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  • And In Other News

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    Seems to me the artist has a poor understanding of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, but a keen understanding of human gullibility.

  • Hiker Rescues and Fatalities

    Time Zone - - General

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    If the tree itself fell on him, rather than a limb, it's possible he had suspended his hammock too tightly - you need sag (about 30 degrees from the tree to the bottom of your hammock) to avoid major lateral shear forces. Derek Hansen has a "hammock calculator" on his website you could use to calculate the forces, based on distance between trees, desired hammock height (bottom middle, as if sitting laterally), hammock hang height, and so on. theultimatehang.com/hammock-hang-calculator/ **** In o…

  • welcome to the cafe

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    3 best resources I've found for hammocking are: - hammockforums.net - Sean Emery's YT videos (aka Shug) - Derek Hansen's The Ultimate Hang (book, website) For rain flys, I have a 3m x 3m DD hammocks tarp. It's their baseline model, not the UL SuperLight. I decided I'd upgrade if I really got into it. Haven't had a need yet, but hope to someday. Diamond orientation of rain fly is easiest & quickest, but least protective in blowing rain. Unfortunately, I found I didn't have the patience for dialin…

  • Fishing

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    For those interested, the latest Backpackinglight podcast (#38) is on fly fishing with Tenkara.

  • Other Hobbies and Interests

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    Quote from Traffic Jam: “Does anyone here make sketches of what they see while hiking? ” You might enjoy checking out Evan Schaeffer's sketches instagram.com/evan.schaeffer/

  • The Cumberland Trail

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    The Cumberland Trail celebrates 50 years on April 30 with a 9-hour event at "Head of Sequatchie Management Unit of the CT in Cumberland County, 9 miles south from Cumberland Mountain State Park." Info was sent out to TN Trails chapter heads and then on to members. I suspect it's open to all interested ... you could also get more info from the CT office in Caryville, 423-566-2229.

  • DIY

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    Quote from jimmyjam: “Well I struggled thru finishing this tarp and I will never work with this material again. It is just too slippery, way more slippery than silnylon. ” This is silpoly that you are describing? Interesting - though I don't plan any DIY with silpoly, I have considered it for my next trekking-pole-supported backpacking tent.

  • Book

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    Quote from LIhikers: “Speaking of books, my wife had gotten the book 2000 Miles Together (I think that was the title) the story of the Crawford family hike of the AT. It's an OK read, but mentions a couple of cafe members by name, internet name. ” Did they quote stuff from Whiteblaze or just mention some posters by forum name? If they quoted, it appears to me they'd have to have gotten permission, according to the terms of the WB copyright notice.

  • Sheltowee Trace Trail

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    Quote from Traffic Jam: “This is the gazebo...only the roof is visible. ” OMG, I think I was hiking there just this past July. Past flooding was evident - you could see ripple patterns of silt well up the banks of the river and even creeping up on signage. When the water is down, though, it's a great place for getting out on the big rocks. (Sorry, first one uploaded sideways ... ) appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…2776113d755cf3a9900b19b0dappalachiantrailcafe.net/index…2776113d755cf3a9900b19b0dappa…

  • Bought a new pack

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    Quote from IMScotty: “I just took a look, and they still make plenty of Kelty External Frame packs. I got rid of mine years ago, but I think what I had was a Tioga. Here is the model now... appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…2776113d755cf3a9900b19b0d ” I briefly had a Tioga, before sending it back and getting a Trekker in its place. I sent it back because it seemed to me that a significant part of the capacity difference was that that Tioga bag extended lower than the Trekker, to the point that a Ri…

  • Socks

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    Quote from IMScotty: “Just want to give another shout out to 'Darn Tough'. Sent in two pairs of worn out socks to take them up on their guarantee. Nothing wrong with the socks. These were well trail-worn and abused socks that finally wore in the heal. I truly never had another sock hold up as well as these did. Just got their credit for the worn socks through an email. Ordered two replacements online. Zero total cost to me with free shipping. Like OMO I feel a bit guilty taking the up on this. H…

