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    Are National Parks not already free access? We...

    Are National Parks not already free access? We never have to pay... ;-)
  2. FS: Would you sell the Super Shelter separately?...

    Would you sell the Super Shelter separately?
    And...is this the #1 or the #2?
    And...does it include the OverCover?
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    First thing I recommend...get some nylon and make...

    First thing I recommend...get some nylon and make some hammocks. It will be far cheaper than buying them, especially if everybody wants one. And it is not rocket surgery, especially if you knot the...
  4. WITHDRAWN: Are they Expeditions, or Explorers?

    Are they Expeditions, or Explorers?
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    I suggest adding a windshield bubble reflector...

    I suggest adding a windshield bubble reflector instead...I love them.
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    Depending on your ability, DIY is way cheaper. If you look in my gallery, you will see my DIY Winter Dream over my HH UL Explorer. It is great, has survived snow storms and rain without issue. I...
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    And when that Figure-9 comes apart, some sharp...

    And when that Figure-9 comes apart, some sharp piece of it will invariable end up in your head when it slingshots away from the suspension in direct line with the tension (which is in direct line...
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    I LOVE to make my own gear, so I don't see the...

    I LOVE to make my own gear, so I don't see the time involved as a negative aspect of the project for which I *need* to account. If you, too, LOVE to make gear then BY ALL MEANS you can make an...
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    I have Figure-9's on my RL, and midshipman's...

    I have Figure-9's on my RL, and midshipman's hitches on my guylines. I've thought repeatedly about buying something for the tensioning, but the hitch works so well. Sometimes, if I am using line...
  10. Sounds good to me!

    Sounds good to me!
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    I agree on the overcover, it will be the next...

    I agree on the overcover, it will be the next project. I just had those things at hand for an impromptu overcover and wanted to test with one, having never used an overcover before. Now I'm...
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    Folding silver bubbly truck size windshield...

    Folding silver bubbly truck size windshield reflector. You put it in the hammock half folded, last back on it, and unfold the rest under your legs.
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    Do you have any suggestions based upon your...

    Do you have any suggestions based upon your cold-weather rig? I welcome feedback and pictures.
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    My cheap DIY setup for 0F

    Hello everybody!

    I thought I would share my 0 DIY setup as an encouragement to newbies that it can be done, DIY and on the cheap, if you are patient. The entire setup in the pics cost...
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    Last night was 0 and I stayed comfortable in...

    Last night was 0 and I stayed comfortable in only DIY equipment. I had my cat's meow sleeping bag handy on the ground but didn't need it. The overcover combo was great, and with it my JCP TQ...
  16. Thread: Toggles

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    +1 on the carbon fiber cutoffs, most archery...

    +1 on the carbon fiber cutoffs, most archery stores and outdoor stores will give you a bag for free.
    I personally use .30-06 shells and I, too, leave them in my straps for storage. I just stuff my...
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    Consider an overhand knot at each end after you...

    Consider an overhand knot at each end after you gather the hammock, instead of a sewn channel. And pay close attention to how you gather the hammock, there is a lot of opinion and information about...
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    EXCELLENT advice about the over cover... It is...

    EXCELLENT advice about the over cover... It is not tight fitting (it simply drapes from the RL) and it vents slightly at both ends. I hope to not have condensation issues, we'll see... Thanks!
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    I...I don't know what to say! Shug not only read...

    I...I don't know what to say! Shug not only read my post, he replied to it! All hail Shug!
    Seriously, just finished watching your latest video. Good job on the video, fun looking trip! Thanks...
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    first try at cold weather hammocking

    Temps here should get around 20 tonight. Mostly diy gear: diy winter tarp with doors, diy gathered hammock, bubbly windshield protector, diy baffled 1/2 length down uq, diy jcp down tq, poncho...
  21. OK...I'm still working on what I would like to do...

    OK...I'm still working on what I would like to do hammock-wise, but so far here is my wish-list for the SLS that I have been wanting to try (I will add the hammock materials and design tonight):
    ...
  22. I'm happy to see another Tennessean! Down the...

    I'm happy to see another Tennessean! Down the road in Powell
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    I respectfully disagree. I can sew just fine,...

    I respectfully disagree. I can sew just fine, yet I prefer this method for my hammocks. I feel that it provides a stronger mechanical attachment point than a sewn channel, at the cost of slightly...
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    YES! That is how I make my hammocks, and I have...

