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  1. Good info

    You are correct that the best approach would be to bring the warmer bag. But a good portion of my pleasure in planning a trip is to think through everything I bring to make sure it is perfectly...
  2. Depending on the information source, people...

    Depending on the information source, people suggest a 5 to 10 degree perceived warmth enhancement from the VBL. The other big plus is the prevention of moisture accumulation in the bag on multiple...
  3. Vapor barrier liner @ 35 degrees to extend 40 degree bag usefulness?

    I'm planning a trip during which the night time temperatures might dip to 35 degrees or so. I would like to bring my ultralight zapacks down bag, which is rated for 40 degrees, rather than bring my...
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    I forgot to mention that you will find...

    I forgot to mention that you will find mostly-reliable hand-pump water sources at each of the hiker/biker camp sites. These are injected with iodine and certified by the trail people as drinkable. It...
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    C&O info

    A week on the C&O makes me think you are backpacking. I ride the entire C&O/Great Allegheny Passsage from DC to Pittsburgh in five days, so a week on the C&O indicates backpacking to me rather than...
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    4x4 should be plenty strong with 30 degree angle

    I got stuck on a recent bike tour camping one night where the only option was one big tree and one very slender tree that was hardly more than a sapling. I felt terrible subjecting the tree to risk...
  7. Hammocking along Erie Canal Trail at campsites? Info?

    Sorry for cross-posting, but since the bikepacking forum is for donating members only, I figured I'd post this here, too. Can anybody share info about hammocking at the campsites along the entire...
  8. Brilliant. I'm astounded that I hadn't thought of...

    Brilliant. I'm astounded that I hadn't thought of that, since I'm a Marlin Spike man for my suspension. Thanks. Great idea, and super quick to set and release. Hallelujah.
  9. Need easy-release knot to shorten ridgeline without removing ridgeline

    I've got a fixed-length ridgeline that came with my BIAS 11-foot double-layer hammock. I use a z-packs cuben fiber hammock tarp with doors. The tarp is sufficient to cover the hammock. However, in...
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    nano versus weight weenie

    I own both. I am an ultralight backpacker, kayak camper and bicycle tourist. Minimal weight and minimal bulk are very important to me. I have been a happy Nano 7 owner for a few years. I ditched the...
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    Loving my BIAS Weight Weenie Micro

    As an ultralight devotee, I had been using a GT Nano 7 without the carabiners and with dynaglide whoopies, straps and toggles. At 5 ft 10 and 155 pounds, I find the Nano 7 comfortable, and in super...
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    lightest double-layer hammocks?

    Can somebody rattle off a list of double-layer hammocks? I'm looking for the lightest weight double-layer hammock. Just the hammock. No bug net. No suspension. Just the basic hammock. Thanks.
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    Is 30 to 60 nights for dynaglide unusually short life?

    For a 155-pounder who babies his gear, is this wear amount at 30 nights unusual? If as Dutch says I can get another 30 nights, isn't 60 nights still pretty short of a lifespan? I suppose it's only...
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    Are these dynaglide whoopies worn out?

    See pics. Are these dynaglide whoopies worn out? I have probably 30 hanging nights in them. I'm 155 pounds and try to be very gentle with my gear. But these look a bit dangerous to me. Is it normal...
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    ask papa smurf

    You should ask papa smurf, since he is a bug sock maker and offers various fabrics. I ordered two from him in his lightest fabric (can't remember which fabric but he could tell you what he offers),...
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    love my kodak playsport

    I kayak and backpack. My Kodak Playsport first generation has worked well for me for hundreds of rough kayaking adventures, backpacking, swimming in the ocean and in lakes, car camping, parties, etc....
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    Sticky: Any chance for a Micro in cuben?

    Any chance for a Micro in cuben?
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    I'm 5ft 10, 155 pounds, male, age 49, with a...

    I'm 5ft 10, 155 pounds, male, age 49, with a winter base weight of about 7 pounds. Maybe I'm odd, but I find my Grand Trunk Nano 7 very comfortable. My only other hammocks are Byer Moskito Travelers,...
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    downside to locator devices

    I solo'd 20 nights in 2011. For those nights when I'm out of cell range -- which was about 10 of the 20, I brought a Spot 2 satellite locator. This keeps my girlfriend reasonably happy. However, I...
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    20 degrees

    If the bag is truly good for 20, then for sure 20. But my experience is totally based on using a thin ccf pad -- the blue el cheapo variety. I have no thermarest experience.

    Use hiking clothing...
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    velcro worth the weight?

    Why add the weight and bulk of velcro? On most tarps with doors, in most typical pitches with the doors shut, there is plenty of overlap to block all but the most gale-force winds. Personally, I...
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    SRL required to pitch tarp to ground

    Want to pitch your tarp sides touching the ground for winter protection? You pretty much have to have a structural ridge line to do so unless the trees are precisely positioned for your particular...
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    nacrabiner

    Use a nacrabiner. Ultralight. Won't cause injury if a RL break launches it.
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    Turkey. Turkey has less water content than the...

    Turkey. Turkey has less water content than the ham panini that the restaurant also sells, and therefore weighs less, so I went with the turkey.

