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    Hello from Raleigh, NC

    Hi everyone,

    I've really learned a lot by reading this forum. Thanks SO MUTCH to everyone that participates and shares their time and knowledge here.

    My hammock story (so far!):

    Grew up with my Father having a Hatteras hammock (the kind with an open rope mesh, wood spreaders) and hung out in it as much as a kid that age can hold still.

    Many years later, my family game me an ENO singlenest hammock from the local outdoor place (Great Outdoor Provision Co.). I'm ashamed to admit, I think it has sat unused for almost 2 years in my closet! I knew just enough to know that hanging with rope could damage trees, and when I wanted to use it I never got motivated enough to do something about it.

    A couple of years later, my daughter, who started Appalachian State Univ. this semester, wants a hammock and straps. Apparently it is fashionable to hang out in a hammock and "study" in the trees that surround the mountain campus in Boone, NC. She wants the hammock for Christmas, and she offered to buy some Slap Straps for my Christmas gift.

    Then I found Hammock Forum -- oh my.

    The next pretty day, I quickly made some tree straps from some web that my wife uses in her sewing shop by tying small loops at the end of the straps. I took the straps, some rope, and the hammock to the woods behind my home, set it up, read a novel, and napped! It was wonderful.

    Since then, I have ordered some Amsteel Blue from Arrowhead Equip, and made some whoopie slings, so far untested. My family thinks I'm obsessed, but there are worse things to obsess on!

    Short term, I'll be hanging in the yard, but I look forward to trying the hammock out for camping. Not sure I'm ready for cold weather -- I may try using my normal sleeping pad + sleeping bag -- but I'm looking forward to camping in warmer weather with the hammock.

    I told my daughter to pass on the slap straps for me, but I probably will get her a set, since she expects it and I doubt she will spend too many unconscious hours in hers, at least at the start. But when she needs something better, I'll know how to set her up!

    Well, gotta go, there is a book on knots calling my name.....

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    Senior Member Backtrack's Avatar
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    Location
    Thomasville, NC
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    Welcome to the addiction! Fellow NC hanger here.....Great story on your hammock beginings...

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    Member Visionmonger's Avatar
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    Bedford, VA
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    Welcome from Virginia!
    "If you push something hard enough it will fall over."
    -Fudd's first law of opposition.

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    Senior Member bigbamaguy's Avatar
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    Wlecome to the insanity and I hope you and the daughter make it out together for some adventures in the woods.
    Par Si Vis Pace Para Bellum

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    Raleigh, NC
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    Welcome from another Raleigh "Hanger".
    Omnia mea mecum porto. - I carry with me all my things

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    New Member Lighter Knot's Avatar
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    welcome monkey, member from Troy NC, enjoy the info from the forums!!
    learning everyday...

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    Location
    Winston-Salem, NC
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    Welcome. Sounds like you've learned quickly a few of the things to buy & to not buy
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    Senior Member questtrek's Avatar
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    Welcome here from Michigan ... The mitten State ... You will find a lot of great info here.. Ask away!...
    Questtrek
    "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks". John Muir.

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    Senior Member JohnSawyer's Avatar
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    Welcome to the obsession from San Diego, though my roots are in New Bern, NC. (ok, really Alliance, NC)
    "Do or do not, there is no try." -- Yoda


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    Senior Member Hangin' Burrito's Avatar
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    Welcome, Monkey!! (that's gotta have a story behind it!)

    Glad to have another hanger from NC. Looking forward to meeting ya' at one of the many hangs!!
    "Is this the best you've got?!!" (Shortoff Mtn., Linville Gorge 2010)

    "Life is tough.....it's even tougher if you're stupid!".....(John Wayne)

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