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    Tried ground dwelling

    The insulation in my hammock wraps around me even though the sleeping bag is not compressed up the sides. On the ground it only covers the compressed portion.

    Also, in the hammock I'm closer to...
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    Tried ground dwelling

    Was keen to try out my Polish lavuu and was camping out at my regular meet.
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    Sewn is going to be lighter than knotted as uses...

    Sewn is going to be lighter than knotted as uses less material. Also easier to see when it's about to fail whereas knots contain a lot of stress risers
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    Nice picture but wouldn't it be more secure just...

    Nice picture but wouldn't it be more secure just using the carabiner to clip the whoopie onto the webbing? I thought that the MSH was to save the weight of a crab or provide adjustability but you've...
  5. You'll basically be inside an uncompressed down...

    You'll basically be inside an uncompressed down sleeping bag, plus dressed in down clothes - I reckon you'll be warm enough!
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    Stakes and knives should be fine in hold luggage,...

    Stakes and knives should be fine in hold luggage, just not allowed in carry-on.
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    You can put on as much tension as you need....

    You can put on as much tension as you need. They're easy to tie & undo
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    That's what pee bottles are for! I've got a...

    That's what pee bottles are for!

    I've got a mesh hammock (need to cut the steel rings off to replace with soft shackles as they're quite heavy). I normally hang it with the suspension coming off...
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    I use a truckers hitch to get loads of tension

    I use a truckers hitch to get loads of tension
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    If you fold it along the RL do the sides match up?

    If you fold it along the RL do the sides match up?
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    It was very effective last weekend. Was very cosy!

    It was very effective last weekend. Was very cosy!
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    Now that's campin'!!! :D

    Now that's campin'!!! :D
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    Thank the Danish Army and Apple! :D

    Thank the Danish Army and Apple! :D
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    Just replaced the shock cord with thicker (5mm)...

    Just replaced the shock cord with thicker (5mm) stuff so should snug up better for the Christmas hang next month! :)
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    For real stealth you'd need to add foliage or...

    For real stealth you'd need to add foliage or netting but I pay for the place I camp so wouldn't matter if I was in a Day-Glo rig!
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    Thanks. Just ordered some 5mm shock cord - might...

    Thanks. Just ordered some 5mm shock cord - might be overkill but the 3mm stuff just isn't strong enough
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    I had the best sleep in a hammock I've ever had -...

    I had the best sleep in a hammock I've ever had - didn't feel anything move. Tree was still pretty solid - I tried pushing it down once I'd moved all my stuff out but it didn't budge. I imagine with...
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    I'll definitely pick a larger tree next time but...

    I'll definitely pick a larger tree next time but this one looked strong enough and a tree surgeon that was at the hang didn't see anything wrong with that particular tree.

    By the way, this wasn't...
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    It's difficult to see but there is a separate...

    It's difficult to see but there is a separate ridgeline underneath the tarp that might make it look that way. The hammock suspension was at 30
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    The roots were being pulled out of the ground -...

    The roots were being pulled out of the ground - tree wasn't dead but earth was wet
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    Actually had the best night's sleep to date. Got...

    Actually had the best night's sleep to date. Got down to 2C (35F)
  22. Thread: Multi-use item

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    Here it is as a hammock weather protector as...

    Here it is as a hammock weather protector as intended:

    http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk76/richardspandit/Eco/0C3AFE13-DC83-4899-A0C5-AB08B42A668F-1025-0000002075CEF0AF.jpg

    Worked well but...
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    Why did my suspension go slack in the night?

    I tied it to two perfectly vertical trees before I went to bed:

    http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk76/richardspandit/Eco/BDEC0854-AB26-4E79-AEE0-3F0011555C89-1025-0000001D0A5961AC.jpg
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    If you're prepared to carry the sleeping bag...

    If you're prepared to carry the sleeping bag anyway then just modify it into an UQ - the only advantage the expensive ones have is weight (OK, and bulk) - a sleeping bag UQ can be just as effective
  25. I suppose if you could get the ink then you could...

    I suppose if you could get the ink then you could airbrush a design on
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    I would have ordered 12 of them...

    I would have ordered 12 of them...
  27. I don't know if this will help but just finished...

    I don't know if this will help but just finished my camo tarp thing:

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=62377
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    Grosgrain came this morning & I got cracking with...

    Grosgrain came this morning & I got cracking with the sewing machine!

