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    Thanks from a lurker

    A friend and I decided to go on a camping tour of Europe this summer and we just got back a few days ago after a three week trip. I saw Ray Mears using a hammock on television and thought it might be a laugh to try. My friend agreed to give it a go but I had no idea what was involved, this site made it possible to have a successful trip and although I only read and never posted I doubt we could have succeeded without the information and advice I found here.

    We bought two DD Travel Hammocks ($80) and a couple of cheap polyethylene tarps ($10) and they performed superbly - I chose camouflage patterned tarps almost on a whim but it turned out to be a fortuitous choice as we were able to camp undetected in some less than ideal places.

    I thought my Snugpak Jungle Bag would be sufficient insulation for August in Europe but the first night (Belgium) was one of the coldest experiences I've had and my friend wasn't prepared either, however we were lucky to find some heavier sleeping bags on sale at Aldi's in Germany and got a couple for $20 each. That and some cheap foam mats solved the problem even when we camped at high altitude in the Swiss Alps (Mauvoisin). I should have taken the warnings about insulation on this site more seriously. Having said that: once we got south of the Alps my Snugpak was sufficient.

    It's hard to guess how much money we saved as a result of being able to camp just about anywhere (we got into the habit of staying at a proper campsite every 3-4 days just for the showers) but I guess about $40 - $60 per night so 15 nights would be between $600 and $900.

    Anyway, we had an incredible adventure and a big thank you to those members here whose advice made it possible.

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    Welcome to the forum! Sounds like a great trip. Any pictures of your hammocking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayS View Post
    Any pictures of your hammocking?
    Well my friend just sent me some pictures unfortunately only one shows the hammock but he says he's got more, he just hasn't got round to sending them yet.

    Anyway here's a picture of me packing away my sleeping bag by a river in Montenegro with the hammock in the background. You can't see the ridge line but you can see the netting being held up by it. We didn't need tarps at all south of the Alps but I liked to have a ridge line anyway. My friend seemed to prefer just tying the shock cord directly round the support tree when not using a tarp.

    I'm also including a picture of a gorge in Montenegro just to illustrate what I mean by stunning scenery.
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    It's good to see Ray's teachings are still going. His ideas and teachings have continued to make an impact over here as well (at least for me and a few guys I know).

    If I could afford it, I'd be attending his classes non-stop.
    "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." - Albert Einstein

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    Welcome!
    and you should know that we love pictures here...
    so defiantly make sure to post them,
    or take some to post next time

    ...i wanna go to Belgium...
    ...Says Pawfoot, thats who!! [ Cuz thats how I roll ]
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    Welcome to the forum and hanging loose. Mule
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    Unfortunately I lost my camera in Greece but my friend took some pictures with his mobile phone so hopefully I'll be able to post some when he gets round to them.

    I'm a confirmed hanger now!

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    Welcome to the forum....Getting a good bottom insulation plan in place is definately the key to year round hammock convience and comfort.

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    Lost your camera in Greece!?!

    LUCKY!!!!
    I would LOVE to lose my camera in a place like Greece!!

    ...Says Pawfoot, thats who!! [ Cuz thats how I roll ]
    and Coffins ARE used for transportation...

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