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    Member Woody361's Avatar
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    Did your hammock change you?

    Just wondering if when you started hanging did it change they way you backpack? Like the size and weight of what you carry? Seems like I am now trying to figure out what else I can change to make backpack lighter and smaller.

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    Senior Member iRokk's Avatar
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    More compact EVERYTHING.
    I may be dumb, but at least I'm ugly!

    I've done so much, with so little, for so long, now I can do anything with nothing.

    It's not peer pressure, it's just your turn.

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    Absolutely, I went from a 40lb pack to a 26lb pack, almost immediately
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    Sure did! Smaller, lighter pack, then on and on until every item was evaluated for size and weight. I won't embarrass myself by telling you how much I was lugging around out there, but now it's 20-25# depending on length of stay. It's a joy to carry and a good conversation starter as well. Last time out in the porcupine mountains a guy asked me if I was out on a day hike! "Nope, five days." And so began the evaluation of his own gear...Bush

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    Did your hammock change you?

    It made me want to go out more! And to look at trees differently.
    "Courage Grows Strong at a Wound" - Stewart Clan Motto

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    Yep...37 lb 5400ci pack down to 18lb 3000ci pack...Those are total pack weights w/ food, fuel, h2o.
    And I am slowly but surely increasing my daily hike from about 3 mi up to 7-8.
    I continue to work slowly on conditioning knees and bursitic hip for longer hikes.
    The road to success is always under construction.
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    re: Did your hammock change you?

    Partially the hammock, mostly the Hammock Forums.

    I'm a former soldier and have always pursued my love of the outdoors with a soldier's mindset when it comes to gear...heavy duty and plenty of it...with weight not being a consideration. As an example, my current backpack is a 5.11 Tactical Rush 72 which weighs just under 6 lb. empty.

    Switching to the hammock added weight to my system as I was a tarp & sleeping mat camper already. I felt the extra 2 lb.+ the hammock added to my load all day on my first hike. No doubt at least partially due to my body's insistence upon aging but when I returned I knew that I had to lose some weight out of my pack.

    That lead me to weigh each piece of my gear for the first time and then compare those numbers to the weight of non-hammock gear that is popular here on Hammock Forums. Yikes! My stuff weighs a lot.

    I've already trimmed about 5 lb. from my standard load and I foresee a Gossamer Gear or ULA Backpack in my near future as well as swapping out my 8" ATAC boots for a good pair of trail runners. And the list goes on.

    P.S. I do tend to be a bit wordy, I'll work on that.

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    Absolutely. In my case it actually got me back out into the woods. I hated camping because of the tent and the terrible sleep I was getting.

    Now, I constantly want to be in the woods and will head at the drop of the hat given half a chance. It has radically changed the relationship I have with my son (age 11) in a highly positive manner and given me an outlet to destress and energize, which is good for everyone around me.

    While it depletes my bank account it has enhanced the quality of my life. A fair trade in my opinion.
    See my Blog @ http://msdaddydaddy.wordpress.com - YouTube Channel: MeyouandMaggietoo
    No wound? No scar?
    Yet, as the Master shall the servant be, And piercèd are the feet that follow Me.
    But thine are whole; can he have followed far, Who hast no wound or scar?
    Excerpt from a poem by Amy Carmichael. Missionary to orphans in India.
    She suffered much -- and bore much eternal fruit.

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    Senior Member Thom's Avatar
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    It made camping fun again. Sleeping on the ground just isn't comfortable.
    I used to use Windows, now I use something better!

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    More of a gain in comfort and the hanging experience then total pack weight...... most of the weight reduction was in my wallet.

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