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    Houston Hammockers

    I'm new to this forum and have met (electronically) and been helped by some of you already (thank you!). I'm starting my AT thru hike on March 15th and have decided on hammock as my sleep system thanks to Red Hat, who donated her HH Ultralight Backpacker Asym to me (wonderful pre-trail magic). I've since purchased a 3S Phoenix underquilt and OES Deluxe tarp.

    Now I need practice setting up my hammock and tarp! Yes, I have no prior hammocking experience I was wondering if there are any Houstonians here on HF who would be willing to meet in person for some Hammock 101.

    Thanks!

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    If you make the drive to Aggieland, I'd be glad to coach you some.

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    I am in. I work down town Houston. But live up past Conroe. Pick out a weekend and hollar at me.

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    PS.

    "Keeping it fair and balanced"

    Hammocking 101 from a "Pound Hawg" perspective.
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    Yeah! What Randy said! Randy is a DIY inspiration. I've done about 100 miles of the AT on three section hikes, could be some fun discussions.

    I'm in spring. What's up next weekend?

    Do you have a gear list?
    Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage
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    This weekend might work! It would probably be Sunday, since I'll be doing a pro bono event on Saturday. It's my second to last weekend before heading out :S I'm nervous!

    Yes I do have a gear list, but I don't have weights for everything. Here it is:

    PACK
    Deuter Act Zero 60+10
    Pack cover: compactor trash bag

    SHELTER
    Hennessy Hammock Ultralight Backpacker Asym
    CCF pad
    Stakes
    3 Season Phoenix underquilt

    SLEEPING
    Montbell Ultralight Super Stretch Down Hugger #2

    KITCHEN
    Caldera Keg F Stove System
    Heet
    25L Dry sack for food
    Platypus 3L
    Titanium Spork
    Bic lighter x2
    Aquamira
    multivitamins
    bottle for olive oil
    bottle for spices

    CLOTHING WORN
    Lightweight long underwear top
    Down jacket

    Lightweight thermal bottoms
    Shorts

    Fleece gloves and beanie
    Wool socks
    Sports bra
    Patagonia undies
    Trailrunners - Montrail Sabino
    Shoe inserts?

    CLOTHING PACKED
    Wicking tshirt
    midweight top and bottom long underwear
    Dri Ducks rain jacket & pants
    2 extra pairs of socks
    1 Extra bra
    1extra undie
    Camp Sandals
    10L dry sack for clothes

    ASSORTED
    Lekki trekking poles
    Swiss army knife
    Couple ziplock bags
    Couple bandanas
    Petzl Tikka headlamp
    Whistle
    Book for reading
    Compass
    Phone
    SanDisk Sansa m250
    Watch
    Cord
    Small notebook/pen
    Dry sack for assorted items
    AT Guide

    HYGIENE
    Some TP in ziplock
    Dr. Bronner’s 4oz
    Toothbrush
    Lip balm
    Pack of Wet Ones
    Hand sanitizer
    Sani Fresh Freshette
    Sunscreen
    Adventure Medical Kit .3 + modifications (antibiotic ointment, duct tape, more ibuprofen, Benadryl, safety pins, etc.)
    disposable razor
    acrylic mirror
    brush

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    At a quick glance your list looks good.

    You have a good hammock and the pad + quilt/sleeping bag combination should serve you well. For ease in set up and take down, there are some pretty easy mods on suspension you might consider, (either webbing or whoppie slings).

    Both Randy and Captn are great guys and closer than I am to you and should be able to steer you well. If you can't make connections with them, feel free to PM me and if I can help I will.

    FWIW, if you are on the west side of town and available to set up gear during the week, I am heading to Corpus Wednesday and back to College Station on Thursday and could stop somewhere west of Houston for a bit either way.

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    I am not much into gram counting unless it comes with crackers. Usually the guage I go by is how much I would sweat and how many trips from the gear trailer to the camp site...or if the water stain on my canoe is below the water line or not.
    thats a Pound Hawg joke.

    Just dont say. Your use only one sheet of TP a day......
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    I'm in a twelve step program for gram wheenies ..... Occasionally I relapse.

    Several things to consider ... You'll be near resupply every 3 to 5 days .....25 liters is a Lot of food ..... And extra food is extra weight. NO can goods, or foods with liquids ..... But I'm sure you figured that one out.

    I eat about 2 lbs of food per day .... And that is about a 800 to 1000 cu in for 4 to 5 days.

    Camp sandals are a luxury .... Many ship them home after blood mountain.

    Every ounce is an ounce you are going to carry over 2100 miles .....

    Think of your clothing as part of your sleep system .... If it really gets cold can you wear everything you have other than extra undies? Extra should be in your bounce box.
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    About the 25L bag...I realized after I ordered it that it is too large. I'd rather just keep it than return and pay shipping! Definitely won't be packing it full. The extra room should be good for bear bagging my stove system and other smelly things. Thanks for looking out for my pack weight, Captn! I completely understand that if I want to increase my odds of successfully completing a thru, I should take my pack weight seriously. But no extra undies?

    Uncle MJM, I should be free during the week. I live in the galleria area of Houston..

    Randy, would Sunday AM work for you?

    Thanks you all!

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