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  1. #1
    New Member
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    Apr 2010
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    Salem, VA
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    Clark NX-250
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    Thumbs up Jumped in with both feet!

    Several weeks ago I was dreading the upcoming backpacking trip I had scheduled with our Scout Troop only because I knew how miserable the nights would be. I stopped in to a local outdoors outfitter and the discussion progressed from the latest tents to "have you ever slept in a hammock?" My interest was peaked as I had just turned 50 in Jan and sleeping on the ground has become very unpleasant to say the least. Not one to make a rash purchase, I went home and did my internet research, this site being a wealth of information. With Temps initially forecast for low 40's, I was a little concerned about a hammock not only for this trip, but cool temps are the norm for much of the backpacking we do here in the mountains of VA. So I jumped in, spent more money than I should, ordered a Clark NX-250 on Sunday, arrived on Thurs evening, stretched it out in the den and repacked for backpacking. Headed out on Friday, arrived at our first night's site and set up in the dark for the first time ever in a hammock. Great night. Wind 20 -30 mph, snow still on the ground at 4,000 ft, temps dipped to 22degF and I stayed warm and comfortable thanks to the insight found here! Best night on the trail in years. Second night was warmer but awoke to rain and stayed nice and dry.
    To wrap it up, I am now a hanger!!
    KD

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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Elmira, NY
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    WB Ridgerunner, Dangerbird
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    Big Daddy
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    Congratulations and welcome to the forum. I'm a recent NX 250 convert myself. That is indeed a sweet rig for foul/cold weather camping. Glad your first experience was a good one. May you have many more.

    Miguel

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    Senior Member bigbamaguy's Avatar
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    Jan 2009
    Location
    NE Alabama
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    Clark NX-200
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    Clark XL-Fly
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    Strap/cinch buckle
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    K4:
    Welcome to HF and glad you had a great experience with the Clark. I have the NX-200 and absolutely love it. Got it just before they released the 250's.......good luck and happy hanging!!!!!!!
    Par Si Vis Pace Para Bellum

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    Nov 2009
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    West Kootenays,BC,Canada
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    Black MacCat Del.
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    webbing/whoopie
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    Welcome K4.
    I loved that you jumped in and went out on a winter camp right away and had a good time . Good for you.
    " The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it."

    “The measure of your life will not be in what you accumulate, but in what you give away.” ~Wayne Dyer

    www.birchsidecustomwoodwork.com

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    Jan 2010
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    Northwestern Colorado
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    Clark NX-250
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    Clark XL, Superfly
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    WS,straps,toggles
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    A hearty welcome from another 250 fan!! Unfortunately, your bank account is going to suffer horribly from your rather questionable choice to hang out with the folks on this forum. It has only just begun

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    Aug 2007
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    WV
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    webbing, Dutchclip
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    What a great way to start out! Congratulations on all your research and successful first hang.
    Exercise, eat right, die anyway -- Country Roads bumper sticker
    Fall seven times, standup eight. -- Japanese Proverb

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    Senior Member GaHammockGuy's Avatar
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    That sounds like a great night for a first time hang.... glad you had a positive experience.

    Welcome to the forum and to the world of hanging!

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    Senior Member krugd's Avatar
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    Location
    Northern Ky
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    Congrats on your first hang. Sounds like you are off to a great start. and another welcome to the forums.
    --Don---

    May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. - Ed Abbey

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    Senior Member Black Phoenix's Avatar
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    California
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    Great way to get started... Jump right in.

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    Member Hawkwind's Avatar
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    Very cool! Congratulations on a great first time hanging.

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