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    Senior Member Kankujoe's Avatar
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    Hello from Missouri

    Hello All,

    This is my first post here, been lurking for a week or so. I am new to "hanging" or "hammock camping," not too sure of the proper lingo...

    By way of introduction: I live in Missouri about 40 miles from Kansas City. I'm a physician by vocation and a karatedo teacher by advocation. I've been a doctor for 25 years & a karate instructor &/or student for almost 40 years. My vocation & advocation allow/require me to travel extensively in the USA & overseas. I enjoy cycling, kayaking, hiking, camping, scouting, adventure travel and history travel. I recently finished retracing the Lewis & Clark Expedition from East St. Louis to Seaside Oregon & back using a combination of cycling, camping, hiking and kayaking, did this over 3 summers... looking back I think "hanging" would have added a great new dimension to my travels.

    I try to multitask in most of my leisure pursuits combining two or more of these activities most of the time. In my business travel I try to add a little time before or after to pursue these outdoor activities. These activities have been a consistent part of my life since progressing through Cub Scouts & Boy Scouts & into Adult Scouter leadership/support activities and in my stints in the USN & USAF & USAF Reserve.

    I believe I have a fair amount of woodcraft/outdoor skills but very limited "hanging" experience except for some limited exposure out of necessity while in the military in the early 1970s.

    I do not own a hammock system yet but I've been trying to become "educated" to make my first intelligent hammock buy. Initially, I was leaning toward ENO (my son & one of his friends recently started using ENO rigs) but now I'm just a few clicks away from purchasing a Clark NA w/ an XL tarp. I ordered Ed Speers "Hammock Camping" and thought I would postpone my purchase until I get a chance to read his book.

    I've been reading through some of the threads on this forum and I'm finding much helpful information. I don't believe I can contribute much to the discussions since I'm a neophyte in this mode of shelter but I sure do appreciate what I've learned so far. I can see significant advantage to adding a hammock system to my other outdoor pursuits.

    Thanks for posting this info and for maintaining this forum. I'm looking forward to learning more and applying what I learn to my outdoor pursuits.

    KJ
    Last edited by Kankujoe; 07-30-2009 at 00:16.

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    Senior Member MedicineMan's Avatar
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    I'm also new here but am glad

    to be the first to welcome you!
    As far as hammocks there is one word to remember- Warbonnet.
    For tarps just remember McCat, made by OES.
    For Underquilts seek out Jacks-R-Better or Speer Hammocks and
    if you're a cold cold sleeper like me you cannot go wrong with
    the Snugfit or the Mount Washington.
    For top quilts I use Nunatak Gear Arc(s) and have several depending
    on anticipated temps. Jacks-R-Better and Speer Hammocks also have excellent top quilts.
    All these companies have representatives here on this site except for Nunatak and all of these representatives actually backpack/hike/paddle/climb/bike/etc with the exception of Brian at OES (McCat tarps) only because he is a stellar college kid covered up with a 4.0 and lots of dates
    On this site you'll find people who take the hammock to the nth degree when it comes to different types of applications/suspensions/etc. I'm amazed at the depth they go into sovling problems.
    There are other sites that also offer excellent info....like JustJeff's, another member here. I don't know if SgtRock still has his site up?? or not....
    Good luck in this pursuit and now answer a test question:
    How much does McBurney's Point weigh?

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    Welcome aboard!

    I'll bet you end up contributing more than you expect, btw -- you're bringing experience plus a fresh perspective to this, and willl probably see things others haven't.
    - Frawg

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    Senior Member animalcontrol's Avatar
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    welcome and enjoy!
    "Every day is a new day to a better future"
    "Of all the things that matter, that really and truly matter, working more efficiently and getting more done is not among them." ~ Mike Dooley
    "What if I told you that you couldn't have anymore of anything... No more friends, no more money, no more anything, until you first got happy with what you have?"~ Mike Dooley
    "The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." ~ Socrates

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    Senior Member SmokeHouse's Avatar
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    welcome to HF.

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    Senior Member Cannibal's Avatar
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    Welcome to the forum.
    Tough choices to be made ahead. The good news is, it's kind of hard to make a bad one.
    Trust nobody!

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    Hello from Southern Missouri. There's a lot of info to absorb in this learning curve. My advice is to buy some of the stuff Medicine Man recommends and forget about ENO stuff. Consider yourself lucky that your vocation will allow your addiction to be satiated, I think. I'm so poor I've been contemplating holding up a few liquor stores to finance the purchase of a spinnaker MacCat tarp and a Warbonnet Yeti Underquilt!

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    Welcome to the addiction that is the Hammock Forums. As a former resident of the Show-Me State I can say once you get your rig squared away you should fall in love with hanging on the Ozark Trail, especially in the fall.
    Meka Leka Hi Meka Hiney Ho ~ Jambi

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    Welcome!

    I second what Medicine Man said!!
    "The more I carry the happier I am in camp; the less I carry the happier I am getting there" - Sgt. Rock

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    Howdy and welcome to the forum!

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