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  1. #1
    New Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Chandler Hts. AZ
    Hammock
    Switchback 1.9
    Tarp
    MacCat Ultra
    Insulation
    Westrn Mtn Down Bg
    Suspension
    working it out
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    Finally found the real deal

    I'm new to the hammock community, sort of. I slept in a cheap, crappy, net hammock for 2 years in Panama. This was like 30 years ago and we new of nothing better and I really don't there was. I used an army poncho for a tarp, strung with communication wire. Even though it was terribly hot and rained most every day there, at night, I would roll up in an insulated blanket, head to toe, and squeeze into my tiny hammock to keep the mosquitoes off. It was primitive, but effective. My cheap hammock was better than the alternative of sleeping in the mud. I appreciated and valued that cheap hammock. I had known that technical hammocks existed but had no clue how they had evolved. Hennessey was the only one I had ever heard of, so boy was I surprised to see everything that's available. Over the years, I have sought to lighten my load with more ultra lite forms of camping and hiking gear. I'm also all about making my outdoor experience more enjoyable. One way is to lighten the load and keep exercising. Unbeknownst to me, a buddy surprised me with the news he was going hammock., as that point, I started researching everything I could find. Didn't take long to stumble onto the forum and with all the links and youtube, I had a treasure trove of years of experience, opinions, and developement at my finger tips. At this point I'm still assembling my set up and I as yet, haven't spent a night in my new hammock. We're still running in the 110's here in AZ, but the end is coming. Soon I'll be off to the mountains for fall fishing, with my new gear like a kid at Christmas time. Anyway I feel blessed to have the resources the hammock community has provided and I'm quite certain, I'll never camp the same way again. I'll post when I make my 1st trip. Went with the Switchback 1.9 double and the MacCat Ultra for a start. Anyway, a big thanks to all. I still have a lot to learn

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    Knotty's Avatar
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    Mar 2009
    Location
    Denville, NJ, USA
    Hammock
    DIY Stretch-Side
    Tarp
    DIY Cat Cut Hex
    Insulation
    Phoenix and Nest
    Suspension
    cinch buckles
    Posts
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    Welcome to the forum. I'm sure youl find the Switchback and MacCat to be a big improvement over your old setup.
    Knotty
    "Don't speak unless it improves the silence." -proverb
    DIY Gathered End Hammock
    DIY Stretch-Side Hammock
    Stretch-Side "Knotty Mod"
    DIY Bugnet

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    olddog's Avatar
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    Jan 2011
    Location
    Lakeland, Fl
    Hammock
    DIY
    Tarp
    WL Tadpole
    Insulation
    WL SS UQ, WL SS TQ
    Suspension
    UCR SLS
    Posts
    3,625
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    3
    Welcome aboard from Florida. Your definately going to enjoy this. Have fun!
    Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.

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    Burning at both ends Dblcorona's Avatar
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    May 2010
    Location
    Novi, MI
    Hammock
    WBBB 1.7 DBL
    Tarp
    HG Cuben
    Insulation
    Sleeping BearTQ/UQ
    Suspension
    Straps and Slings
    Posts
    1,136
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    18
    Welcome from Michigan. Looks like you've started out with some great gear.
    "We don't stop hiking because we grow old,
    we grow old because we stop hiking."

    -- Finis Mitchell,

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    MAD777's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    South Florida
    Hammock
    DIY, WBBB & Switchback
    Tarp
    HG cuben,OES Spinn
    Insulation
    DIY down 3/4 UQ/TQ
    Suspension
    Dynaglide & Dutch
    Posts
    8,589
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    39
    Welcome Bearcat from Florida!

    I think your gear selection is superb! I have the exact same setup now - a double 1.9 SB and the MacCat Ultra in Spinn.
    The SB is the most comfortable hammock that I have tried. I also own a Blackbird (WBBB).
    Mike
    "Life is a Project!"

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    Jcavenagh's Avatar
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    Nov 2010
    Location
    Chicago Area
    Hammock
    WBBB DL 1.1 & 1.7
    Tarp
    HG Cuben
    Insulation
    HG Incbtr-AH Potmc
    Suspension
    WB Adj Web
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    22
    Welcome, Bearcat! I agree that you will enjoy your new rig. Next you can start to make some woopie slings and continuous loops. Then you can play around with various tarp rigging. And, of course, you'll start looking at those underquilts. Then there are the UL backpacks and various water filter systems, and, and......

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    Moderator raiffnuke's Avatar
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    May 2011
    Location
    Pittsfield, MA
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    WBBB 1.1 DBL, Camo Hideaway, ENO DN
    Tarp
    WB Superfly
    Insulation
    HG Incubator
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    Whoopies&DutchGear
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    Welcome to HF from Mass.

  8. #8
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    Nov 2010
    Location
    Toronto, ON
    Hammock
    WBBB/TR, DIY, HH, SB DL, GT UL
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    ID/OES/WB/WL
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    HG/WB/Go-Lite/WB
    Suspension
    Whoopie/Straps/DW
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    Now those are some great gear choices - especially to get back into the game! Welcome to the HF from Canada!
    The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering. - St. Augustine

    Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
    - Bob Marley

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    Senior Member hrairoorah's Avatar
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    Beaver, WV
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    Welcome from West Virginia. You've come to the right place. Lots of good info here and the people are great.

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    bluethundra's Avatar
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    Jun 2011
    Location
    Atlanta, Ga
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    WBBB 1.1 DBL
    Tarp
    Big Mamajamba
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    Welcome from Ga.

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