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    thru-hiking the FHT would be great. I'd have to...

    thru-hiking the FHT would be great. I'd have to start at table rock and get the hard part out of the way on the first day!
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    The gorges loop is brutal! up and down all day......

    The gorges loop is brutal! up and down all day... I've done that loop (around Auger Hole and Cane Brake, taking in about 5 miles of the FHT) twice. I really like the Oconee SP to bad creek section, I...
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    Beautiful weekend on the foothills trail!

    3 days, 37 miles or so from Bad Creek Access to Oconee State Park. Slackpacked the first day through whitewater falls area. Picked up the packs at Sloan Bridge, and hammocked nearby. Back to my...
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    I like a ridge line on my hammock. I installed...

    I like a ridge line on my hammock. I installed one on my ENO when i switched it over to whoopee slings. I like to hang stuff from it, and as it's my winter hammock, when I get in to sleep, I throw my...
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    Uwharrie Recreational Trail

    Over the weekend I got to sleep in my ENO hammock along the Uwharrie Recreational Trail near Troy, NC. I'd been to the Uwharrie forest before, for geocaching, but this was the first time a group of...
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    A group of us were setting up once along the...

    A group of us were setting up once along the foothills trail. As we were deciding on a campsite a tree 50-75 yards away dropped a huge branch. It came crashing through the brush and scared me. I...
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    When I was a boy I read field and stream, and I...

    When I was a boy I read field and stream, and I remember reading Patrick McManus' tales of camping in his army surplus Jungle Hammock and it sounded great. Having had a few bad tent experiences as a...
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    I love my HG 0* quilt. I used it last weekend on...

    I love my HG 0* quilt. I used it last weekend on the foothills trail under my ENO SN. Combined with my 20* top quilt, I woke up in the middle of the night SWEATING to death. Its hard to believe you...
  9. Hammock overnight along the Foothills Trail

    No hammock pics, but I used my ENO and Hennesy Hex tarp. Had a great time, got down to high 30s maybe overnight. Hammock Gear 0* UQ and 20* top quilt kept me warm (actually was sweating at one point)...
  10. Ive done it about six different ways. I finally...

    Ive done it about six different ways. I finally settled on making a set of adjustable tarp tree straps out of 1" nylon webbing and backpack style clips. On those I have my DIY tarp flies on short...
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    I had the same issue. Two mitten hooks were on...

    I had the same issue. Two mitten hooks were on the same side of the organizer. When I replaced my suspension lines with whoopies, the ridge line became too long by a couple of inches, which let the...
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    A wet noob trip to Panthertown.

    Yet another intro to hiking class, with some new places for me and the "alumni group"

    http://theosus1.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/hiking-with-the-noobs-sort-of/
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    I got away from the knots, not because I could'nt...

    I got away from the knots, not because I could'nt do them, but because it was taking so long to rig everything. One of the nice things about a hammock is it's supposed to be easy-up, easy down. Tying...
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    Ive gotten much faster since I made tarp tree...

    Ive gotten much faster since I made tarp tree straps and quick-tie hooks (like dutch's tarp flies). The tarp goes up pretty quick. The hammock can be up in another few minutes with my tree straps,...
  15. "Hammock you own Hammock" (HYOH) is my rule....

    "Hammock you own Hammock" (HYOH) is my rule. Looks like a good setup to me. I had those same carabiners, but I just couldn't get over the weight, so I use smaller lighter toggles now. I do my tarp...
  16. Thread: HH2O

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    Yeah my tarp has sap on it, and probably some...

    Yeah my tarp has sap on it, and probably some bird poo. I get lots of pine needles and leaves on it some nights (fall camping). Not sure I'd want to just drink raw what comes down from above.
  17. I would add to "backyard testing" - this includes...

    I would add to "backyard testing" - this includes unpacking and actually testing new gear before going on a trip. I've been on a few trips where "new" gear didn't work for the people that brought it....
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    I'm so freaking glad I finally read this. I've...

    I'm so freaking glad I finally read this. I've used my incubator several times and never realized what each section of the suspension is supposed to do. Add to it that when I got my Incubator, the...
  19. Waiting for the ever-present line "authorities...

    Waiting for the ever-present line "authorities say alcohol may have been a factor"...

    I've gone to pee and almost gotten lost before, sleepwalking definitely sounds plausible.

    Dude needs to go...
  20. Thread: UV Damage

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    UV will zap any fabric, it seems. I have towels...

    UV will zap any fabric, it seems. I have towels I've left on the deck for a couple of days in a good old SC summer... they look like they were tie-dyed.
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    I got a slightly overstuffed 0* incubator. I...

    I got a slightly overstuffed 0* incubator. I already have a DIY synthetic that gets me comfortable to around 35-40*. The incubator is really nice and warm. It treated me very well on the Foothills...
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    I like the looks of the Hammeck. If I had it to...

    I like the looks of the Hammeck. If I had it to start over I'd probably get one of those. Their "envy" comes with a removable bug net, and a cover that replaces the bug net if you want to help hold...
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    I like the Hammeck stuff on their web site......

    I like the Hammeck stuff on their web site... especially the options with the bug net (or not) and the "over cover" (or not) to help hold in heat. If you're thru hiking, you might be able to leave...
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    One thing I did with the tarp was replace the...

