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    Newbie

    Hi all ,my name is will i live in the uk am nearing my 50th year as a avid outdoorsman ,i have just got my first hammock and have spent 2 nights hanging about ,im not sure yet as to which i find more comfortable a tent or a hammock or as i do in the summer months bivi bag camping ,any help to convert me to hammocks gratefully recieved

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    Welcome to the forum ... Check out the Warbonnet Blackbird! It will help convert you ...
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    to get up to speed: Buy the following lines: amsteel 7/64, dynaglide. You will also need webbing tree huggers to go along with the suggestions below. Make the following:

    Continuous tarp ridgeline with prussic attachments to tarp drings(weather protecion forum)
    Whoppie slings (suspension forum)
    Loop shackles/nacrabiners(suspension forum)
    marlin spike hitch knot
    penberthy knot
    adjustable structural ridgeline for hammock(suspension forum)

    learn all those and you'll be like an old vet, enjoy

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    Welcome to the forum. Check out Jeff's "To the Wood's" website and also check out Shug's 10 Video's for newbies. Lots of good info there.
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    hang on this all sounds jibberish to me amsteel7/64 dynaglide,iv made my tarp out of an old tent fly ,and my hammock is a dd cadet ,i live in the uk ,where it does get below zero but not as low as the weather in the us and canada,iv seen shugs vids on yt and to be honest allthough they are very good and informative ,i dont think i need under quilts and over quilts ,all i want is a hammock in a tree my old trusty british army bivi bag to stop the wind and my faithfull army sleeping bag ,to stop me getting cold butt i use a closed cell kip mat ,and it scares me to think of what a bear borito is i guess its something for the bears you have there ,well the only thing i have to worry about are the local sheep ,and they make good eating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter45 View Post
    hang on this all sounds jibberish to me amsteel7/64 dynaglide,iv made my tarp out of an old tent fly ,and my hammock is a dd cadet ,i live in the uk ,where it does get below zero but not as low as the weather in the us and canada,iv seen shugs vids on yt and to be honest allthough they are very good and informative ,i dont think i need under quilts and over quilts ,all i want is a hammock in a tree my old trusty british army bivi bag to stop the wind and my faithfull army sleeping bag ,to stop me getting cold butt i use a closed cell kip mat ,and it scares me to think of what a bear borito is i guess its something for the bears you have there ,well the only thing i have to worry about are the local sheep ,and they make good eating.
    Get it on ..... I like your style.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter45 View Post
    hang on this all sounds jibberish to me
    Ignore the jibberish.

    The two biggest things on my "Why didn't somebody tell me?!" list are:
    1) Don't try to hang your hammock too tight. Too tight is more uncomfortable to me than too loose and that took me forever to figure out.
    2) Play around with the height of your head vs. your feet. I discovered that I like my feet a lot higher than I thought or I like my brain lower than I thought or something like that.

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    Ignore the jibberish.



    thanks guys,shug i like your vids your one crazy dude ,you know how to make a good vid and how to make people laugh ,at the moment im unemployed and trying to make the best use of the time ,by going camping, hunting and just generaly messing about in the woods ,im on a tight budget so every thing has to be the cheapest i can get or homemade ,im getting more used to hammocking as time goes by and the other guys i go camping with are tenters or bivi baggers ,we go camping at least three nights a week
    there are 8 of us and im the only bat who hangs in the trees ,thats what they call me when we are preping to go they ask me are you taking the bat bag ,yep i am ,i dont have to worry about the ground dwelling bugs ,slugs and foxes scent marking me oh and dont forget the only venemous snake here in the uk ,iv seen many of them under tent ground sheets and they aint nice ,id hate to be a tenter in the us ,what with snakes that kill ,ticks ,fire ants, scorpions, bears,and all the other stuff thats out to kick ***, ill stay in the uk and stay in the trees .

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