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7 hours ago, Biff Tannen said:

Furk.  From my blog:

Sorry Surly.

So can you transfer your slot to me or what?  

Man, I'm really sorry to hear this news.  Life is full of setbacks and postponements of goals.  Take some comfort in the fact that this won't be the last opportunity in your life to do this.  There will be other times you can make this happen and it'll make the trip that much greater.

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I didn't hike it nor backpack it today but...

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Smokey Mountain National Park. A hike is in the making. Yes, I'm ugly, balding, fat and I'm wearing a poofy jacket... But my prescription Raybands are cherry.

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I've done lots of BSA overnight, and backpacking camping over the years. So it's always been sleeping bags or sleeping hammocks.  We're spending 5 nights in July at the Floydfest, Va. music festival, and have what's called VIP camping packages. We'll have a golf cart bringing in, and taking out our gear. We'll have a group of guys in three sites together so we'll be setting up an outdoor apartment of sorts for hanging between acts, chilling out, etc.  Everything is pretty much catered right down to meals and all our beer and wine, So it's really all about setting up a great 5 day campsite.

We'll do tents with large tarps/rainflies above to create outdoor rooms connecting the 3 sites.  We'll probably bring in one big community wall tent as a "living room" space.

I'm starting to look for a good sleeping cot for the week.  I've got neck issues from time to time so I want something comfortabley supportive. I've seen several cots on the internet, but always like actual user referrals.  Any recs on specific cots ?  

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I don't think the cot is going to be as important as the sleeping pad you have on top of it. It's not like you are in a situation where space is at a premium. Pay attention to getting a proper sleeping pad and bag and any appropriately sized cot should do you.

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11 minutes ago, NotActuallyALonghorn said:

I don't think the cot is going to be as important as the sleeping pad you have on top of it. It's not like you are in a situation where space is at a premium. Pay attention to getting a proper sleeping pad and bag and any appropriately sized cot should do you.

The cots recommended on Amazon have built in padding, they're not just old style army cots,  but yeah padding is key. I have a great truck bed pad I've used when we do a car camping set up.

 

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On 2/27/2020 at 10:35 PM, DougO said:

Probably nobody cares, but I thought I would update and report that I have been wearing the crap out of my Columbia Newton Ridge hikers and they have worked out really well. I often wear them just in every day stuff, especially when it's a bit wet or cold. They really hold up and haven't started turning over to the side like my shoes usually do. So anyone looking for some decent hiking shoes/boots that don't want to spend too much, these have my recommendation. My only knock is they can get a little warm. But my socks have gotten damp in them only one time when I spent a couple of hours walking though wet grass.

They aren't close to being worn out yet, but I've started looking around for my next/supplemental pair. I've tried on tons of shoes, and surprisingly, The Merrells don't really feel that good on my feet, even though I'm serious enough to invest more heavily in my next pair, since I am doing more and more rough-trail walking in my birding experiences. I guess I'm going to have to go to a town that has Salomon's in stock that I can try on. I'll probably just get another pair of the Columbia, but now I'm looking for maybe a pair of low cooler shoes for Summer excursions.

I've worn Merrell for a last few years and like them, but I was looking for something a little different so I did a bunch of research and settled on the Vasque Juxt because I used to have a pair of Vasque boots that I really liked. Anyway, I've been beating the hell out of them for 6 months and they are holding up very well and are ultra comfortable. I'll be getting another pair when I need them. Just another something for you to look at, if you haven't already. 

https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/reviews/shoes-and-boots/hiking-shoes/vasque-juxt

 

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For the cot, if you want the best sleep get as stiff of a cot as you can find, then get a 3 inch memory foam mattress topper.  Cut it to size.  Unless you are going in the dead middle of summer, then you'll probably just sweat. 

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Anyone know how to patch a rip in a tent?  It's standard nylon or polyester, nothing fancy, on a Coleman tent.  I had left it out to dry and our stupid fuckin dog started chewing on it.  It has about a 1ft by 1ft tear.  

I have some nylon material I can patch it with.  Or just trash the damn thing ?

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I've not been impressed with tenacious tape.  I've used it a couple of times on one tent and also on my hipbelt pockets and it hasn't ever lasted longer than a few days.

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54 minutes ago, NotActuallyALonghorn said:

I've used it to patch a small rip in my NF Thermoball jacket and had no problems with it trying to come off. How did you clean the surfaces before using the tape?

They weren't dirty.  Tent was brand new and had a mishap on the first adventure.  The hip belt pockets, I'm not sure if anything will fix those other than actually sewing them.  Everyone else swears by tenacious tape, so maybe I just had a different experience.

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2 hours ago, dingleberryswitzer said:

Anyone know how to patch a rip in a tent?  It's standard nylon or polyester, nothing fancy, on a Coleman tent.  I had left it out to dry and our stupid fuckin dog started chewing on it.  It has about a 1ft by 1ft tear.  

I have some nylon material I can patch it with.  Or just trash the damn thing ?

If the tape doesn't work, REI does gear repair in-store.  Pretty sure it need not be their gear either.

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I've worn Merrell for a last few years and like them, but I was looking for something a little different so I did a bunch of research and settled on the Vasque Juxt because I used to have a pair of Vasque boots that I really liked. Anyway, I've been beating the hell out of them for 6 months and they are holding up very well and are ultra comfortable. I'll be getting another pair when I need them. Just another something for you to look at, if you haven't already. 
https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/reviews/shoes-and-boots/hiking-shoes/vasque-juxt
 
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Can’t recommend Oboz enough.

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I've worn Merrell for a last few years and like them, but I was looking for something a little different so I did a bunch of research and settled on the Vasque Juxt because I used to have a pair of Vasque boots that I really liked. Anyway, I've been beating the hell out of them for 6 months and they are holding up very well and are ultra comfortable. I'll be getting another pair when I need them. Just another something for you to look at, if you haven't already. 
https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/reviews/shoes-and-boots/hiking-shoes/vasque-juxt
 
311152_30132_L2.jpg

Can’t recommend Oboz enough.

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1 hour ago, Derka said:


Can’t recommend Oboz enough.

Those were in the mix when I was deciding. Actually saw some the other day on sale for like 60 bucks somewhere and thought about getting them. 

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Does it belong in the hiking thread if the photo is taken on your own land? 

Oh well, it's going here anyway.

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I taped up the tent with this.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07YV9ZD94?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title

It's very sticky, I did a shitty job of smoothing the material before applying, bit it looks like it should work.  I won't know how waterproof it is until I use the tent in the rain, but it looks like it should keep bugs and shit out, which is good enough for me. 

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2 minutes ago, Biff Tannen said:

Well furk.

Yeah, furk. 

Just checked Padre Island National Seashore and they're closed for camping, day-use only right now, since 3/26.

 

 

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We had the idea a couple weeks back of doing a little local camping at a close-by park, either CoE or TPW.  But, we didn't have the foodstuffs we normally like to use (boil in bag things like Zatarains) and many were partially or fully closed due to flooding.  So we blew it off.

Guess that idea is off the table.

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