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    I just use a queen sized flannel sheet. I put it...

    I just use a queen sized flannel sheet. I put it under me, and then around me. I haven't always done this, but after waking up cold in the hammock at 70 degrees in Florida in August (freak cold...
  2. I'm seeing more and more hammocks in Scouting as...

    I'm seeing more and more hammocks in Scouting as well. Most I've seen, fortunately, are using straps (many of them the Eno slap straps, but nonetheless straps).
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    I vary. I've hung an inch above the ground and...

    I vary. I've hung an inch above the ground and two feet above the ground. I think maybe 18-20 inches is ideal.
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    How do you have your hammock gathered? I think...

    How do you have your hammock gathered? I think the floppy fabric is more due to how you gathered the ends.
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    Make sure you have bugnets.

    Make sure you have bugnets.
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    If she's at the bottom right of the pic, the...

    If she's at the bottom right of the pic, the problem was that she wasn't diagonal enough.
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    I'm in that same size/weight range. I have no...

    I'm in that same size/weight range. I have no problem with my tablecloth--60x126, crinkle taffetta.
  8. Thread: tent poles

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    I'm dealing with them now for replacement...

    I'm dealing with them now for replacement sections for my son's AL tent poles. I'll tell you my results when I get the parts--should be about March 17th.
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    Two to a tent rule might be a troop thing. In our...

    Two to a tent rule might be a troop thing. In our troop, we do 2-4 to a tent, usually 2 or 3. Scouts of Star rank or above are allowed to tent (or hammock or cowboy camp or tarp camp) solo (my...
  10. Is it comfortable? If so, just tighten your...

    Is it comfortable? If so, just tighten your ridgeline.
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    When car camping I use a cheapo Ozark trails camp...

    When car camping I use a cheapo Ozark trails camp pillow. When backpacking, a stuff sack with clothes. I find it hard to sleep without a pillow.
  12. Have you considered asking Dutch if he could get...

    Have you considered asking Dutch if he could get you a set with two different colors?
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    Well, I wouldn't use them on the bottom part of...

    Well, I wouldn't use them on the bottom part of socks either. Underwear and bottom of socks are among the warmest, most moist parts of the body, hence the most likely place for it to leach out of.
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    From what I've read people do it either way. I...

    From what I've read people do it either way. I personally like the continuous ridgeline under the tarp. It makes more sense to me.
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    I haven't heard about fumes from dried...

    I haven't heard about fumes from dried permethrin. The commercial bug repellent clothing contains permethrin. It's pretty safe. The only place I wouldn't use it is underwear, other than that I...
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    I see the same thing as a Scouter. It's rare to...

    I see the same thing as a Scouter. It's rare to see a troop camping without at least one hammock with tarp (for camping), and another hammock without (for lounging). My troop has two or three boys...
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    The whole idea of tents being in neat and orderly...

    The whole idea of tents being in neat and orderly lines irritates me as an assistant scoutmaster, unless camping in a flat field. Unfortunately, in this military town, I'm in the minority among the...
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    I think the tent backup option is good for...

    I think the tent backup option is good for beginning hammockers in Scouting. I know that's what I did when I first hammocked. When car camping, I always have a tent in the car, just in case the...
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    BSA is supposed to be boy-led, it shouldn't be up...

    BSA is supposed to be boy-led, it shouldn't be up to the adults, but the Scouts (aka the PLC (Patrol Leader's committee)). In our troop, the decision was to allow hammocks if there are enough...
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    I resemble that remark. That said, we have a...

    I resemble that remark.

    That said, we have a couple of assistant scoutmasters who often just cowboy camp without any kind of tent/tarp, except for a groundcloth.
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    I'm an assistant Scoutmaster who hammocks at...

    I'm an assistant Scoutmaster who hammocks at scouting events when appropriate. I think you should be allowed to, but not on all campouts--for example, we often go to camporees that are basically...
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    Permethrin is safe. I use Sawyer permethrin from...

    Permethrin is safe. I use Sawyer permethrin from Wal-Mart.

    DO NOT USE DEET, as it does damage nylon and other synthetics.
  23. I sleep on either side or my back in a gathered...

    I sleep on either side or my back in a gathered end hammock.
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    I have to work with hanging the tarp higher as...

    I have to work with hanging the tarp higher as well. I seem to hang it where I can "almost" stand up straight. I've got a new tarp (Noah Kelty 12) and hope that it will help encourage me to hang it...
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    Well, try sleeping in a hammock on a warm night...