    One thing I did with the tarp was replace the stock tie out lines with nite ize reflective cord. It's thin stuff about the same diameter as the hex fly tie out cords. Makes a big difference at night...
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    Love my HH! I used to string the thing pretty...

    Love my HH! I used to string the thing pretty tight, I could strum the ridge line like a guitar string. I still hang it tighter than most people. I definitely don't have that 30 degree line angle.
    ...
  26. Thread: HH cord wear

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    I think I still have my HH suspension ropes. I...

    I think I still have my HH suspension ropes. I switched out to whoopies to make hanging faster and easier. Never thought about switching back, whoopies are a nice improvement and take about an hour...
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    I love the cow ants... Hold them down with a...

    I love the cow ants... Hold them down with a stick and litem to them squeak. Strange beasts...
  28. I have used the tie outs on my Hennessy with my...

    I have used the tie outs on my Hennessy with my HG UQ, usually just clipping them to the tarp corners instead of the ground. It works just fine.
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    I made my first underquilt from about $150 worth...

    I made my first underquilt from about $150 worth of materials and my wife's sewing machine. I found the instructions on here, from kickass quilts. You can try and invent on the cheap, but the more...
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    I use a hennessy in the summer (bug net!) and in...

    I use a hennessy in the summer (bug net!) and in the winter I use an ENO SN. The nice thing about the hennessy and the hex tarp is once you have that set, all I had to buy was the ENO and another set...
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    Never thought of someone taking my hammock. Of...

    Never thought of someone taking my hammock. Of course, usually where I go they would have to pack it out, and if they are back there, they are probably carrying their own stuff already. I like...
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    Permethrin works. Mix it double strength for...

    Permethrin works. Mix it double strength for added oomph. Works great on insects and cats.
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    I kind of got into ENO for the same reason. I had...

    I kind of got into ENO for the same reason. I had the hennessy hammock, but I wanted something for winter without a bug net that was smaller and lighter (since winter backpacking means bulkier...
  34. Thread: Material type

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    It doesn't LOOK ripstop to me... I don't see any...

    It doesn't LOOK ripstop to me... I don't see any of the extra material making up the squares like on my other ripstop stuff. I don't think Hennessy uses ripstop either, just plain old green nylon.
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    I have a 0* underquilt, and a 20* top quilt. Both...

    I have a 0* underquilt, and a 20* top quilt. Both full length. Top quilt has a little overstuff. Love the set! Ive been down to around 20* in them in my ENO. Great product from nice people. Spent a...
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    I tried a thermarest classic in my hennessy one...

    I tried a thermarest classic in my hennessy one night. The trick with it was to under inflate it a little so it bends. There's really no easy way to use a pad in a hammock, IMO.
    There was such a...
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    Love my ENO. It's perfect for my winter hammock...

    Love my ENO. It's perfect for my winter hammock times. I use a hennessy also, but for summer time because of the bug net. I got my ENO because after getting everything for the hennessy (the tarp, the...
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    The Mountain Marathon - SC

    Every year our hiking group leader on meetup does a "mountain marathon". 26 miles through the woods along some pretty tough terrain. You get 13 hours to tackle it, which seems like a lot until you...
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    I have both the hex and the stock tarp. If you...

    I have both the hex and the stock tarp. If you have the money, the space, and are willing to accept the weight penalty, I would definitely go with the hex. The stock tarp is fine with straight down...
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    I just used a piece of fleece and slept on top of...

    I just used a piece of fleece and slept on top of it IN my hammock, not as an UQ. It worked down to 65 in the SC upcountry overnight during a thunderstorm. I usually sleep IN it as a sleeping bag...
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    the "Mountain Marathon" attempt

    http://theosus1.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/marathon-runners-suck-my-trekking-pole/
  42. Just tight enough to strum a good baseline......

    Just tight enough to strum a good baseline... that's what I like in a ridge line!
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    my problem with ham mocking for meteor showers -...

    my problem with ham mocking for meteor showers - is there are TREES above me. and it just finished raining so the trees are dripping at the least provocation.
  44. Mine smelled a bit right out of the box. Smell...

    Mine smelled a bit right out of the box. Smell goes away... until it gets damp. then it smells like wet goose again.
  45. I use stuff sacks for the quilts, Not the...

    I use stuff sacks for the quilts, Not the compression ones with straps, just stuff sacks. My quilt set goes in the sleeping bag compartment with my fleece liner. The hammock has its own stuff sack. I...
  46. It try to pitch my tarp where the holes are...

    It try to pitch my tarp where the holes are facing sideways to the fire. most of the action will be by the fire, and if I go to bed before the fire is out, is helps block some of the light. I usually...
  47. For backpackers - I would worry a little...

    For backpackers - I would worry a little (especially on long trails) about people that may make off with your food. Bad planning on their part and your food sitting there may make them think about...
  48. I wonder if the cooking style should be examined....

    I wonder if the cooking style should be examined. I boil water and dump it onto flavored potato or grits meal mostly. Not a whole lot of worry. I have also thought of taking a steak and frying it up...
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    I got rid of some gear I never used... mostly...

    I got rid of some gear I never used... mostly little stuff, not even worth trying to sell (like three out of four aluminum pots I just recycled). Its amazing how much builds up during "trial and...
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    I could pull mine over my head, but breathing all...

    I could pull mine over my head, but breathing all that moisture into a down quilt? No thanks. The quilt snaps behind my head and tucks in, but my head is exposed. I have two hats, one is a cheap...
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