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    Senior Member titanium_hiker's Avatar
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    10 beginner mistakes

    So, everyone was a beginner once.

    What were some mistakes you made, as part of your learning curve?

    Then we can compile the 10 crucial things to know for newbies.

    Don't panic if you can't think of ten.

    ----

    *) Cranking the hammock too tight. You need a bit of sag to be comfy.

    *) not sleeping with any under insulation. Brr! who knew that the air around you would mosey off with your heat?
    my hammock gear weights total: 2430g (~86oz)
    Winter: total 2521 (~89oz)
    (see my profile for detailed weights)

    gram counter, not gram weenie!

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    Senior Member shrek's Avatar
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    Make sure your suspension is set up properly. The ground can be hard.
    "I used to be sane, but now I'm better."

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    Use those slippery half hitches for back up!
    Revolution is about the need to re-evolve political, economic and social justice and power back into the hands of the people, preferably through legislation and policies that make human sense. That's what revolution is about. Revolution is not about shootouts.

    Bobby Seale


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    make sure what you are using for suspension will hold you
    I've always been crazy, but it's kept me from going insane. - Waylon Jennings

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    Don't use a 50 year old WWII surplus hammock until you replace the ropes.

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    Make sure the foot end is slightly higher than the head end.

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    Practice setting up your hammock before going out camping.

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    If you're setting up in the dark at lower elevations, look down with the headlamp at least once before you set up.

    My first hang was over some brush in a river bottom. Some of the brush was poison oak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lori View Post
    If you're setting up in the dark at lower elevations, look down with the headlamp at least once before you set up.

    My first hang was over some brush in a river bottom. Some of the brush was poison oak.
    Seconded. I hung low over some big rocks one night in Arizona, and was too lazy/tired to find a better spot. Tossed and turned a little that night and my Blackbird suffered a few small tears in the process.

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    A few from the past..
    1. Look what's above you...widow makers work for Murphy's Law to destroy a tarp..or worse.
    2. Always imagine what you'll do if it rains...again a Murphy's Law thing
    3. Make a list of gear until it's a habit.....oh yeah, forgot the suspension straps! Drats!
    4. Remember where you put your car keys.
    2QZQ Hammock Specialties
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