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    Quote Originally Posted by DaleW View Post
    Bottom insulation. You will need something unless it is +70F. Try it at home before you hit the trail.
    +1 on this. There is a learning curve to setting up your hammock for the most comfort. Try it out several times. If you can, take it to a park or somewhere close by your home that has several sets of trees and setup you hammock using several different pairs of trees. This will give you practice in setting up your hammock for comfort in different area.

    Have fun on your trip.

    Cheers

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    Senior Member bmwrider's Avatar
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    Thanks so much folks, I already love this forum and I've only been on it for a week or so.

    Ok,
    1. practice setup
    2. 30* angle for hang
    3. 2 fingers on ridgeline turned 90* while in hammock
    4. pillow for under knees to avoid hyperextension if needed

    This is what I wanted to know, I have learned this little thing make such a big difference, I'm not used to being new at something, its kinda weird

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    Prefers life at 12 MPH. FLRider's Avatar
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    Hey, everybody starts somewhere. Don't sweat it; I'm still pretty new to this myself.

    Hope you have fun!

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    Summer is a great time to begin hanging. The backyard (or near the car in a state park) is a good place for a first night. You can have tons of backup stuff with you like extra carabiners, etc.
    Mike
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwrider View Post
    I'm not used to being new at something, its kinda weird
    It's a great thing to be new at and you've found a great resource to ask questions and bounce ideas off of!

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    bottom insulation for sure.. even a blue close cell foam pad from Wally World. tarp and some tensioners. probably want a pack leashh so you dont have to put your gear on the ground. definitely a pillow for your neck. (even clothes in a dry bag).
    "I ain't here for a long time, I'm here for a good time"

    - George Strait

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    when's your trip....if you want to get together one weekend morning we can set it up.
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    Senior Member bmwrider's Avatar
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    If you wanna do say a fri after work for an overnight I could do that without planning to much ahead, for anything more I have to put in for the time off.

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    As others have stated bottom insulation. And although you may be stuck with using a pad for your first time out, it may not be as comfortable as a proper under quilt. Some people love using a pad, although I believe they are in the majority of hammockers. Most everyone prefers the underquilt as it just seems to feel better and more natural. But HYOH (Hang Your Own Hang)
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    I agree with everyone else who's already mentioned bottom insulation.

    I'd also say you should read up on suspension options and upgrade your suspension if you have the funds available. A few people already have mentioned that your first set up is probably going to take some tweaking, and that will be much easier and less frustrating if you don't have to tie and untie and retie your knots a bunch of times before you get it right. Jacks R Better sells a complete suspension set here. This is what I originally bought to replace my stock Hennessey suspension. I've made some changes since then but that gave me a good starting point and made set up much easier for me.

    Also, I'd like to note that on the Hennesseys a number of people, including myself, tend to think that a 30 degrees on the hang angle is a little too loose. Give it a try, but you ma find that something more like 25 degrees works better for you as well. Don't go too tight though, or you can end up putting too much stress on your suspension and ridge line and even your trees, if they're at the smaller end of the usable spectrum.
    Last edited by salamander42; 07-25-2011 at 22:48.
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