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    Question New to Hammocking Questions

    1. I'm a stomach sleeper normally, is there a comfortable way to sleep on your stomach?

    2. Should I get a hammock with a bug net or just get some netting separate?

    3. How high do you generally hang your hammock?

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    Welcome to the Forums Desiel.

    On your first question, there are a few hammock models that are better for Stomach sleepers. Look into Bridge hammocks if you are certain that is the only way you can sleep. Many of us (including my self) that sleep stomach or side at home can easily get comfortable on our sides or back when in a hammock. My time in a hammock has actually made it easier...I mean possible for my to sleep on my back now at home. Sort of training your self to get comfortable and relax.

    On #2 That's somewhat personal preference. You can do either and each way will work. If your in an area that is bug free you can leave the netting at home or at least off if your so inclined with it being separate. But if you camp normally in places that are buggy year round then built means you never forget it at home.

    On #3 The general rule is never hang higher than your willing to fall, at some point we all make a little error in set up, a misjudgment when going to sit down...It happens. But as a basic guideline we usually shoot for the hammock to be about Chair height when we are sitting in it. Giver you a comfortable lounger when your taking your shoes of, cooking, chatting with camp mates....so on and so forth.

    Toss out any other questions you have we love to help folks get started around here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgibson View Post
    Welcome to the Forums Desiel.

    On your first question, there are a few hammock models that are better for Stomach sleepers. Look into Bridge hammocks if you are certain that is the only way you can sleep. Many of us (including my self) that sleep stomach or side at home can easily get comfortable on our sides or back when in a hammock. My time in a hammock has actually made it easier...I mean possible for my to sleep on my back now at home. Sort of training your self to get comfortable and relax.

    On #2 That's somewhat personal preference. You can do either and each way will work. If your in an area that is bug free you can leave the netting at home or at least off if your so inclined with it being separate. But if you camp normally in places that are buggy year round then built means you never forget it at home.

    On #3 The general rule is never hang higher than your willing to fall, at some point we all make a little error in set up, a misjudgment when going to sit down...It happens. But as a basic guideline we usually shoot for the hammock to be about Chair height when we are sitting in it. Giver you a comfortable lounger when your taking your shoes of, cooking, chatting with camp mates....so on and so forth.

    Toss out any other questions you have we love to help folks get started around here.
    +1 on that.

    longer, wider hammocks make it easier to sleep on all sides.

    try to go to a group hang and test them all. most of us are happy to let each other try out "stuff" .

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    Flatline has a great suggestion...TN and that part of the country in general is packed with hangers.
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    Yep, I agree, Longer & wider makes a hammock that you can flop around in, side, stomach or curled up. I have an 11 foot gathered end hammock I use most of the time and I love how I can get in almost any position to relax. And I prefer a separate bug net for backpacking meaning you don't have to carry it spring fall & winter. I set up chair hight so I can use my hammock as a seat and reach things without getting out of my hammock. Comes in handy to make my coffee while still in my sleeping bag or TQ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Desiel View Post
    1. I'm a stomach sleeper normally, is there a comfortable way to sleep on your stomach?
    I'm normally a stomach or side sleeper. I can sleep on my side in my hammock, but not comfortably on my stomach. The suggestion to check out a bridge hammock for this is a very good one.

    2. Should I get a hammock with a bug net or just get some netting separate?
    Personal preference really. I prefer having my hammock and bugnet together...your mileage may vary.

    3. How high do you generally hang your hammock?
    Again, personal preference. I tend to hang lower, but with my bottom entry hennessy, that's not always as easy. The concept of "never hang higher than you're willing to fall" applies here for sure.

    I'd suggest that you look for a HF sponsered group hang somewhere in your area that you could attend. It's a great way to learn a lot about all kinds of different setups.

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    Ok cool idea where can I see if there are HF sponsered group hangs in my area?
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    I may be in the minority regarding hang-height, but i like to hang high. The only time I hang low, is when I will be cooking from the hammock. It doesn't make a real difference in the quality of the hang, but entry and egress are easier for me when it's higher.

    Perhaps I will bring a table so I can still cook from the hammock.
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    Thanks for all the advise. Most of the places I will be are in Black Bear country.
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