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    JRB 11x10 tarp, first night out

    Got home from my week of travels and got my rig up under a new JRB 11x10 tarp last night. Some night!



    Temps just below 30 most of the night, but check out the wind speed!

    Oh, and we had some snow.







    But of course, I was snug inside my hammock sock



    As FF has noted, you can't button up the tarp with a bridge hammock. What I did here was to put the hammock as far back as I could and still be covered on one end, and see what I could do with the doors on the other end.

    I could swing the doors all the way back on that end, but I'd pitched the tarp wide so as to not have the spreader bars touching the sides ever. So closed doors don't add much coverage. I didn't set them all the way back then, rather, just closed in about 45 degrees from their straight orientation. The wind was moving around all night, but from some directions they did deflect it a little more than would have otherwise happened.

    The tarp has 6 tie-outs on the 10' edges. I really liked having a center pair to help pull out the side.

    The color is very nice too.

    The tarp meets, even exceeds my expectations (I wasn't expecting so many tie-outs!)

    But I need another solution to get more protection from nights like last night! (Although I was warm and protected in my sock, it still took a fair amount of blown in snow on the outside.)

    Grizz

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    Nice Grizz, love the color of that tarp. No one can beat that type weather documentation! Did the tie outs still look healthy after all that wind (I mean relative to sticking tearing out)?

    I'm impressed with the picture inside your DIY bridge. It looks really wide compared to the JRB version, I know you said in other posts that yours was wider but I didn't really get the impact until I saw this pic, it looks really comfy - is this the one described in your article? How much does this version weigh?

    Is the bridge your #1 (favorite) hammock, or which one would you take for an extended trip (1 week or greater)?

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    uh...translate sticking to stitching, sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by greggg3 View Post
    Nice Grizz, love the color of that tarp. No one can beat that type weather documentation! Did the tie outs still look healthy after all that wind (I mean relative to sticking tearing out)?

    I'm impressed with the picture inside your DIY bridge. It looks really wide compared to the JRB version, I know you said in other posts that yours was wider but I didn't really get the impact until I saw this pic, it looks really comfy - is this the one described in your article? How much does this version weigh?

    Is the bridge your #1 (favorite) hammock, or which one would you take for an extended trip (1 week or greater)?
    Thanks. Tarp post-storm looks fine.

    Total weight (excluding hammock sock) of inner and outer body, all the ropes and rings needed to hang, just a shade over 27 oz. It is very comfortable.

    That said, if I were have to hit the trail for 2 weeks today for someplace in bug country, I might go with the Warbonnet Eldorado (provided I could get a version of WBG's UQ) instead. I think I can pack out a few ounces lighter, because the Warbonnet has a built-in bugnet. But I'm not done with this bridge thing yet, and am musing on a lightest weight version for the summer months.

    but there really is nothing like the bridge for sleeping on the stomach.

    Grizz

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams View Post
    That said, if I were have to hit the trail for 2 weeks today for someplace in bug country, I might go with the Warbonnet Eldorado (provided I could get a version of WBG's UQ) instead. Grizz
    The Warbonnet RULES!
    That was my best neo impression.

    I do like the way that tarp looks. Does it stay tight with all those tie-outs?

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    That a really nice looking tarp. It looks huge. I also really like the color. You bridge hammock looks incredibly roomy and comfy inside.

    What did you use to take your weather info?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    The Warbonnet RULES!
    That was my best neo impression.
    the clinched it. You're a natural, will be a big hit doing impressions at all the shelters on your way north.
    I do like the way that tarp looks. Does it stay tight with all those tie-outs?
    It has stayed tight through a couple of days of being pitched, including the night in the wind tunnel.

    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    That a really nice looking tarp. It looks huge. I also really like the color.
    The color is great, and the space beneath is great. All this for an advertised weight of 18 oz (I've not weighed it myself yet).

    You bridge hammock looks incredibly roomy and comfy inside.
    It is clear and away the most comfortable of the ones I've made to date. In the coming week or so I'll revamp my "Guide to Building a Bridge Hammock", re-titled (to distinguish it from TeeDee's magnus opus) "A Dummy's Guide to Building a Bridge Hammock", and basically lay out how to build this one.

    What did you use to take your weather info?
    The weather underground .
    First pick your zipcode, then on the resulting page scroll down to the "Personal Weather Stations" and find one near you. Great weather site.

    Grizz

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams View Post
    the clinched it. You're a natural, will be a big hit doing impressions at all the shelters on your way north.
    Wait till you see my Chris Farley; fat man in a little hammock.

    Looking forward to the revamped guide. Pretty sure this will be my first post-hike project. Seeing Scott's up close really got me interested. The way you've opened your's up may have just sealed the deal. Nice job as always Grizz!

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    "A Dummy's Guide to Building a Bridge Hammock"
    Now your talking.....1+2=6
    "Every day above ground is a good day"

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    Yeah, I want a copy of "a dummy's guide..." too. Seriously Grizz, looking forward to seeing instructions for that hammock in your pictures. Nice work, I'd like to copy it dimension for dimension. Looks like a great winter project.

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