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    Talking Sleeping 50 Feet High in a Tree (pictures!)

    It only cost me $18 and 45 minutes of my life to build this hammock. BEST. INVESTMENT. EVER. I am a long time backpacker and rock climber. I figured, if I learn the basics of safe tree climbing and if I can get my hands on a hammock then my overnighters into the woods will become a lot more thrilling. I was right!

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    TRIP #1


    First, choose a sturdy tree!


    Second, climb it.


    Third, set up camp.


    Fourth, sleep safe and wake up 50 feet closer to the sky!


    Fifth, actually this one should have been first because SAFETY FIRST! I was tied onto the tree 100% of the time, even while sleeping. I was very happy to find out that my 30 degree sleeping bag and a Ridgerest was enough to keep me warm down to the 28 degree temperatures that night.

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    TRIP #2


    Here is my campsite. I was planning on ordering a silnylon tarp after this trip but the $9 poly tarps really come in handy when you have to cut random holes in your tarp to pitch it in ackward situations.


    This shows the 52 feet of nothingness under my hammock.


    The blue square tarp on the ground is directly underneath my hammock. It was used to keep the tail of my climbing rope clean.


    And one last picture! This was my view while eating breakfast.

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    For any of you veterans that hammock high in the trees please feel free to give me constructive criticism for my future excursions. I hope you guys enjoyed the pictures!

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    What happens when you need to pee at night? hehe looks hellafun! Thanks for the pics.




    Happy Hangin' (on a whole new level)
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    I'd have expelled any and all pee as soon as I looked down from up there

    Sweet hang
    "If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing you should do is STOP DIGGING "

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastCoastFeastCoast View Post
    What happens when you need to pee at night? hehe looks hella fun!
    HAHA, if I was going to have one gripe about hammocking at height (can I call it canopy camping?) it would be peeing while wearing a harness. I ALWAYS drink too much water before bed and when you combine the fear of leaning over the edge and the difficulty of trying to get the body parts out from between the harness and the pants you have yourself one really crummy situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastCoastFeastCoast View Post
    What happens when you need to pee at night? hehe looks hellafun! Thanks for the pics.




    Happy Hangin' (on a whole new level)
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    hope your on a solo or I feel bad for your fellow hikers...... loook out below
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    ok, now I understand why you don't like campfires, duh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by spidennis View Post
    ok, now I understand why you don't like campfires, duh!
    Yeah I bet the stones for the fire ring just fall out of the branches.

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    ^ I really laughed out loud again.

    Wisenber, I am envious. Watching rock climbing vids and seeing dudes sleeping in portaledges on unclimbed-mountains are what got me into this. Hopefully some day I will find the cash and teacher to show me how to trad climb.
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    nice! i had that precise idea on my mind. Good job nice pictures of the rig and safety on all points

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    Details on your load out would be nice, what equipment you choose, goals of doing it, what you have seen, etc

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