    Well, try sleeping in a hammock on a warm night without a pad--much more comfortable than with a pad. Pads make hammocks less comfortable (although still more comfortable than the ground). I do...
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    If you hang at a much greater than the angle you...

    If you hang at a much greater than the angle you created the ridgeline for, the ridgeline will be loose. Conversely, if you hang at a flatter angle than the angle you created the ridgeline for, the...
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    Was it that your feet were higher than your head,...

    Was it that your feet were higher than your head, or your foot end higher than the head end?

    I find that if I elevate the foot end, my feet are lower than if I elevate the head end. Basically...
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    Not sure, I just know he complained about the...

    Not sure, I just know he complained about the bathtub effect when using the conventional gathering on both, he changed it up and likes it better.
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    Hmm, I usually do head right/feet left.

    Hmm, I usually do head right/feet left.
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    You can use different gathering methods on the...

    You can use different gathering methods on the two ends to make for a different lie. My son uses a conventional gathering on the head end of his hammock, and a "w" gathering on the foot end. He likes...
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    Are you backpacking or car camping? Where in the...

    Are you backpacking or car camping?
    Where in the mountains? When?

    You need insulation under you for camping in the mountains in the spring. A walmart blue foam pad will work. You also need a...
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    Have you used permethrin on the hammock body to...

    Have you used permethrin on the hammock body to keep the mozzies off?
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    You can adjust how the hammock lays depending on...

    You can adjust how the hammock lays depending on how you arrange the gathered ends. My son's hammock was too deep for his taste. He re-gathered (and whipped) it so that it was shallower. You can...
  34. I put it on a groundcloth under my hammock. My...

    I put it on a groundcloth under my hammock. My son has used his 5x7 outdoor products tarp to make a gear hammock that he hangs below his hammock.
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    Is it April 1 yet?

    Is it April 1 yet?
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    I use no underquilt in the summer here in NW...

    I use no underquilt in the summer here in NW Florida. No real need for them.
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    My son, in his first night in a hammock almost...

    My son, in his first night in a hammock almost got killed by a tree.
  38. I've got a 90 x 156 (or was it 132?). I didn't...

    I've got a 90 x 156 (or was it 132?). I didn't find it any more comfortable than a 60 x 126, and it is harder to get out of. I do think that a 72x132 might be a good size.
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    I tend to agree.

    I tend to agree.
  40. I think that the easiest would be the ENO atlas...

    I think that the easiest would be the ENO atlas straps, followed by cinchbuckles with carabiners. I personally use the cinchbuckles with carabiners, and it's the most convenient method I've used....
  41. Flashlights last forever now. It's not like the...

    Flashlights last forever now. It's not like the way it used to be, when the batteries only had a couple of hours. The LEDs last 24 hours per set of batteries.

    I'm an assistant Scoutmaster. I don't...
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    I've slept in mine with over 400 lbs--probably...

    I've slept in mine with over 400 lbs--probably close to 450. I am around 250, and I've never felt any lack of confidence in the tablecloth fabric.
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    I'm an ASM, and have been hammocking for about 4...

    I'm an ASM, and have been hammocking for about 4 years now. I was having back problems when I started, and it helped me sleep on campouts. That said, I don't think hammocks are very versatile for...
  44. If I were to buy a pre-made hammock today, I'd...

    If I were to buy a pre-made hammock today, I'd probably go for a 11' Argon from dutch. I have a tablecloth hammock, using a cinch buckle from dutch.
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    the antibacterial chemicals in most hand...

    the antibacterial chemicals in most hand sanitizers is alcohol, which can be a natural product.
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    I used the 1" harbor freight lashing straps that...

    I used the 1" harbor freight lashing straps that are $3.99 a pair. I used them for about two years with ring buckles without any problem. Just decided to upgrade to dutch's cinch buckle...
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    I've got a tablecloth hammock--whipped, not using...

    I've got a tablecloth hammock--whipped, not using the hem channel. I've had over 400 lbs in it for about two hours. For suspension, I use dutch's cinch buckles (old-style, not titanium) with his...
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    Pads aren't too bad in a hammock. Still much more...

    Pads aren't too bad in a hammock. Still much more comfortable than the ground.
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    We've had colder winters the last couple of...

    We've had colder winters the last couple of years. Last year we had an ice storm (Pensacola area), and about two years before that, we had a period of about two weeks where the daytime temperatures...
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    You'll probably be fine for a while. That said,...

    You'll probably be fine for a while. That said, the longer you live in Florida, the more insulation you need. The blood thins :-) (I've been in this area for about 17 yrs. I need a 30 degree bag...
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