I am (obviously) new here at HF.
Just getting into hammock camping... and hoping to not have to spend my entire years allowance just to get started
I live in Eureka California, which is sort of the hub of the Redwoods forest. I have been blessed to have travelled throughout most of the USA (lower 48) and I always seem to end up back here in the Redwoods, simply because I have yet to find a place as beautiful as this place is.
I am 36 years old, 6'1 in height, and 250-260 lbs. - not overweight (by much) just a big-boy... which has always caused me to have to buy "extras" or "longs" - sigh. Nothing like having to spend an extra $50 or $100 bucks just to get a 4-inch longer sleeping bag - oye.
One of the main issues I expect to face with hammocks here is the *massive* amount of rain we receive. It is hardly ever cold here... rarely gets below 40 even in the winter... and it never gets above 75 in the summer... it is typically between 50 and 65 year'round... but the rain here is constant. And, it likes to be windy too, so I'm expecting to have to deal with horizontal rain issues.
At this point I am looking at getting the following gear:
Warbonnet Blackbird Double Layer 1.7oz (olive green)
Either the "Warbonnet Superfly w/doors" or the "MacCat Deluxe" with some beaks (maybe the "2Q/ZQ Grizz Beak" ??)
Seriously considering getting an Arrowhead Equipment "Bear Burrito Oven" too.
For the few cold days a year I am thinking about getting the "theperfecttrees - The Incubator" - but not sure about that... haven't found any other full-length underquilts.
One of the things I haven't figured out is where you all get your spider tubes at... I think I'd like one but cannot seem to find where you guys score those from.
I have not really decided on what suspension types I'll use yet... still have to put out the bucks to buy all of that stuff and start playing around with things. I also have not decided on an upperquilt nor padding. I am also not sure if I want to go mico stoves or just go with something like a jetboil which I already have. Additionally, I'm going to have to change backpacks as the one I have now is not decided to carry all these individual items that are tubular in nature. So, going to have to do some reasearch for that too.
Anyway, I have been lurking the forums for a couple months, decided it was time to join in and throw a welcome message out to everybody.
If there is anybody else out there in the Humboldt region... would love to get hooked up with you sometime so I can get a jump-start on all of this without having to learn it the hard way!!