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    Never been, but it might be worth an e-mail to...

    Never been, but it might be worth an e-mail to the organizers. I'm sure someone over there has an idea of what conditions are like.
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    Eh, I've yet to have any trouble, and I fairly...

    Eh, I've yet to have any trouble, and I fairly frequently camp in front country areas by bicycle.

    That being said, I don't really leave anything loose around the campsite that casual thieves...
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    For me, mucous membrane contact. I would prefer...

    For me, mucous membrane contact. I would prefer to avoid anything leaching out of the cloth to not be in contact with my mucous membranes (mouth, nose, eyes, other spots), as those are the most...
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    As long as you have a room that you can close up...

    As long as you have a room that you can close up and keep closed, so that the cats can't get at the gear, it's easy enough. A box or floor fan helps with drying time, for sure.

    I've been treating...
  5. I would avoid the pad and make a poncho liner...

    I would avoid the pad and make a poncho liner underquilt (PLUQ) for the temperatures you're talking about. That'd run you ~$30 in materials, doesn't need to be sewn (links below for directions), and...
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    For compression, high fill power (850+) down is...

    For compression, high fill power (850+) down is unbeatable. Synthetics just don't compress well, even Climashield APEX and Primaloft Gold (the two most compressible ones on the market currently).
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    While many folks find that ENO's offerings work...

    While many folks find that ENO's offerings work for them, I've never been able to get comfortable in less than a 10'6" long hammock and find that an 11' long by 56"+ is the true secret to comfort. ...
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    Also, check out the calculator located in this...

    Also, check out the calculator located in this thread. It does pretty much everything you need to plan out a differentially cut down underquilt and even gives estimated finished weight, cost, and...
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    A single layer of 100 wt fleece (the most common...

    A single layer of 100 wt fleece (the most common type of fleece sold in places like JoAnne Fabrics) would give you an additional ~5* to ~10* of warmth, in my experience. You'd still want a shell on...
  10. I can see as how you'd get that impression, but...

    I can see as how you'd get that impression, but I'm still a lot more open than a bivy set up. Porch mode is possible, even desirable, as long as things aren't coming down too hard. And I go...
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    More than likely. I'm pretty sure that lilricky...

    More than likely. I'm pretty sure that lilricky had a set up like that, where he put some kind of attachment point onto his straps so that he only had to hang up one set of straps on the trees.
    ...
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    Wear a pair of socks to bed, if you're really...

    Wear a pair of socks to bed, if you're really worried about it. Ninety percent of the time, you're going to have your feet in the footbox of your top quilt or sleeping bag anyway; that'll stop any...
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    A large portion of the problem that you're...

    A large portion of the problem that you're encountering is caused by the dimensions of the hammock, not the lack of a net. Yes, a net would keep your feet in--unless you ripped the net, which is...
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    Anything you would need for standard backpacking,...

    Anything you would need for standard backpacking, plus your hammock, your tarp, and your top and bottom insulation. Really, the only thing that changes from ground-dwelling to hammocking is your...
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    The 1" straps are nationwide in the US National...

    The 1" straps are nationwide in the US National Forest system, where national forests allow hammocks.

    The 2" straps are FL state parks specific (and are required for both hammock and tarp). I've...
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    Sorry...I missed that this was for an underquilt....

    Sorry...I missed that this was for an underquilt. While the ARGON is still a wonderful fabric, M50 (from Thru-Hiker) is more wind and water resistant. I'd recommend that for the outer shell of your...
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    MSH would probably be easiest. If you use a mini...

    MSH would probably be easiest. If you use a mini 'biner as the toggle (this is okay, since it's not a life-bearing application), you can still use Dejoha's method for attaching the tarp. Otherwise,...
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    You do not want waterproof fabric for a quilt. ...

    You do not want waterproof fabric for a quilt. Waterproof fabric will cause you to wake up in a pool of sweat. You want breathable fabric; this helps pass moisture through the quilt and out into...
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    I'm a fan of Dejoha's technique using hardware...

    I'm a fan of Dejoha's technique using hardware. It requires an initial investment, but it's the easiest way to hang an hammock tarp that I've found.
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    State parks require 2" straps for both hammocks...

    State parks require 2" straps for both hammocks and tarps, and they require you to hang from trees that are a minimum of 12" diameter at chest height. This is spelled out under the "Camping Rigs"...
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    My solution for cutting weight here in FL during...

    My solution for cutting weight here in FL during the summer months (when it doesn't dip below ~60* F) is to carry a poncho/undercover and use a tiny asym diamond tarp. I stuff a space blanket into...
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    Welcome from Gainesville! If you've got any...

    Welcome from Gainesville!

    If you've got any questions, feel free to PM me or ask here. I'll do my best to steer you in the direction of information!

    Welcome to the forums!
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    Mmm...I've seen both close-up, and you'd still...

    Mmm...I've seen both close-up, and you'd still need a decent underquilt with the Clark for temperatures between freezing and ~70* F. That's another ~$200+. Given that Jeremy is offering a...
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    Yep. My first thru attempt (with FireInMyBones)...

    Yep. My first thru attempt (with FireInMyBones) failed due, in part, to 100+ F temperatures. July is not the best month to attempt the FHT.

    Forgot to include my links for trip reports...

    My...
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    I found Ramblinrev's advice on how to choose a...

    I found Ramblinrev's advice on how to choose a sewing machine very helpful. It's located here.

