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    7 nights in my Claytor JH

    Man. Once you have these things figured out, they are COMFORTABLE!

    I took my Claytor on a 7-day survival training in Michigan. I was, of course, the only one with a hammock. I am happy to say, however, that I've sent two people to Claytor's website to order hammocks after seeing how nice mine was

    I used a structural ridgeline, and it made ALL the difference. The hammock sagged nicely beneath it. The switch to using 1/4" amsteel blue for my attachment to the hammock made the cinch buckles work properly, and the whole thing was very easy to adjust.

    It took me all of a couple minutes to get myself situated each night, and then a couple more to chase around all the bugs that flew in with me

    I rode out a FIERCE thunderstorm that sent 1 tent camper fleeing to their car. I was snug as a bug, and completely dry.

    I am officially a convert. I need to figure out a good way to hang my pack. I know I could just hang it off the support strap, but I really don't want it out in the rain all night. I may do a gear hammock or something.

    This is so much freaking fun! It's a new obsession for sure.
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    Congrats on your successful hang.
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    Great photos. What a bonus to spend a week hanging. I carry with me a web strap and some hooks. I wrap the strap around the tree, hang the hooks from the strap and I have my own "rack" for hanging things. It is part of a kit from Coleman exponent series. It comes with a small table and lantern hanger, but I dont always take those along. The bulk of my camping is with a kayak or scouts so if you a thru hiker, you may not justify the weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noshtero View Post
    Man. Once you have these things figured out, they are COMFORTABLE!

    I took my Claytor on a 7-day survival training in Michigan. I was, of course, the only one with a hammock. I am happy to say, however, that I've sent two people to Claytor's website to order hammocks after seeing how nice mine was

    I used a structural ridgeline, and it made ALL the difference. The hammock sagged nicely beneath it. The switch to using 1/4" amsteel blue for my attachment to the hammock made the cinch buckles work properly, and the whole thing was very easy to adjust.

    It took me all of a couple minutes to get myself situated each night, and then a couple more to chase around all the bugs that flew in with me

    I rode out a FIERCE thunderstorm that sent 1 tent camper fleeing to their car. I was snug as a bug, and completely dry.

    I am officially a convert. I need to figure out a good way to hang my pack. I know I could just hang it off the support strap, but I really don't want it out in the rain all night. I may do a gear hammock or something.

    This is so much freaking fun! It's a new obsession for sure.


    great pics and report,now you fully understand why i brag about the claytor jungle hammock,it rocksneo
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    Neo- I didnt know you had a Claytor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noshtero View Post
    Man. Once you have these things figured out, they are COMFORTABLE!

    I used a structural ridgeline, and it made ALL the difference.

    I rode out a FIERCE thunderstorm that sent 1 tent camper fleeing to their car. I was snug as a bug, and completely dry.

    I am officially a convert.

    This is so much freaking fun! It's a new obsession for sure.
    Yeah, ya gotta wonder what keeps so many people on the ground!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Wolf View Post
    Neo- I didnt know you had a Claytor.
    LOL... yeah right. Good one<G>.

    Noshtero, gear hammocks work well & Youngblood (for one) uses a system that's extremely simple, lightweight & cheap. Just put the pack & whatever stuff is not in use in a trash bag, on the ground under the hammock.
    Easy to reach stuff when you need it & it's well protected from blowing rain.
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    Great report! One picture(the last one on the right) of your sleeping bag or quilt looks like you were laying right down the middle, rather than diagonal. Is that what you did? If so, apparently you had no knee discomfort?
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
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    Nice report, Nosh. Congrats on becoming a hammock convert.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyBob58 View Post
    Great report! One picture(the last one on the right) of your sleeping bag or quilt looks like you were laying right down the middle, rather than diagonal. Is that what you did? If so, apparently you had no knee discomfort?
    To be honest, no matter how I started the night off, I landed like you see in that picture Come to think of it, I did have a little knee discomfort each morning. I think with some more practice and tweeking, I'll get the hang and lay right. Either that or I'll go to a bridge or something

    If you have any tips, I'd love to hear them. Everytime I tried to lay diagonal, my legs just slid to the middle lol.

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