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  1. As others have mentioned, you need more hammocks....

    As others have mentioned, you need more hammocks. I sleep most nights in my Wilderness Logics Night Owl ( basement man cave). Like it so much that I bought a second as a backup.


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  2. +1 When I am camping I hang an empty Nalgene...

    +1 When I am camping I hang an empty Nalgene from my ridge line for just such a purpose. At home I just get up. My whole life I've always gotten up at least a couple times. Some nights more than...
  3. HA! Two or three hours? I live northwest of...

    HA! Two or three hours? I live northwest of Chicago (nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live here) and if I want to get outdoors where I'm not on top of a highway or backed up to a giant...
  4. Very jealous!!! Absolutely awesome outdoor...

    Very jealous!!! Absolutely awesome outdoor experience and great place to hang...nice pics.

    What side were you on? East/west?

    Made the BWCA trip last year (East side). WL Night Owl Hammock,...
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    Many years ago, bought a Grand Trunk Traveler...

    Many years ago, bought a Grand Trunk Traveler hammock from REI outlet for like $18...thought it would nice to have. Brought it on a camping trip for lounging. Set it up, grabbed a book and read. It...
  6. In downtown Vienna, Austria they have "hammocks"...

    In downtown Vienna, Austria they have "hammocks" permanently attached to trees (the bodies are a grid of coated cables, not exactly Hexon or ripstop). Rather than bolting them to the trees however...
  7. Not any backpacking to speak of in Illinois...

    Not any backpacking to speak of in Illinois except maybe way down south. I live northwest of Chicago and take the kids camping/hanging at Apple River Canyon State Park in northwest Illinois. Nice,...
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    Is that hang posted on the outings page? If so...

    Is that hang posted on the outings page? If so I'll check it out.

    If it's at the I&M I could probably swing by after work....one of my offices is in Orland Park so I'd be a bit closer I think. ...
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    Hello from the NW suburbs of Chicago. A few...

    Hello from the NW suburbs of Chicago. A few friends and I will be hanging at White Pines Forest State Park in October. If it's any good, I'll let you know. Can't be too far from you.

    If you have...
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    It was fairly breezy last night but not raining....

    It was fairly breezy last night but not raining. It was certainly comfy for kicking back. We slept in the tent above of course....my son loves to sleep in his hammock but prefers the "tree tent"...
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    Hanging under the Tentsile

    Finally got around to giving it a try....works well actually. Be a nice place to chill if it were raining as there plenty of coverage from the rain fly above.
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    wwcdtwins09 for the win! I like the way you...

    wwcdtwins09 for the win! I like the way you think. Excellent post.


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  13. I own the Tentsile Connect. It's very comfortable...

    I own the Tentsile Connect. It's very comfortable for sleeping and there is room for some gear. Let me know what specifics you would like and I'll be happy to answer.


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  14. Did that two weeks ago except landed on my head...

    Did that two weeks ago except landed on my head which landed me in the ER for a CT scan of my head and neck.


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    Fellow Chicagoan here! Also a side sleeper. Own...

    Fellow Chicagoan here! Also a side sleeper. Own seven hammocks, all gathered end, from several different vendors. For me, none even comes close to my Wilderness Logics Night Owl. So comfy, I bought...
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    Or maybe a win-win? Sent from my iPhone...

    Or maybe a win-win?


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  17. That's so awesome! Overshot my hammock once...

    That's so awesome! Overshot my hammock once while sitting into it and fell over it landing inside my bugnet. Not a pretty sight.


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  18. ERS: emergency resting situation. Let's see them!

    Oh yeah! Escaping the in-laws....that's definitely an emergency resting situation. [emoji41]


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    Hey mods.....if these comments are being...

    Hey mods.....if these comments are being censored, better keep a closer look at the posts of some of frequent posters around here. Off the top of my head I can think of two or three that regularly...
  20. Thread: Lightning?

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    This topic comes up quite frequently. While...

    This topic comes up quite frequently. While lightning is indeed very scary and obviously dangerous, actual injuries and worse are very rare. Like another wrote, the drive to and from the great...
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    Takes a few nights to get it right. Be patient,...

    Takes a few nights to get it right. Be patient, don't focus on sleep. Just relax, read a book, go to your happy place. I side sleep in my hammock at home now almost every night. Comfortably.

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  22. Thread: THUNK

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    Thanks. Back of my head is still a bit tender but...

    Thanks. Back of my head is still a bit tender but headache is largely gone. CT was clear...thankfully.


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  23. Thread: THUNK

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    One more thing....willing to bet my head went...

    One more thing....willing to bet my head went "THUNK" but pretty sure I blacked out before the sound registered.


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  24. Thread: THUNK

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    Just remember, even the best straps won't fix...

    Just remember, even the best straps won't fix stupidity. Spent Sunday evening in the ER getting a CT scan of my head and neck. Why? Overshot the man cave hammock while sitting into it. Went...
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    Thanks all! Have to say it was really a bit...

    Thanks all! Have to say it was really a bit traumatizing. Yes it hurts and yes waiting for the CT results was a bit unnerving but I just keep thinking about that impact. Never had anything quite...
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    More safety stuff: painful injury

    Hey all....so last night, in my haste, I fell. Yep, fell over the man cave hammock that I very often sleep in and hang in almost daily.

