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    Hello from up the road in Anderson SC!! You...

    Hello from up the road in Anderson SC!! You should be able to find all the answers you need here!!
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    That looks great! Great work. I'm just down the...

    That looks great! Great work. I'm just down the road from you here in Anderson. Enjoy your new creation!!
  3. It's so easy to do something like that and not...

    It's so easy to do something like that and not even know!! I'll pay extra close attention when I make my next ones.
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    I once heard a comedian say "if you get in a...

    I once heard a comedian say "if you get in a hammock with somebody, you better be married to them"
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    I've got my headlamp, keys, and knife up there...

    I've got my headlamp, keys, and knife up there for access. I need to add a proper organizer so i can throw my ipod up there too!!
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    Well it looks like I've got some hanging to do!...

    Well it looks like I've got some hanging to do! I've got a jeep, just haven't tried hanging from it yet. This could get fun!!
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    I snagged my 14x12 from amazon for $48. The price...

    I snagged my 14x12 from amazon for $48. The price had gone up $20 within a couple days after ordering. I love that size though. The 12x9.6 isn't exactly lightweight, so I figured just go for it since...
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    I used to use ratchet straps for my suspension,...

    I used to use ratchet straps for my suspension, and I've had a factory sewn loop fail, but I've never had a loop that I tied in fail on me, and I'm a pretty heavy dude.
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    Another Hello from just over in Anderson SC! Hope...

    Another Hello from just over in Anderson SC! Hope you find all the info you're looking for! My wife and I did our first hang before discovering this forum, so needless to say it didn't go near as...
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    Check out wilderness logics...

    Check out wilderness logics. I feel like I'm constantly recommending them, but there's a reason...I think they're great! They have a tarp, the big daddy, that is very similar to the mamajamba. I have...
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    Haha. What did I tell you? I thought flatline...

    Haha. What did I tell you? I thought flatline might chime in, just didn't know it would be while I was posting!
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    Don't know if you can stretch up you budget just...

    Don't know if you can stretch up you budget just a hair, but the cheapest (in price only) underquilt I've seen on the market is this one from wilderness logics. It's only $95. I own one of their...
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    Keep with it. I know you're looking at 3 season...

    Keep with it. I know you're looking at 3 season use, so remember not to only think about the coldest of those situations. I would say that one big thing to look at when taking advice from folks here...
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    The idea that a hammock set up is more expensive...

    The idea that a hammock set up is more expensive than a tent set up is a bit misleading. You can spend more on a high end hammock insulation set up than you would on a budget tent insulation set up,...
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    I'm glad you posted and appreciate it! I'm...

    I'm glad you posted and appreciate it! I'm pumped to be able to get one of these. I was speaking more to the folks that seemed to want every detail of the product right away and you don't have that...
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    Perhaps the thread was a tad premature because...

    Perhaps the thread was a tad premature because the bug net isn't on the site yet, so the price isn't available until it is. I believe the net was a prototype for field testing. As far as weight, they...
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    Sticky: I think providing a link is helping people. I do...

    I think providing a link is helping people. I do agree that simply providing the link with no other response is a bit rude. I had never been a part of a forum before joining here, so I didn't know...
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    These guys do make great stuff. I don't believe...

    These guys do make great stuff. I don't believe the net is actually available for purchase yet. I exchanged some emails with Marty recently about their 4 season tarp that's about to hit the market....
  19. I would caution you slightly if you don't already...

    I would caution you slightly if you don't already have the lafuma bag that it is not a true 40 degree bag. They rate it at comfort at 52 degrees, transition at 45 degrees and risk at 23 degrees. I'm...
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    I pulled a small fan out of a computer tower last...

    I pulled a small fan out of a computer tower last week before a trip I had planned. I tested it for life and it ran 13 hours on a single 9 volt battery. It had a third wire in addition to the +/-...
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    Welcome from the upstate of South Carolina....

    Welcome from the upstate of South Carolina. You'll learn a lot here. Enjoy!
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    Burrells Ford would be a great place to host a...

    Burrells Ford would be a great place to host a hang. There are so many options up there. We figured on just the site we were on we could fit 10-12 hammocks as well as a couple of ground dwellers. The...
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    We did catch a good number of them. Down by the...

    We did catch a good number of them. Down by the site we were at, it was very small trout and a couple of blue gills. Up at burrell's ford, we caught a few decent trout. We only fished for about an...
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    They loved it. One of the guys had been with us...

    They loved it. One of the guys had been with us before and gave in to the dark side. They both put up with johnfolsomjr and I talking about hammockforums constantly at work as well as hanging for...
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    Overnight in the Ellicott Rock Wilderness

    Some friends that I work with (one of them fellow forum member johnfolsomjr) and I went for an overnight along the Chattooga river in the Ellicott rock wilderness the night of 6-9-2011. It was great....
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    Thanks for that clarification. I had missed that....

