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  1. Thanks for your candid review. For the...

    Thanks for your candid review.

    For the additional weight equivalent to one energy bar, a more durable and reliable material is a small price to pay for peace of mind.

    I've seen a Monolite...
  2. (for some reason, only able to post a couple of...

    (for some reason, only able to post a couple of pix at a time...)

    Water was low, but Dutchman's Creek still had some flow and good water quality:
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  3. More pix... At the junction for the start of...

    More pix...

    At the junction for the start of Dutchman's Creek:
    https://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/7/4/1/1/4/bob_uwharries_small.jpg

    Easy living and a quiet, relaxing camp:
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  4. Shortoff (Linville) and Dutchman's Creek (Uwharries) with the phamous Phantom Grappler!

    I drove down to NC last Sunday (10/17) and was honored to spend a few days with none other than Phantom Grappler who was my guide for a quick overnight trip to Shortoff Mountain, which hosts...
  5. Evo loops can also be double girth-hitched...

    Evo loops can also be double girth-hitched (larksheaded) to a webbing loop and they won't come out. I've also done it the way you mention, having the Amsteel loop thru the webbing end loop before...
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    Lol that's a fair bit of uppity-downity....

    Lol that's a fair bit of uppity-downity. Inexperienced flatlanders with heavy packs are guaranteed to suffer! :scared:

    Glad you got to experience first-hand the benefits of a lighter pack. :)
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    ^^^^This^^^ 'Tis me to a T. :laugh: If I...

    ^^^^This^^^

    'Tis me to a T. :laugh:

    If I had to grunt and strain under ponderous loads I simply wouldn't be backpacking any more. Doing a long hike and overnight with full hammock kit and TPW...
  8. Hey Dirtbaghiker, thanks for making a really cool...

    Hey Dirtbaghiker, thanks for making a really cool video (lotta extra work!) and for having MikekiM and me along!

    That is one heckuva hike and one of the few snippets I hadn't done in the...
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    Good tips, Phantom Grappler. Could save some time...

    Good tips, Phantom Grappler. Could save some time for folks just learning the fine points of hammocks and tarps, wondering why their cords are always tangled!

    Generally, very small diameter and...
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    In my view it was a very worthwhile discussion...

    In my view it was a very worthwhile discussion and I actually learned a couple of things that I've added to my 'database'.... 1) good to consider when attaching to trees with fragile bark, and 2)...
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    Sticky: LOL ... but I was thinking more like "Contagion"...

    LOL ... but I was thinking more like "Contagion" !!

    Or, from the Wayback Machine, "The Andromeda Strain"
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    Sticky: Well that's one way to have the lake all to...

    Well that's one way to have the lake all to yourself. :lol:
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    Sticky: I've noticed that WPB shell can also help a lot...

    I've noticed that WPB shell can also help a lot with condensation and is lots better than nothing if actual VB isn't available.

    I like the pants but I'd get more use out of them—being able to...
  14. Good point about shoes/socks... in the long haul,...

    Good point about shoes/socks... in the long haul, shoes are my #1 expense, lasting about 500 to 700 miles, if I'm lucky.

    I was using some thin Wright socks but they wore out after 100-150 miles so...
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    Welcome from downstate NY. :) What are your...

    Welcome from downstate NY. :)

    What are your backpacking goals? There's a huge difference between relatively short jaunts into the woods primarily to camp in luxury with many of the amenities of...
  16. It's good that we have choices. Things are...

    It's good that we have choices. Things are different person to person... some are hard on gear and some are very easy, and there's everything in between. I don't baby my stuff but I also don't abuse...
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    Very lush! Always nice when the sun comes out,...

    Very lush! Always nice when the sun comes out, however, to dry out the gear. :)
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    I'm just going to stay out of the woods...

    I'm just going to stay out of the woods altogether. All I do is burn hydrocarbons all the way there, stress out the animals and damage the trees, and then burn more hydrocarbons going home.

    As for...
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    Some knots you might find useful for no-hardware...

    Some knots you might find useful for no-hardware tarp and hammock suspension. Ideal for Glowire.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbcMPULvtzY
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    Sticky: That is the bottom line for me, at least if...

    That is the bottom line for me, at least if backpacking (likely snowshoeing!). The Lightheart Gear rain jacket and pants being the ideal options for the job, as best I can determine.

    (BB58, I know...
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    Honored to see so much appreciation for the...

    Honored to see so much appreciation for the simple approach!

    I was fooling around with the silly idea of French film noire motif and making it Black&White with some scratches, but my wife nixed...
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    Well stated... lotta truth to that! :cool:

    Well stated... lotta truth to that! :cool:
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    Ha well there's such as thing as carbon fiber...

