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    politically essential IMO

    politically essential IMO
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    in thinking about this I suspect The Claw might...

    in thinking about this I suspect The Claw might be a bit of overkill for the application - the application has the force coming from only one direction so a linear type of anchor may well be all that...
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    main thing I do when stretching the limits of my...

    main thing I do when stretching the limits of my setup is to stick a hot water bottle between my legs - warms the blood in the femoral artery and the warm blood warms my feet nicely

    other things...
  4. If you don't already have a copy of Ashley you...

    If you don't already have a copy of Ashley you can get one free download from: http://www.ebook3000.com/Ashley-Book-of-Knots_6200.html

    I've been looking at ABOK wrt the Kalmyk knot and I am of the...
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    first thing I do with a new ENO type hammock is...

    first thing I do with a new ENO type hammock is to remove the bag (I usually buy Trek Light but its the same thing)
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    well one off the wall idea is to lash the strap...

    well one off the wall idea is to lash the strap once after feeding it through the loop - that is to say feed the free end of the strap up under the part going around the tree holding onto a bit of...
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    well if you don't want the dirt approach then...

    well if you don't want the dirt approach then toss them in the washing machine - basically anything to get the surface roughed up a little
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    try rubbing them down with some dirt - should...

    try rubbing them down with some dirt - should take the gloss off and maybe embed some particles for added gripping

    note I bought some 1 inch wide polyester seatbelt webbing from Strapworks and...
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    or alternatively just dehydrate the baby wipes...

    or alternatively just dehydrate the baby wipes before hike and only rehydrate one at a time just before use
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    no hot water bottle? to me a hot water bottle is...

    no hot water bottle? to me a hot water bottle is the prime reason to have a fire in winter
  11. Thread: Military Noob

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    wrt to hiking the AT - see if you can get leave...

    wrt to hiking the AT - see if you can get leave to attend the SORUCK in western NC this coming Jan 13-16 at the NOC - see soruck.net for details

    I think there may also be a hammock demo or two...
  12. Thread: Stake Boom

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    as I mentioned elsewhere (above?) The Claw can be...

    as I mentioned elsewhere (above?) The Claw can be disassembled for similar type stakes or if desired just get 4 claws and have a really good / solid ground anchor system that's easy to install/remove...
  13. a good idea - one possible improvement is in the...

    a good idea - one possible improvement is in the finishing step "Tie a lark's head knot to finish" - the way I do this is to form a lark's head in the loop from one end then feed the other end...
  14. Thread: Which one?

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    even with mittens on I didn't think it was that...

    even with mittens on I didn't think it was that bad - grab ring with one hand, grab both sides of the strap (ie part from tree and part that is hanging free) and push hands together to loosen knot -...
  15. Thread: Which one?

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    ever try a single ring with a girth hitch? I...

    ever try a single ring with a girth hitch? I used that for a few years when I was using a strap system. fairly easy to adjust by loosening the girth hitch then shorten/lengthen the free side of the...
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    basically yes I have had water run down the...

    basically yes I have had water run down the suspension and get the hammock wet

    BUT that was with an OLD Safari Deluxe with the sewn in straps

    with any of my modified hammocks it has not been a...
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    depending on where the ridge line snapped you may...

    depending on where the ridge line snapped you may not need to replace it - if there is enough line to tie a small bowline loop on each side of the break you can then just use an adjustable loop...
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    some notes about winter camping in Shen -...

    some notes about winter camping in Shen - basically nothing is open in terms of front country camping,lodges, waysides, etc. (see http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/facilities-opening-schedule.htm...
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    no- as I recall the monopod from a few years ago...

    no- as I recall the monopod from a few years ago only had 1 (very good) anchor and yes the hammock did sway but there was a stable position - as the 2x4 went off vertical it was pulled back by...
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    it will probably work fine provided the strap...

    it will probably work fine provided the strap over top of the ladder is secured so it won't slip off the ladder - some years ago there was a similar idea where a notched 2x4 was used instead of the...
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    have you contacted OWF ? At one time I think...

    have you contacted OWF ? At one time I think they had Epic. link: http://www.owfinc.com
  22. if you wish an simple hack job of an adjustable...

    if you wish an simple hack job of an adjustable ridge line then you could do what I did - cut the line and tie a loop in each side of the cut then put an adjustable loop tied with a no stretch type...
  23. if you are going to put the extra wrap around the...

    if you are going to put the extra wrap around the tree (aka a round turn) then just use a couple half hitches where the second hitch is slipped - before I used WS this was my method of securing the...
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    might be the time to upgrade to whoopie slings...

    might be the time to upgrade to whoopie slings and the new Dutch Buckle instead of using the ring buckles
  25. Thread: Dutch Buckle

