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    I just peered into my crystal ball and I'm seeing...

    I just peered into my crystal ball and I'm seeing Dutch-made grosgrain rollers in the future...
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    Neat idea! I don't see why a plastic (or even...

    Neat idea! I don't see why a plastic (or even cardboard) milk jug wouldn't work to make one of these out of. Both would have sufficient slickness to allow the material to slide, too.
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    I camp with teenagers a lot (Scouts, dontcha...

    I camp with teenagers a lot (Scouts, dontcha know...) who have a nasty habit of not respecting other peoples' guylines. They run between tents, often tripping on lines that they've tripped on 5...
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    Would you mind posting a link to that Knotty mod?

    Would you mind posting a link to that Knotty mod?
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    I used a tautline for a few years, back before I...

    I used a tautline for a few years, back before I got whoopies or rings for my suspension. I had zero problems and zero slippage. If your cord is exceptionally slippery, your results may vary.
  6. Thread: Trail names

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    That's where I'm at. This has been a forum and...

    That's where I'm at. This has been a forum and gaming name for me for years, but no trail name yet. (Although I bet Roche has thought up a few for me! :scared:)
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    Lexington isn't too far away, and we've got Red...

    Lexington isn't too far away, and we've got Red River Gorge too!
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    I've used climbing gear to hang in a cave...

    I've used climbing gear to hang in a cave overnight. Much better, IMO, than sleeping on the damp, dirty floor.
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    Second that. You can also look into hiking in...

    Second that.

    You can also look into hiking in the Cumberland Gap, which would be a bit closer than the Gorge... http://www.nps.gov/cuga/index.htm
  10. Great! Thanks!

    Great! Thanks!
  11. Thread: Deck hang

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    I am not an engineer, but it is my belief that...

    I am not an engineer, but it is my belief that you can hang from a 4x4 post, such as those in your pic, without the post breaking. However, the posts may not be anchored in such a manner that they...
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    That's not far off from how I've done mine. HF...

    That's not far off from how I've done mine. HF straps, climbing biners, aluminum arrow shaft. Works fer me!
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    I took about 15' of paracord, folded it in half,...

    I took about 15' of paracord, folded it in half, then tied overhand knots every 1'. Clip a small biner on the end, if you'd like.

    I take that "rat tail" and wrap it around one of the trees I'm...
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    Hello from Lexington!

    Hello from Lexington!
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    Welcome! There are several of us in the area; I'm...

    Welcome! There are several of us in the area; I'm from Lexington!
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    Hello and welcome, from Lexington, KY! There are...

    Hello and welcome, from Lexington, KY! There are a few of us in the area, so you're not alone!
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    Sounds like you made a "whoopsie" sling instead...

    Sounds like you made a "whoopsie" sling instead of a "whoopie" sling. :rolleyes:
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    I use my son's woodburning kit, which uses a...

    I use my son's woodburning kit, which uses a blade of sorts, but I bet you could use a soldering iron if you didn't mind cutting with a point instead. I believe either would be a viable and less...
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    Compacting: Tyvek tarp vs Silnylon

    So I made myself a handy dandy, nice and cheap hexagonal tyvek tarp. It's great. Then I decided to make some mesh snakeskins. They're great too. The problem comes when I try to put my snakeskinned...
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    THAT might work. But then you get cold spots...

    THAT might work. But then you get cold spots through the button holes...
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    I don't know about you, but if I were to attach...

    I don't know about you, but if I were to attach semi-heavy things to the edge hems of my hammock, it would pull those edges down several inches because there's not enough tension on the edges to...
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    I'm close, but it's not me. Check the forums map ...

    I'm close, but it's not me. Check the forums map and you might find him...?
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    I used paracord in my suspension (with descender...

    I used paracord in my suspension (with descender rings) for a few years with no problems. However...I was hanging at the park one afternoon and BOTH ends of my suspension snapped within minutes of...
  24. Thread: Cave Hang

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    Yep. The plan was to canoe in to the bank by the...

    Yep. The plan was to canoe in to the bank by the cave and sleep inside that night.

    I'll have to look into that preventive in case I go again...
  25. Thread: Cave Hang

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    I may not be the best qualified to instruct...

    I may not be the best qualified to instruct anyone on the use of chocks--I had my placement fail (not the chock, but the placement of the chock) and I shattered my kneecap as a result.
  26. Thread: Cave Hang

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    I always end up with pockets of condensation in...

