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    What do you use for a ground mat to step on?

    Seems like (from looking at pics) that a LOT of folks don't use anything at all to step on (ground tarp? small mat? waterproof canvas, about 3' x 4' with sewn on loops for staking out?) when getting out of the hammock or to just lay gear on so that it's not in the dirt/ground/grass/snow. I tried searching for different 'keywords' and didn't see a thread so if this has been covered, forgive my nomenclature ignorance. Anyone have a favorite mat? Preferably something light and not too big. Maybe my answer would be a 6'x6'ish tarp to 'burrito shell' around my gear while I'm away from camp during the day and open it up at night to have a clean step-out spot. Being used to tent camping, I'm not completely savvy to the hanging way of life. I'd just like little more shelter/privacy when hanging in campground or when I don't want to change wet fishing/swimming clothes in front of all the womenfolk...

    BTW..as far as gear, I just got my Warbonnet RidgeRunner and a double zip equipped Spindrift sock in the mail this week (trying it out this weekend) and I'm planning on eventually getting a Superfly tarp to aid in the privacy department.

    Thanks in advance for your replies...
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    Tyvek works for me. You can pick up scraps al over the place if you pay attention; buy it at Home Depot or the hardware store; or get some from Zpacks. I got mine from them; it's nice and clean, and seems a little thicker than the little scraps I've picked up here and there. If you want to get ally fancy, you can fold-and-tape it to create a bathtub floor so water won't flow across it.

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    I use Tyvek as well. I took a 2 x 6 piece and put grommets on each corner so I can stake it down, it works well. The disadvantage is that it is loud, but that loudness can be reduced by washing it a couple times. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fiveonomo View Post
    I took a 2 x 6 piece and put grommets on each corner so I can stake it down, it works well.
    That's a good idea, never thought of it...thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiveonomo View Post
    I use Tyvek as well. I took a 2 x 6 piece and put grommets on each corner so I can stake it down, it works well. The disadvantage is that it is loud, but that loudness can be reduced by washing it a couple times. Good luck.
    How does one apply grommets? I dunno why but I always assumed those were installed by a machine or something. Can you glue them on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WesArnold View Post
    How does one apply grommets? I dunno why but I always assumed those were installed by a machine or something. Can you glue them on?
    You can get tools inexpensively that you can install them with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WesArnold View Post
    How does one apply grommets? I dunno why but I always assumed those were installed by a machine or something. Can you glue them on?
    http://www.questoutfitters.com/faste...etal Fasteners

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    another vote for tyvek. I got a large piece off ebay for cheap some time ago, now I would prefer to order from one of our vendors.
    I use either a 2x3 or a 3x4 piece.

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    3' square of Tyvek.
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    I got something in the mail that was in one of those Postal Service tyvek mailers so I cut it open and it's almost exactly the size of a welcome mat (and was free!)

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