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    I'm a fat 250 lbs, 5'11". I have tried an extra...

    I'm a fat 250 lbs, 5'11". I have tried an extra wide hammock (90" tablecloth), and the comfort difference between that and a conventional (60" tablecloth) was negligible. The 60" is much easier to...
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    What Shug said. I use the standard, but my son...

    What Shug said. I use the standard, but my son swears that the W method, without pulling the ends out far makes for a more comfortable lay. See Just Jeff's hammock page.
  3. I would use drug store hydrogen peroxide in a...

    I would use drug store hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle. I used it on a daypack about a week after a cat peed on it. It foams, but hasn't hurt the fabric, and it smells ok now. Have had the...
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    Bad idea, unless you own the trees you are...

    Bad idea, unless you own the trees you are hanging on. Straps protect the tree.
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    That would happen most of the time here in FL.

    That would happen most of the time here in FL.
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    I used to use a similar setup (but using hardware...

    I used to use a similar setup (but using hardware store rings), and I weight 240+. Worked for me, but I have upgraded to one of Dutch's cinchbuckle suspensions.

    Well, I used these straps:
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    I'd keep it to about 3 miles or so at most. (I...

    I'd keep it to about 3 miles or so at most. (I say this as a current Boy Scout Assistant Scoutmaster, who started out as a Tiger Cub Den leader 8 years ago). If you have more 7 yr olds than 11 yr...
  8. They did. The OP didn't see the link to the story...

    They did. The OP didn't see the link to the story from March 20 (the no-hammocks story was March 17), in which the mayor said the arborists said it was ok, but that straps should be used, and the...
  9. Here is the update to that story:...

    Here is the update to that story:
    http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/03/ok_for_hammocks_to_hang_around.html#incart_related_stories



    Properly affixed was using straps on the trunk, not...
  10. IMHO, suggesting ropes at all is irresponsible....

    IMHO, suggesting ropes at all is irresponsible. Needs to have straps, regardless. Harbor Freight has pretty cheap 1" lashing straps ($4 a pair) that are ideal for this purpose. I used them to...
  11. You have two options as I see it. 1) Make a...

    You have two options as I see it.
    1) Make a tablecloth hammock, and use hardware store suspension or
    2) Buy one of Dutch's hammocks with suspension.

    You'll probably save $30 or so with the...
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    Sipsey Wilderness (part of the Bankhead) is a...

    Sipsey Wilderness (part of the Bankhead) is a great place.
  13. I think it depends. Below a certain measurement...

    I think it depends. Below a certain measurement it can be either. I made a hammock out of one of the larger tablecloths. It was too wide for efficiency. I think somewhere close to 60 inches is the...
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    I would think the Cheaha trail head would be...

    I would think the Cheaha trail head would be closed (as it is inside the state park). Pinhoti (at least around Chinabee), is in the wilderness area, which is federal property.

    Just googled...
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    b. That's what I do. I use a bowline on one...

    b. That's what I do. I use a bowline on one side, and a trucker's hitch on the other. There isn't much force on tarp ridgelines, so I wouldn't be too concerned about the trees with zing-it.
    c. I...
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    I thought you were supposed to wear socks and...

    I thought you were supposed to wear socks and shoes (unshined) under your kilt.....
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    No, he's talking about basically, a bedskirt that...

    No, he's talking about basically, a bedskirt that extends from the hammock to the ground, not from above the tarp down. That said, I don't think it will do what he wants it to do.
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    I wouldn't recommend it. Mylar doesn't breath,...

    I wouldn't recommend it. Mylar doesn't breath, and you're gonna get condensation problems.
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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...
  20. 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.
  26. 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...
  28. 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.
  30. 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.
  41. 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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