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    New Member Wabbajack's Avatar
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    Should have listened to the good folk here.

    I got into hammocks last year as a new way to sleep while out camping. It has been fun learning about everything and trying out new set ups in the backyard. Shortly after I joined this forum, I found myself out of a job (coincidence I think) and I decided to take a very extensive trip to my favourite spot outside the city. I planned on staying there for 6 months as there are deer and small mammals to roast over an open fire.

    As noted in a previous thread, I was looking for a way to hammock stealthily. Turns out I should have listened to the folks about a harness.

    Around my 4th month, I moved my stuff around (I changed sites biweekly) and noticed a perfect hang spot. This was higher than I had been previously, but it was too perfect to pass up. The view was phenomenal and the surrounding tree cover provided protection from the elements. I went to bed and slept like a baby.

    I woke up 2 months later. I don't know how, but I ended up falling from my hammock and into a coma. I was lucky to survive, but had some broken bones. I will definitely use a harness next time I go high hanging (next weekend before it gets cold) and I suggest you all do the same if you find yourselves amongst the tree tops!
    I was not properly relaxing until I found hammocks.

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    Senior Member Cannibal's Avatar
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    Holy Crud!
    Glad you are alive. The trick to living and learning is actually living.
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    Okay, don't leave us hanging

    There's a recovery story I want to hear. How did this happen? Who found you (and saved your life!)? What about your gear? Where are you now?

    Last but not least: Pics or it didn't happen!

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    Senior Member lazy river road's Avatar
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    A very scar experience indeed. Hope everything is OK now and your on your road to recovery.
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    Man, thats no joke. Hope you're alright.
    How high were you hanging?
    Good luck,
    RED

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    Holy gravy! That's nuts! Glad you're alive man.

    More info! What the heck happened???

    Fronkey

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    I agree, let's have the whole story from the beginning to the recovery!!!!!
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    Yikes! Who will play you in the I Shouldn't Be Alive episode?

    And welcome back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dejoha View Post

    Last but not least: Pics or it didn't happen!
    That got a serious laugh.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fronkey View Post

    More info! What the heck happened???

    Fronkey
    Yes please. This sounds like an incredible story. It may be one of those that lives on in hammock Legend.
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    Senior Member Poppabear's Avatar
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    Holy Smokes! Enough with the teaser we need details. Glad you are alive now tell the story!
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