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    I have often thought that there are a number of...

    I have often thought that there are a number of trees on the local college campus that would look so much better with a hammock strung between them.

    One day while walking at the park I saw a guy...
  2. I slept on the patio (installed eye-bolts last...

    I slept on the patio (installed eye-bolts last week) over the weekend and just used a bandanna as a sleep mask. Now, I just need to figure out how to get the alarm to work when wearing earplugs, as...
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    Those are both great versions of the poem! Each...

    Those are both great versions of the poem! Each of them certainly made me laugh. Humbled, I'm not sure that I can top either of them, but shall continue to try (once I finish this blasted history...
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    Thanks for the advice, eay! Actually, we...

    Thanks for the advice, eay!

    Actually, we hadn't been napping long before a helicopter flew by, then another, then they came back, one-at-a-time... grr...

    I had an idea for the next couple...
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    Need help finishing hammock poem

    As I was stringing up my hammock this afternoon (first hang after installing bolts), a couple of lines popped into mind. Based on "The Night Before Christmas" poem, this is what I've got so far:
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    That is good looking! I've wanted to learn this...

    That is good looking! I've wanted to learn this for some time, myself. I purchased the cord for it a couple of years ago, but a) it was the wrong type of cord and b) I was trying to learn by figuring...
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    That's exactly what I wanted, the raw materials....

    That's exactly what I wanted, the raw materials. I was hoping it had a large enough rain-fly that I could use it for a tarp.
    The sides of the tent could be used for some backpack experiments that I...
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    I have a set of cots that sound very similar to...

    I have a set of cots that sound very similar to this. Mine are somewhere between 10-15 years old and I'm sure they came from Wal-Mart. I have used them in the bed of a Ford Ranger fairly well. Since...
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    What a find, I'm so jealous! There was a tent...

    What a find, I'm so jealous!

    There was a tent on the side of the road a couple of nights ago. Not at the end of someone's driveway, just on the side of the road. My arms were full of groceries,...
  10. Thread: DIY Finished

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    Good looking start you've got there! :D Welcome...

    Good looking start you've got there! :D Welcome to the addiction that is DIY gear.
  11. Great job! Some of my favorite memories and...

    Great job! Some of my favorite memories and lessons learned where on camping trips with my Dad.

    I've been wondering about my bugnet, I might have to borrow your pocket idea for a weight. :D
  12. Thread: Quilt/Foodbag

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    How'd I miss this post yesterday?! You guys keep...

    How'd I miss this post yesterday?! You guys keep writing stuff like this and I'll end up getting kicked out of the library for laughing too loudly!
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    I'm so jealous! My wife and I are itching to get...

    I'm so jealous! My wife and I are itching to get out for some backpacking, but no idea where to go here in Ireland. Upon returning to Kentucky, it will be only a short while before we head to the RRG...
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    Wonderful pictures and great write-up. Thanks for...

    Wonderful pictures and great write-up. Thanks for sharing!
    It's been green here in Ireland the whole time I've been here... but don't know where to go camping at! Everywhere I've found seems to be a...
  15. Thread: hammock pillow

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    I keep mine rolled up inside my sleeping pad....

    I keep mine rolled up inside my sleeping pad. Don't have to worry about losing it, that way.
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    I haven't tried sleeping naked in my hammock, so...

    I haven't tried sleeping naked in my hammock, so I can't say much about that.

    I do carry a fresh set of clothes for sleeping. I've definitely noticed a (temperature) difference between wearing my...
  17. Poll: Head to the right, Feet to the left. I've tried...

    Head to the right, Feet to the left. I've tried the other diagonal, but it just feels "wierd" to me. :D
    This is in a DIY gathered end hammock.
  18. Thread: hammock pillow

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    I've got a small travel pillow that I picked up...

    I've got a small travel pillow that I picked up at WalMart for about $3. I definitely need a pillow of some sort, and one of these days will be trying some variations that are available. Stuff-sack...
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    This is the option that I went for. I found the...

    This is the option that I went for. I found the 1.1 ripstop in WalMart's $1 bin, so that's what I used. So far so good!
  20. Thread: a new record

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    Sounds like a great trip, thanks for the report!...

    Sounds like a great trip, thanks for the report! It's always fun to test out year gear and have it perform as you hoped! :D
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    I was actually eyeing some of this stuff the...

    I was actually eyeing some of this stuff the other day at the store and was wondering what I could use it for. Underquilt never came to mind, though... Genius!
  22. Thread: costly mistake

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    My wife is nowhere near the fan that I am, but...

    My wife is nowhere near the fan that I am, but she does enjoy her hammock when a-backpacking we go. :D I get to tinker with new DIY projects, she reaps the benefits with no work. I'm not sure who is...
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    Wow, that's some great mileage! I might be able...

    Wow, that's some great mileage! I might be able to do that in the future, but I'm no-where near the shape I'd need to be in to do that now.

    I dunno about sleeping on the concrete, that'd...
  24. Thread: a compact lay

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    I like the idea of a short & wide hammock for use...

    I like the idea of a short & wide hammock for use when hanging from a single support. A rope from a single support and some spreader bars to create room. All the comfort, only one support needed...
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    I've heard of these full of camping/backpacking...

    I've heard of these full of camping/backpacking gear. I've also started one for geocaching.
    Never thought about a hammock goody box, though... Sounds like a great idea to me!

    All of my gear is...
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    My SA hammocks have both been huge! They were...

