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    New Member Graedore's Avatar
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    Talking Hello from Florida!!

    I've been scouring the site for a week or so now, looking for tips on different rigging systems, making my own gear, and doing an indoor hang to replace my bed. I figured it was about time to introduce myself.

    I've been hammock camping for about 10 years now. Mostly down in the Florida Keys or on the spoil islands in the Indian River Lagoon.

    Finally got an ENO Double Nest for my last camping trip and it took my love of hammock camping to a whole new level. Before that I had been using an old rope hammock with spreader bars that I picked up at a garage sale.

    Now I've bought an XL Brazilian and I'm going to attempt to setup an indoor hang tomorrow.

    I'm looking to start camping a lot more often, and thinking of taking a trip up to Ocala National Forest once it cools off a bit.

    I want to put together a good pack, lightweight, that has all I need for camping. Previously I've always lugged mounds of gear with me, but I'd really like to streamline. Any suggestions for what essentials I should include in my camping pack?
    -- Graedore

    "Buy the ticket, take the ride." -Hunter S Thompson

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    Member flailer's Avatar
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    Welcome!

    Excellent first post!!!

    So, when you say pack, you're talking about backpack, right?
    I have my mega-complete list of camping items, and pack based upon how, when, and where.

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    MAD777's Avatar
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    Welcome from a couple of hours south of you!

    We Florida hangers get together for hiking trips on a pretty regular basis after summer is over. And there's the big gathering in Ocala Nat. Forest in January (over 85 attended this year).

    Do two things to lighten up. The first is to make two piles of your gear. In one pile place everything you need to survive and all else in the other pile. The second thing to do is to buy a digital postal scale that will measure in grams and/or 1/10 ounces. A 5 pound maximum limit is all you need.

    Fire away with any questions you may have! As you know, it's too hot to hike now so this is a good time to sort out your gear.
    Mike
    "Life is a Project!"

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    Hello and Welcome to the Forums from Canada!
    The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering. - St. Augustine

    Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
    - Bob Marley

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    Moderator raiffnuke's Avatar
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    Welcome to HF from Mass.

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    mountainhanger's Avatar
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    welcome from nw Indiana!
    It's not the boulders that throw us off balance, it's the pebbles beneath our feet

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    Senior Member Tuck's Avatar
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    Welcome from Winter Haven. Let me know when you're planning to go to Ocala.

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    Prefers life at 12 MPH. FLRider's Avatar
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    Welcome from Gainesivlle!

    And, listen to MAD777; he's got the right of it. Every trip, make three piles: "What I used the whole trip." "What I didn't use." "What I used only some of the time." Always put your emergency and first-aid kits into the "What I used the whole trip." category, but otherwise... Discard the "What I didn't use." category for your next trip in similar conditions and see how it goes. Debate whether you want the stuff from the "What I used only some of the time." for your next trip in similar conditions.

    It'll help you cut weight pretty easily. And, having a scale to get your pack weight down is a great tool. I'm a big fan of itemizing on a spreadsheet; it allows you to compare alternatives before going out the door.

    And hammocks can be just as lightweight as any other integrated shelter system. It's just a matter of picking and choosing. I'll definitely say that going from a t*** with sleeping bag to an hammock with top/under quilts saved me ~4 pounds by itself, made things much more comfortable, and kept me dry an whole lot better down here in the 3 PM thunderstorms.

    Anyway, if you've got specific questions about anything, feel free to PM me!

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    Senior Member engine386's Avatar
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    Welcome from Orlando. I agree with the above posts on using a scale and spreadsheet to analyze and cut weight

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    Welcome aboard from Lakeland. Looking forward to meeting all the new members that have joined this year. The 3rd Annual Florida Hang should be huge!
    Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.

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