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    Is hammock camping as popular as it was 5-10 years ago?

    Just looking at the number of posts on this forum compared to when I joined, one may draw that conclusion. Or perhaps, hammock camping itself was fairly new at that time so it would stand to reason that traffic here would mirror the "bubble" of the hobby.

    What are you seeing on the trail? More, less, or same number of hammocks compared to tents?

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    I'm seeing more! And not just on trail. Check out my post from last Spring:
    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...s-Everywhere!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clisbyclark View Post
    Just looking at the number of posts on this forum compared to when I joined, one may draw that conclusion. Or perhaps, hammock camping itself was fairly new at that time so it would stand to reason that traffic here would mirror the "bubble" of the hobby.

    What are you seeing on the trail? More, less, or same number of hammocks compared to tents?
    I agree that there seems to be fewer people posting lately. For years I noticed noobs asking the same questions over and over. Maybe those folks are doing a better job of searching the forum for answers than in the past before being repetitious(?) And maybe we have indeed passed the growth spurt. Maybe just slow growth now(?)

    It seems the vendors are staying busy, so interest doesn't seem to be waning.

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    I see more hammocks in the woods.
    As to the Forum, I think a lot of folks go on FaceBook and Redditt and other socials. Seems forums like this are sorta like sending emails. Possibly antiquated.
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    There seem to be fewer posts on DIY, but perhaps many of those ideas have turned into commercial options? It also seemed like a new fabric or piece of hardware was frequently being introduced.

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    WAY more usage in the field now vs. then.

    But yes, the huge wave of innovation has slowed, and participation in this site has dwindled a bit. Was sooooooo much fun then!

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    Antiquated or not Shug, I am very thankful for all the information I have leaned through this forum (and of course your videos) . It’s amazing the diversity of the information there is on here not just on hammocking but also the DIY information. Not to mention how the various cottage vendors reply to the questions asked in these forums as well.

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    I saw more hammocks than ever before at camp sites on Jones Island. However, I'm guessing at least half were used as food caches or were setup for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The Park Service in Washington has somehow made the pesky raccoons "disappear", so the only camp food predators left are deer (who roam around, unafraid, at night).
    In order to see what few have seen, you must go where few have gone. And DO what few have done.

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    There's healthy traffic on the site, imo. I haven't seen many other hammock campers in the wild, so still plenty of room to grow. Those that I have seen seem to use ENO hammocks without an underquilt. They seem to always be bundled up shivering by the fire when I walk past too.... can't say I haven't been there (and recently too, seeing as I'm pretty new to this game).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hang Williams View Post
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    I haven't seen many other hammock campers in the wild, so still plenty of room to grow. Those that I have seen seem to use ENO hammocks without an underquilt. They seem to always be bundled up shivering by the fire when I walk past too.
    ...
    And most of them haven't come here and most of THOSE probably never will. And some of that is okay...

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