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    Camping in my Night Owl

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    Quick camping report - My buddy and I just got back from a couple of nights camping in northern Illinois. It was a bit chilly but the hammocks were warm at night.

    He had a...
  2. Not sure about stealth hanging in Austria. In...

    Not sure about stealth hanging in Austria. In some ways the culture seems laid back and in other ways not so much. The people there are interesting....they are what I would call "polite" but not...
  3. Hammocks in St. Johann Park Vienna, Austria

    On my third business trip to Austria this year, I stayed in Vienna. I took a walk one day and to my surprise, the park across the street had "hammocks" for lounging. They are made from some type of...
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    Fathers Day Hammocking?

    Any dads out there get a little extra time to sneak away for a nap? I managed to break out my night owl, quickly string up a cheapie green Sportsman's Guide tarp to block the sun that made it...
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    Once I got my setup adjusted, no calf ridge at...

    Once I got my setup adjusted, no calf ridge at all. Plus, I sleep on my side anyway so it would not matter really. Never tried a bridge but my Wilderness Logics Night Owl is really awesome! BTW, I...
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    Yes, they had about a half dozen hammocks at the...

    Yes, they had about a half dozen hammocks at the resort but I really like to set up my own gear, where I want it and enjoy. Plus mine is nice and clean instead of being soaked with Lord knows what...
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    No that had me laughing so loud I almost got...

    No that had me laughing so loud I almost got caught using my ipad for fun....which as you know is verboten!
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    Thanks man! It is good to be among friends and...

    Thanks man! It is good to be among friends and sympathizers.
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    Hanging, briefly, in Cancun

    My family and I just got back from Cancun, Mexico. Since my wife, heretofore known as SWSNBN (she who shall not be named), has a passion for hating things that make me happy, bringing a hammock on a...
  10. Sorry guys but it looks like I'm not going to...

    Sorry guys but it looks like I'm not going to make it. With three young and active kids things pop up that are tough to miss. Plus I just realized that it's fall clean-up at our church on Saturday...
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    Generally, sounds of the wild don't bother me. ...

    Generally, sounds of the wild don't bother me. However, while testing gear in my own yard I hear sounds that can make it tough to sleep.

    We have a heavily wooded yard in a suburban...
  12. Having never been a part of a group hang, please...

    Having never been a part of a group hang, please forgive me if I am not following protocol. Can anyone from HF just decide to join a group hang? If so, I have clearance from the tower and should be...
  13. Thread: IL>IL hang?

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    MP thanks for the reply. Hiker and kayaker...

    MP thanks for the reply. Hiker and kayaker here....suppose I could do a little biking too. I am planning on hitting the Iowa hang on Nov. 15th. Just tested my setup at 25* and I was perfectly...
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    Thanks for the replies everyone. Now that I know...

    Thanks for the replies everyone. Now that I know my rig will keep me comfy in chilly weather I am hoping to make the Iowa group hang in November.
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    Snug as a bug

    First of all....thanks to all for the great tips and ideas you provide!

    Been thinking about joining one of the upcoming Midwest hangs but have never tested my gear in cold weather (up until last...
  16. Thread: IL>IL hang?

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    Sorry I missed this thread...I would like to have...

    Sorry I missed this thread...I would like to have been there. Hopefully you guys can put another one together....I will watch the site better for info.

    I live near Crystal Lake Illinois in...
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    Hey that's great man! Enjoy them and welcome to...

    Hey that's great man! Enjoy them and welcome to hanging.
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    The last few posts really explain what's most...

    The last few posts really explain what's most important here....the object in a lightning strike cannot always handle the amount of current being fed into it so other paths are sought out...
  19. Thread: Overwhelmed!

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    Okay here's the thing....I bought my first...

    Okay here's the thing....I bought my first hammock (Grand Trunk single) from REI because I had a dividend and it was cheap on their outlet site. At the time I had never heard of hammockforums nor...
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    Good suggestions all on the stake situation. I...

    Good suggestions all on the stake situation. I might look at making a boom stake....seems easy enough. If not, one of those doggie things would probably be the way to go.
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    FUNNY thing....I just posted in the DIY with the...

    FUNNY thing....I just posted in the DIY with the same title and darn near the exact same stand! Great minds or something like that right? There are photos and instructions included....let me know...
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    Like Shug said hanging it from your SRL is a no...

    Like Shug said hanging it from your SRL is a no no. Try hanging a small led lantern and then climb into your hammock. You might be surprised how much it swings around. Oh and while it does not get...
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    That's a great question....one which I have often...

    That's a great question....one which I have often pondered. I sleep head left feet right (I'm left handed, not sure if that makes a difference) and one day decided to try it the other way.....felt...
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    One tree hang

    Planning a camping trip to southern Wisconsin for early October....it's an annual thing I setup each year....bunch of dads and our kids (yes we camp in tents....."oh the humanity"). We decided on a...
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    The Coleman Blackcat catalytic heater works...

