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    First Hang

    I hung last night with my son for the first time. We have the HH ULBP and the HH Scout. I hung both of these under one HH Hex Tarp in an over under configuration. My son was up and I was down.

    Low temperatures were around 40 F in NE TN. I had a HG 3s Phoenix with a 30 F Coleman bag on top. My son slept on a Wal-Mart self-inflating sleeping pad with a 30 F Coleman bag on top.

    Slept well mostly. I did notice that I did seem to be sagging more than I would like which made it uncomfortable to sleep on my side. My feet and head were approx 1 ft higher than my rearend. I weigh about 185 - don't know if I didn't have the hammock tight enough or if the sag was due to normal stretch.

    I lashed the hammock to the tree huggers which were wrapped around a swing frame pole as in the picture.

    Any suggestions or comments regarding my hammock setup?
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    pretty cool - hammock bunk beds!

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    What a nice thing to do with your son.

    Did your ridgeline sag or was it taut? Once taut, no amount of extra pull, short of breaking the ridgeline, changes the hammock's sag. I find that side sleeping in a hammock requires two things...a hammock that's big enough and something to put between the knees. You were in an Explorer and it may have been a bit short. How tall are you? Explorers and Blackbirds have the extra length that you might need.
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    I love the bunk bed idea!
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    Response to comment from Knotty

    The ridgeline was taut - even retightened the 2nd night to make sure. The hammock is the Ultralight Backpacker (for those 6 ft. or under). I am 5' 10 1/2". I had thought that the 6 ft. length would be plenty long but I am thinking I might be happier with a longer length. Does the footbox on the Blackbird make a big difference?
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    What I can see from the pic is a very level hammock, for me I find that I like my legs to be a little higher than my head! Also with my HH I found that there was some initial stretch to the material, after a couple uses (overnights) I didn't notice it anymore! I also hang my hammock with just a little slop in the ridgeline, so not taut, but able to twist it without issue with my thumb and pointer finger and I find that it makes for a comfortable nights sleep!
    Keep practicing and allow the material to do it's thing, set-it up slightly different each time and find the one that works for you! Then if at the end you can't find a comfortable lay, then a different hammock (size/design) might be in order!
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    were you sleeping straight out, or curled? I find curled puts my knees up on the sidewall a bit and the feet down from where they would rest if I stretched out straight, hardly ever get a pressure point except around the ankles..just 'cause they are bony, I think.
    KM(who is shivering indoors today, not much incentive for going out..)

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    In my HH I get the best lay when the hammock ropes are between 30 and 35 degrees. The ridgeline is quite loose when I am not in the hammock and a little tight when I'm inside.

    I ususlly have to reach quite high when attaching the tree huggers.

    hth

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