn't stand it, I ordered mine this morning. ...

    Couldn't stand it, I ordered mine this morning. It will be fun to see who "gets" it when I wear it in public. :cool:
  25. I have been hanging since 2004 and have 15...

    I have been hanging since 2004 and have 15 hammocks. In that time I have sold exactly 1 of my hammocks, a Hennessy Expedition that was my original hammock (sold to a boy scout). I have two out on...
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    Back pain is a tough one, there are several good...

    Back pain is a tough one, there are several good ideas in this thread. I am fused at C5-C6 and have degenerative disc disease in L3-S1. I always sleep better in a hammock, and on my back, which I...
  27. Yeah, I am glad that you had them in stock when I...

    Yeah, I am glad that you had them in stock when I ordered mine. I used my recently-ordered Adutchable's on my last hike and found them a bit fiddly for my taste, this might be just the ticket! Of...
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    Welcome from the Low Country...

    Welcome from the Low Country...
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    Welcome from another Charleston hanger. While I...

    Welcome from another Charleston hanger. While I haven't made it to one of the SC hangs yet, I fully agree that is the best way to learn. If you get stuck trying to figure something out, let me know...
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    BillyBob's answers are the best, by far. I agree...

    BillyBob's answers are the best, by far. I agree with all of his observations, and I'll still always use the PP as a supplement to my normal TQ/UQ system. I've been using a BIAS 11' for the past...
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    I have an older PP from Ed (sewn-thru style)...

    I have an older PP from Ed (sewn-thru style) that's rated to 20 degrees. I have mated it with a HG 20 degree Incubator and gotten it down into the low teens and was HOT, and I am a cold sleeper. I...
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    I tend to agree that there are a LOT more options...

    I tend to agree that there are a LOT more options out there. As a hammocker that still has my original Speer hammock from years ago I tend to collect everything from that Speer to a rare WBBB 1.0...
  33. Wow Dutch, I just this minute got my fleaz and...

    Wow Dutch, I just this minute got my fleaz and fleaz collars done for my Cuben Tarp and you go and add some new stuff...my box 'o Dutch stuff looks like it's going to grow again.... :lol:
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    Thanks for doing this video! I really like the...

    Thanks for doing this video! I really like the cuben tarp tip, I've ordered some fleaz and will be adding them to my HG Cuben tarp. I think it will really help speed up my setup/break down times in...
  35. Patiently waiting for these to be back in stock,...

    Patiently waiting for these to be back in stock, I have a hike in VA on the AT that starts on the 26th and want to use my RR....I have it covered for now using a dutch biner and a small continuous...
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    +1 on the Cub - the perfect size for my rather...

    +1 on the Cub - the perfect size for my rather large head! I have several different others including the Black Rock and the Cub always gets packed every time. I used it this past weekend on an...
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    Cuben Fiber Rain Mitts from Luke's...

    Cuben Fiber Rain Mitts from Luke's Ultralight....I've been waiting to pull the trigger on those for a long while!
  38. Winter Sock (and other associated bling) ordered!...

    Winter Sock (and other associated bling) ordered! :boggle:
  39. Dutch, any update on when the 11' Winter Sock is...

    Dutch, any update on when the 11' Winter Sock is going to be available again?
  40. I am looking forward to a full 11' sock. I've...

    I am looking forward to a full 11' sock. I've used an old Warbonnet 10' sock for the past couple of years and while it works, it's not optimal for an 11' hammock. The amazing thing is how well...
  41. I have 13 hammocks so far (no Dream Hammock yet,...

    I have 13 hammocks so far (no Dream Hammock yet, though) and I can tell you that my WW BIAS goes on every hike with me. I just can't seem to find anything that is more comfortable than that.
  42. I just installed my first set this afternoon on a...

    I just installed my first set this afternoon on a WW Bias. I "re-purposed" a set of older whoopie slings to do it, and that saved me a good bit of time. My first impression was "man these things...
  43. Just ordered a couple of pairs - always looking...

    Just ordered a couple of pairs - always looking for a new way to hang! :)

    Sweeper
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    Awesome video, thanks for sharing!

    Awesome video, thanks for sharing!
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    I hung using pads for a several years before the...

    I hung using pads for a several years before the Jack's came out with their first UQ. I still have those DIY pads and occasionally use them for augmenting on really cold nights, they work well. ...
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    Finally got to hang mine today for the first...

    Finally got to hang mine today for the first time. I too found that you need a thicker pad, an 1.5" Thermarest didn't provide me with any structural support, so I went with a larger version...
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    Mine just came in the mail! No time to set it up...

    Mine just came in the mail! No time to set it up right now, but I hope to get to the hammock lab and set it up soon with pictures! Cool color, it matches one of my old Alpenlite backpacks I have...
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    That's a very important piece of information,...

    That's a very important piece of information, thanks for sharing! Do you think that you'll be able to repair it?
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    I wondered about that tarp, too. I might have to...

    I wondered about that tarp, too. I might have to see about using my Cuben Fiber Tarp with it when I finally get it to reduce the overall weight a bit - if it will work.
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    Still waiting on mine....it's been a monsoon down...

    Still waiting on mine....it's been a monsoon down here in Charleston lately, so I wouldn't be able to set it up anyway for a few days.
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