  • Obed Closed

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    Been awhile since I posted in this thread, but just wanted to pass along that it appears the CT has finally closed the notorious Obed section (Alley Ford to Devil's Breakfast Table) for trail maintenance. I made 2 efforts from the Nemo Bridge area last year and each time the trail disappeared after Alley Ford but before Breakaway Bluff (my 2nd attempt got me an extra 100 yds or so). Arch Mountain is closed. Lawson Mountain is not yet closed but they say it's bad enough that you should navigate b…

  • Corona Virus and the Trail

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    Quote from Dmax: “Quote from Traffic Jam: “It’s been two weeks since my second vaccine so I decided to have an antibody test today. It showed up IgG positive within seconds. The lady told me I could rip off my mask and run through the Covid unit. It’s such a relief, especially after taking care of a very sick lady yesterday. : ” - Just make sure to stay away from the strain coming out of South Africa. ” There are several variants going around, including one that evolved right in my son's college…

  • And In Other News

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    Mrs. Time Zone and I drove ~9 mi to Costco on Monday or Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and promptly turned around and headed home after seeing the lot full and many cars circling the lot for spaces. I noticed no line outside the warehouse, so apparently Costco wasn't limiting the number of people inside, as it had earlier in the pandemic (when things weren't as bad (prevalence) as they are now!). Looking forward to going again sometime but IDK when that will be. Masks aren't a substitute for dista…

  • Corona Virus and the Trail

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    Quote from LIhikers: “Quote from max.patch: “Quote from LIhikers: “I can't believe it........New York's govenor Cuomo got an Emmy award for his daily press briefings about the corona virus.....the bar must be really, really low this year. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that in a day and age when everyone gets a trophy just for participating . The guy was just doing his job , geesh, makes me want to bang my head against a wall or squeeze my hand in a vise. ” At least he did his job.Other politi…

  • Let's talk about quilts

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    One plus for quilts, though, is the lack of zipper as a point of failure. Though I suppose that's less commonly an issue than with items that are exposed to dirt/rain like zippers on tents. That said, outside of summer, I agree with Muddywaters that the drafts let in by a quilt (as you toss and turn) are not trivial in terms of loss of warmth. I also agree with Drybones that having the pad right next to your skin isn't great (but I usu. wear PJs anyway, and in summer if I'm in shorts/tee, I slee…

  • Let's talk about quilts

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    One of the favorite "tabula rasa" items of hammockers has been the Costco Down Throw (CDT). At about 16 (dollars AND ounces), DIY folks have made these into top quilts (TQ), 3/4 hammock underquilts, ponchos, skirts, and everything insulated short of a pot-grabber. A friend of mine with mad sewing skillz took pity on my envy and longing for a CDT TQ, and fashioned a 50" x 80" top quilt (incl. footbox) for me out of the bog-standard 60" x 70" CDT. Finished TQ pictured below: appalachiantrailcafe.n…

  • I need a lighter sleeping pad

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    Quote from odd man out: “I have the Klymit Static V. One nice thing about is it's wider than the standard 20 Inch pads which don't work for me. For some reason many pads only come in wide sizes when you get the extra long. It's gotten better recently. More now offer wide regular length. Must be all my whining. But the Static V is a summer pad. I used it on a chilly fall weekend and slept cold. They do make an insulated version. Not sure of the weight. It is very affordable. ” A couple words of c…

  • Corona Virus and the Trail

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    Quote from Astro: “Not normally into conspiracy theories myself, but I believe most of the media is taking great pleasure in destroying the stock market. And the rest of the media doesn't mind having a hot story driving their ratings. ” Hot stories always drive ratings - whether it's the stock market soaring or crashing. And, unfortunately, what Brit Royal has a tiff with what other Brit Royal. Keep in mind, journalists are people who have retirement plans too, and guess what comprises a greater…

  • Different Trail Legs

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    Quote from LIhikers: “I've thought of using a flat utility trailer as a rolling tent platform. or, maybe having a top like a classic covered wagon that could be put up and taken down ” Me too. I had such a trailer - 4'x8' folding utility trailer that I made from a kit I bought at Northern Tool. Used it to transport my motorcycle a few times to the shop when getting a ride to/from there was inconvenient. Sometimes thought about enclosing it like a teardrop build, but never warmed up to the hassle…