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    i didi it!

    didit! first backpacking trip now i am more then convinced in the need to be a hanger!http://youtu.be/c-XeTPTXS4Y
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    Congratulations! My first trip relying completely on my hammock will be an overnight hike this Tuesday at South Cumberland State Park in TN. Hope I return convinced as well! Any pics of your setup?

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    If you had a pict., it didn't come thru.

    Congratulations! Love to get off the ground,eh?

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    Congrats on the successful backpacking trip. And yes, you need to get a hammock.
    If you want a good hammock for not a lot of money, check out Grand Trunk.

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    Great trip report. Glad to see that you chewed all you bit off and didn't bail. That shows some chutzpah.

    When I got back into backpacking, I was carrying the 40-50 lbs. of weight, but at least I didn't have to sleep on the ground 'cause I already had a hammock. You will likely get better rest from the hammock.

    As for the mileage, it gets easier the more you get out, and the more you reduce your weight. I could barely do 5 miles when I started, but I can do 10 miles a day now without having to go to the emergency room. I hope to get up to 17 or 18 miles a day eventually. That's going to take increased fitness and lower pack weight. It's all part of the fun.

    Now ditch that tent and lower your pack weight - no way you should be carrying 40 lbs. for an overnight. However, I admire you for setting such an ambitious mileage goal for your first overnight. Well done!

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    Great video..
    You have a great attitude... You did it, so " You Win "

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    Enjoyed the video - thx for sharing!

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    Good on ya!
    Great review...

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    Nice job and all alone so that means you don't get to share some of the necessities which is tough.
    Megan
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    Awesome man.

    Reminded me of my first trip which was about 20 years ago - I had too much weight in my pack coz I carried the big heavy version of everything - and half of that I didn't need anyway! Ended up feeling like I was floating every time I took the pack off. Left a pile of stuff with a farmer's wife (which I collected a week later) and boy, what a difference a lighter pack made.

    We all serve our apprenticeship by carrying too much, carrying the wrong stuff and planning bigger walks than our bodies can comfortably manage - but we get there in the end... tired and exhilerated! It takes knowledge and know-how (and a few great teachers along the way) to stay safe, comfortable, warm & dry with only a few items in a wee backpack - but have faith and crack on. It's amazing how little we actually need to carry, a lot of the weight we carry is usually made up from carrying "comfort" items. I guess whatever climate we are in determines a lot of what we need.

    This is definitely the place to find great teachers - I have learned so much here and in much less time than I would have by trial and error on my own.

    It's good that you had a night in a tent first as now you will REALLY appreciate how awesome a hammock is and how huge the gulf is in terms of comfort, weight, speed and ease of set-up etc.

    Stick with it and have a blast - just like the rest of us!

    Welcome to our world :O)

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