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    New Member ekitel's Avatar
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    new here

    What an amazing forum. I thought I knew a lot about hammock camping until I came here...

    I've been 3 season camping on bicycle trips in Europe for the last 2 years using an HH Expedition. It was cheap and comfortable though I've always had insulation issues. I got the under cover and pad last December and they helped once I figured out how to use them (get the pad chords as tight as possible) but I still find it hard to keep warm all over. I've also never set it up in anything anywhere near 3 minutes. It takes a lot of adjustment to get it just right or even close.

    I'm almost 6 foot tall and I've come to the conclusion that the Exped is not really big enough for me though I've slept very comfortably every time I've used it, or at least a lot more comfortably than lying on the ground. I was thinking about upgrading to the Explorer size and was looking for reviews when I came across this forum and a post that mentioned Warbonnet. That changed everything! Underquilts were also a revelation and seem like the prefect way to solve all my temperature issues.

    I'm going to be in southern Italy starting in February but before then I want to have a whole new hammock camping system. Here's my list so far:
    - WB Blackbird Double Layer 1.7 with Adjustable webbing
    - SuperFly (in slate gray for stealth)
    - JRB Hudson River UQ (should I get regular or long for the Blackbird?)
    - JRB Suspension System
    - JRB Tarp Line & STL Set

    If I left out any other essential items please let me know. I can pick up aluminum stakes anywhere. I have a tendency to loose them anyway and have to resort to sticks and things.

    Other gear I use includes:
    Bike Friday New World Tourist folding travel bike!
    Bushbuddy stove
    Trangia Stove
    Smart Wool layers & socks
    Snow Peak 2L ti pot
    Mountain Hardware Ultra Lamina 32 bag
    3 Zetas Pamplona 1.5 L wine skin!

    I have hung (or slung?) in many interesting places and have developed a number of personal techniques. Maybe I'll write about them in some future posts.

    Prost!
    Eric in Berlin, Germany

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    Welcome to HF!!
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    Welcome to the forum.

    A regular size JRB quilt works fine on the Blackbird.

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    Welcome!

    The Bike Friday folding bicycle (from Oregon no less) looks neat! What is:

    3 Zetas Pamplona 1.5 L wine skin!

    If it's what I think it is, you have your priorities straight!
    ..Mike the Weed Warrior bio // Think globally, act locally: Remove an invasive plant

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    Welcome to the forum Eric.
    If you've been here for long, you know we expect pictures.
    Can't wait to see some of your's.
    He is your friend, your companion, your defender... he is your dog. You are his life, his leader, and master. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of that devotion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegaMike View Post
    Welcome!

    The Bike Friday folding bicycle (from Oregon no less) looks neat! What is:

    3 Zetas Pamplona 1.5 L wine skin!

    If it's what I think it is, you have your priorities straight!
    Thanks all for the welcomes!

    That's a real traditional Spanish bota made from goatskin and lined with black pitch. You can almost fit 2 whole bottles in it as the capacity seems to be a bit less than the stated 1.5 L.

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    Willkommen.....
    Your wish list looks really good.
    The BlackBird will do you right as will the JRB Hudson River Quilt/UnderQuilt.
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    New Member ekitel's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by swampfox View Post
    Welcome to the forum Eric.
    If you've been here for long, you know we expect pictures.
    Can't wait to see some of your's.
    Here are some sets from short tours I took in the Czech Republic last summer:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ekitel/...7621766891807/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ekitel/...7620994354743/

    And here's the shot I took my avatar from of a hang near Ballyvaughan, Co. Claire, Ireland. In the background is an old abandoned farm house.


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    Thanks Eric,
    I'm a sucker for sunrises and sunsets.
    You have a beauty in that second set.
    He is your friend, your companion, your defender... he is your dog. You are his life, his leader, and master. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of that devotion.

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    You've got a great list there . Good luck in italy
    " The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it."

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