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    Hammock camping is a complete game changer

    Greetings from a former avid lurker in West Texas. Why didn't someone tell me about hammock camping in my teens or twenties? My whole outdoor adventure life has been shaped by avoiding sleeping on the cold hard ground. I remember buying a bivy sack in the mid 80's thinking this is a really cool idea. It got used, maybe, 3 or 4 times. I quickly realized my comfy bed in the mazda b2000 camper shell was a much preferred bivy for my climbing adventures. Not being able to sleep comfortably seriously limited my desire to backpack and bicycle tour. I did some, but never enjoyed sleeping on the ground. What a shame, I love to hike, climb, and ride so much. Enter the hammock. I am absolutely foaming at the mouth rabid about sleeping in my hammocks; a JRB bridge and WBBB. The blackbird is my current hammock of choice. Hammock camping is awesome. At about 6 weeks of full timing I can't imagine going back to sleeping on a mattress for more than a few days at a time.

    Thanks to all of the great posts that have guided me in my first few months. The posts and videos of Shug and Grizz/Prof Hammock are wonderful, entertaining, and informative. Just Jeff's great website provided a lot of info affecting my early choices.

    Looking forward to many years of happy hanging as I approach the senior citizen ranks...

    Andy
    Last edited by Full_timer; 07-08-2012 at 13:07.

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    Senior Member Pipsissewa's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Full_timer View Post
    ...Why didn't someone tell me about hammock camping in my teens or twenties? My whole outdoor adventure life has been shaped by avoiding sleeping on the cold hard ground... . Andy
    Ditto!!! When I was a child, my grandmother used to get the ends of bolts of fabric from a store downtown for free. I used to string them up between trees in my back yard and do "gymnastics" on them. If ONLY I had spread one out and lain in it, I would have discovered hammocking and could have been hammock camping my whole life. What a difference that would have made!

    Welcome, friend. Great first post.
    "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.

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    Welcome from NC.

    +1 Hammocks make adventures more fun
    - Loki,

    "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
    Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
    The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy,
    while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn."
    John Muir

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    Welcome to HF from Mass.

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    Senior Member StrawHat's Avatar
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    As the saying goes, 'better late than never”
    Welcome to HF from the far side of the globe!
    I'm not asleep... but that doesn't mean I'm awake.

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    Senior Member SunnyBunny's Avatar
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    Welcome from Central Texas.

    Cheer to "no more cold hard ground"
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    "Your life starts at Point A and ends at Point B. Kick maximum ***!....." Ted Nugent (before he gone bats**t crazy)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Full_timer View Post
    Why didn't someone tell me about hammock camping in my teens or twenties?
    Whew! I can agree with that! And I have a lifetime of stone bruises to prove it! Welcome from Florida.
    Mike
    "Life is a Project!"

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    Ain't it the truth! Ain't it the truth! Man, wished I'd learned about hammock camping a lot sooner than I did, but am glad - just like you - that I found this site and learned about the joys of hangin'. Welcome from Lawrenceville, GA!
    "A man's got to know his limitations," Clint Eastwood in Magnum Force

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    Senior Member HamMike's Avatar
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    I couldn't tell you how many times I've wondered the same thing myself. I don't know if I really had the desire for the outdoors then like I do now but I've always enjoyed relaxing. Welcome to the group from Ohio!
    "He who makes a beast of himself, gets rid of the pain of being a man." Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Please check out the link below to show your love for hammocks!www.zazzle.com/hammocklife

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    I've become a more avid camper now that I'm in a hammock, it's easier to camp when you know the most uncomfortable part of your day will be on the trail instead of in a sleeping bag.

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