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    New Member
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    Sep 2012
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    Bellevue, WA
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    Hello from Seattle suburbia...

    I just found out about this forum from ADVRider's hammock thread. I've done some camping, years ago, but got tired of it because I got tired of lugging around a tent. I've recently gotten into motorcycle riding and am thinking about multi-day trips, and don't want to be tied to motels. I'd heard about the Hennessy Hammock, but only picked up one recently. Of course, I didn't find this forum or the ADV hammock thread until after I bought my hammock and tried it out in the backyard for a night.

    My 'hang' includes a Hennessy Deep Jungle XL Asym with a Hex fly and insulated underpad. I also ordered the 72' straps because the Pacific Northwest has a lot of LARGE trees (my backyard has several trees that have trunks exceeding 5' in diameter... they can barely be encircled by two 10' tie-downs hooked to each other).

    My first night out was interesting, in that hanging a hammock is not as easy as it seems. Even though I secured the hammock at eye level, the tie-down tree straps kept on sliding down gradually until I ended up on the ground. I finally was able to reposition the straps so that the hammock tightened the tie-down, which delayed the slippage for a few hours rather than a few minutes. Once the hammock was actually suspended with my weight in it, I found it to actually be very comfortable and I was able to quickly and warmly fall asleep in the hammock wearing shorts and a t-shirt, on top of my 55-degree synthetic bag when the temperature was in the mid-60s, but early the next morning when the temp dropped to the high 50s and the sleeping bag settled to the ground the cold woke me. Even in the zipped up bag, having a foot or so of the bottom of the hammock compressed against the ground reduced the insulation too much. I finally gave up and went back into the house at 6:30 to get a few hours' sleep.

    I'm traveling for work, but when I return home I'm going to give it another try, having learned from my experience and from reading what others are doing on this site. Hopefully the next hang will be more successful in terms of comfort.

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    Senior Member Maddog67's Avatar
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    Bonaire, GA
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    Welcome to HF from Georgia! Maddog
    "You do more hiking with your head than your feet!" Emma "Grandma" Gatewood...HYOY!!!

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    Moderator raiffnuke's Avatar
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    Pittsfield, MA
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    Welcome to HF from Mass.

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    DivaB's Avatar
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    May 2011
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    Newark, OH
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    DIY Extra Wide & Long Tablecloth
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    Funky & GG Tarps
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    DIY down UQ
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    continuous L. Amst
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    4,142
    Welcome to the forums, from Ohio.

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    Nov 2010
    Location
    Toronto, ON
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    Hello and Welcome to the Forums from Canada! The first few attempts are certainly a learning process. Lots of great info here though!
    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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    Senior Member Greenman's Avatar
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    Mar 2011
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    Vancouver,Wa.
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    Talking Welcome

    Welcome from Vancouver Washington. I would recomend one of Shug's videos to help you on your journey of hammock learning and it will be a long enjoyable journey at that.

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    Coil's Avatar
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    Jul 2012
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    Alpine Lakes, WA
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    webbing
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    Welcome from Issaquah!

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    Member
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    Sep 2012
    Location
    Camano Island, WA
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    Welcome from Camano Island! I also recommend watching Shug's videos.. highly entertaining and educational. I think he goes by "shugemery" on youtube or you can find links to his videos in his signature if you search for "shug" here on the forums.

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    Coffeedrinker's Avatar
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    Oct 2011
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    Victoria BC Canada
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    webbing
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    Welcome from Vancouver Island

    Hello ObiJohn,

    Welcome to the forums. I understand you concerns...there is a learning curve to hanging a hammock. However, the more you practice the more you'll get the "hang" of it. Sorry...really bad joke.

    Shugs videos are definitely worth having a look at!

    Cheers,
    Coffeedrinker
    “Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
    ― A.A. Milne

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    Welcome from Chester, SC.

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