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    New Member agrajag's Avatar
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    Talking G'day from Australia

    Hi guys

    Been hammocking for a while now but I only recently came across this forum. I have been hanging around and reading for a few weeks but now I thought I would share with you my first hammock camping experience as an introduction.

    Several years ago I decided I would like to get myself a hammock and maybe try camping in it. I picked one up fairly cheap on Ebay, pretty basic and only rated to 90kg. Not gathered end, more like a Brazilian where the suspension is made up of lots of smaller strings. Well, the first time I took it camping, my friend invited his mate Robbo. Robbo is a big bloke, I reckon he must weigh 120 kg or more. All was going well and I had tested the hammock out with success, when Robbo comes over and goes "Right, let's see how tough this thing is." He hopped straight in and there was a stretching and tearing sound as it got lower and lower. He got out pretty quick after that. The hammock wasn't broken but the holes where the string went through the hammock were slightly longer. Robbo proceeded to set up his swag practically underneath me on the tarp with all the other ground dwellers. Every time he rolled over I could feel it!

    So not a great experience first time, but I persevered and last year got a Hennessy Expedition zip, and am lovin' it.

    I've learned a lot since joining HF, like I never realised how much heat you lose by compressing your sleeping bag in a hammock... so that's why I used to get so cold. And I've ordered some Amsteel Blue from AHE (can't seem to find it in Australia) to have a go at making my own whoopie slings. I think I will also try to make myself an underquilt later, so many great instructions to choose from.

    Thanks to all the hammock freaks out there (that's you, Shug) and no offence, I mean that in the best possible way.

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    Welcome to the forums from Canada
    " 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

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    Senior Member Browny's Avatar
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    Welcome to the mad house.
    The number of aussies on here just keeps growing.

    Seems like a lot of oz hangers are using the HH option though. Is it because thats whats easier to obtain over here or is it a personal choice?
    I have to order in regardles over here in the west, so a BB is looking more likely when I move up from my diy.
    I dream of a better tomorrow, where chickens can cross the road and not be questioned about their motives.

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    Don't you fall out hanging upside down? Just kidding, welcome to the club. I bet you have some real nice places to hang. Keep posting, love to see some pictures.

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    New Member agrajag's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Browny View Post
    Seems like a lot of oz hangers are using the HH option though. Is it because thats whats easier to obtain over here or is it a personal choice?
    I have to order in regardles over here in the west, so a BB is looking more likely when I move up from my diy.
    I really needed a hammock with a bugnet. I'm in North Queensland so the mozzies were getting to me in my old hammock. After some research I found Claytor hammocks and the Hennessy. Didn't know about hammockforums then so wasn't aware of all of these other options. I liked the ridgeline of the Hennessy, but I didn't realise how it worked at the time, I just thought it was to hold the bugnet up. You can't buy them in oz (at least not up here) so I tried to order from Hennessy, but they wanted to charge a fortune for shipping. So I got one on Ebay and saved a bit.
    I would love to do a diy hammock if I get good enough to add my own bugnet. IMO the Expedition is heavier than it needs to be, at least it is for me at just over 60kg.

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    I love Queensland. Welcome to HF and good luck on your next hammock trip.

    Fronkey

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    Senior Member kobold's Avatar
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    welcome to hf mate. loved the story with robbo :-)

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    Senior Member lab72's Avatar
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    G day and welcome

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    Senior Member HitchHiking's Avatar
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    Poor Robbo in his swag.....


    Great to see another Aussie hanging around!

    Make sure to look us up when around Sydney. The Blue Mtns are only a hour or two away!
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    Australian made tarps and custom gear.

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    Senior Member sswens's Avatar
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    Welcome To Hf. Good Story too, and i really like exped asym zip. and as always HaPpy Hanging!

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