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    While some ideas hold merit (such as a bandana...

    While some ideas hold merit (such as a bandana being used for several different tasks) these items aren't used for multiple purposes on every trip. Sure, they can be multi-use, but most of the time...
  2. Inexpensive, pre-sewn hammock bodies, such as the...

    Inexpensive, pre-sewn hammock bodies, such as the ARGON and PolyD from Dutch. I find it ironic that my go-to hammock is also dirt cheap.
  3. I've never hiked any of this trail, as info for...

    I've never hiked any of this trail, as info for it is hard to find. Is it well maintained? Is the trail marked well, or is it easy to follow? Where are the trailheads? Does it see a lot of foot...
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    Nah, it's the opposite. The open-air design of a...

    Nah, it's the opposite. The open-air design of a hammock setup combined with convective heat loss are one of the best things about camping in a hammock in hot weather. Being in an enclosed tent on...
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    The real reason I asked is because people look at...

    The real reason I asked is because people look at me like a weirdo when I tell them I sleep in a hammock instead of a tent, but I'm sure you can relate.
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    How popular is it?

    It's hard for me to judge the popularity of hammock camping. As far as I can tell, primitive camping in general is not very popular in Louisiana, much less backpacking. On any given weekend, you're...
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    Some months here are too hot for long clothes at...

    Some months here are too hot for long clothes at night, but those are the nights that are the best!

    In some locations, the mosquitos are so bad permethrin only seems to help, but not totally...
  8. Should I reinforce my tarp for a modified porch mode?

    My current tarp is a Warbonnet Mamajamba. I'd like to set it up in porch mode with one trekking pole in the center of the cat-cut edge, between the two corners, rather than having one pole under each...
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    I'm very happy with the Warbonnet net. 8oz, large...

    I'm very happy with the Warbonnet net. 8oz, large side zipper, and very big. Integrated bugnets don't work without an underquilt; Mosquitos bit through single layer hammocks.
  10. It's because they have the largest share of the...

    It's because they have the largest share of the market while selling over priced products. You can buy an ENO hammock just about anywhere that sells backpacking gear. They are mass produced yet more...
  11. ENO unveils "lightest hammock on the market"

    http://gearjunkie.com/best-in-show-outdoor-retailer-2015?pg=9

    At 6.5oz, the ENO Sub7 Hammock certainly is light. It's also tiny. REI lists the specs at 105" x 47". At well under 9' long, I don't...
  12. How well do Dutch Speed Hooks work as a water break?

    I haven't used them in a rain storm yet. My previous suspension was 1" webbing and cinch buckles, and I believe the size of the hardware acted as a water break. Anyone use cinch buckles in a...
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    24' 1" webbing (.2 oz/foot), 4' AmSteel (.1...

    24' 1" webbing (.2 oz/foot), 4' AmSteel (.1 oz/foot)
    Webbing is used as the complete suspension. A loop tied on end, passed through itself to attack to a tree. Marlin spike hitch with a stick. 5.2oz...
  14. I'd go with quick links instead just for the...

    I'd go with quick links instead just for the safety factor. The bigger ones that are about 3" long (5/16" thread) have a test strength of about 1500lb, which is right up there with 7/64" AmSteel....
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    For the summers in this area I use a polyester...

    For the summers in this area I use a polyester sleeping bag liner (they call it "silk"; it aint really silk). That's good to about 70. You can use a light sleeping bag for cooler weather. The trick...
  16. I'd go with option 2 for suspension. $5.25 buys...

    I'd go with option 2 for suspension. $5.25 buys you 25' of amsteel, which is enough to make 8" continuous loops for 5 hammocks, so roughly $1 each hammock. Another $5 for a pair of cinch buckles, and...
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    I've been to Sipsey only once, in June of last...

    I've been to Sipsey only once, in June of last year. The crossing at 209/200 was maybe shin deep, but it was waist deep at the 200/207 crossing.

    As mentioned, there is an unofficial trail that...
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    http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f387/sk8er_dude8...

    http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f387/sk8er_dude802/Ridgeline.jpg

    A ridgeline will also help you hang from trees that are further apart. Without one you might not be able to tie off high enough...
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    Here's a detailed map of the entire area. It does...

    Here's a detailed map of the entire area. It does contain an error; 207 (which parallels Braziel Creek) is labeled as 210. http://www.briartech.com/sipseyonepagea.pdf
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    Just wanted to comment on the inflatable pillows....

    Just wanted to comment on the inflatable pillows. I find that if I inflate it completely the pillow feels like it wants to shoot out if the hammock. Plus they're a little thick. It's an easy...
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    Amsteel continuos loops. I mean come on; it's...

    Amsteel continuos loops. I mean come on; it's tiny rope with a 1,600lb test strength. That's bonkers!
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    That really sucks. Hammocks have a huge advantage...

    That really sucks. Hammocks have a huge advantage over tents in warm weather and wet conditions, two things Floridians know all too well.
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    I modified it with 3/4" pipe. It's the perfect...

    I modified it with 3/4" pipe. It's the perfect outside diameter, fitting so tightly that there's no need to bolt it in place. I used two pieces about 20" long, adding a total of about 16" to each...
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    It breaks down into 7 pieces, including the two I...

