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  1. #1
    New Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Orlando, FL
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    Hammock Bliss No See-um
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    cheap 1" straps
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    New to Hammock Camping in Central Florida - Thanks for all the advise

    I have been river camping in Florida 2-4 times a year for longer than I care to admit. Always looking for a lighter quicker way to go a friend of mine wanted to get a hammock set up, I usually go for comfort but the idea intrigued me.
    After poking around the net for a couple of months I ended up with an economical set up of a Hammock Bliss No See-um paired with Kelty Noah 9 tarp.
    Had my first night out on the Little-Big Econ river a couple of weeks ago and I've gotta say it was one of the best nights on the river in a long time. Temp in the 50's clear sky so I didn't put the tarp up and I slept like a baby, I'm hooked.
    One thing I did different that I haven't seen mentioned here, I dug out my 50+ year old Coleman sleeping bag in leau of a pad or under/over-quilt set up. It's the old school kind that has about 2" thick of cotton batting for insulation. Since it won't compress down any smaller than a 5 gal bucket, I figured it wouldn't compress underneath me and leave me with cold butt. It worked great, can't wait to try colder temps in January (with maybe a pad or emergency blanket along just in case).
    Anyway a belated thanks to everyone who posts helpful information here, so lurkers like me can get a better head start.
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    grannypat's Avatar
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    Mar 2012
    Location
    In the woods outside of Westminster, SC
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    Welcome from SC.
    Keep movin', keep believing and enjoy the journey!

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    Gumbo's Avatar
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    Apr 2010
    Location
    Orlando, Fl
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    Ridge Runner
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    Old4Hats Hilton
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    Welcome!

    My husband Timberrr and I found hammocks to be the perfect solution to riverside camping. Especially with all the cypress knots and often damp ground near waterways here in Florida.

    If you are interested in getting to meet a few fellow hangers, the Third Annual Florida Hang is next month. There will be plenty of folks willing to share their knowledge of hammock camping and you will get a close up view of many different set-ups.

    The Hang takes place each year at Buck Lake in Ocala National Forest (at least until such time as we outgrow it) over MLK weekend. That makes the coming hang Jan 18-21.

    Activities include a daily planned paddle, a dinner bash (more like a weekend food fest), dayhikes, a gear raffle and more.. Let me find the link and I'll post it here for you if someone else has not beaten me to it.

    Link is: http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=60647
    Last edited by Gumbo; 12-11-2012 at 15:11. Reason: added link

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    dragon360's Avatar
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    Nov 2010
    Location
    Toronto, ON
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    WBBB/TR, DIY, HH, SB DL, GT UL
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    Hello and Welcome to HF 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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    olddog's Avatar
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    Jan 2011
    Location
    Lakeland, Fl
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    Welcome aboard from Lakeland.
    Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.

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    lilricky's Avatar
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    Sep 2010
    Location
    San Antonio, TX
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    Warbonnet Ridgerunner
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    Dutch's Speed hook
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    Welcome from Kissimmee! And ditto on what Gumbo said about the Annual Hang. Its a great time to ask questions and try out all sorts of hammocks, tarps, and insulation options.
    Maintainer of the Unofficial Trail GPS Map Page(Updated 3-9-15) Now updated with Florida Trail, Lone Star Hiking Trail, Arizona Trail, and the Appalachian Trail.

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    Senior Member breyman's Avatar
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    Aug 2012
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    Denver, CO
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    Welcome to the madness/greatness that is hammocking (from Denver).

    You learned one of the best things about hammocking, right from the beginning. Experiment with different items, especially those you already have. Temperatures, conditions and personal comfort/heat vary so greatly that it's important to find out what works for you - through experimentation usually.
    Brian
    Denver, CO
    Father. Husband. Scoutmaster.

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    2ply's Avatar
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    Athens,Ga
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    welcome to HF form Georgia.
    Everyone ought to believe in something....I believe I'll go set up the hammock!

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    Senior Member CampWalker's Avatar
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    Texas
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    Welcome to HF and hammocking from NorTex
    ~My therapist has told me that the first step to recovery is admitting my problem, Hello I'm a Hammockolic~

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