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    Turtle Creek's Avatar
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    checking in from Southern MD

    Let me stop lurking, say hello, and give a little back story how a HF member got me thinking about getting off the ground ...

    My buddy and I were hiking the MD section of the AT this past April. (I don't know what UL is, my pack weighed at least 40-45 lbs.) On our last morning, we were packing gear and finishing a cup of coffee when this guy pops by the Ed Garvey Shelter. He had a pack on and was moving 3 times as fast as I was at that time of the day. We asked where he had come from. He enthusiastically explained that he had slept in his hammock just north of us. We were pretty inquisitive about this hammock camping idea ... and how light his pack was. He looked at two trees, and said I can show you quickly. We welcomed the demo. We were amazed that he was hanging this 'sheet' looking material with what looked like dental floss. I said "there's no way that would hold me!" He went on to tell us about this site and how we could learn tons more here when we had time. I thought about that light hammock set up the whole way into Harpers Ferry! So here I am with an ENO Double and some Whoopie Slings. Looking to get off the ground and continue to lighten my load.

    I could not remember the members name, but luckily during my lurking around ... I found out & confirmed that I met Joey. Thanks Joey!

    Now my three kids all want to hang with me, and my wife thinks I'm a bit nuts. Looks like we will all be able to do some DIY projects, get to test new gear, and spend some more time together in the woods.

    I have already learned a bunch here, and I look forward to learning more from you folks along the way. - Randy
    -Turtle Creek

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    Senior Member Old River Rat's Avatar
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    Welcome to the forum. I started using a hammock a couple of years ago. I am still tweaking my gear, as my first pack with gear weighed in at 40 pounds. You are at the right place to learn all the tricks.

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    Senior Member Slo's Avatar
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    Us hammockers are a different breed on the trail for sure, secret handshake and everything Glad we got another hanger in the ranks.

    Good to see you've stopped freeloading and decided to contribute to the conversation

    Welcome to you!
    "I ain't here for a long time, I'm here for a good time"

    - George Strait

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    Joey is the man! He has his experience down to a science. If you only ate fig newtons for dinner and if your first aid kit is a needle, thread and some duct tape, there's nothing else to be said about the guy! (true story)

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncle_ray_ray View Post
    Joey is the man! He has his experience down to a science. If you only ate fig newtons for dinner and if your first aid kit is a needle, thread and some duct tape, there's nothing else to be said about the guy! (true story)
    Don't be knockin' my fig newtons! They can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and you don't have to fight with a stove to fix them! (I only brought them on one (1) hike!!! Ha!!

    Turtle Creek - Welcome to the forums!! Hope to see you on trail again soon!!

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    Great story! Welcome to HF from Mass.

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    From one MD'er to another------ Welcome to HF!
    Formerly known as "Cranky Bear"....

    "yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift---thats why its called a present" - Master Oogway

    It's always best if your an early riser!

    I like hiking as it's like exercise!

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    Senior Member pellet gun's Avatar
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    Welcome from GA!! glad to see another 'convert'...enjoy the madness!!

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    Welcome to a great community.

    Now you should really keep an eye out for the MAHHA group hangs - spring and fall. I haven't been yet, but it looks like quite the event.

    Jason

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    Welcome to the world above the ground from another Southern Marylander!
    Terry

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