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  1. #41
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    Set up isn't a race. For some reason when I did my first hammock set up I would brag to my friends how fast I set up, but now I take my time and really dial it in for the perfect hang.

    Also how much difference a ground tarp makes, such a simple thing but not tracking in all that dirt was a game changer.

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    I wish I had known getting hooked on hammocks and not having anywhere to hang at my house would be immensely frustrating, but I guess it's more motivation for me to get out in the woods.

    One thing I'm glad I did know is that it's perfectly acceptable to start out with a $25 amazon special and a $10 blue poly tarp. Was it ideal? No, but even so it was such an improvement over crawling in and out of my tent that I was an immediate convert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jb_outdoors View Post
    I wish I had known getting hooked on hammocks and not having anywhere to hang at my house would be immensely frustrating, but I guess it's more motivation for me to get out in the woods.

    One thing I'm glad I did know is that it's perfectly acceptable to start out with a $25 amazon special and a $10 blue poly tarp. Was it ideal? No, but even so it was such an improvement over crawling in and out of my tent that I was an immediate convert.
    Had I not made a $30 impulse buy on Amazon for a cheap hammock and tarp combo, I might have never discovered the joys of hammocks. I might even still be sleeping on the (gasp) ground!

  4. #44
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    I wish Someone would have pulled me aside and explained that learning a small number of knots (really just a prussic*, an Ashley stopper knot, how to steal a loop from a line (the beginning step of a truckers hitch), and almost no others, can save me hundreds of dollars in testing to find my eventual no fiddle, no hardware, tarp rigging system.

    That said, I probably had different needs than the average person. I needed to find a system that I could replicate for each one in my family, that would be easy and quick for them to grasp, so each kid (and my partner) could set up their own hammock and tarp, and I wouldnít have to spend hours doing the set up for all of us.

    But wow, a few knots, an order of a few feet of amsteel, and a weekend of trying knots could have saved me SO MUCH money.

    *there may be a better knot for this job, Iím newly learning, but the prussic is easy to learn and Iím done outfitting my 5x tarps, so Iím not going to change the system now.

  5. #45
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    I wish someone had told me how addictive the hobby is. I stopped counting years ago on how many set ups I have and how much $ I have sunk into it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingMob View Post
    my eventual no fiddle, no hardware, tarp rigging system.
    I'd be interested to hear more about your setup. I'm trying to avoid using hardware in my setup too for the added challenge, weight savings, and absence of little things to lose in the woods.

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