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    Hi from Texas

    Hi, Fellow Hangers,

    I'm recovering from surgery subsequent to a boating accident in which I lost my left leg above the knee. I will not be able to backpack for 12-15 miles a day with a 50 lb. pack as in the past. But I will NOT let this injury keep me out of the wild that I love. So I have adopted a new goal of ultralight backpacking and have been intrigued, as I sit here healing, by the prospect of carrying a hammock instead of a tent. I'm amazed by all the advances since assembling what appears now as ancient and burdensome gear ... which my young and strong sons shall inherit!

    I have always enjoyed a hammock on car camping trips. But to see it as alternative to a tent ... doubling as a chair ... tripling as a bivi ... is a revelation to me. So, I have enjoyed browsing here, and reading many excellent comments and discussion.

    Thank You,

    Mike

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    welcome from east Tenn. and best of luck on your goal
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    Thx

    Thanks, Billy.

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    Welcome from DFW. Sorry to hear about the accident, but as you said, you can't let that hold you down. Mend quickly and get back out there doing what you love.

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    Welcome from Cypress Tx.
    I wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see you on the trails soon.

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    Welcome from Florida!
    I suspect you will be out in the wilds again soon due to your excellent attitude
    Mike
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    grt welcome!

    Thanks, guys.

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    Welcome and Best wishes. glad that LIFE didn't slow you down
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    Howdy and welcome to the trees from another Texan named Mike.

    If you can tolerate the drive by November, head east to our group hang and try out an assortment of gear so that as you add to your kit, you can do so based on what you've seen first hand as well as on line.

    All the best to you for a speedy recovery from surgery and a rapid adaptation to new ways to get out into the wild.

    Mike

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    Welcome to HF from Mass. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. I am looking forward to seeing some trip reports from you in the future.

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