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    No Trees, No Problem - Hammock support solutions

    The era of needing trees to use a hammock is over. There are three state-o-art solutions. I'll skip the $800 carbon fiber solution because with a kayak you don't need (or want) the very lightest stand on the market. 1. Turtle Dog stand. There are many DIY variations of this on HammockForums.net...
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    Leaving a "duration" note on your car dash - good idea or not?

    Alex, If you were going to do a circumnavigation of the San Juans (say from Orcas to Sucia/Patos, down to Stuart, back through Cattle Pass, across the south side of Orcas, up to Clark, and back to North Beach), how long would you feel comfortable leaving your car at North Beach? - 3 days, 5...
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    Why the bootie funk?

    What is it about neoprene boots that causes that "after sea" funk smell? I thought it was supposed to be bacteria feeding on dead skin cells. But I wear socks on my feet in the booties. And the neoprene top and pants are also subject to the same sea and skin (though not usually on a foot) and...
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    Current Canadian Crossing requirements

    Alex, what did it take to get across the border on President's Day? Last I heard, you needed to show your vaccine card (two shots and a booster), and a test result within 72 hours. Maybe they dropped the "real need to get in" criteria? It would be great if one only needed to flash their shot...
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    Where are the San Juan reports :)

    Geez. Beautiful Canadian report after beautiful report. All out of reach right now. And it's not just that the launch point is hundreds of miles away - a trip I gladly made at least once a year - now we have this complicated border dance - if the border is open at all. Maybe some paddlers on...
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    Hammockology

    This is a partner thread to Tarpology. I will cover a few orienting basics, and not repeat ALL the information you can find at www.hammockforums.net and I will also post a reference to www.westcoastpadder.com in their paddling subforum - an exchange of info across two fields of interest. Note...
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    Hope Island getaway

    As Alex sets a high bar, this is going to be at the lower end of the spectrum - no photos :( First, I intended to camp on Anderson Island. That was veto’d, mainly because the “site” was just a gravel spit, It was all open (we wanted shade in 90°+ days), and there was a hiking trail from an...
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    Garmin HandHeld and Charts

    As much as I’ve posted that I love the real estate of the iPad mini, it has some issue. 1) you really can’t see the screen in bright sunlight - especially with polarized glasses. 2) Some of the upcoming feature updates will not run on my older vintage hardware (Mini - 3, I know, I should have...
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    Discover Pass question

    Would I need a Discover Pass to park at the Luhr launch site to paddle to Anderson Island? I have a "Golden" pass that gets me (a Senior) into National Parks and Forest Service camp grounds in Oregon and Washington. I don't recall needing a Pass before. I can launch from Orcas and the San Juan...
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    Looking for South Puget Sound Birding trip

    I'd like to meet a birding friend from Seattle for a paddle in the southern puget sound area north of Olympia. I recall there being a popular area where you shove off on an outgoing tide, spend the day paddling, and come back on an incoming tide. It would be handly if there were a some camp area...
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    Anyone using Zoleo? How do you like it?

    Ah, another foray into the world of “keeping in touch while away.” I stumbled on this device as a ad while watching a camping YouTube video. I’ve seen a few comparison videos and it might be just the ticket for me. I don’t need built-in maps on my device. And though real time tracking is nice...
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    Carrying signal gear requirement

    I read a post in another tread about a paddler who was stopped for inspection. In addition to a PFD, there was mention of required (in Washington) signaling devices. If you are paddling with a group (one or more others) must everyone have their own flares or flashlight, etc.? I understand the...
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    Archimedes idea needs some help.

    As my partner’s granddaughter is now tall enough to assist at the kitchen sink, I can show her the fun of sinking the floating dishes at wash time. I’ll try to do it without militaristic overtones (or humming the “Sink the Bismark” song). And I was thinking of explaining that if something is...
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    Kayak seat height and GreenLand Paddle question

    I have a pretty short torso and sit deep in the Mariner kayak on a foam seat. Long ago, when my friend got an EddieLine Fathom LV, the rep said something about putting some "lift" in to sit higher after some experience. I assumed that applied to most boats given our short stature (5’ 5 - 5’6”) I...
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    Tow or Throw

    Trying to start 2021 without highjacking someone’s tread. In the Gear section there was mention of Tow line or Throw line. In the past, I though Canada required a Tow line. I know many of us bought some “fanny pack” tow line. Shorter for the USA and for those of us who bought the Canadian...
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    Cypress Island status requested

    One of our paddling group (of three) would prefer to see sea critters that ducks. So we may pivot from the Columbia River area to crossing from Washington County Park in Anacortes to Cypress Island. It seems facility access is changing every day. I know there was a post a while back about...
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    Trip info wanted on Columbia river - east of Astoria

    I didn’t see anything in first two pages of Trip Reports when I searched for Columbia River. I’ve gotten a suggestion to paddle from about Clatskanie to the mouth of the John Day river (ref: Canoe and Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon by Philip Jones). My reference is Paddling the Columbia by...
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    Tow line or Throw line.

    Long ago, I was told (or read) that a tow line was required in Canada and it had to be 50 ft long. The same was true of the US, except the requirement was only about 30 ft. I recall several of us got our quick-release, around the waist, tow lines and tied the usual butterfly knot at about 30...
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    Vancouver visiting status?

    Last I read, the B. C. Provincial Parks were only open to locals. At least once a summer, I like to drive up and treat a friend to The Salt Springs Saturday market and/or the Butchart Gardens in Sidney. Of course there’s be some paddling. What’s the deal now? Can USA cross the broad and spend...
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    What VHF weather area is best for San Juan and Inside Passage?

    When I listen to the VHF weather broadcasts there seems a rule that I must start listening just after the announcement for my area of interest is finished. But frankly, I’m never sure if I’m listening to the correct announcement. Given four areas, San Juan Islands, south east side of Vancouver...
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