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  1. Fantastic hike and superb video! The trails...

    Fantastic hike and superb video!

    The trails appeared to be in very good shape... not a lot of blowdowns?

    Indeed, those nasty days can be the most memorable... as long as every day isn't like...
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    LOL yeah the whole park is a natural haven for...

    LOL yeah the whole park is a natural haven for snakes.

    Glad you mentioned Timp... an amazing locale and I haven't camped there in quite a while... hmmmm.
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    Durn straight! You can get 'em on ebay next week...

    Durn straight! You can get 'em on ebay next week for $15 apiece. :laugh:
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    Dang, I love Lawson's but these are probably the...

    Dang, I love Lawson's but these are probably the new default.

    I hope I don't need them for a while... I haven't lost one in a good long time, but of course just saying that is the kiss of death.
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    Yikes, I thought perhaps it was just the HDs, but...

    Yikes, I thought perhaps it was just the HDs, but even the skinny ones are kaput... :(
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    Lawson doesn't show ANY Ti shepherd hooks on his...

    Lawson doesn't show ANY Ti shepherd hooks on his website!

    The HDs have been my favorite for a while so this a bit alarming. :scared:

    Thankfully I have a good supply but it's still not good...
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    There's a cure for that: ...

    There's a cure for that:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V_hCqO6UQs
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    Perhaps this is why people who car camp seem to...

    Perhaps this is why people who car camp seem to revert to Tensahedron and other external frame solutions for no-tree venues.

    As a primarily (99.74%) backpacker doing dispersed/stealth camping at...
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    Yep, I don't see myself ever going back. Maybe if...

    Yep, I don't see myself ever going back. Maybe if I lived in The Land of Very Long Hangs. :)
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    Ha — another one! However, I've got the HG and...

    Ha — another one!

    However, I've got the HG and I don't think the cat cut compromises coverage to a significant degree. After all, the catenary arc is only about an inch or so above a straight...
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    Close enough. You done good. :laugh: Just on...

    Close enough. You done good. :laugh:

    Just on 'stuffability' alone you're going to see a huge difference!
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    Whatever the Smurfs recommend. I'm 5-9/170...

    Whatever the Smurfs recommend.

    I'm 5-9/170 (OK, on the way back to 170:rolleyes:) and wanted a 10' Darien. Went with Smurf recommendation of 64" width and Mtn 1.7, and although I've used a fair...
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    What outside shell material? I hope Argon 67...

    What outside shell material? I hope Argon 67 because the shell material has more to do with 'compressibility' and finished weight than the difference in down FP. Although it's great to have both to...
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    I think this is correct... I've had the 1.9...

    I think this is correct... I've had the 1.9 Kevlar (smoother weave) slip in a situation (slipped cow hitch) where 3.3 was rock solid.



    Although Ultimate Hang II has an assortment of the most...
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    If you ever run into a situation where nothing...

    If you ever run into a situation where nothing else seems to work, the J-Bend will. Amsteel-on-Amsteel even.
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    Nothing wrong with that, however you can skip the...

    Nothing wrong with that, however you can skip the slider portion by feeding the non-knot end of the loop through the knotted end and hook it around the knot itself.

    Google "Evo Loop" for further...
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    I have not personally used Dynaweave 2.2, but...

    I have not personally used Dynaweave 2.2, but Warbonnet demo for Becket suggests back-up.

    But personal experience trumps theory. We all have to figure out what is and what ain't. :)

    I...
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    Zpacks appears not to have cat cut.

    Zpacks appears not to have cat cut.
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    Also can vary depending upon what webbing is...

    Also can vary depending upon what webbing is being used. Tpatter's sidebar info says "Straps," and if those are some sort of UHMWPE such as Venom, Spider, Dynaweave or the like, they might very well...
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    You're welcome, and good luck with your project.

    You're welcome, and good luck with your project.
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    Maybe UP insulation...

    Maybe UP insulation from Dutchware...

    As to whether it will be adequate for 20°F, I haven't a clue.

    And welcome to HF! :)
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    LOL! :laugh: At some point you get a feel for...

    LOL! :laugh:

    At some point you get a feel for good enuf!
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    I concur. Quite often it seems that chasing...

    I concur. Quite often it seems that chasing perfection leads to more than a bit of paralysis by analysis.
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    Gotta be careful shortening/lengthening the SRL...

    Gotta be careful shortening/lengthening the SRL with the *asym* (net) Chameleon because it can really mess up the geometry and stress the net.

    I don't know if this applies to the non-asym.
  25. Video HERE (https://youtu.be/i18mJGvewVI?t=293)...

    Video HERE says it's on the side. (Link goes to exact time in video for the discussion!)

    I'm with you... I prefer it in the middle.
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    Yeah, this is really bizarre. Somebody with...

    Yeah, this is really bizarre.

    Somebody with good overall experience needs to evaluate the setup from stem to stern, hammock and clothing.
  27. Thread: Whoopie sling

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    Any standard hammock suspension webbing will work...

