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    hello from North Louisiana(or the part that makes mediocre gumbo)

    Hey all,

    I've recently had the desire to get back into hiking and backpacking, and eventually found myself here lusting after a hammock. I've made one now(sort of) and my first real hang will be tonight. It is way colder here than usual, but I think I'll be fine with what knowledge I've gleaned from reading around the forums.

    Anyways I mostly wanted to thank everyone for sharing everything they have learned so that I could learn from it.

    Welp here's the interesting part, my setup

    Hammock: Whipped end 1.9oz ripstop hammock

    Suspension: 3 inch nylon webbing from a large ratchet strap(free, replacement is in the mail)

    Insulation: 32 degree barrel bag of unknown origin
    fleece barrel bag as a liner
    Tarp: 8'x10' blue tarp and paracord for now

    I plan to put the sleeping bag around the entire hammock similar to a peapod. It has a drawstring at the head end that cinches up nicely. On my trial run it was hot in 28 degree weather with no wind.

    I've got amsteel and 1 inch webbing in the mail, and next week I'll be working on a better and lighter suspension. When I gain access to a sewing machine I'll be making a sil-nylon tarp and hemming the edges of the hammock. Oh, whoopie slings and soft shackles too. What have ya'll done to me!

    Kisatchie bayou and the Caroline Dormon trail is where I'm headed. I'll probably post a trip report of sorts by monday.

    -Jim

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    Moderator raiffnuke's Avatar
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    Welcome to HF from Mass.

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    Looks like you're off to a great start.

    Welcome to HF dude!

    Fronkey

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    Nice set up! Hello and Welcome to the Forums from Canada!
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    Senior Member taylo's Avatar
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    Roll Tide. Welcome

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    Welcome! Whatever you have contracted from hanging' around here has no cure and is very contagious. Feed the fever!

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    Welcome from part of the state that kicks gumbo up a notch.
    Glad you could find your way to the forum. I love the Red Dirt area.
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    Great introduction, good luck with the hang and welcome to HF from Bama.........
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    I see that you have been bitten by the DIY Bug and it appears that you are coming along right nice. Welcome to the fun.
    Terry

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    I got into the DIY thing starting with making my own suspension system: Started with 1-inch poly webbing and stitched 3 inch loops in either end. Added toggles cut from carbon arrows for precision and made whoopies in case I want to stretch out a long way. I liked that, so now I am stitching my own hammock from ripstop nylon. I love my GT SBP because of the integrated bug net, but I want to make my own thing and this time of year, who needs a net?

    Your setup is more aggressive than my own -- I started with store-bought stuff and migrated to DIY. Oh, what fun it all is!

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