    The Coleman Blackcat catalytic heater works fairly well and can be used in an enclosed space. When I camp in chilly weather with the kids we use it in the tent. We stay warm and dry with it going. ...
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    My buddies and I have been car camping together...

    My buddies and I have been car camping together (sometimes with the kids sometimes without) for the last eight years. We bring more crap with us than you could ever imagine. From cast iron cookware...
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    Might try these (or a home made version of them)...

    Might try these (or a home made version of them) http://www.toughstake.com/

    I made my own and they work great! Just buy some long plastic tent stakes, drill a hole, connect a line and you're...
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    For the right price :D you could try a blood...

    For the right price :D you could try a blood transfusion with a few pints of my blood. Mosquitos very rarely come near me even while those around me are being bled dry. Better still, on the few...
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    Skeeter pro is not a bad way to start especially...

    Skeeter pro is not a bad way to start especially with limited funds. Just be cognizant of the the weight and such. If weight is an issue, I think GT has a lighter weight version.

    This forum...
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    I don't think there is a way to dye a tarp like...

    I don't think there is a way to dye a tarp like that. It is coated with a waterproofing material that will likely prevent dye from penetrating. The color is not that bad really....like a soft off...
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    Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 meets your criteria.

    Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 meets your criteria.
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    +1 it's a very useful little gadget.

    +1 it's a very useful little gadget.
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    I use an ENO Guardian and like it. I do use a...

    I use an ENO Guardian and like it. I do use a designated ridgeline for it (masons line) so I can hang it a bit higher. This keeps it off the ground and seems to give it more width at hammock...
  34. You can pick up and ENO Guardian bug net and a...

    You can pick up and ENO Guardian bug net and a Kelty Noah's tarp at those stores. The Gander Mountain on Randall Rd in Geneva usually has the bug nets. Your best bet for both is probably Cabela's in...
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    If you use any of that Gulp stuff be really...

    If you use any of that Gulp stuff be really careful not to spill any!!!!! The liquid really stinks....like really, really bad. It will make your hands and gear stink and it very tough to wash off. ...
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    I've used the cargo tie downs on my F-150. Seem...

    I've used the cargo tie downs on my F-150. Seem to hold just fine.
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    +1 Going to 11' or more will very likely remedy...

    +1 Going to 11' or more will very likely remedy your situation. I have a Wilderness Logics Night Owl and it is way more comfortable than my shorter hammocks.
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    Another vote for Wilderness Logics. I have the...

    Another vote for Wilderness Logics. I have the Night Owl hanging in my man cave....sleep in it every chance I get. No calf pressure, can sleep on my side (either side) or on my back in total...
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    Whatever you do, just make sure you keep your...

    Whatever you do, just make sure you keep your boots dry. Somehow on a recent trip one of my boots was positioned perfectly to gather water coming off my tarp. Guess what? A waterproof boot holds...
  40. You guys and your drop bears.....had to look that...

    You guys and your drop bears.....had to look that one up to figure it out. You'll have to come visit my way some time ....we can go search for the beast of Bray Road. :lol:
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    The "non-woodsy" folks out there obviously know...

    The "non-woodsy" folks out there obviously know something we don't....a tent keeps campers safe from bears but hammocks attract mean wolly beasts like moths to a flame.

    When "those" folks ask...
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    If mine arrive by Friday, I will test Friday...

    If mine arrive by Friday, I will test Friday night....it's supposed to rain here.
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    Well now you guys have me thinking that I may...

    Well now you guys have me thinking that I may return the two I ordered. Has anyone looked at this tarp on SG http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=954704
    Says it's four pounds but I...
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    Interestingly, all of the other tarps on the SG...

    Interestingly, all of the other tarps on the SG website list outer edge dimensions. For example the 6x8 poly tarp....unless of course it is a diamond or rhombus. :D
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    I say, chalk it up to experience and move...

    I say, chalk it up to experience and move on....on to a retailer that advertises properly. That said, I will likely keep the two I bought but I also pulled the trigger on a Noah's 12 on sale at...
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    I ordered two of them over the weekend before...

    I ordered two of them over the weekend before reading the posts about them likely being 12x12 on the diagonal...DOH! :eek:

    Looked at my order on their site and it indicates "non...
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    I always go with forgiveness....if you have an...

    I always go with forgiveness....if you have an encounter with a ranger simply explain that they way you understand it, a hammock is one of those beach things made from rope and attached to trees or...
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    Well at least some good has come of this....all...

    Well at least some good has come of this....all of us who own GT gear now have a reason to ditch it and buy new stuff from other manufacturers. :D

    Always looking for that silver lining.
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    This does look bad. If you look at the guy's...

    This does look bad. If you look at the guy's posts again it really does look like he is employed by GT (well he is on their payroll now anyway). All his gear is GT, he raves about their products,...
  50. Thread: Hammobunks

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    We use a step ladder (although sometimes the kids...

    We use a step ladder (although sometimes the kids drag over my "craft table" where I keep "Thread the Impaler" aka sewing machine). On old mattress from a fold-away bed has taken up permanent...
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