    It breaks down into 7 pieces, including the two I added, with no tools required for assembly or disassembly. The entire package is about 30lbs, and the largest piece is about 5' long. It's not really...
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    I've done this several times with no issues. In...

    I've done this several times with no issues. In fact one weekend there where three other separate groups with hammocks hanging in a local park.
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    Well, that didn't work!

    Bought one of these cheap-o hammock stands on eBay. 122" long is plenty when your ridge line is 107". Too bad it's only about 40" high. :lol: Now the question is, should I modify it, or just send it...
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    The last time I went car camping I took all of my...

    The last time I went car camping I took all of my backpacking gear to show it to some friends. This included the Exped UL pillow. Next time, I'll be glamping with a more luxurious pillow.

    Is it...
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    They already have a wide distribution. Academy...

    They already have a wide distribution. Academy Sports and ****'s both sell Therm-A-Rest pads.
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    But the tree looked like it was in good shape,...

    But the tree looked like it was in good shape, right?

    I'm starting to think that sometimes there's no telling. I had a close call in the Sipsey as well (50 feet away; that's "close", right?)....
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    I've tried synthetic and air pillows. The...

    I've tried synthetic and air pillows. The synthetic was ok, but I prefer the air pillow. Exped UL medium.
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    The looseness is caused by the extra width of the...

    The looseness is caused by the extra width of the hammock. Most gathered end hammocks are about 60" wide. The Doublenest is 100".
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    I don't think anyone would argue that it's...

    I don't think anyone would argue that it's weight-to-warmth ratio is better than synthetic, not to mention how well down compresses. But I'm looking for something to fill the gap between a homemade...
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    Everything suggest so far meets the criteria....

    Everything suggest so far meets the criteria. However the easiest suspension I've used are cinch buckles or strap buckles.
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    The Argon is a bit stretchier than the PolyD, but...

    The Argon is a bit stretchier than the PolyD, but the Argon has a softer feel to the fabric. That's not to say that the Argon is stretchy or the PolyD not soft.
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    I'm in the early stages of planning a LSHT thru...

    I'm in the early stages of planning a LSHT thru hike, and today I received a copy of Karen Somers' guide book, The Lone Star Hiking Trail: The Official Guide to the Longest Wilderness Footpath in...
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    You won't just save weight by switching to...

    You won't just save weight by switching to shorter straps; you'll save bulk as well. Polyester webbing doesn't exactly pack down well.
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    I prefer the PollyD. I gave the Argon to a friend...

    I prefer the PollyD. I gave the Argon to a friend as a gift, so I've had the opportunity to try out both. The PolyD feels more substantial and a little stiffer than the Argon. I'm 6', 165lb (and...
  38. Chicot State Park has a 19 mile loop trail around...

    Chicot State Park has a 19 mile loop trail around a lake. It's well maintained and marked, though the chance of actually being able to stay overnight are remote on weekends. Back country camping is...
  39. I didn't stay over night. It was just a day hike,...

    I didn't stay over night. It was just a day hike, about 3 1/2 miles in, then out the same way. The fire tower is pretty neat, considering it's in the middle of nowhere. However the bottom set of...
  40. Corps of Engineers, huh? ...

    Corps of Engineers, huh?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_Xs0urkS1E

    What's this campground like? How big is it, are there any attractions (hiking, canoe rentals, tubing, horses, etc)? Is it...
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    Mummy bags have the same failure on the ground...

    Mummy bags have the same failure on the ground that they do in a hammock; the material under you is compressed and loses all of it's ability to hold heat, though it's through conduction rather than...
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    Price. :( :(

    Price. :( :(
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    Silk Screening a hammock?

    Would polyester or nylon take well to silk screening? I'm thinking of silk screening something stupid on my hammock, like "2 Legit 2 Quit" in giant block letters.
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    -ENO Bugnet. 16oz is just too heavy. Competitors...

    -ENO Bugnet. 16oz is just too heavy. Competitors weigh half that.
    -Kelty 9x9 tarp. Got it cheap, and it works, but again, it's heavy. Also it has to be pitched in a diamond because it lacks...
  45. Well, I found it. I had 5 different sources; a...

    Well, I found it. I had 5 different sources; a printed map from the trail head, the map from the book 50 Hikes in Louisiana, Yahoo Maps, Google Maps, and my iPhone app. The trailhead is on the road...
  46. Was in an ENO doubleness when a coyote was...

    Was in an ENO doubleness when a coyote was spotted sniffing near my food. I took the extra fabric to cover my face, cause ya know, if I can't see him, I'm safe.
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    It would be awesome if he incorporated some of...

    It would be awesome if he incorporated some of his illustrations into a YouTube video. Maybe a simple primer on the pros and cons of hammocks vs tents.
  48. I had a healthy, large tree fall near me once as...

    I had a healthy, large tree fall near me once as well. It had been raining most of the night, and windy, but the tree didn't fall until later in the morning after the storm had pst. It crashed right...
  49. "You're crazy." -friends wife

    "You're crazy."
    -friends wife
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    My snakeskin's have two pockets on the outside...

    My snakeskin's have two pockets on the outside specifically for this. I used to just use a stuff sack, but switched to snakeskin's. Totally worth the $25.
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