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    Member draugen's Avatar
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    DIY UQ from old sleeping bag

    Ive been going through some camping equipment, and concluded I needed to throw away this old Ajungilak Igloo sleeping bag. It was fairly good (mis)used, and had probably lost alot of insulation "value".
    So i figured Id give it a try to convert this old thing into a underquilt...
    Followed some basic DIY underquilt posts here on the forum, and fired up the old sewing machine.

    I must say, Im very new to this hammocking, and nobody I know camps this way- its going to be som trials and failures!
    In this project i miscalculated the width of the UQ by a MILE... Turns out Im not good at converting inches to centimeters But it turned out to be nearly perfect for the DD scout hammock meant for the kids!

    This wont be good for wintercamping, but perfect for some summer camp-outs, I recon.

    And, of course, I had to try out this setup me too
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    That's a good idea and except for the miscalc a very good execution. If you can manage to attach your UQ line to the actual hammock line instead of the post/tree you will compress the UQ less although in that pic it doesn't look too bad.

    impressive,
    bravo.

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    Member draugen's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJJ View Post
    That's a good idea and except for the miscalc a very good execution. If you can manage to attach your UQ line to the actual hammock line instead of the post/tree you will compress the UQ less although in that pic it doesn't look too bad.

    impressive,
    bravo.
    Thats a great idea, Ill try figure out how to do that!
    And Thakns

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    I feel your pain...packs and bags measured in litres are meaningless to me. At least you know what a mile is.
    Dave

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    Nice looking UQ . . .

    Looks like your hammock is strung as tight as a guitar string... That causes an amazing amount of force on the suspension and hammock...

    I like my hammocks really saggy! 2'(about um...60cm) from the bottom of the hammock to a line between the hammock ends...

    Stay Warm!

    John
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    JohnSawyer: Thanks! and yes, you are right about the hammock being strung up tight. I figured this is the best way to hang the DD scout hammock... It is really short in length, way to short for me. I guess it will be possible to adjust it to a more saggy shape when used by one of my kids. What can I say: rigging was meant for educational purposes

    Learning new things everyday!

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    Looks good, D!

    P.S. Next time, just type "konvertere X inches til centimeteres" in Google and the answer will be the first thing in the search results. (Pardon my Norwegian!)
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    I too, years ago

    Years ago when I used a HH Backpacker A-sym I would stretch it as tight as I possible could between the trees....now with the WBs and Dangerbird it's the 30 degree angle.
    This thread reminded me too of my first underquilt. A converted Golite top quilt, synthetic but a move up from pads.
    Sure was glad the Jacks came along when they did....speaking of them, I slept under an original JRB Nest yesterday when I was napping.
    Time flies when your hanging

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