    Ha well there's such as thing as carbon fiber stakes but here in the NE the rocks would kill them really quickly. :)

    My faves are the Lawson HD Ti shepherd hooks. You can pounditate 'em fairly...
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    LOL Release the inner Gram Weenie!! :lol:

    LOL Release the inner Gram Weenie!! :lol:
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    LOL welcome to America! Where you can fold your...

    LOL welcome to America! Where you can fold your tarp any way you see fit, no matter how wrong!! :laugh:

    Seriously, I found the same thing with speed of deployment and stowing. Best part is no...
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    Now *that* is very nice! :cool:

    Now *that* is very nice! :cool:
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    That's what I noticed as well... there's enough...

    That's what I noticed as well... there's enough room to smoosh it a good deal flatter after putting it into the stuff sack.
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    Congrats on finding the groove. Now, a nice,...

    Congrats on finding the groove. Now, a nice, fiddle-free hang every time!
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    LOL yeah I have a few choice words for that one!...

    LOL yeah I have a few choice words for that one! :laugh:
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    I hope you like it! When first figuring out...

    I hope you like it!

    When first figuring out this process, I did a fair bit of wrestling with the tarp until duh! it dawned upon me to leave one end attached! :rolleyes: I had been draping it over...
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    I hope you like it! When first figuring out...

    I hope you like it!

    When first figuring out this process, I did a fair bit of wrestling with the tarp until duh! it dawned upon me to leave one end attached! :rolleyes:
  32. Thread: JetBoil Pot

    by cmoulder
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    PM on the way.

    PM on the way.
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    Thanks for watching it, and I hope you found...

    Thanks for watching it, and I hope you found something useful. :)
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    Sticky: This^^^^ Dutch sells the 2QZQ UQP and that's...

    This^^^^

    Dutch sells the 2QZQ UQP and that's the only place they're now available. They're made of Argon 90, which is a breathable material.
  35. Thread: JetBoil Pot

    by cmoulder
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    I have a brand new MiniMo pot if that would...

    I have a brand new MiniMo pot if that would work... $15 shipped.
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    I'll be doing another overnighter tomorrow (Fri,...

    I'll be doing another overnighter tomorrow (Fri, 10/1) if anyone else wants to do a nice hike-n-hang.

    I'm up for a hike anywhere from 8 to 18 miles, depending on ability/desires of others who...
  37. Welcome to HF! We have an Ultra Lite Gear...

    Welcome to HF!

    We have an Ultra Lite Gear subforum accessible for donating members ($10/yr) wherein we discuss all things UL.

    Looking at the few items listed in your member info, it appears...
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    That sounds ideal. I've no experience with WB but...

    That sounds ideal. I've no experience with WB but I know they recommend significantly higher foot end that just about anybody 'out there.' And the light tension in the SRL means less stress on the...
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    Looking forward to your impressions! I'd say...

    Looking forward to your impressions!

    I'd say the #1 obstacle to success is getting the height correct, which can lead to tying and re-tying to tweak.

    My secret for getting this right or at...
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    Indeed, I've been using it for a few years now,...

    Indeed, I've been using it for a few years now, and while I like to dabble and experiment with other methods I've yet to find anything better for my needs.
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    Ha, that's it! And the sheer simplicity of it...

    Ha, that's it! And the sheer simplicity of it holds enormous appeal for a minimalist. :)
  42. Mega kudos... no small feat to backpack one of...

    Mega kudos... no small feat to backpack one of the toughest regions in the NE starting from scratch! :cool:
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    Great report! You guys were really 'charmed' to...

    Great report! You guys were really 'charmed' to have encountered such a string of nice days. :)
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    Yes, I cut mine down to 10' and melted with a...

    Yes, I cut mine down to 10' and melted with a butane lighter. No problems.

    With Kevlar you must fold the end and bar tack.

    It takes a while to develop confidence in the Lapp Hitch, that's for...
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    Definitely only for hammock, tarp and other...

    Definitely only for hammock, tarp and other camping applications!:cool:
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    Haha, I came up with that mnemonic when showing a...

    Haha, I came up with that mnemonic when showing a friend how to tie it, and he instantly 'got it' and to this day remembers it even if he hasn't tied it in months. I wish there was one like that for...
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    ViDEO: A Few Simple Knots

    In my Tarp folding video thread I mentioned that I would get around to making a video that demonstrates the few simple knots that I use, and here it is! Do not expect Shug-like production quality,...
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    I did a separate thread for this, but here's the...

    I did a separate thread for this, but here's the YT link:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbcMPULvtzY
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    Looks like a fun little trip! Beautiful area and...

    Looks like a fun little trip! Beautiful area and great job capturing it in your photos.:cool:

    A few times I've also had that experience of helping with beta on an area I know, thereby motivating...
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    And perhaps a check-up from the neck up. :cool:

    And perhaps a check-up from the neck up. :cool:
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