    My SA hammocks have both been huge! They were both made out of a woven cotton material, but I don't think that has much to do with it... I think the size was the key component.
    My backpacking...
  27. Thread: My DIY tarp

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    Great looking tarp! This is a project I haven't...

    Great looking tarp! This is a project I haven't yet undertaken, but when I do, I hope my results are anything as good as yours.
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    Coldspring didn't say that you did it for...

    Coldspring didn't say that you did it for selfless reasons. ;) If it had worked out like you had hoped, who knows how many people would be watching the moon rise through their tarps fairly quickly....
  29. I've got both. Actually, I've got two different...

    I've got both. Actually, I've got two different kinds of wally world pads, the cheap blue one, and the slightly less-cheap egg shelled blue one. :D Worked my way up to the ridgerest.

    For ground...
  30. Who's going to be the one to top all of these...

    Who's going to be the one to top all of these extreme hangers by using this thread as a to-do list? :lol:
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    I love the second picture. "Can you hear me now?"...

    I love the second picture. "Can you hear me now?" :lol:

    Congrats on the successful hang!
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    Looks like a great trip, and definitely makes you...

    Looks like a great trip, and definitely makes you appreciate your hammock!

    Brings back fond memories of canoe camping trips with Dad. My wife and I have been once, for an over-nighter. I'm working...
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    My wife's bugnet is basically a hammock-sock made...

    My wife's bugnet is basically a hammock-sock made of netting. This helps keep the skeeters away from the hammock itself. It was made for a double hammock, so it's plenty large.

    As for the hammock...
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    I haven't done good rain testing with my setup...

    I haven't done good rain testing with my setup yet (wouldn't trust my home-made cheap-o tarp, so that's a good thing) but good to hear your test went well! Maybe it's a good thing you left when you...
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    I have to agree with everyone... I will sit...

    I have to agree with everyone... I will sit around the fire and socialize, but when I'm ready for bed, I'm ready for bed. Since I generally crash before my friends do, having a bit of distance is...
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    Wow, that's a lot of family in a small space!...

    Wow, that's a lot of family in a small space! (Better than a long car trip, I'm sure.)

    Cool setup you've got there! Now I'm curious if my no-ring setup is lighter or not. No metal on my hammock,...
  37. Thread: Hammock Day????

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    asimmons4, Looking forward to the pics! One...

    asimmons4,
    Looking forward to the pics! One problem that I run into when contemplating a hammock day on my campus is lack of places to hang. There are a number of good-looking places, but they are...
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    Ok, I joined the FaceBook group. I check my...

    Ok, I joined the FaceBook group.
    I check my FaceBook once every couple of days. I use it to keep up with friends who are now all scattered out. We can see what each other is up to conveniently and...
  39. Thread: More Lost Gear.

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    I just purchased a tin whistle a couple of weeks...

    I just purchased a tin whistle a couple of weeks ago to learn. I figured it would be a good trail instrument, and not a seemingly ubiquitous harmonica.

    Shame to hear you've misplaced them. I hope...
  40. Thread: KAQ pics

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    That is a great looking KAQ. I guess I'll have to...

    That is a great looking KAQ. I guess I'll have to make one (and one for my wife) when I get home. *sigh* the list grows longer and longer... I need a workshop here in Ireland!
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    What a wonderful first trip! There's nothing...

    What a wonderful first trip! There's nothing better than something going the way you plan for it to. (Besides, of course, kool-aid!)
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    I must have a fancy machine, it has three speeds:...

    I must have a fancy machine, it has three speeds: off, excruciatingly slow, and greased lightning!
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    Congrats on being absent more! That we could all...

    Congrats on being absent more! That we could all be too busy camping/hiking/being outside to post and leave this forum empty.
    Even more congrats on the fitness and still more on having burrito with...
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    I'm a car/backpacker. The material I found was...

    I'm a car/backpacker. The material I found was green, my bugnet came from army surplus, and my tarp is white and came from the lumber-yard. Without the tarp, I'm kinda hard to spot. I didn't really...
  45. Thread: Hammock Day????

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    I'm so jealous! I tried to get some friends to do...

    I'm so jealous! I tried to get some friends to do an unofficial hammock day on campus, but no one else was interested.
    Hmm... I didn't think about contacting the outdoor club. I'll definitely be...
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    Hmm... looks like I wrote that wrong... must have...

    Hmm... looks like I wrote that wrong... must have been getting around supper time and I was in a hurry!
    Proper order is as you wrote it: hammock, poncho liner, poncho.
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    "Laziness is the mother of all invention!" Wait,...

    "Laziness is the mother of all invention!" Wait, that's not right... close enough for me!

    Sounds like a good idea to me, I'll be borrowing it in the future, I'm sure.
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    I gave serious thought to hanging my hammock...

    I gave serious thought to hanging my hammock under my bunk... but wasn't sure if it would work. The bed was wobbly enough, and I thought my hammock was too long.

    In retrospect, I should have just...
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    I made most of my gear and ended up with a pretty...

    I made most of my gear and ended up with a pretty cheap (if still in progress) setup.
    For warmth, I strung up my poncho underneath the hammock, and when really cold I took a poncho liner...
  50. I'm not surprised there was something already out...

    I'm not surprised there was something already out there... Good looking piece of equipment too, I might add. ;)

    It really caught my eye as I could something like this right about now. My wife and...
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