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  1. 69RoadRunner

    Sleeping Bag and Pad

    This is all new to me. The one I bought has a foot box on the diagonal. I think it requires the hammock to be asymmetrical. I'm really only in the research phase as my hammock just arrived. I'm thinking of taking it to Northern Tier, but just for relaxing in camp, not really for sleeping. I'm not sure what NT's rules are for sleeping in a hammock, but I've been told taking one is allowed. If you look at the video for the Eldorado on the Warbonnet web site, it shows that you sleep on a diagonal to take advantage of their foot box and sleep closer to flat. I'm also a side sleeper, which will likely be the greatest challenge to sleeping in a hammock. Maybe I can adjust to back sleeping. Maybe I'll be able to get comfortable side sleeping in it. It might just be a thing to relax in and read a book. The integrated bug net was a must-have in my shopping.
  2. 69RoadRunner

    Sleeping Bag and Pad

    I just got this hammock to try out. When I've tried hammocks, I didn't realize you're supposed to lay on a diagonal to be flat rather than bent. Like so many things, getting the hammock leads to more purchases if you want to do it best. A tarp and underquilt are ideal add-ons. And as with anything, you can do things at different price points. For the trees, you could use the Philmont bear line technique of using sticks between the straps and trunk. If the same trees used by thousands of Philmonters every year, year after year, can handle that, I think trees can handle occasional hammock use.
  3. 69RoadRunner

    Sleeping Bag and Pad

    Low price, light, compact inflatable pad: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FP4Z3RZ?pf_rd_p=ab873d20-a0ca-439b-ac45-cd78f07a84d8&pf_rd_r=RGJVVEYHF6N48XK114H6 Lightweight, compact non-mummy down sleeping bags: https://smile.amazon.com/Naturehike-Sleeping-Lightweight-Camping-Backpacking/dp/B076DW86W3/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?keywords=backpacking+quilt&qid=1582290323&s=sporting-goods&sr=1-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzN0M1VFBGWkxSSkxPJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNzQyNTg3RkZGWUNIQ0ZXSlpFJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA5NTkzNDkzM0xQS1dTQ01aTENNJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ== https://smile.amazon.com/AEGISMAX-Sleeping-Rectangular-Envelope-Backpacking/dp/B074M6DB12/ref=sxbs_sxwds-stvp?cv_ct_cx=backpacking+quilt&keywords=backpacking+quilt&pd_rd_i=B074M6DB12&pd_rd_r=e5bd4c2a-2e02-4d53-808f-10b716c5cd48&pd_rd_w=tTUlP&pd_rd_wg=mXYxS&pf_rd_p=a6d018ad-f20b-46c9-8920-433972c7d9b7&pf_rd_r=5CP1Z40KZZ6W03HCF1NV&psc=1&qid=1582290539&s=sporting-goods Lightweight, compact tent: https://smile.amazon.com/Naturehike-VIK-Person-Tent-White/dp/B07PNB28V3?ref_=ast_bbp_dp I have no experience with these. If you follow Homemade Wanderlust on YouTube, Dixie is going to try some of these items on her next thru-hike.
  4. 69RoadRunner

    Sleeping Bag and Pad

    What's your budget? Can you sleep on a closed cell foam pad or want inflatable? What temperature conditions? There are backpacking quilts if you don't like mummy bags. As with most things, you get what you pay for. A nice down bag/quilt will last longer than a cheap synthetic. Down will compress much more than synthetic for travel, too. Backpacking inflatable pads are more comfortable than CCF, compress more but are more expensive. You can fit a down bag/quilt and an inflatable pad in a plastic grocery bag with room to spare.
  5. 69RoadRunner

    Chapter 11 announced

    We just modified our mulch fundraiser flyer to indicate that all funds stay with our troop.
  6. 69RoadRunner

    Chapter 11 announced

    It's a hit to scouting, even though it was inevitable. I think the YPT changes they've made are overall, very good and probably the best we could get. This won't be helpful for membership. I hope we can weather the storm and come out stronger.
  7. 69RoadRunner

    New Ultralight REI Brand Backpacking Tents

    Not all that set up inner net first have pole sleeves. Many use clips. Every tent, really every piece of backpacking gear has compromises. Many trekking pole tents are very good in bad weather. Mids in particular are very good in bad weather. My son's Duomid sheds wind very well. With the trekking pole connector, it also moves the poles to the walls, freeing up space. Compromise is a little less headroom on the ends, but more headroom when sitting up. It's also very easy to set up. Make a rectangle staking the 4 corners. Insert the poles. Stake the door guyline and you're done. But HYOH (Hike Your Own Hike) as they say. Good that we have choices.
  8. 69RoadRunner

    New Ultralight REI Brand Backpacking Tents

    Most scouts should just use the Philtents at Philmont. Younger and less experienced scouts would be happier with traditional tents for their own tent. I posted this mostly for adults who want their own tent, but my son used a silnylon MLD Duomid with matching inner at Philmont. He and another skinny scout fit OK in it.
  9. 69RoadRunner

    New Ultralight REI Brand Backpacking Tents

    An advantage of most non-freestanding tents is that they set up "dry". Freestanding tents typically have you set up the inner mesh first. If it's raining, then the inside of your tent gets wet. All single wall and most double wall trekking pole tents can be set up as one piece (or the fly first) so the inside is dry. It is true that they require more skill and practice to set up. They're for adults and older, experienced scouts. A two person tent is good with doors on both sides, I agree. A single person tent can get by with just 1.
  10. 69RoadRunner

    New Ultralight REI Brand Backpacking Tents

    If the poles were in your pack, then they'd be be useless as trekking poles. There are frameless packs that use a sit pad to provide some weight transfer to the hips. These are not meant for heavier loads. There are lighter framed packs like my Zpacks Arc Haul (23 ounces, 62 liters) as well as ones from Hyperlite Mountain Gear, ULA, Seek Outside and others. My son used the new REI Flash 55 pack that is very light. You have to have very compact gear and not overpack if you go with a pack that size. Adults can use a solo tent. I did this past summer and was glad I did. I'm 6'3" and 200 pounds. The REI solo tent is a similar size. You're not taking much into your tent, so you don't need much room. If you have an odd number of scouts, one scout (typically an older one) can tent solo, too. Most trekking pole tents like the Tarptent one I used do not come with poles. You can purchase poles separately.
  11. 69RoadRunner

    New Ultralight REI Brand Backpacking Tents

    But Philmont won't allow you to use a tarp, if that's one purpose. I'll also bet the tarp and netting you use will weigh more than these tents. Ultralight tarp material is not cheap. AKA yellow water. 😁
  12. 69RoadRunner

    New Ultralight REI Brand Backpacking Tents

    I noticed that, too, and I suspect it's a typo. These were just released. There's no way the pole only weighs 1 ounce. These do appear to be good options for anyone looking for a backpacking tent, whether an adult looking for a solo tent or scouts wanting a 2 person tent.
  13. 69RoadRunner

    Scoutmasters as Merit Badge Counselors?

    I picked several merit badges that I felt qualified to do and were ones our scouts typically have an interest in doing, particularly some Eagle required badges like personal fitness and hiking.
  14. 69RoadRunner

    Merit Badge Counselor Registration Renewal

    Right, I'm referring to the adult leader fee.
  15. 69RoadRunner

    Merit Badge Counselor Registration Renewal

    They just want the money each year for the adults already registered. And of course YPT must stay current. I've got 3 more months until that is due.