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    First post here, be nice...

    Hi folks. Those tree hangers at Whiteblaze have got me all kinds of curious, so I ended up here. I'm 46, and have been a backpacker for a few years, a car camper most of my life. I've got to admit, I REALLY want to give this a try. I don't know any hammockers in my area (Southern Oregon). So I don't think I can try before I buy. The closest I've came before is my brother's backyard hammock. But that thing was lights out! I had no idea what was out there for backpacking until the last couple of weeks. But is it really that much better than crawling thru the mud into my tent? As far as the gear I already own, how much of this is usable? A couple of wally world blue pads, a Big Agnes insulated air core, Montbell UL SS #2, no tarp. My girlfriend has mad sewing skills, so a DIY underquilt would be easy. I'd planned on buying a Skeeter Beeter, but I think I'll wait a few months and get a good one from the start. Anyways, I just wanted to introduce myself. I'll be asking alot of questions, and doing even more lurking.

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    Welcome to HF optimator! Lots of good advice here. Glad you decided to join us!


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    Welcome to the forum!

    Quote Originally Posted by optimator View Post
    But is it really that much better than crawling thru the mud into my tent?
    We've got a whole forum full of people here that think so.

    All of the pads that you listed can be used in a hammock, and you'll find many members here who do just that. Of course, some hammocks lend themselves better to pad use than others (double layer ones, or ones with pad sleeves). Also, if you have a DIY'er around there is essentially no piece of hammocking gear that you can't make. Tarps, hammocks, quilts, etc..there are plans here on the forum for them all.
    I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt. - Cormac McCarthy

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    Skeeter beeter is a very good hammock if you like it. And many people here do. Grnad Trunk (previously The Travel Hammock) makes a good product. The Warbonnet Blackbird is the rage of choice atm. I personally own a Hennessey and several DIY models. If you can think of a hammock, someone here probably owns or has used one.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

    "Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
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    Senior Member optimator's Avatar
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    I might be too judgmental, but I don't like the idea of a bottom entry (HH). PITA it seems to me....

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    Many feel the same way... However I have mobility issues for which the HH is ideally suited.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

    "Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    If you can think of a hammock, someone here probably owns or has used one.
    ....except the vertex

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    I saw the title of your post and thought, bet he's from Whiteblaze. Don't worry, we're as nice to you here on your 1,000,000th post as we are on your first.

    There is no contest with me as to staying dry in a hammock vs a tent - hammocks are dryer. I made the switch after a few faceplants and a rainstorm convinced me my tenting days were over.

    Welcome to the club. Oregon is a fine place to hammock. You've found a good place to meet up with hammockers.

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    That Montbell UL SS #2 has a full zipper, right? If so, you can open it up and use as a quilt inside hammock. I got a Western Mountaineering Summerlite bag right before I got into hammocking and I'm still using it as a top quilt cuz it works just fine. Later I bought an underquilt to round out my system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by optimator View Post
    My girlfriend has mad sewing skills...
    You are all set, Optimator! Just buy her a hammock, too!
    "We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately." - Ben Franklin
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