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    Quote Originally Posted by KSC View Post
    Sorry to hear you are giving up. Being old I don't have that option of going back to the ground. The only way I can enjoy backpacking is having a comfortable night sleep.

    Please PM me and I will help you anyway I can. Hammocks are terrific and once you learn how to set them up they are much less of a hassle than a tent. I will be glad to show you some of the gear that works for me and help you with yours.

    Keith
    Since you live around here, one of the other problems I have is the low number of trees up in the Rubies. Do you just plan your trips carefully? How do you solve for it?
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    You guys make some great and interesting points. As it is the beginning pf the season, I will try to stick it out and figure something out.
    Again, thanks to everyone who offered simple solutions

    DeerFight
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deerfight View Post
    Since you live around here, one of the other problems I have is the low number of trees up in the Rubies. Do you just plan your trips carefully? How do you solve for it?
    I have hiked to every lake in the Rubies and some times there is limited hanging spots. I have had to use rocks with a single tree in the past. I never have had to go to ground. If you hike with four or five guys in a group you may have some problems in some areas.

    I just make sure I have long tree straps for some of the large diameter trees you may encounter or an extra tree strap to attach two together to go around a rock. You can also use google earth to look at areas you haven't visited in the past. The most difficult lakes to hang at are Lost Lake, Echo Lake, Cold Lakes and Griswold Lake. Soldier and Robinson lakes have no trees, but there are spots to hang fairly close.

    I found that using a hammock in the Rubies allows me to get away from some of the traditional camp sites and offers a little more privacy. Hope this helps you out. I'm sure if you stick with your hammock you will enjoy hanging in the Rubies.

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    Griswold is pretty thin in the way of trees, I agree. Those are some good ideas to hang from a rock... Last time I was at cold lakes, i think there was a permanent hammock between the two lone trees?
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    Fear not, once you get your set up dialed in and you have that "aha!" moment...all will be good in the world

    It just takes a little more time to figure out what works best for each individual. If you give it time, you will get there. Good luck, and feel free to ask as many questions as you need to!

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    Quote Originally Posted by arczeneb View Post
    Early June secure license join us Utah hang Flaming Gorge need answers bring your tent and your hammock. Drive 80 to Salt Lake then continue east for 4 days of fun. Fishing, kayaking, hiking biking and yes camping (hammock) leave with a wealth of information.

    KSC come join us.
    Thanks for the invite. I have lots of trips planned this season and I'm not sure I will have the time for this one. It sounds like it would be fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deerfight View Post
    Griswold is pretty thin in the way of trees, I agree. Those are some good ideas to hang from a rock... Last time I was at cold lakes, i think there was a permanent hammock between the two lone trees?
    A few of the trees close to Cold Lakes have died and further limited the hanging locations. There was no hammock there last summer.

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    [QUOTE=loghangin;1215263]I'm a fellow noob who got my first hammock in late January and have spent multiple nights in the woods with my lowest being 19 degrees very comfortably. I have yet to get an underquilt, because the first thing I tried was pads I had from my ground set up, and I found my system to be plenty warm, and very comfortable. I could imagine pads being annoying in a single layer hammock, but in my double layer they stay put and I find them very comfy.

    I'm sure an underquilt is more comfortable as the many more experienced members here say, but considering my pad system feels like absolute heaven and more comfortable than my very expensive bed at home, I'm not rushing to change.

    My point being, is there is very little fiddle factor with the pads (assuming double layer hammock anyway)...QUOTE]

    LOGHANGIN: I'm curious as to what your hammock and pad arrangement is? I'm thinking about a Warbonnet XLC for 3 season use (maybe down to about freezing) and would like to simplify the hearning curve as well as put off investing the $300 or so for a UQ for a season or two... Thanks!

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    The hassle of the hammock can't be worse than a night sleeping on the hard, cold ground. Plus, the hammock set-up has to be waaaaaaaaaay lighter and takes up less space in the pack than a tent and poles and ground cloth and sleeping foam pad and all your insulation and trying to find flat ground and removing rocks and sticks to set up the tent and did I mention compressing your insulation by laying on it on the ground and so on. I truly lightened my pack by going to a hammock set-up. I guess you'll figure out what works best for you.

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    while at REI, off the record, the climbing specialist told me I could use these:
    http://www.rei.com/product/800414/ca...o-nut-stoppers

    I do carry one in my stake bag in the event I have one tree and a rock.

    At Valley of Fire, I just hung from one of the picnic overhangs.
    I had the whole space to myself!!
    Everyone was far away because it was harder to find soft, flat spot for their tents.
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    In physical terms, I move through them;
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