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    Hello from Upstate NY

    Hey, folks! I'm brand new to Hammock camping, in fact, I haven't tried it yet and don't even own a Hammock 🤔...yet
    I've done a fair amount of camping and have hung out in other people's hammocks. I'm looking to start a new hobby so I thought I'd see what I can learn from all this experience in one place.
    I have to give a shout out to Shug, whose videos got me thinking about it.

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    Welcome.

    You're on the right track starting with Shug's videos!

    Where upstate? I love to get up the Catskills and ADKs when I can.
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    I live in the very northern Catskills, known as the Helderberg Escarpment. Very rural, lots of hiking trails, and lots of trees that I plan to practice on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by contradancer View Post
    I live in the very northern Catskills, known as the Helderberg Escarpment. Very rural, lots of hiking trails, and lots of trees that I plan to practice on!
    Great locale — Catskills out the back door and ADKs not too far!
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    Welcome from 'downstate;" Long Island. I think you'll find this a very friendly, collaborative community. There's a lot of knowledge and experience here and it will definitely help flatten the learning curve to watch those videos and patrol the various sub forums. I've been an on-again-off-again camper over the years and my "off" periods were associated with the dissatisfaction of sleeping on the ground. A co-worker suggested a hammock and it sounded ludicrous, then I randomly came across one of Shug's videos and I haven't looked back or gone back to the tent. My hiking and camping frequency has quadrupled over the last year or so because I no longer dread crawling into a sil-nylon coffin.

    My piece of advice to someone who does not own a hammock yet: resist the temptation to buy one at the sporting goods store. Those models are almost always designed for lounging, not sleeping. If there's a beginner theme on this forum it's "I bought a XXX and can't get comfortable" and usually it's because it's too short and too narrow. I made that mistake, then was lucky enough to find this place and was able to return the lounger and get a proper camping hammock.

    Best of luck. There are several other NYers here and they are all very willing to help new people.
    Bob

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    Welcome from another upstater, and good luck in your adventure. I keep some bees in the northern Catskills, in Rensselaerville.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmoulder View Post
    Great locale — Catskills out the back door and ADKs not too far!
    I love this area, and I know I'm lucky to be so close to great locations. Learning how to plan a trip is on my list of things to find on this forum.

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    There's no way that I'll be buying a Hammock at a sporting goods store. I'm a believer in the quality tools, equipment, whatever, to begin with. There's nothing worse than cheap crap.

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    Neighbors!

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    Quote Originally Posted by contradancer View Post
    I love this area, and I know I'm lucky to be so close to great locations. Learning how to plan a trip is on my list of things to find on this forum.
    Might want to check out the Catskill 3500 Club.

    It's good to hook up with folks who do a lot of this stuff, and gradually work into overnight trips and then multi-nights as you progress.

    As far as actual planning, there are so many trip reports and YT videos these days that it's pretty easy to get a very good feel for where you're going without ever stepping foot on the trail. Mapping is also a breeze compared to yesteryear, so you can plan daily mileage, camp locations, etc.

    I'd suggest right off the bat becoming a donating member so that you have access to all the non-hammock sub forums where these discussions take place. There are a lot of knowledgeable folks here and it is $10 very well spent!
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