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    Thanks for the feedback

    Just in case any previous posters come back:

    Jdubbery - I have a tripod stool similar to the one that you mentioned from REI and it is easy to DIY. I tested this with 1/2" emt and a 1 3/4" brass ring and you can pretty much set the height at different levels and if you can sew a hammock or tarp you could make that chair. The one I have weighs at least as much as the stool I built and showed in this post, but I promise mine is more comfortable and safer if it failed. I realize it's more of a short hike, car camping accessory, but it was just for fun.

    BigBamaGuy - As I mentioned in my post, my brother is 280lbs and it held up very well to his use. I would probably worry more about the straps than the pvc itself. At least in the beginning.

    grich9860 - I love the idea of the hammock chair and will probably make one for myself. The drawbacks to that chair are that personally on trips I have taken in the Southeast I don't normally come across 8ft limbs that aren't somewhat rotten by laying on the ground in the moisture, so raw materials can be an issue unless you want to cut down trees each time you set up a new camp. If you're on a multi-day hike you might not be able to guarantee that you could build one. Finally, the footprint of those chairs is a little big.

    All in all, I'm not looking to convert anyone to using my design and I appreciate the conversation surrounding the stool. I just wanted to put something out there and see how it was received. You guys inspire me and it is nice to be around like-minded people, even if only virtually!

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    Didn't the evil German dude from Indiana Jones have a cane that opened into a sling seat? just an idea. :P

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    How about a hiking stick that converts into a chair. New diy project.
    http://www.instructables.com/id/Mult...ts-into-a-Cha/

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    Quote Originally Posted by lbdgolfer View Post
    How about a hiking stick that converts into a chair. New diy project.
    http://www.instructables.com/id/Mult...ts-into-a-Cha/
    I've never seen that website...lots of nice stuff, but they charge a fee...

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    I'm still shaking the goose bumps. My current hiking stick has a bamboo top with the survival stuff inside. One that I can make a chair out of!!! YEAH! I knew german dude was on to something

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoveryDiver View Post
    I've never seen that website...lots of nice stuff, but they charge a fee...
    There is a paid memebership, but you can also just sign up for a free account. The free account allows you to see the pictures and read how it is done.

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    The hiking stick tripod chair is a cool idea, I might have to make one myself. I don't know if I'll use wooden dowels or not, but it is nice to have dual purpose gear. I have plenty of brass rings of various sizes due to a going out of business sale at a local True Value hardware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SweetLou View Post
    There is a paid memebership, but you can also just sign up for a free account. The free account allows you to see the pictures and read how it is done.
    thanks for that!

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    I found this for a DIY tripod chair based off the REI design:
    http://www.designsponge.com/2011/06/...ing-stool.html
    and also this link, which is a VERY basic design, but may not be too pack friendly
    http://www.instructables.com/id/Plank-Chair/
    My Hammock camping adventures, and more can be seen here:
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    http://www.youtube.com/FAQUAD2010

    Thanks for all your help, advice and more!

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