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  1. If you're using a bug net you could do what I did...

    If you're using a bug net you could do what I did with my DIY bridge. It has a zippered bug net and I designed it to be a very large triangle so it wouldn't hang in my face. I sewed a piece of line...
  2. Way too strenuous a trip for me, particularly in...

    Way too strenuous a trip for me, particularly in May when I'm just awaking from my winter hibernation..:scared:

    Talk about out of shape...any shape!!

    Oh, and that portage is 2390 m!

    Have fun...
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    I didn't make bean bags but I was about the same...

    I didn't make bean bags but I was about the same age and the same problem with my mother. Maybe our mothers are related....:lol: or at least talked to each other.

    I started with doll clothes and...
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    Welcome from the Near North. We're almost...

    Welcome from the Near North.

    We're almost neighbours!
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    If you're seriously looking at doing that, take a...

    If you're seriously looking at doing that, take a look at the services provided by Kinekpoint (kinek.com). hey have outlets all over the US and not just in border towns.

    I use them for a US...
  6. Which Climashield are you planning on using - it...

    Which Climashield are you planning on using - it comes in different weights?

    I used the 5.0 for both my UQ & TQ and went to about 30F with it. I had light thermals plus my microfleece thermals, a...
  7. I've driven the road to Catchacoma for the past,...

    I've driven the road to Catchacoma for the past, umm, choke, gag, 50 years and if you think it's 'challenging' now, you should have seen it until about 20 years ago when they made it wide enough to...
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    My perception was exactly what it turned out to...

    My perception was exactly what it turned out to be - the greatest way on earth for me to be able to get back out into the backcountry. I hadn't interior camped for 35 years because there was just no...
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    I don't know about the commercial ones because I...

    I don't know about the commercial ones because I don't own one. I sleep everywhich way but standing upside down and I sewed my footbox so it was parallel to the floor.
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    No but I went the other way - from having a snap...

    No but I went the other way - from having a snap closure to sewing it shut.

    Even when I use the TQ for sleeping not in my hammock, I'm happy to have the footbox built in. It's not like I'm using...
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    Precisely!! I keep telling the guys that are...

    Precisely!!

    I keep telling the guys that are learning to sew that it's just like any other power tool - it can be dangerous if used carelessly (although you won't lose a finger with one).

    If...
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    I started off with snaps on my TQ, the first...

    I started off with snaps on my TQ, the first snaps on the DIY weren't strong enough and I kept popping them open when I stretched so I replaced them with stronger snaps. Still had the same problem so...
  13. Eastern Great Lakes A great group to camp with...

    Eastern Great Lakes

    A great group to camp with although you should be warned that some (hahaha - almost all) take their hanging and their cooking very, very seriously....:lol:)

    Have a great...
  14. I get that a lot as well! "You mean you made the...

    I get that a lot as well! "You mean you made the hammock?" - yes! AND you made the tarp? - Ummm yes!

    And then when I tell them I made the pants I'm wearing as well....well that just about does...
  15. I've had to resort to pushing one end of the...

    I've had to resort to pushing one end of the toggle against the tree to get it started to move (cold, wet and old hands) but once the toggle is out it all just comes apart.
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    It's only really used as a decorative stitch and...

    It's only really used as a decorative stitch and yes, for a commercial large volume sewing company, it does save time.

    It has no use in gear making however, since anywhere 3 lines of stitching are...
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    What he said...the double and triple needles are...

    What he said...the double and triple needles are only meant for decorative stitching, they are never meant to be used for a seam or anything that requires stability and strength.

    There are some...
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    There's also lots of trails in the Temagami area...

    There's also lots of trails in the Temagami area including the Ottawa Temaskaming Highland Trail.

    Link -
    http://www.nastawgantrails.org/area-trails_en.html
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    You're in the right place for that. IMO,...

    You're in the right place for that.

    IMO, you're best off doing a whole lot of research BEFORE you jump in. Saves buying now and buying again (and again).

    Word of warning, there is very little...
  20. Use this instead ...

    Use this instead

    http://thru-hiker.com/materials/insulation.php

    Primaloft has to be quilted every 6 inches or so to hold it in place. With Climashield no quilting is necessary. I stitched it...
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    Poll: It's available on another forum that I am part...

    It's available on another forum that I am part of.

    I find incredibly useful for research there. But then the things I'm looking for there are more of a technical use so when I'm looking for a...
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    Very nice! In regards to your plans for...

    Very nice!

    In regards to your plans for another bridge with 'both ends the same' - you might want to do some more research on that before building. It's my understanding (and I've been known to be...
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    I started off figure 8ng them but found that they...

    I started off figure 8ng them but found that they came undone inside the snake skins and given enough opportunity they would tangle with each other and multiply just like cheap hangers do...:lol:
    ...
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    Anytime you want to check the tension of...

    Anytime you want to check the tension of stitching, thread the top and bottom with different colour threads (and as different from the fabric colour) as you can.

    The different colours will easily...
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    For colder weather sleeping I found a pair of Max...

