Semi-noob from Oregon
Like most, I'm a long-time lurker. My dad gave me a HH Explorer Asym Ultralight Classic a year or two ago to try out, and I just ended up keeping it! He gave it to me at the peak of my ultralight snobbishness, so I was hesitant to try it out. MAN was it comfortable! I loved the design, and the all-in-one-ness of it. I've had it out several times, the first of which was a 3 day, pouring rain backpacking trip with temps in the 30-40 range... with NO pad or insulation! I slept for maybe 4 hours those two days. CBS to the max! I borrowed extra layers, had 2 hot water bottles... I was sweating on the top, and freezing on the bottom. BUT, I was dry. All my friends were sleeping under tyvek tarps, in tyvek bivys, trying not to float away with all the rain. My tarp (a 10x10 Cooke Custom from my canoeing days) was the place to be. I always had the best spot too, since it didn't matter what the ground was like!
I haven't slept on the ground since!
I just purchased a WBBB, Superfly, and Incubator to upgrade my experience.
I'm married, with two kids and one in the oven due in January. I just finished up 6 months of chemotherapy and surgeries fighting my second battle with testicular cancer (I'm 28!). This was one of the main reasons to move away from fighting the bottom velcro entry and pads. I've got a 16" incision right down the middle of my abdomen, which makes laying down difficult... but the hammock is oh so comfortable!
My wife and I moved to Eugene, OR 5 years ago after we graduated college and LOVE IT. We're originally from SE Missouri.
I love the outdoors for many reasons, one of which is the abundance of incredible childhood memories with my father and brothers.
My dad recently got my son one of the special run child sized Hennessy Hammock, but we've yet to be able to use any place besides our back yard. Soon though!
I'm a pastor to youth and families, finishing up a master's of spiritual formation. I'm passionate about technologies role in education, and desperately hate child sexual exploitation (specifically in the US and Cambodia).
Yikes! </end ramble>
Love the forums here, some great information and people. Ask if you have any questions!
Welcome, sounds a lot like Oregon Camping to me! Let me know how the new insulation system works out, I've experimented with a couple of DIY setups but haven't found anything I truly like, I've almost broken down and purchased the Hennessy setup several times.
Originally Posted by peripatew
Thanks for the welcome! I'm excited about the UQ, it was a tough decision to go with a full length vs 3/4, but I think I'll be happy with it!
Originally Posted by JohnH
Welcome to the forums from Indiana.
Thanks! I lived in Evansville for a short while as a kid.
Originally Posted by Lost_Biker
Welcome peripatew from beautiful Central PA!
Thanks for sharing your personal story and your life journey. The good news is the traveling isn't over. Congrats on the "in the oven" baby.
Backpacking and hang with your kids is a life memory. You just have to take the time to make em.
Thanks FreeRange! How do you like your Burrow?
Originally Posted by Free-Range
Hi from just over the mountains to the east of you in Bend.
Hey! We've yet to make it to the Bend area sadly. Hopefully soon! (We also have made it to Crater Lake yet!)
Originally Posted by Hooplehead
I'm from Eugene too. PM me any time if you want to hang together for a weekend.