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    Michael on Vancouver Island

    Hi all!

    I happened upon this site via Shug's videos on Youtube a few weeks back and have been busy reading many posts and researching hammocks.

    I'm a 52 year old camper who has carried packs up to 85 lbs and have made many of my own pieces of equipment from high-tech fabrics including a 4 season self-supporting 3 man tent based on the Moss Startdome 3. It's been a while since I made anything that grand but this site has my juices flowing again to make my own hammock. Compared to the tent, it shouldn't be that big of a challenge!

    I'm very interested in lightening my load and saving my knees which is why hammocks are so interesting. Hearing about how comfortable they are as well doesn't hurt either. I know I'll find a lot of help here on anything I need to learn about and hope I can offer advice on things I have more experience about.

    I did stumble upon a website (I think it was from here) that carried a lot of the basic supplies specifically for hammock making like silnylon, amsteel, zippers, etc. but I can't find it any more. It's not a standard retailer as I remember and not the forums store. Anyone know the site I mean? I'm sure I'll find it again soon though but please post if you think you know it anyway.

    Let the fun begin!

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    Sounds a lot like my early backpacking days. I never hit 85lbs but I remember at least 72lbs. Just makes the lightweight pack seam like a feather now
    Welcome. You're going to like lightweight, especially when part of your kit is a nice warm, comfy hammock.
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    Senior Member Labrador's Avatar
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    You are going to love it, especially up in your beautiful neck of the woods. The help that everyone provides here on the forum is awesome for those of us who are relatively new to the hammock world. Enjoy yourself and please post lots of pictures of your adventures up there around Victoria.

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    Senior Member lazy river road's Avatar
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    Welcome to the forum. I love BC, such a beautiful place. This forum is a plethora of great knowledge which will certainly help you on your journey of lightning you load. DIY is a great way to get into hammocking. You can check out

    http://www.diygearsupply.com/

    to get some DIY materials from one of our very own forum members Sclittlefield. Also

    http://www.hammockgear.com

    sells 800 FP goose down for quilts. Their are plenty of others but those are the first two that come to mind. Check out the vendors section in the forum section to learn about the many great vendors who all sell hammock related gear as well as DIY supplies. And when your done your project pics or it dident happen
    Sometimes I like to hike and think, And sometimes I just like to hike.

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    Whoooooo Buddy Welcome.....you can lighten up a bit and hang in comfort.
    Have fun.
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    Thanks LazyRiverRoad, diygearsupply.com was exactly the one I was looking for! Great site for diy'rs

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    We welcome another DIYer into the fold. welcome aboard from Florida. Enjoy the fun!
    Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.

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    Hello and Welcome to the Forums from Ontario!
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    Hi and welcome from Winnipeg
    This is your one stop shop for all Hammock knowledge

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    Welcome to HF from Mass.

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