    Any standard hammock suspension webbing will work with MSH. Includes any/all polyester, UHMWPE and Kevlar webbing I have tried.
  28. I concur about soft shackles... they're way cool...

    I concur about soft shackles... they're way cool but after they've been loaded, and especially when they're wet, and super-especially when they're frozen, they can be extremely difficult to release.
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    Indeed, mine's usually a bit tight. Nothing to...

    Indeed, mine's usually a bit tight. Nothing to worry about as long as the trees are decent sized and the suspension angle isn't horribly shallow. That's why we have the SRL... for consistent sag...
  30. OK I didn't realize it's a kernmantle cord. I...

    OK I didn't realize it's a kernmantle cord. I suppose you could tie something like 1/2 of a double fisherman's in the tag ends.

    Shouldn't be a load issue with a tarp. I made some Evo loops with...
  31. Not sure exactly what's in the pics, however you...

    Not sure exactly what's in the pics, however you don't cut the tag ends but leave them a couple inches (more or less) long and bury them in the other strands. But maybe there are other ways to do it....
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    This is why I test a bunch to make sure there is...

    This is why I test a bunch to make sure there is zero slippage with the webbing/cordage that is being used with a particular knot for a chosen application.

    When my noggin is hanging over a rock,...
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    As per other comments above, it does knock down...

    As per other comments above, it does knock down the breeze and reduce convective heat loss.

    Depends on the breeze in question, though... 14°F with a 20mph wind and it's going to be practically...
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    Pretty sure that's a Zpacks...

    Pretty sure that's a Zpacks....
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    I'm the same as cmc4free regarding the top cinch...

    I'm the same as cmc4free regarding the top cinch cord... doesn't bother me in the least. It doesn't go over the face anyway, since the quilt is cinched around the shoulders/neck and not over the top...
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    Also remember that the 'ideal' 30° suspension...

    Also remember that the 'ideal' 30° suspension angle is with the hammock loaded, so if you're doing the initial hang at 30° then it will likely be significantly steeper after you sit in it and the...
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    The strategy I use in the winter is to sleep in...

    The strategy I use in the winter is to sleep in my down parka AND down pants (Montbell TEC) which permits me to carry a lighter TQ. I have an older 20deg Enigma, and, as you have observed, the...
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    Ha, well maybe there's more to it than meets the...

    Ha, well maybe there's more to it than meets the eye. There's never any follow-up or 'after action' report on these things.

    But hyping the danger and drama is the stock-in-trade for "news" people.
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    It really isn't much more complicated than using...

    It really isn't much more complicated than using the hammock tarp as a ground tarp.

    Here's a pic of a dedicated ground tarp (HMG Echo) being used with a prototype of the bivy my friend made for...
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    They talk about how remote and inaccessible that...

    They talk about how remote and inaccessible that location is, but I'm pretty sure I've seen 4-wheeler tracks going right up to the shelter, which is only 300-400 meters from that waypoint. :rolleyes:...
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    LOL starting to think I am just fat, dumb, happy...

    LOL starting to think I am just fat, dumb, happy and blind. :lol:

    Safe to say I'm not packing my fears.

    But I have seen some of those big rat snakes over the years... this one near Wildcat...
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    In that case I'd do it just as Shug does in his...

    In that case I'd do it just as Shug does in his GtG video with a hammock. If I knew that GtG was a certainty, the only extra things I'd carry are my 10.4oz 47" x 25" air mat and 1.6oz pillow. And...
  43. That's the biggest factor... compressing the...

    That's the biggest factor... compressing the lower insulation. With that combo I would have been absolutely miserable and freezing.

    While I don't doubt that the modified CDT underquilts work well...
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    I wouldn't knock it until I tried it, but I will...

    I wouldn't knock it until I tried it, but I will say that it seems to address problems I don't have. I have a meme buried deep in my head somewhere that absolutely abhors unnecessary foofy-faffyness....
  45. Thread: Incubator

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    Sounds within reason, especially if shell...

    Sounds within reason, especially if shell material is 20D-ish and down FP is 800-ish.

    I'm not sure when HG branched into Econ and Premium lines, so that might've been the norm at the time.
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    Well if it hadn't been for MikekiM spotting those...

    Well if it hadn't been for MikekiM spotting those rattlers—that I walked right past without even noticing!—a couple of years ago I wouldn't have had a rattlesnake sighting at all the last few years!...
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    Wow, what a great trip! Now I'm inspired to get...

    Wow, what a great trip! Now I'm inspired to get out and do the end to end.

    Very impressed that your son did the whole thing as well! :cool:
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    I keep getting tempted by this but have not yet...

    I keep getting tempted by this but have not yet mustered the courage to pull the trigger.

    I have a ~5.5oz Montbell down jacket, so thus far the dual-purpose quilt is a niche too far.
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    LOL if ever yer gunna play hooky, now is the...

    LOL if ever yer gunna play hooky, now is the time!! :laugh:

    I think it's getting too cool for rattlers' tastes... I didn't see any this year, in fact. I did intercept a couple of ticks crawling up...
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    Still primo for about another week or so! :cool:

    Still primo for about another week or so! :cool:
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