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  1. Small diameter wooden dowel works for me. Plus, I...

    Small diameter wooden dowel works for me. Plus, I can drill a hole through it for a tether line so the dowel doesn’t walk away. Sure, you can drill a hole in the aluminum shaft, but it’s a little...
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    79 degrees at the end of October! I still have an...

    79 degrees at the end of October! I still have an extra tab on my web browser for the Wallawa River Loop hike someone posted a while back in Trips. It’s a six hour drive; one day to get there, one...
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    “just bury” doesn’t seem exactly right. You can...

    “just bury” doesn’t seem exactly right. You can weave one end through the other before the bury. That isn’t the same as the “bump” method were the ends are turned back 180 degrees and buryed in their...
  4. Yeah but … sag is sag. If your hammock has the...

    Yeah but … sag is sag. If your hammock has the same sag inside as outside, the feel of the hammock should be the same. Despite claims that “The hammock knows…” (and I’m not saying it doesn’t), if you...
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    wbjohn, Is the Tensa Solo conversion kit an extra...

    wbjohn, Is the Tensa Solo conversion kit an extra option for the Tensa 4? Or can you just use one pole of the Tensa 4 - no other hardware needed other than what comes with Tensa 4? Also, do you use...
  6. I’m a little confused about “line loc”. Sometimes...

    I’m a little confused about “line loc”. Sometimes the term seems to mean that triangle plastic thing. Other times, it’s more a flat plastic device, Also ended up with two sizes of those plastic...
  7. I choose SilNylon because where I play,...

    I choose SilNylon because where I play, reliability/robustness has a higher value than light weight. Now that I know Silpoly also comes in ripstop patterns, I may consider that for my next tarp. But...
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    When I first started using a hammock I thought,...

    When I first started using a hammock I thought, “How hard can it be; there are trees everywhere.” Then I discovered they had to be a certain distance apart. And preferably not covered with sap. And...
  9. Here’s some thoughts - the reason we use shock...

    Here’s some thoughts - the reason we use shock cord on Silnylon (and I guess in smaller measure, Silpoly) tarps is they tend to stretch when wet. As such, they loose the taut pitch they started out...
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    JeremyL, Thank you for the great video, ...

    JeremyL, Thank you for the great video,

    Sometime try orienting your tarp parallel to the wind. I used to set up perpendicular and with external pole mod - even panel pulls guyed out - there was a...
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    We are trying to give solutions/suggestions that...

    We are trying to give solutions/suggestions that don’t require new gear - not that there is any thing wrong with that. I’ve heard that some people have more than one hammock or quilt. If you ever get...
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    You can seal the patch, but the holes are were...

    You can seal the patch, but the holes are were the stitching is coming through. If you decide to cover more area, you may need more sealer than was provided. If so, when you buy it, make sure it’s...
  13. I don’t use plastic “hardware” on my ridgeline....

    I don’t use plastic “hardware” on my ridgeline. If I’m going to “lock” on something - it would be a metal (the silver kind, not black plastic) Figure-9, something from Dutchware, or Loop Alien. ...
  14. It is nice to be battery free. But the interest...

    It is nice to be battery free. But the interest is not some much “how cold is it” as it’s “how cold was it” - like in the middle of the night. I have some battery-less round thermometers that have an...
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    Because the whoopie hold depends on bury...

    Because the whoopie hold depends on bury constriction. I’d imagine it is “natural” for it to slip a little over time. As said above - use it to find the right distance for you, then replace it with a...
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    I have an Envy-S - company no longer in business...

    I have an Envy-S - company no longer in business and it is a lot like a Trail Lair in that it has a built in bug net and what you might call a wind or privacy screen. I can use it completely open,...
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    I understand now - it’s not the D-Rings interior...

    I understand now - it’s not the D-Rings interior to the 13 ft Superfly, it’s an interior patch that support an internal pole mod. I have no experience with those (yet). But just with the 13ft...
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    The “should you test the SRL tension out of the...