    For colder weather sleeping I found a pair of Max Heat socks at Marks Workwarehouse that actually had an R rating for them on the package. I've never found clothing items with a stated thermal factor...
  26. Poll: I made my bridge with a stowable bug net but...

    I made my bridge with a stowable bug net but truthfully, could have skipped the stowable part entirely.

    First, our bug season runs from the earliest time of the year (almost ice out) to just a few...
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    Y'all are making fun of us older...

    Y'all are making fun of us older folks....:rolleyes:

    just remember that one day, if you're lucky, you'll be older too!!:eek:
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    Then let me add my own special request! I know...

    Then let me add my own special request!

    I know y'all like little pieces of bling and I love my flyz for my tarp ridgeline but my old arthritic hands are not coping well with little wee pieces and...
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    Poll: I sleep on my side most of the time both at home...

    I sleep on my side most of the time both at home and in my hammock. At home I need a thin pillow between my knees to help with spinal alignment, in the bridge it's not needed for some reason.
    ...
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    I simply measured the stuff that I normally put...

    I simply measured the stuff that I normally put into the ridgeline organizer and went from there.

    My Ereader fits into one side and the other side has 3 pleated pockets to hold all the crap that...
  31. Had a wonderful time again...meeting up with...

    Had a wonderful time again...meeting up with friends made last year and making new friends.

    Many thanks to all of you who helped make the hang the fantastic time that is was.

    I'm looking...
  32. I think they mostly got moved to the common area....

    I think they mostly got moved to the common area. I know there wasn't a one near me.
  33. Yes, you'll need a non-resident pass. They're...

    Yes, you'll need a non-resident pass. They're $9.00 a day or $31.00 for the yearly permit.

    I got mine last year from the ranger on duty at the ranger station.
  34. Wonderful news, I get to have two weekends of...

    Wonderful news, I get to have two weekends of peak colors. And I get to bring the DSLR instead of the P&S this time.

    The EGL hang two weekends ago saw Algonquin at it's absolute peak of color.
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    Considering the price and perhaps the fragility...

    Considering the price and perhaps the fragility of cuben, yes, you might be better off with a tarp meant for the bridge. Although it does look like you have pull-outs on the tarp, try using them...
  36. Glad I wasn't the first to comment...:lol:

    Glad I wasn't the first to comment...:lol:
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    I try for about a 20* to 25* and hang the head...

    I try for about a 20* to 25* and hang the head maybe 6" higher than the foot. That's because the top end of me weighs a whole lot more than the bottom half. Once I'm in the bridge this gives me an...
  38. Here's some more pics of the absolutely awesome...

    Here's some more pics of the absolutely awesome view we had on Pen Lake.

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  39. I suggested we get out some paper and starting...

    I suggested we get out some paper and starting holding up ratings for innovative mounts and dismounts from the canoes...:lol:

    Most never got more than a 100 yds from the dock but not for lack of...
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    Ontario British Columbia Michigan New York...

    Ontario
    British Columbia

    Michigan
    New York
    Florida

    Not bad for my first year!!
  41. Any chance of a volunteer to bring a scrap piece...

    Any chance of a volunteer to bring a scrap piece of Tyvek with them for me - all I need is 2' x 3' for a floor mat.

    Apparently all the builders around here use a sister product called Typak and it...
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    Has everyone got the APP reservation number that...

    Has everyone got the APP reservation number that they need. If not, I suggest PM'ng either Iquana or myself depending on whose reservation you're listed under in a previous post by Chard.

    I ask...
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    No cottage vendors for anything in Canada that...

    No cottage vendors for anything in Canada that I've been able to find.

    I brought every thing, and I mean everything, right down to the fabric and pattern for my convertible pants in from the US....
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    Thanks for the offers and suggestions for more...

    Thanks for the offers and suggestions for more nighttime warmth. I found some microfleece thermal stuff that has me quite confident in my comfort level at night. I'd gagged and puked at the price...
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    I seldom sleep with my feet close together unless...

    I seldom sleep with my feet close together unless I'm trying to warm the toes of one foot on the other foot.

    For the same reason I could never use a mummy bag (too constricting) I wanted a large...
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    Thanks for the offer, may take you up on it. ...

    Thanks for the offer, may take you up on it.

    I'm more inclined to look at heavier long underwear. Looking at UnderArmour but they don't give temp ratings...rofl.

    I have the Michigan chili hang...
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    Good on the double portage, I'm seriously...

    Good on the double portage, I'm seriously considering a quick purchase of extra warmth for this fall unless the weather forecast changes in a hurry...brrrr, had to turn the furnace on this morning!!
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    Sounds good to me! Just checking but which bow...

    Sounds good to me!

    Just checking but which bow seat do I have?

    And do y'all single or double carry the portage - I can pack either way?
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    I put what I suppose you could call a ridgeline...

    I put what I suppose you could call a ridgeline on my bridge hammock. While I used Grizz's bridge instructions for the most part, the one thing I wanted was a bug net that was way, way far away from...
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    I liked the footbox concept so well that I've put...

    I liked the footbox concept so well that I've put a footbox on the living room sofa throw...:)

    I realized that I was re-aligning the throw several times an evening as I snugged it up around my...
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