    (just joking -- although now that I think of it, I...
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    7 pounds, 18 degrees, toasty

    Did a quick after-work hike up Cove Mountain and slept toasty at 18 degrees. 7 pound pack, plus the weight of a panini sandwich and water bottle in my pocket, for dinner.
    Osprey Hornet 46 pack...
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    7 pound winter pack

    Osprey Hornet pack without lid. Sierra Designs 15 degree Nitro down bag. Grand Trunk Nano 7 with whoppies, straps and toggles on marlin spike hitches. Bag pulled around hammock. Zpacks hammock tarp...
  27. Thread: Cuben Tarps

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    cuben tarp will stuff better soon

    Your cuben tarp will be easier to stuff the more often you stuff it. When new, they are pretty stiff. Spinnaker is similar in its stuffing difficulty compared to silnylon. But it sure is worth it...
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    Well summarized. Nice

    Well summarized. Nice
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    Sticky: Moto rapido means "fast motorcycle" in Italian or...

    Moto rapido means "fast motorcycle" in Italian or Spanish. For years I operated a shop restoring vintage 1950s and 1960s Vespa and Lambretta motorscooters and 1950s Italian one-lunger motorcycles and...
  30. seeking slipery pad coating

    I am quite comfortable sleeping on a cut-down blue ccf pad in my hammocks, except that my clothing tends to stick to the pad and make it difficult to shift my body around without pulling the pad into...
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    gap in the peapod?

    As somebody mentioned, due to the small size/narrow width of the Nano 7, it probably creates less of a trough than a wider hammock would. I am able to fully zip the bag and then adjust the hood...
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    diagonal lay

    Since I solo hike, I can't photograph myself in the rig unless I would set my camera on timer and then run around like the three stooges in time to get in the bag before the camera flashes. I will...
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    3.26 pound winter sleep system, baby!

    Attention all gram weenies. Here is proof that winter hammock camping can qualify as ULTRALIGHT. Here is my setup.

    I use a down mummy bag pulled peapod style around my hammock. This works for me...
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    OK. I've visited the zpacks site. The two tarps...

    OK. I've visited the zpacks site. The two tarps you are considering weigh either 3.7 ounces or 4.3 ounces. My zpacks cuben with doors is 6.5 ounces without ridge and guylines. At just 2.2 or 2.8...
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    go zpacks cuben hammock tarp with doors

    I would strongly suggest the zpacks cuben hammock tarp with doors. OK. It's expensive. But it's cuben, so it's ultralight. Now, because it is so ultralight, splurge and get this big tarp with doors....
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    sleeping bag peapods rule

    I use my down mummy bags as peapods year-round. A 40 degree bag works great in spring and summer. A 15 degree bag has taken me comfortably down to 5 degrees in windy winter nights, with some...
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    tarp to the ground so I don't have to be!

    It's good to give back a little knowledge to those on this site who have given so much to me. I'm planning and scheming and dreaming of a March adventure in West Virginia's Dolly Sods wilderness, and...
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    how to pitch to the ground

    OK, I have the zpacks cuben hammock tarp with doors. Ridgeline 11 feet, 12.2 feet length measured at doors, 8.5 foot width. So mine is a little bigger than what you're working with. I'm hanging a...
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    Right, VBLs and hammock socks are completely...

    Right, VBLs and hammock socks are completely different beasts, but if evaluating benefit/weight and deciding on one versus the other, I'd go VBL. For more than overnight trips, keeping sweat moisture...
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    Cuben VBL instead of a sock

    What do you guys think? Does this weight / warmth comparison make sense?

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    Get a vapor barrier liner made of cuben fiber, from zpacks http://zpacks.com/accessories/cloudliner.shtml

    It...
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    knotty's solomon bar knot nacrabiner?

    Hey, Knotty, question about your solomon bar knot closure on the nacrabiner that you pictured in the recent thread that got bumped about my nacrabiner jam-up. A regular nacrabiner is...
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    Sticky: I'll sleep in vapor barrier tonight at 19 degrees

    I will be solo hanging tonight on a local mountain ridge at about 18 to 20 degrees F. My backpack weighs 7.3 pounds loaded with my winter sleep setup and all gear. Nano 7 with 15 degree down bag...
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    ultralight guyline no-tangle system ideas?

    Who can offer the most reliable no-tangle storage system for tarp guylines? Iím an ultralight guy, so I donít want to add any weight to my gear. But Iíve spent so much time untangling guylines that...
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    [QUOTE=motorapido;586505]I splurged and had one...

    [QUOTE=motorapido;586505]I splurged and had one constructed from cuben fiber. I think Zpacks made it for me. Canít remember.

    Update. Yes, it was zpacks. Here is the link to the product. Amazingly...
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    I find it easy to get into the VBL. It is shaped...

    I find it easy to get into the VBL. It is shaped like a mummy bag, cut closely to my body dimensions so there isn't much spare material. I keep it balled up inside the sleeping bag, which is pulled...
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    [QUOTE=MacEntyre;586486]Read the writeup at the...

    [QUOTE=MacEntyre;586486]Read the writeup at the link that OldGringo posted above (repeated here).

    Also see the post I just made this morning about using a VBL at 28 degrees. Love it. Have used it...
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    Vapor barrier liner report

    Havenít tried a vapor barrier liner in your sleep system yet? Want to sleep warmer in colder temperatures? Want to keep your downís loft high? Donít want to lug an extra pound or two or three of...
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    I also bought a custom cuben fiber vapor barrier...

    I also bought a custom cuben fiber vapor barrier liner for my sleeping bag from zpacks. I believe that one night this past March in about 15 degrees I slept in smartwool top and bottoms, inside the...
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    I solo camp mostly, so I can't photograph or...

    I solo camp mostly, so I can't photograph or video myself while in the bag. I feel like I can get a very comfortable diagonal lay, although it sort of defies physics since the bag has limited...
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    tips on mummy coccoon

    Mummy cocoon tips. Doesn't fit in "weather protection" or the top or bottom insulation message boards, so I'm going with the general board.

    After spending about 15 nights hanging last year and 21...
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