    The “should you test the SRL tension out of the hammock or sitting in the hammock debate … I set mine so it doesn’t droop when I’m out of the hammock but not guitar string tight when I’m in the...
  19. For me, a UQP (get mine from 2QZQ) allow me to be...

    For me, a UQP (get mine from 2QZQ) allow me to be less precise in setting my UQ and tarp. But the wookie takes all the iffiness out of the UQ suspension. Still, a UQP would add a few degrees of...
  20. You didn’t say why you want the 20D over the 30D....

    You didn’t say why you want the 20D over the 30D. I’ll guess it is weight. If so, determine the weight difference between the two. I’m guessing it is X number of ounces - less than a pound. I can’t...
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    NORMALLY you don’t have to seam seal the...

    NORMALLY you don’t have to seam seal the ridgeline - no problem if you do. With WarBonnet, you DO have to seam seal the panel pulls and if you have the 13 ft SuperFly that has the Internal D-Rings...
  22. Around here, winters are milder that rain storms....

    Around here, winters are milder that rain storms. The concern isn’t so much wind forces and sideways rain as it is an unexpected snow load - either directly from the sky or “shock loaded” by a pile...
  23. I learned the Diamond Knot when I tried soft...

    I learned the Diamond Knot when I tried soft shackles and end up with a single “cord” at the top - something to help grab the knot - a feature, not a bug. But I like the tidiness of the Button Knot I...
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    If I were to get another UQ besides HG or...

    If I were to get another UQ besides HG or something like the WB Lynx (for Ridge Runner), I’d be sure the UQ had a differential cut so the loft isn’t compressed when the quilt is snug tight against...
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    Another thread talks about combining a pad with...

    Another thread talks about combining a pad with an UQ to extend the UQ’s range. Not only does that save on buying a warmer UQ, it also give you a Go-to-Ground option if you end up without suitable...
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    ATGIRL2028 - sounds like your gear setup is about...

    ATGIRL2028 - sounds like your gear setup is about as good as it gets. I don’t see who makes the bottom quilt but you’ve noted you are not getting CBS (cold butt syndrome); you are just cold all over....
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    From rock climbing days, decades ago, I learned...

    From rock climbing days, decades ago, I learned how much heat is generated when on material is rubbed against another - enough heat the melt the outer sheath of the rope.

    So I make and effort...
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    Looks like the Dream-Tex is now ready for orders....

    Looks like the Dream-Tex is now ready for orders. I’m not familiar with the weight designation. If I had one of the older models (metal pole fittings on hammock) in double layer - I think it was 1.7...
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    The quilt suspension allows for a few adjustments...

    The quilt suspension allows for a few adjustments - it lets you slide the end of the quilt so it's even with your head/shoulders as desired. Or it might allow a bit of a diagonal fit by sliding one...
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    There are lots of schools of thought. First -...

    There are lots of schools of thought. First - night clothes. The phrase is, “Cotton Kills.” That refers to using cotton for outer garments. If it gets wet, it stays wet and increases heat loss by...
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    I think many on the short side of the 5 to 6 foot...

    I think many on the short side of the 5 to 6 foot range are comfortable in 10 to 10.5 foot hammocks when camping. So it kind of depends on how quickly and how much you expect the person to grow.
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    >I promptly hung it in my garage to check it out...

    >I promptly hung it in my garage to check it out and as I pulled off the skin, a puddle of water spilled out

    That’s why I moved to mesh. :)
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    Charlotte - according to the hammock hang...

    Charlotte - according to the hammock hang calculator (http://theultimatehang.com/hammock-hang-calculator/) a 14 ft span for an 11 ft hammock (ridgeline about 86% of length) at 16 inches above the...
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    On a hike to Middle Sister (mountain near Bend...

    On a hike to Middle Sister (mountain near Bend OR) one fellow just carried a tarp, ground sheet, and sleeping bag - maybe some non-cook food in a bag. Pretty simple.

