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    OK, now you've gone and reminded me that I forgot...

    OK, now you've gone and reminded me that I forgot my Jack Daniel's last night. The campfire and cigar were good, though.

    And I drove over Bear Mountain Bridge on the way home this morning. It is a...
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    Sorry, clearly I misunderstood! :(

    Sorry, clearly I misunderstood! :(
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    Indeed, all in good fun. I'm UL now but I've...

    Indeed, all in good fun. I'm UL now but I've carried my share of heavy packs over the decades, and there's no more fervent preacher than the sinner saved. :laugh:
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    To be clear, RR, BMBH and the like (incl some of...

    To be clear, RR, BMBH and the like (incl some of JB's Towns End) are not technically bridge hammocks—as JB once explained—but spreader bar hammocks.

    And although I am not a bridge/spreader bar...
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    lol I was typing my missive as JB was posting...

    lol I was typing my missive as JB was posting his! :laugh:

    So I guess I'm that UL jerk. :lol: OK, I admit I was cringing at the mention of the BA modular system.

    To be fair, however, I only...
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    First, decide whether you want to go with a GE or...

    First, decide whether you want to go with a GE or bridge.

    If you decide to go with GE, simply get a lightweight setup, including UQ, and add an air mat to it. There are very few people who are...
  7. What you say about "Push your butt rearward, 'up...

    What you say about "Push your butt rearward, 'up the wall'" is, if I'm understanding correctly, achieved by having the foot end of the hammock higher. IIRC, the theory is that this is because most of...
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    I am using 2mm but some people prefer 2.5 or 3mm....

    I am using 2mm but some people prefer 2.5 or 3mm. (The cord in the photo above with the mooring hitch is some unknown 3mm, not Glowire, that came with the tent, which is a MLD Duomid.)

    My guess...
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    But you are right... look to people from cold...

    But you are right... look to people from cold climes to come up with easy knots... like the Lapp knot!
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    Haha, lotsa good ways to skin this cat! I also...

    Haha, lotsa good ways to skin this cat!

    I also like the stick and rock when I forget my stakes, which has happened exactly once in the last 25 years or so! I like your spiral idea, although I used...
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    Blake's hitch remains tied to the tarp D-rings so...

    Blake's hitch remains tied to the tarp D-rings so there's really nothing to tie after the initial rigging to tarp. I'm a firm believer in leaving ridge and guy lines attached to tarp. It's one less...
  12. TQ can be fudged easily by wearing down parka and...

    TQ can be fudged easily by wearing down parka and pants. I've used an optimistically rated 20°F top quilt down to -6°F this way.

    UQ not so easy to push.
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    For a deadman, use a stick and tie a mooring...

    For a deadman, use a stick and tie a mooring hitch to secure the guy line to the stake, leaving the tail exposed when burying. Yank the tail and it comes right out. If you use any kind of hardware,...
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    I've been using Blake's hitch...

    I've been using Blake's hitch with Lawson Glowire for a few years with no problems. It stays tied at the tarp end so no need to re-tie, and I use MSH at the stake end.
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  15. You have received good advice above! An...

    You have received good advice above!

    An additional thing to consider if you're going to be out for several nights consecutively in extreme cold is the build-up of moisture. Over time, humid vapor...
  16. You're probably going to get at least some...

    You're probably going to get at least some condensation, so test in an easy in/out location before committing to take it deep into the hills. Some people claim buckets of condensation, some get...
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    It's ironic how the most prevalent problem in...

    It's ironic how the most prevalent problem in winter is overheating! Must vent/peel at the first sign of warmth.

    I'm glad for you and at the same time jealous that you have snow. :laugh:
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    I use 10' hammocks and 11' tarps so that...

    I use 10' hammocks and 11' tarps so that definitely should be taken into consideration.

    I did a hang once with a tree distance of about 11' (Copper Lake, Cascades) and it took a bit of "field...
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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.
  21. 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...
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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...
  26. 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....
  27. 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...
  30. 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...
  31. 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...
  34. 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...
  35. 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...
  37. 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...
  38. 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...
  40. 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...
  42. 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...
  43. 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...
  44. 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:
  45. Thanks... was thinking about doing the Escarpment...

    Thanks... was thinking about doing the Escarpment earlier but was pretty sure water would be a problem.
  46. 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.
  47. 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...
  50. 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...
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