New to camping and hammocks
Just wanted to introduce myself. Been lurking for a couple of months now.
I turn 40 this week and lately, this city guy has been hearing the call of the wild.
Haven't been camping since summer camp 25 years ago, haven't caught a fish bigger than a deck of cards in my life. But this year I'm planning to camp and catch a fish worthy of eating.
Hammock camping appeals to me because I actually did spend a few cold nights on the ground when I was in the Army 20 years ago.
I didn't *quite* get the importance of the ccf pad and spent some miserable nights out in the field when I didn't bring one. The ground was lumpy, too!
I like the idea of being up and out of the elements (those elements being rock, root, mud, water, and snake). I have found a lot of useful information here, especially since I'm 6'1" and 270 lbs. Not all gear is likely to work for me. I notice that quite a few hammockers equal my dimensions. Some even dare to exceed them. :D It's nice to learn from experience.
So, a couple of days ago, after much reading on this forum, my Parrot Bay hammock showed up at my door. I haven't had a chance to hang it above the foot of snow outside, but I will soon.
I was going to get a Skeeter Beeter Pro, but I'm hoping the Parrot Bay will at least be good enough to get a feel for hammock camping. I have to watch costs because my wife is giving me the side-eye re my new interest in the outdoors.
My plan is to take my new-to-me little aluminum jonboat on a weekend camping trip along one of the local rivers (maybe even the Mississippi) and fish.
I've been slowly acquiring camping gear for the last couple of months and maybe I wasn't keeping my wife up to date on everything. It reminds me of the tagline of a guy over on one of the boating forums: "My greatest fear is that when I die my wife will sell my fishing gear for what I told her I paid for it."
Last night, we stopped by one of the local outdoor stores on the way to a bookstore. I was looking at the hammocks that they have hanging like drapes from a ring in the ceiling and my wife said, "Those are pretty. You should get one, babe!"
Awwww, how sweet. Such a good wife.
I scuffed the tile with my foot and said, "I kinda already have one..."
And as the old joke goes, "And that's when the fight started..." :lol:
Welcome aboard. :)
That ccf pad will be a lot more comfortable in the hammock. A nice underquilt would definitely keep you toasty, but I have the feeling you would need to do a lot of convincing.... :D
Welcome Chris. If you can get the wife to try out your hammock, she may want one too!:)
Sounds like you're getting back into camping in a good way. Taking time to check out what works & what's comfortable!
sounds like you will have immanent chances to test your gear in the backyard...
or, you could persuade her to help you save a bunch of money by helping you make gear!
Welcome, Chris. You made me laugh more than once. Best of luck avoiding having to sleep out with the snow. Although, with a little more gear, it will be quite comfortable.
welcome from a newbie too, though not a newbie to hammocking.
You have found a treasure trove of info, of nurturing, of just good folk who love to hang whether there biking/hiking/paddling/cycling/etc.
You notice there are common folk like myself who just use gear, but there are those here who will dissect, analyze, create, improve, mod, and all around make the experience better/lighter/more functional.
I'm sure many of us have been to forums where there is animus,angst, negative-waves; what you'll find here is people who love the art of hammocking.
A Whoooo Buddy Welcome chrislrob !
The fun is on .......
I just hope you dont have what I have... Hammockitis has cost me plenty.. But its been fun..
Good to have you
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