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    cmoulder's Avatar
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    Great advice above, to which I would add that once you achieve a bit of proficiency setting up hammock and tarp, go out and do some quick overnight trips in mild weather and camp about a mile from the trailhead so that an easy bail-out is possible if things don't work out.

    Gradually work toward longer trips in more challenging weather and before long you'll have enough experience and confidence to do multi-day solos in weather that keeps most people home!
    UL, because nobody ever asks "How can I make my pack heavier?"

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    A hammock that is at least 11 feet long and 5 feet wide, is a good start.
    You will need insulation, both top and bottom.
    If you have enough money, get underquilt and topquilt set maybe rated 20 degrees
    If not enough money, a closed cell foam pad-sold by Gossamer Gear will be good for now.
    Gossamer Gear has foam pads roughly 1/8 inch thick-I donít remember
    And 6 feet long and 4? feet wide
    It can be trimmed with a good scissors to size AFTER you have used it a few times and have decided the length and width will work best for you.
    If you buy a pad that is too narrow, it might slide out from under you during nightís sleep
    All this is my best guess, I guess a lot and sometimes I guess wrong.
    For a quick crash course in Hammockology, I recommend going to at least two local group hangs listed here on Hammock Forums.

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    it varies too much to choose
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsman View Post
    So please, if you have the time, help a new convert out. I have a decent budget but I don't have expertise.

    Thank you.
    Besides watching all of Shug's videos, buy Derek Hansen's book which will save you money in the long run as well as educate you. Here's a link to his website:
    http://theultimatehang.com/

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