    Recently added a nice DIY under quilt and was not thinking...
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    Ever see the aftermath of a tree falling on a...

    Ever see the aftermath of a tree falling on a house or car? Yeah, hate to break the news but no way would Amsteel stop anything of significance. Heck, heavy steel cables wouldn't do much good.
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  28. Did my first BWCA last year (better late than...

    Did my first BWCA last year (better late than never I suppose). Camped all week in my hammock. Excellent place with lots of trees. Went in September so no bug net required and it was mild enough that...
  29. All I have ever done with a fixed ridge line is...

    All I have ever done with a fixed ridge line is run the suspension through the fixed loops on each end. Never take it off. Found the fixed length to be perfect....always seem to want to fiddle with...
  30. Agree with this. Don't like the "tails" on my...

    Agree with this. Don't like the "tails" on my adjustable ridge lines.

    Maybe I'm wrong but you seem to be misunderstanding. A fixed structural ridge line does not mean "permanent" if can be...
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    Could possibly create minimal cooling but likely...

    Could possibly create minimal cooling but likely only in dry climates as evaporation is key to it working.

    Here in the Midwest it's like a jungle in the summer, especially this one. The air is so...
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    Encountered black bears a number of times and...

    Encountered black bears a number of times and they always seem to run off. Even momma bears with cubs just run away. Like others have written, keep your food a good distance from your sleeping...
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    Disagree all you like. HYOH Though I still...

    Disagree all you like. HYOH

    Though I still occasionally use whoopies, straps and buckles just seem faster, have no risk of the whoopie slipping off, no Beckett hitch needed, tree distance matters...
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    Totally agree. Whoopies have some cool factor but...

    Totally agree. Whoopies have some cool factor but can come up a bit short in practicality.


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  35. Thread: Hot rocks ?

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    Never used rocks but those little "Hot Hands"...

    Never used rocks but those little "Hot Hands" chem packs work great!


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  36. Need to add a knotty mod and hang the foot end...

    Need to add a knotty mod and hang the foot end higher. Oh and maybe a shave and ask the wife to let you out once in a while.


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    Yes, there are camo tarps, do a search and some...

    Yes, there are camo tarps, do a search and some Google-fu you'll find them.

    Some of my hammocks have whoopies and some have cinch buckles. While whoopies have some cool factor, they are a pain in...
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    For your budget and time constraints this is best...

    For your budget and time constraints this is best advice here IMHO. Some suggestions to go along with it.

    Sounds like weight is not an issue so for hunting excursions I would choose the Dutch...
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    Many might disagree with me but....unless you are...

    Many might disagree with me but....unless you are very close to a solid structure shelter (school, church, etc.) there's probably not a whole lot you can do. You are probably more likely to be...
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    Had one for years. Was my first hammock...close...

    Had one for years. Was my first hammock...close out at REI. Fine for lounging and reading a book but no way I could sleep in it. 5'10" 185 lbs.


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    Not sure I quite understand what it is you are...

    Not sure I quite understand what it is you are doing or asking. Hopefully someone will.
    However, I will offer this:
    1. Paracord is likely not strong enough for your suspension. Not recommended ...
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    Going to take a stab at this one......most...

    Going to take a stab at this one......most hammock materials have some "give" or stretch. Hexon 2.4 does not seem to stretch at all (at least mine doesn't).

    Perhaps, where "depth of sag" is...
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    Here in the Midwest camping is always an exercise...

    Here in the Midwest camping is always an exercise in staying dry. The humidity is awful and with heavy dew the mornings are almost always cold and clammy.

    Looks like you are in Montana which I...
  44. Don't get too caught up in the beginner vs....

    Don't get too caught up in the beginner vs. expert thing. Like any hobby there are all sorts of opinions and often people forget that what is important to them may not be to others.

    Sadly, an...
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    Hammocks in/near Cancun?

    Of course it was a joke....I gotta get a sarcasm font.

    As for finding a hammock in the greater Cancun area....you might try asking around at your resort. Just be sure to ask a few different folks...
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    TSA stopping you for carabiners? I take it you...

    TSA stopping you for carabiners? I take it you have never flown before?

    Biners will make it just fine but you'll never get a hammock through customs. :-)


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  47. Thanks!!! Whenever I post a photo that shows...

    Thanks!!!

    Whenever I post a photo that shows my boots, always seem to get a, "nice boots" comment. Seeing that you are in Maine, it does not not surprise me one bit you own the same boots. Before...
  48. Edge of a sand cliff overlooking Lake Michgan:...

    Edge of a sand cliff overlooking Lake Michgan: Van Buren State Park, Michigan.
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  49. The Worst Part of Hammock Camping In... (Humorous but True)

    The worst part about hammock camping (and camping in general really) when living in the Chicago is simply getting away from pavement! There are very few areas to camp that don't have a major...
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    I have found that sleeping either on top of or...

    I have found that sleeping either on top of or inside a synthetic filled sleeping bag does help quite a bit in a pinch...down would compress too much.


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