    I've only rigged this in tarp configuration as couldn't be bothered pitching my hammock just for the photoshoot

    It's a...
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    Just waiting on some grosgrain to be delivered so...

    Just waiting on some grosgrain to be delivered so I can sew some loops on
  30. I'm a Dancam fan: ...

    I'm a Dancam fan:

    http://www.profabrics.co.uk/shop/show_product_info.php?id=RCCF
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    Multi-use item

    A few months back I bought an Arktis smock in Dancam (the Danish Flecktarn camouflage). I like the pattern as it doesn't look too military.

    I'd then thought about making a hammock from the same...
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    The only thing wrong with an old sleeping bag is...

    The only thing wrong with an old sleeping bag is the bulk/weight (OK, that's two things). They're warm, cheap and larger than many UQ. If you're car camping there's little need to upgrade, IMHO
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    I never got round to using a structural ridgeline...

    I never got round to using a structural ridgeline but I did make an end support for my hammock so can hang in the garden if needed. Must try out my new UQ sometime...
  34. I'm still waiting for my first decent night......

    I'm still waiting for my first decent night... :(. The problem I have is that I only ever get a single night out at a time - it's easy to see how to improve things after an uncomfortable night but...
  35. Thread: Storage system

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    I tend to rig my hammock with the carabiners...

    I tend to rig my hammock with the carabiners close to the tree - could you not just clip the gear hammock to them?
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    I pitched my hammock in the middle of a small...

    I pitched my hammock in the middle of a small wood, well off the footpath. Once it was set up, I discovered a shallow grave literally yards away... didn't sleep much that night :o
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    My bunching solution

    After a bad night's shiver with a badly hung underquilt, I sent it back to the vendor for some modification. Came back 3 days later with longer cinch cords on each end (which now means I can use it...
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    I've never slept well in a hammock but keep on...

    I've never slept well in a hammock but keep on trying! Welcome!
  39. I'm on my second TW hammock. The first one was a...

    I'm on my second TW hammock. The first one was a basic (albeit XL) hammock but I've upgraded to the Hornet jungle hammock as they make a 1.8m wide one and it's got the net.

    I've always had good...
  40. Thread: PLUQ + poncho?

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    To be frank it was the only one that came up on...

    To be frank it was the only one that came up on eBay, I think the guy who made it is on here but don't know his username! It's 3/4 length, black with 500g fill, I think...
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    Bit academic now, I've just splashed out on a...

    Bit academic now, I've just splashed out on a goose down UQ :)
  42. Thread: PLUQ + poncho?

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    Thanks, guys. The surplus place I was thinking of...

    Thanks, guys. The surplus place I was thinking of getting it from does a bundle of poncho and liner. Might help the OP in this thread:

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=59457
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    PLUQ + poncho?

    Has anyone tried making a PLUQ but keeping the poncho on the outside to add extra wind protection/insulation? Looking for something a bit more compact than my sleeping bag UQ which is warm but really...
  44. Glad it's not just me then! I'm on second hammock...

    Glad it's not just me then! I'm on second hammock & tarp but every time I go out I make changes. Getting there, I think
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    OK, might be my dirty mind but that read as a lot...

    OK, might be my dirty mind but that read as a lot dirtier than it was supposed to. Most of the meets I go to are more of a therapy session than actual bushcrafting.
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    At the BCUK Sussex meet I'd say there are more...

    At the BCUK Sussex meet I'd say there are more hangers than not. Even if you aren't into carving your own porridge attending a meet will give you lots of useful advice on how to set your rig up
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    What about Dutch? All of his stuff seems to be Ti

    What about Dutch? All of his stuff seems to be Ti
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    Basically the tension that was originally in the...

    Basically the tension that was originally in the ridgeline is taken up by the tarp which renders the section of line that is between the ends of the tarp slack. I can draw a diagram if it helps but...
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    Hanging a tarp from a ridgeline makes it easier...

    Hanging a tarp from a ridgeline makes it easier to move it up & down so it's central over your hammock but I know what you mean - I hang mine from a prusik at each end & the seam becomes structural...
  50. Thread: Improvised UQ

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    'fraid not but I folded the sides in a bit (like...

    'fraid not but I folded the sides in a bit (like you would in a sleeping bag UQ) and using a constrictor knot, tied paracord to each corner which was then strung over the ridgeline
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