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    Feeling of satisfaction? and a thank you

    anyone else here just round up their gear and realize they're done (or close to it) with getting stuff?

    in the 2 years since joining HF actively, my gear bin and knowledge base has grown considerably. i started off with the most basic, and in some cases the worst, gear possible, with only an idea of what i was getting into. but now, i feel like ive got "the right stuff" for what i want to do

    im never going to be a gram weenie, because if you get my fat butt to hike you better be walking in front of me with Krispy Kreme on a string.... but i keep looking at the UL stuff, knowing i dont need it (doesnt mean i dont WANT it tho...)

    and my gear progression reads like Genesis in the bible: ENO begat Warbonnet who begat WL NO; PLUQ begat full 20* UGQ Quilts. Stainless Steel begat Titanium, etc etc etc. you can literally graph out the gear purchases on a curve. and i know im not the only one.

    but thru it all, you guys helped keep me "on track", with suggestions and links and advice. all you on here got to "know me" and my needs, as i have a few of you, and helped me get straightened out.

    in the process of all this, ive made more than a few friends, and been fortunate enough to have started 2 hangs and (i think) inspired at least one more here in the SC region. every time someone asks me for help or recommendations, im humbled and think about all the HF'ers here that guided me while i was asking those same ole n00b questions!

    thank you to NCPatrick, who has had to whack me in the head a few times when my ideas got the best of me, and to AngrySparrow for being the P.I.M.P. (Playa In Management Position) around here. this place is a real refuge on the net, a breath of fresh air to be sure.

    so what im trying to say is, im having a gear zen moment & im really thankfull for all of you here, for all that you do for me and everyone else.

    speech over...
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    Dido. Well put... me to.

    And another thanks to Shug and his noob vids... I am a visual learner
    "It's better to keep your mouth shut and let people THINK your stupid than to open it and PROVE it" - SFC Kagawa, United States Army (my old platoon SGT)
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    shug is the worst. i now NEED a cuben tarp because of him. and shug if you read this, can you link to the cuben video where you did a "sound" test of rain?

    also to SHUG: this is an open invitation (actually, me begging) that if you can, please come down to SC for a hang, dont care if its mine or not. i need to shake your hand. a few of us have talked about it, and if need be we are prepared to get you a bus ticket down....
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    Quote Originally Posted by REV View Post
    shug is the worst. i now NEED a cuben tarp because of him. and shug if you read this, can you link to the cuben video where you did a "sound" test of rain?

    also to SHUG: this is an open invitation (actually, me begging) that if you can, please come down to SC for a hang, dont care if its mine or not. i need to shake your hand. a few of us have talked about it, and if need be we are prepared to get you a bus ticket down....
    I think that was spinnUL vs sylnylon
    "It's better to keep your mouth shut and let people THINK your stupid than to open it and PROVE it" - SFC Kagawa, United States Army (my old platoon SGT)
    *Originally -Abraham Lincoln 16th president of US (1809 -1865)

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    Quote Originally Posted by REV View Post
    shug is the worst. i now NEED a cuben tarp because of him. and shug if you read this, can you link to the cuben video where you did a "sound" test of rain?

    also to SHUG: this is an open invitation (actually, me begging) that if you can, please come down to SC for a hang, dont care if its mine or not. i need to shake your hand. a few of us have talked about it, and if need be we are prepared to get you a bus ticket down....
    It was silnylon vs spinntex. But you can hear rain on my cuben on the video below. Sounds good...bit sharper than silnylon. Dry as a bone.
    If I get to SC...I have to visit family and it is a ways away......
    No Bus))))))
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    Whoooo Buddy)))) I Love Onions, Grits, Greens, Livermush, NC Style BBQ, Potted Meat, Anchovies, 'Naner Puddin", Peanut Butter Pie, Red Velvet Cake and Cocoa and Straaaaaawwwwberrrry Milk and Coffee Crisps....
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    True story:

    Hanging out with REV this past week (briefly) felt like hanging out with a somebody. He's also very pretty, with curves in all the right places.

    I second the notion that Shug make it on down, and further suggest that it be for the Frozen Butt Hang.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gresh View Post
    I second the notion that Shug make it on down, and further suggest that it be for the Frozen Butt Hang.
    Ok, Shug lives 25 miles from me, I know how cold it gets here. But SC? Cold? Really? Maybe you could have a chilly butt hang. Just joking, but I can't imagine you get nearly so cold as here. We're farther north than Canada! (parts of it anyway).

    I'm such a wimp I've got eyehooks on my deck so I can test my gear before I go for the frozen butt hang here in Minnesota. I can bail and in 4 feet be nice and warm if my quilt(s) don't cut it. If they don't I can't go for sub zero. I'm not even sure my long johns are up to that much cold! I work outdoors, but have a warm van to hop into before my parts begin to freeze. Camping out is a whole 'nuther thang. Those guys are nuts or brave, and I can't wait to join them to find out which!

    But you're absolutely right. There are angels here that deserve wings and halos for all the goodness they've created, prepared and shared. One can't visit here long before feeling the love. My gratitude to all who've contributed to this excellent example of how good the Internet can be.

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    Very nice post. Maybe two years from now, I will be "set" gear wise. Being such a NOOB still, I completely appreciate all the help you and the other hangers are giving me. I am learning so much and building up my gear.
    As for SHUG...you know, I have The Big Top tarp that might help entice him to come hang with us. :-)

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    I've been at this for a about a year and half and I see no end in sight. No matter what I get I see something new to me and I have to try it. Of course I'm a tinkerer and love fiddling with my gear. You really don't want to know how many DY stoves I've made and have piled up around my house, and hopefully my wife want find my stash either.

    Many of my pieces of kit I've only used once. I have my favorite bits of gear that I keep going back to, but I can't seem to help drooling over other bits to work on my pack weight/bulk or just to have something new and shiny, if only for a weekend. I wonder if I could start a gear rental service.

    I prefer backpacking over car camping, but got to get the family out camping sometimes. I can't wait to try out paddle/bikepacking too, as they both seem like great fun. Lord help my bank account when I start buying boats.

    All this to say, I may not have my gear 100% set but thanks to great folks here I've always got an idea of what I want to try next.
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    Took me two years to complete the process of getting my hammock gear in order. I'm set now, but of course will buy the occasional item. If I had it to do over, it would only take a few minutes to buy what I need.

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