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    good video - too bad the title of the video is...

    good video - too bad the title of the video is misspelled
  26. and I am sure the people who can actually read...

    and I am sure the people who can actually read that thread are properly moved by it - I on the other hand ...
  27. be careful about the firewood that it does not...

    be careful about the firewood that it does not come from a quarantined area
  28. there is a West Marine in Tacoma - call and ask...

    there is a West Marine in Tacoma - call and ask if they stock Spyder Line or other similar low stretch dyneema core lines

    West Marine #24
    3212 Twentieth St E
    Tacoma, WA USA 98424
    Telephone:...
  29. no - you would not be able to splice it as to...

    no - you would not be able to splice it

    as to how it would work you tie one end to the hammock using one of several techniques the easiest of which if a larks head around the end of the hammock...
  30. well Spyderline is a good choice - spectra core...

    well Spyderline is a good choice - spectra core with a poly sheath - holds a knot reasonably well and minimal stretch
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    seems to be OK with me - Firefox 6.0.2 under...

    seems to be OK with me - Firefox 6.0.2 under Ubuntu 11.04

    wrt the original question - if concerned about exceeding the rating of the Dutch Clip additional safety factor can be had if one does a...
  32. Thread: Stake Boom

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    wrt to the separated Claw stake booms - I tried...

    wrt to the separated Claw stake booms - I tried them today with a 45* angle of the WS to the pole and with the boom raised a couple inches on the rope end - result was a failure during preload...
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    tie a string loop in place of the bead

    tie a string loop in place of the bead
  34. Thread: Stake Boom

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    weight - approximate from kitchen scale - boom...

    weight - approximate from kitchen scale - boom 6.5 ounce (includes small bolt that I left in the stake for a pin), stake 6 ounce

    note stakes seem to be a better quality than the 12 inch spikes I...
  35. Thread: Stake Boom

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    another possible source for stake booms - see my...

    another possible source for stake booms - see my post : http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showpost.php?p=542362&postcount=12
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    I just got some other style anchors that show...

    I just got some other style anchors that show some possible application - called The Claw which is basically three boom stakes joined together at a central hub : see...
  37. won't make it this year - SORUCK is the same...

    won't make it this year - SORUCK is the same weekend
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    measure the ridgeline - I think Ultra is...

    measure the ridgeline - I think Ultra is something like 144 inch ridgeline - where the main seam is
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    either 1.) use Gargoye's foot rest thingy or 2.)...

    either 1.) use Gargoye's foot rest thingy or 2.) wear shoes and use a footline - IMO try the footline first since you probably have some 550 cord laying around - just run a slack line from the two...
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    Successful hang at last

    I was finally able to get this hammock stand to work for me with some extra stuff - end result I used two stake & booms plus an extra doubled stake for each end with a WS on each line leading to the...
  41. Thread: Hangout spot

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    one heck of a sag angle on those hammocks

    one heck of a sag angle on those hammocks
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    now how about a secondary line going from foot...

    now how about a secondary line going from foot line up to the ridge line with a small sack or something to hold your beer
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    DWR is a treatment for fabric - stands for...

    DWR is a treatment for fabric - stands for "durable water repellent"

    wrt wally world blue ccf - I would cut mine taking off the corners top left and bottom right (the corners closest to the edges...
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    Poll: a pole mod on the tarp helps - which ever side...

    a pole mod on the tarp helps - which ever side the wind is coming from let the pole raise up on that side to funnel the air flow down to the hammock

    having a side zip hammock helps some also - if...
  45. Thread: Stake Boom

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    oh well - never did get an answer to the question...

    oh well - never did get an answer to the question of angle so I went ahead and made the anchors with a 45* angle - if I ever get inspired to experiment I'll make another batch with the 60* angle and...
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    I agree - I used a Gearskin for several years...

    I agree - I used a Gearskin for several years with a foam pad - worked fine

    then I switched to an UQ and the pack just didn't work "right" anymore
  47. wrt OP question - I use a 1 ft continuous loop on...

    wrt OP question - I use a 1 ft continuous loop on the end of each hammock and clip the rest of the suspension onto the loop (WS + tree strap) using a Dutch biner - I leave the WS attached to the tree...
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    one note - add a foot line and your comfort...

    one note - add a foot line and your comfort sitting sideways in the hammock will be increased significantly
  49. I had 2QZQ do a Mod 4 on my HH - great work and I...

    I had 2QZQ do a Mod 4 on my HH - great work and I didn't have the PIA of doing it
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    hammock - if I'm going to die I'd rather die happy

    hammock - if I'm going to die I'd rather die happy
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