    There is not much to...
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    I keep it just in the skin, but separate from...

    I keep it just in the skin, but separate from everything else. Unfortunately (?) I haven’t had to deal with much rain. In my early “go to the summit” years, I dealt with all kinds of weather because...
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    For just a couple of bucks - or free if you have...

    For just a couple of bucks - or free if you have a bicycle shop near by - you can get some innner tube tubing that slides over the buckles on the ridge runner. The “couple of bucks” commercial...
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    I mostly kayak camp so I, as a minimum, carry a...

    I mostly kayak camp so I, as a minimum, carry a plastic ground sheet and a ¾ length Therm-a-rest pad as Plan-B. I’d probably do the same thing - maybe replace the Therm-a-rest with a lighter CCF blue...
  38. Benjamin6264, Thank you for the report. I had a...

    Benjamin6264, Thank you for the report. I had a question, in the UL (ultralight) sub-forum, about the carbon fiber spreader poles. But if you are not a donating member, you can’t see that sub-forum....
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    schris6849, if everything is sold out, your...

    schris6849, if everything is sold out, your friend might have no problem selling that 11 ft Superfly in the Forum and then buying the length he/she wants, albiet having to wait a bit for delivery.
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    You might just need an under quilt protector...

    You might just need an under quilt protector (UQP) on the bottom. Even in the warmer temperatures, it only takes a little breeze to feel the heat loss. Whatever you use on top, you can usually...
  41. new ridge runner vs old model - do you like it?

    For those who have tried both models, the newer having the updated fabric and spreader pole connection, how do you like the new over the old?

    I’m thinking of switching up my older DL 1.7 w/Net to...
  42. I believe this was from a kayak/hammock camping...

    I believe this was from a kayak/hammock camping trip to the San Juans in May a few years back (maybe April :) ). I stopped off at a friend’s house in Seattle.

    These are the times I run the...
  43. Was that coupler from Lowe’s (with the fence...

    Was that coupler from Lowe’s (with the fence rail) or did you order it from the same source as the 90 degree “arms”? I like the eye-bolt hold on the coupler. I’d like to use such stand for a Ridge...
  44. I see you’re from Seattle. What color RAIN tarp...

    I see you’re from Seattle. What color RAIN tarp are you using :)

    Note to readers: Oregon and Washington sort of have a friendly relationship, both identifying with PNW. In Bend we have a touted...
  45. the shock cord's job is to give. If it holds the...

    the shock cord's job is to give. If it holds the tarp’s shape when the wind isn’t blowing, that’s probably good enough. You can always use cord with less give, but there will always be a stronger...
  46. The point of the shock cord on non-DCF tarps was...

    The point of the shock cord on non-DCF tarps was to keep them taut when they would stretch a bit. DCF doesn’t stretch so that reason is out. But there’s another reason. When the unstoppable wind...
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    I picked up a UGQ TQ from the For Sale forum and...

    I picked up a UGQ TQ from the For Sale forum and it is really warm. In fairness to HG, the UGQ has a sewn shut footbox while HG’s is “draw string” (bungee) as per my option.

    If I needed a new...
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    Welcome to the forum. I’m wondering why you are...

    Welcome to the forum. I’m wondering why you are looking for the most opaque tarp? When I got started and was selecting a tarp, I figured I wanted it dark so it would dry more quickly in the sun. A...
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    My body goes from warm to cold until I pee. I...

    My body goes from warm to cold until I pee. I think it’s a “wake up” mechanism for me. I have a friend who used to suffer from night leg cramps after a long hike. Finally she took my suggestion to...
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    Kentmatt - great write up. I was around those...

    Kentmatt - great write up. I was around those waters last year (kayak: Mariner XL). Note that SaltSpring (Ganges Harbor) has a great Saturday Market if you can time your adventure so you are there on...
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