    Also, his beginner series on how to sew was very helpful. It can be found here.

    For materials,...
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    Personally, I carry longer straps (and have...

    Personally, I carry longer straps (and have needed them on occasion); 7' is the minimum I'd bring to Ocala (lots of longleaf pines there, and those can get fairly big around). But there you can use...
  27. Don't know about Orlando proper, but there are...

    Don't know about Orlando proper, but there are several areas around central FL where hanging is not only okay but wonderful.

    Ocala National Forest has multiple campgrounds and the whole forest is...
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    All of the advice you've gotten so far is very...

    All of the advice you've gotten so far is very good. Mine isn't going to be a specific recommendation as to an hammock, tarp, insulation system, etc. Instead, it's going to be general...

    Think...
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    Personally, I used the stock Hennessy lashing to...

    Personally, I used the stock Hennessy lashing to attach a pair of descending rings on each end of my Explorer Ultralight back when I was using that. Then I ran a strap through 'em. Not the...
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    Assuming that you can hang the SS undercover...

    Assuming that you can hang the SS undercover loosely enough (I've never used one, so this is just based on my own DIY sil undercover and down underquilt experience), yes, you can supplement with an...
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    Both very good points. In case it wasn't...

    Both very good points.

    In case it wasn't clear, the heat engine of your body is reliant upon your metabolism, which is higher when you're doing work and lower when you're not. This is why you...
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    I do have them, four of them (enough for one...

    I do have them, four of them (enough for one hammock). PM me your information, and I'll get them out to you by Tuesday night. I'll let you know what shipping came to (I'll be using the cheapest...
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    I've been using one as my primary top insulation...

    I've been using one as my primary top insulation for a couple of years. I've found, for me, that it's good in an hammock down into the low 40s. On the ground, I can extend that to about freezing...
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    Let us know how it works for you!

    Let us know how it works for you!
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    I did 15 to 22 miles a day, and it wrecked my...

    I did 15 to 22 miles a day, and it wrecked my knees pretty badly. I'm good for 20 to 30 miles on the flat and 15 to 20 in the mountains normally.

    This trail subscribes to the "switchbacks are for...
  36. It's a DIY poncho, sized to my hammock by width...

    It's a DIY poncho, sized to my hammock by width (55") and myself by length (78"). I attach it via bra hooks (my hammock has several eyes on 3/4" elastic at strategic points; my underquilt attaches...
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    I sincerely doubt the latter part; your designs...

    I sincerely doubt the latter part; your designs are generally much more thought-out than mine. You might be right about the former, but typing fast (in standard English, at...
  38. Which makes sense, if you're not dual-using your...

    Which makes sense, if you're not dual-using your UQP as a poncho. Yes, that introduces potential condensation issues...however, those can be solved with an additional ~1 oz space blanket or sheet of...
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    Forum member hangnout did a couple of those a...

    Forum member hangnout did a couple of those a ways back.

    Link to his summer version: https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/3918-Hybrid-1-2-LW-UQ-Climashield-amp-Down

    Link to his...
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    Also, I highly recommend the AntiGravityGear...

    Also, I highly recommend the AntiGravityGear Pocket Profile Map of the trail.

    While the official FHT map is good for planning and if you want to go off-trail, the Pocket Profile is really all that...
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    What you'll need: A way to stay off of the...

    What you'll need:

    A way to stay off of the ground (suspension).
    A way to keep dry (tarp and tarp suspension).
    A way to stay warm (insulation, both top and bottom).


    For suspension, the...
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    Before you purchase, give me 24 hours to search...

    Before you purchase, give me 24 hours to search my gear box. I'm pretty sure I have four of those (the ones that DIY Gear Supply sells) that're collecting dust. If I can find 'em, I'll send 'em to...
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    An asym diamond tarp is always going to be at...

    An asym diamond tarp is always going to be at least a little floppy, due to the lack of a ridgeline. Cat cutting it isn't going to fix that, and it is going to ensure that you have less coverage...
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    A 0* should be okay for all four seasons near...

    A 0* should be okay for all four seasons near you.

    If things get above ~60*, it may be worth just getting an underquilt protector or poncho and rigging it up underneath you with a crumpled-up...
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    It's a matter of personal preference, as so much...

    It's a matter of personal preference, as so much is with this particular endeavor. Some folks like 'em, some folks don't think they need 'em.

    Personally, I fall into the latter category. I don't...
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    Same thread here. As far as I know, the only...

    Same thread here. As far as I know, the only reason to use a different thread in the bobbin, at least for gear making, is for color accents. And, even then, I'd probably still use the same type of...
  47. If you truly wish to save on component weight,...

    If you truly wish to save on component weight, this is the safest method. It requires more fiddling to set up, but it won't drop you in the middle of the night the way that a mini 'biner might.
    ...
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    Here's a good chart from Dream Hammocks that...

    Here's a good chart from Dream Hammocks that figures comfort rating by fabric weight and layers: http://www.dream-hammock.com/ComfortRating.html

    Hope it helps!
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    National parks require straps for the hammock,...

    National parks require straps for the hammock, but not the tarp--and they don't have a set rule (as far as I know) as to the width of the strap. 1" works just fine, and at least some of the...
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    Yep. Excerpt from the official FSP rules website...

    Yep. Excerpt from the official FSP rules website:

    "Hammock camping rigs and any other associated lines may be attached to trees that are minimum of 12 inches in diameter measured at chest height...
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