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  1. #11
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    Welcom.
    USMCStang gave good advice.
    My set up cost a little more but not much.
    $10-20 DIY hammock
    $30 Guide Gear 12x12 or Chinook 12x9.5 tarp each is 2lbs.
    Amsteel line. Learn to make a whoopie sling. West Marine etc has it .20 per foot. You need about 30 feet $6
    Cut webbing from a tie down strap from Walmart for Tree hugger $10
    Insulation thats the bugaboo. Walmart pad until you can afford a UQ

    This thread may help too.
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ead.php?t=8921

  2. #12
    Senior Member dammfast's Avatar
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    Miller high life it's the champagne of beers! Sorry had to be done

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    Senior Member Pipsissewa's Avatar
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    Yancey Co., NC - Home of Mt. Mitchell
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    Hey Bubba. Welcome to the Forums from your neighbor to the north. I have scored lots of good gear at thrift stores. Look for ANYTHING with down in it. Look for tents and tarps that will give you lots of nylon and sil-nylon to make gear with. I've even found two hammocks at a thrift store for $5 each! Look for cordage to use for tarp tie-outs and stuff sacks. (But, do NOT use cordage of unknown provenance for hanging!!!! ) You can almost ALWAYS find used backpacks and inexpensive sewing machines in thrift stores!

    Some members here have scored FREE automobile seat belts from a junk yard to use as tree huggers!

    Once you get a basic set up, get out and HAVE FUN!!! As you enjoy your poor man's kit, you can always "upgrade" individual pieces as your finances allow. There are always good buys here among HF members. Look at geartrade.com and similar sites for used gear at good prices. Good luck and, again, WELCOME neighbor!
    "Pips"
    Mountains have a dreamy way
    Of folding up a noisy day
    In quiet covers, cool and gray.

    ---Leigh Buckner Hanes

    Surely, God could have made a better way to sleep.

    Surely, God never did.

  4. #14
    Senior Member mangus7175's Avatar
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    Welcome to HF! Another broke hanger here

    I personally started off hunting deals on the FS threads and also online. I amassed most of my gear from just lots and lots of research.

    I currently have a DIY Hammock made from 1.9 Ripstop that I purchased from Joanne's for a total of $20 including tax. Got a pair of very nice hiking pants from an REI Used Gear Sale for $.03...that's right less than a nickel! This hobby does not have to cost an arm and a leg with a little ingenuity, bargain hunting, research, and DIY.

    There are a lot of awesome people here willing to help out, I know, because quite a few folks have been so very generous to me here...best community on the interweb if you ask me.

    So once again, welcome and I hope you stay!

  5. #15
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    Indianapolis IN
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    hey all yo cheap-o's!

    check out this

    http://nkoutdoorgear.webs.com/apps/w...s/show/2618680

    the whole hammock and suspensio for under 80. and youre supporting an awesome cottage industry that has done a lot for us!
    Give a man fire and he's warm for the night.
    Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life. Dante

  6. #16
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    Most of us here could not aford to buy everything at once. I did my research and got my hammock and used my blue ccf pad and my sleeping bag and a cheap tarp and as I could afford it I would buy another piece of gear and upgrade bit by bit. I studied the reviews and the comments and did speadsheets comparing the different manufactures gear I was looking at at, looked for sales and then bought my gear bit by bit.
    Frosty Butt Hang Jan 2015 .................. Fat Butt Hang April 2015..........Hunger / Halloween Hang Oct 2015

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    I am 18 with 44 years of experience !

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    default's Avatar
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    and gunners so cheap he cant afford hair...
    Give a man fire and he's warm for the night.
    Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life. Dante

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    New Member Bubba shmubba's Avatar
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    Just wanna say thanks for all the good advice from the forum...I'm lovin the bare foot idea, but don't think I'll voluntarily try it on the trail. And as far as patience goes, like i said in the original post i'm saving up for one piece at a time... and i just wait till i have a pile of money big enough to buy the next piece of gear. My problem is i find deals when my money pile is too small to take advantage of them. Not askin for for hand out ,just a heads up if you run across a good deal. and just maybe my money pile and and the timing of the deal might line up... if not I'll wait for the next one, but not patiently.

  9. #19
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    Look in the Goodwill Stores, or Sallyanne, try Craigslist. I would either freeze whatever I bought and/or wash it in hot water, before you take it home.

  10. #20
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    Glad to hear from ya Bubba. I was afraid comments like mine had scared you off. Keep posting and people will keep helping!

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