    YES! That is how I make my hammocks, and I have not had a failure (I still use my first DIY and it is now 3 years old). As stated, just be aware of how you are gathering the ends before knotting...
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    Soft shackle your locked brummel directly to the...

    Soft shackle your locked brummel directly to the stand hardware and let the rest of the whoopie dangle.
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    If you do it please take pictures and post the...

    If you do it please take pictures and post the build...
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    I never have any real condensation trouble in the...

    I never have any real condensation trouble in the summer months...you just have to try it yourself because YMMV. The pad is my go-to insulation down to about 50.
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    It is just a custom fitted bubble windshield...

    It is just a custom fitted bubble windshield protector. I haven't used the HH pad, but I have used a truck sized windshield screen for years and really like it. I don't get clammy or wet with it,...
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    SOLD: Is this the same hammock you ran over with your...

    Is this the same hammock you ran over with your chair and put a line in the fabric? If so, did you ever notice any increased wear or problems as a result of that encounter? Would it be possible to...
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    I, too, love using a pad. I have never used an...

    I, too, love using a pad. I have never used an actual camping pad or CCF pad (except as a footpad).

    I have both a pad and an UQ (1/2 length baffled DIY down). I will have to admit I love my pad....
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    Sticky: I think the movement of the sheaths is more to...

    I think the movement of the sheaths is more to take into account different distances between trees while still maintaining an appropriate hang angle.
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    Sticky: OK...I've read and re-read, and revisited this...

    OK...I've read and re-read, and revisited this subject from time to time over the years. I can't figure out if what I am proposing has already been proposed and discarded. What I envision is a...
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    welcome from Powell, we should get everybody...

    welcome from Powell, we should get everybody together for a hang when it is warm
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    Sticky: Let me just affirm that I understand and fully...

    Let me just affirm that I understand and fully support the TOS, and I apologize for the indiscretion of my remark.
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    Sticky: :lol:Not with the "gift" option!:lol::scared:

    :lol:Not with the "gift" option!:lol::scared:
  36. WITHDRAWN: FWIW, if someone bought both those jackets they...

    FWIW, if someone bought both those jackets they could make a good topquilt with detachable jacket out of just two of them. I made a couple that turned out pretty decent...my current go-to TQ down to...
  37. Zip your jacket around the head end of the hammock

    Zip your jacket around the head end of the hammock
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    I have yet to find anything I like better than a...

    I have yet to find anything I like better than a bubble windshield reflector
  39. Hallooo!!! from down the road in Powell

    Hallooo!!! from down the road in Powell
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    I have good experiences zipping my coat around...

    I have good experiences zipping my coat around the foot of my hammock.

    Also, for a pad, I LOVE the reflective bubble car windshield pad. Lightweight, warm, cheap, durable. By itself, I can be...
  41. There are some downsides: if you like standing a...

    There are some downsides: if you like standing a lot and fiddling with your setup, switching to whoopies will unfortunately reduce the time necessary to hang the hammock. Also, if you like...
  42. Well, I looked at the suggestions... Done, done,...

    Well, I looked at the suggestions...
    Done, done, done, done, and done! Unconsciously, I have been following every bit of Singer's advice for years. Actually, that is how I tackle all the problems...
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    http://abc7news.com/archive/7677070/

    http://abc7news.com/archive/7677070/
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    take a light-weight stand instead of your tarp...

    take a light-weight stand instead of your tarp and cold weather gear...or one end of a stand and attach to the rock wall at the other end. Or have two Scouts stand up all night and attach to them.
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    And it has the added benefit of keeping your milk...

    And it has the added benefit of keeping your milk fresh without refrigeration!
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    I have hung from the hinge of my truck tailgate...

    I have hung from the hinge of my truck tailgate without issue. I wonder if you could attach to the rear hatch hinge? Those things are typically very beefy and well secured, and that would be almost...
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    If you can find a couple of the JCP Puffer...

    If you can find a couple of the JCP Puffer Jackets from somebody on here (and have basic sewing skills), you can cheaply and easily throw together the modular down TQ with sewn footbox in my...
  48. Thread: No pad?

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    Personally, in warm weather all I take is a...

    Personally, in warm weather all I take is a windshield pad and something light up top (usually my puffer jacket TQ). I don't need serious bottom insulation until it gets into the 40's. Pads are...
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    Welcome from Powell! All of us Greater Knoxville...

    Welcome from Powell! All of us Greater Knoxville area people should get together and meet...and then plan some hangs this year!
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    My mistake everybody... I withdraw the...

    My mistake everybody... I withdraw the invitation.

    Mods please close the thread.
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