    I always end up with pockets of condensation in the little valleys after a hang. But I love it too!
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    I hang mine from my Rat Tail...

    I hang mine from my Rat Tail.
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    Maybe a dozen. This is the improved version from...

    Maybe a dozen. This is the improved version from the first one that tore out on the first hang--I didn't reinforce the corners with double tyvek.

    Since my anemometer is too heavy to pack with...
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    My grommets have been holding just fine, but I...

    My grommets have been holding just fine, but I figured I'd pull on the collective knowledge of the group before I make another tarp the same way.
  30. Thread: The Rat Tail

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    Looks like mine! But I hang mine vertically...it...

    Looks like mine! But I hang mine vertically...it would be tough to hang it horizontally like yours. :lol:
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    Grommets in Tyvek

    I made a nice big Tyvek tarp for myself a few months back, and used brass grommets in each of the corners. I reinforced the corners with another layer of Tyvek and added some tape, then grommetted.
    ...
  32. Thread: The Rat Tail

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    Plus, if you want to keep paracord handy for...

    Plus, if you want to keep paracord handy for survival situations, it would be much easier to cannibalize one of these than a survival bracelet.
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    My post on the Rat Tail...

    My post on the Rat Tail
  34. Thread: The Rat Tail

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    The Rat Tail

    No, I'm not talking about the hairstyle. :lol: And no, that's not a picture of me! :scared:

    http://themixtapemonster.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/rat.jpg

    This is a little...I'm not even sure if...
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    Digrat's DIY grit? You tryin' to be funny? ;) ...

    Digrat's DIY grit? You tryin' to be funny? ;)

    I'm gonna have to post a howto on my Rat Tail.
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    I'm now famous, but I'm not sure I like the...

    I'm now famous, but I'm not sure I like the infamy.

    Digratting: V. (DIG' raht ing) The act of covering up with your hindparts the trail sign you need to read, especially for a turnoff.

    Great...
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    Hurry home, MedicineMan, and post pictures and...

    Hurry home, MedicineMan, and post pictures and video!

    It was a pleasure hanging with all of you, and I hope to do it again soon!
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    You can get a permit (hang tag) pretty much any...

    You can get a permit (hang tag) pretty much any time from the Shell station at the Slade exit. Head N from the exit and it's dead ahead. From there, basecamp is E on that main road, first turnoff to...
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    No, not for over 20 miles, but there's a Dairy...

    No, not for over 20 miles, but there's a Dairy Queen in Clay City! ;)


    So who is going up tonight, and who is going up tomorrow?

    THURSDAY
    MedicineMan
    Hangnout (maybe Friday AM)

    FRIDAY
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    What has two thumbs and is stoked about this hike?

    What has two thumbs and is stoked about this hike?
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    We're already planning a Red River Gorge hang...

    We're already planning a Red River Gorge hang this weekend! Come join us!

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=42798
  42. Thread: Cave Hang

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    After reading up on it, I'm pretty sure it was...

    After reading up on it, I'm pretty sure it was histo too. Now I know!
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    Okay, these guys rock. I called to see how long...

    Okay, these guys rock. I called to see how long it would take to get to me and they said it hadn't shipped yet (as I figured, it being the holiday) but it would be shipped tomorrow. I asked where...
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    No prob. I'm getting excited! My plan now...

    No prob. I'm getting excited!



    My plan now is to meet everyone on Friday around breakfast time. We could hit the trail between 9 and 10. Sound good? (I'm working on getting out there on...
  45. Thread: Cave Hang

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    I happened back upon this thread and thought I'd...

    I happened back upon this thread and thought I'd give a way after the fact update: All three of us that went ended up with pneumonia--we called it "cave crud." I'm betting it was due to the fact that...
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    On the 5-6 miles thing: There is a spiderweb...

    On the 5-6 miles thing:

    There is a spiderweb of trails that start about 1/2 mile from our basecamp. If you want the 5-6 mile route, I've preplanned 3 of them. If you want a 10-miler, I did one of...
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    That's going in my sig.

    That's going in my sig.
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    Nabbed one! Thanks for the heads-up!

    Nabbed one! Thanks for the heads-up!
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    I've been thinking about using orange bags for...

    I've been thinking about using orange bags for all sorts of things now, like storing my mess kit, maybe using a bag in a bag as an UQ stuff sack...
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    Oh no. I'm going to be singing that for the next...

    Oh no. I'm going to be singing that for the next 6 months, I know it! :scared:
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