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    Question Blackbishop bags??

    I know that the bishop bags are merely a stuff sack large enough for the hammock, but with the addition of a button hole or grommet in the normally closed end to allow both ends of the suspension straps or lines to stay out of the bag. My question is: where did the term originally come from? Every time I see the term I form a mental image of a sinister Monk with a hood shrouding his face and evil intent in his countenance!

    Could someone please enlighten a newbie to the origin of this interesting term for a rather mundane (but highly useful) bag? Thanks.

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    HF member BlackBishop351 came up with idea originally.
    At least this is the urban legend I know of!
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    Quote Originally Posted by waddy View Post
    My question is: where did the term originally come from?
    AC is right. It was named after it's inventor. BlackBishop was one of the early members of the forum that made a lot of contributions to the forum's DIY ideas.

    The BlackCat tarp was his also.
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    Don't think shrouded evil monk...think chess piece.
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    The first place we saw it was the 2006 SEHHA hang. He didn't have a name for it...just put a hole in his stuffsack. There's a pic of the original on this page:
    http://www.tothewoods.net/HikingPicturesHotSprings.html

    I copied it pretty quickly and named it the Blackbishop Sack...which he thought was pretty funny.
    http://www.tothewoods.net/HomemadeGe...ishopSack.html

    Here's the original HF thread, where Keith asked why his sack was getting so much attention...looks like it was the 159th thread we started here!
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=159

    Over time people just changed it to Bag, which is probably more appropriate.
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    Wow, thanks for all the quick and extensive responses! I'm really glad I finally asked, I've been wondering this since I started this wonderful affliction. Also Knotty, thanks for suggesting a better mental image, though since I am one of "THOSE" Catholic type people, it is going to be hard for me to change.

    Ideally, I should eventually get to just picturing a modded up stuff sack, but first impressions take a long time to change for an old fart! I'm well into the Mad Cow stage of life! Looks like great reading, I'm going to peruse it tonight.

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    "you know you've been on HF too long when:"

    you realize we are developing our own myths and legends....

    you choose your drinks by the containers and not the contents..

    you seriously consider picking up a cheap pair of flip-flops because the plastic clip would work great as a ridge line hanger..."

    additions?

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    "you know you've been on HF too long when:"

    you realize we are developing our own myths and legends....

    you choose your drinks by the containers and not the contents..

    you seriously consider picking up a cheap pair of flip-flops because the plastic clip would work great as a ridge line hanger..."

    additions?
    -you find yourself slowing down as you pass trash cans to check for supplies for projects

    -you have atleast one huge desk or table covered in "junk" and tools that could quickly render a stove, gravity filter, stuff sack... practically a whole new backpacking kit
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    Speaking of which...whatever happened to Black Bishop? Haven't seen a post from him in years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bug-Bait View Post
    Speaking of which...whatever happened to Black Bishop? Haven't seen a post from him in years.
    This is listed under his member profile. Yep it has been a long time.

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