    Thanks for that clarification. I had missed that. Good to see the actual product price is holding steady. It's a great price.
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    Yea, I love my VW. It's a '71. It was a gift from...

    Yea, I love my VW. It's a '71. It was a gift from my wife's grandad. Now it's just a fun toy to play with. Me and my 2 year old son love to drive around town in it.
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    It was $85 when I bought it from them in April. I...

    It was $85 when I bought it from them in April. I just noticed when I looked last week that it had gone up to $90. It's definitely still worth every penny. It's hand made in North Carolina. It's a...
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    Definitely highly recommend it. I haven't used...

    Definitely highly recommend it. I haven't used any of the tarps by the other venders here, but I sure do love the big daddy. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
  30. Price was the main reason I went with the big...

    Price was the main reason I went with the big daddy over some of the other options. I haven't used any of the other guy's stuff, but it's amazing. The ridge line isn't seam sealed, so that is one...
  31. Thread: __night owl__

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    Now that's cool!! I never thought of simulating a...

    Now that's cool!! I never thought of simulating a foot box with draw cord. These guys just keep knocking it out of the park! When I bought my big daddy tarp a couple of months ago, Marty mentioned...
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    Looks like a great rig. Good to see you get out...

    Looks like a great rig. Good to see you get out there.
  33. You can also check out wilderness logics...

    You can also check out wilderness logics for some great tarps. I've got the big daddy. There's been a growing number of folks here getting them and everybody seems to be very happy so far. You can...
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    If I don't quit reading this forum I'm going to...

    If I don't quit reading this forum I'm going to have to take out a second mortgage on my house!!! Add this thing to the "wish I could one day" list! Thanks for sharing.
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    These are beautiful. I still have a hard time...

    These are beautiful. I still have a hard time explaining sometimes how this whole hammock camping thing works. These will help. Thanks!
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    That looks great. I've got the big daddy and love...

    That looks great. I've got the big daddy and love it! Those guys really to make some great stuff.
  37. Thread: Kayak/Campout

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    I'd never take something that I wasn't totally...

    I'd never take something that I wasn't totally comfortable with. However, the pocket rocket is a proven performer for tons of people. I believe I'd do everything I could to use it as much as possible...
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    If you decide to go with a big box store tarp,...

    If you decide to go with a big box store tarp, check out ****'s. The tarp I bought there was lighter than the offerings at Wally World. My 8x10 is 22 oz with tie outs attached. It's not as compact...
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    Welcome to the forum! I too will encourage you to...

    Welcome to the forum! I too will encourage you to explore the world of diy. It won't always save you money, but you always get exactly what you wanted. Have a good time!!
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    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your...

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. That's tough and your attitude is inspiring.
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    That thing looks great. Those guys at wilderness...

    That thing looks great. Those guys at wilderness logics do great work!
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    I should also add that I've since upgraded to a...

    I should also add that I've since upgraded to a Wilderness Logics big daddy tarp, but I wanted to put it out there for folks that might need a budget option as a hold over/starter option. I just seem...
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    True weight of poly tarp

    A lot of times when I read about cheap tarp options, people say they don't want to go with a cheap WW tarp for the weight penalty. I just wanted to put it out there that I picked up a poly tarp from...
  44. Great report! I have family in Knoxville. It's a...

    Great report! I have family in Knoxville. It's a wonderful place to live with so many outdoor opportunities within such a short drive. Looks like a good time was had by all. Great wildlife...
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    I'm no expert on the forces exerted, but I know...

    I'm no expert on the forces exerted, but I know it does increase the forces on the suspension. I'd suggest playing with the angle a bit and see what happens. I'm a big boy (250 lbs) and have had my...
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    I could see these being nice also when the...

    I could see these being nice also when the weather is nasty and you're spending time under the tarp. If you aren't in the hammock, this seems like it could really help keep things out of the way for...
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    Looks great! Another fine option for bug...

    Looks great! Another fine option for bug protection.
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    Wow! I'm going to have to make a trip tomorrow....

    Wow! I'm going to have to make a trip tomorrow. That's too good of a deal to pass up. I sure hope that's a deal that's not limited to your store or your region! I guess we'll see tomorrow.
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    That's some beautiful country! Those pictures are...

    That's some beautiful country! Those pictures are wonderful! I love the picture of you hanging from a tree that says 'tent camping only'. That's a keeper. Looks like you had a great time!
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    If I understand your problem correctly, the...

    If I understand your problem correctly, the problem is that your tarp ridge line is a good bit longer than your hammock, so the angle of your suspension forces you to hang your tarp higher than you'd...
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