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    Member DENMONKEY's Avatar
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    New hanger from Oz

    Hi all,

    I've been browsing the forums for a little while now since I ordered my Dd frontline maybe a month or so ago.
    I've typically been a tent camper and enjoy both hike in or car camping.
    It's the hike in camping though that has me looking to lower my pack weight and this has lead me to the hammock options.
    My current tent system is approx 1.4kg (3.1lb) and (winter) sleepingbag+mat at around 1.6kg (3.5lb). So I'm around the 3 kilo mark for my sleep system and shelter.
    I've always been a heavy packer and often carried redundancy in my pack but a tough hike with a 40lb pack on my back with a dodgie knee has me considering my options.
    I can't see the DD getting any lighter than it is now with whoopies but I can defo go lighter with my tarp (600g) 21.2oz. That said I now have a nano 7 on its way and will make a light weight system with that for my base.

    That said, I'm in the market for bug protection and tarp. So suggestions and options please.
    I'd like a tarp with good coverage say 3x3 and prob sylnylon. I don't think I fancy hex or diamond.
    Bug protection to be light as possible but whole coverage. I think I read pappa smurfs bug sock pretty much fits those criteria.

    Anyway I'm in the Newcastle NSW Area in Australia if there are any hangers local and want to catch up for a hike/hang.

    Here's a vid of my first hang. I bailed out early morning because of the wind but it was still educational.



    I also made a DIY frame of sorts for home use (vid below). I find I'm sleeping in the hammock on both of my weekend nights I'm enjoying it that much.




    cheers all Brett

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    Senior Member spamburglar's Avatar
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    Welcome to the forums from Tennessee!
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    Welcome to the forum Denmonkey!

    Another alternative bug net is the Hug designed by Dejoha. It is a half bug net design that would cut the weight down. There are instructions on how to make it in this thread. I don't know of any commercial versions so it looks like a DIY project.
    Last edited by Rikall; 06-24-2012 at 03:35. Reason: Fixed the hyperlink

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    Welcome from Louisiana!

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    Welcome from Yorkshire

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    New Member lewithefly's Avatar
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    Welcome Denmonkey from over West in Perth.

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    G'Day,

    Welcome to the foruns from another Novacastrian, I'd be happy to catch up for a Hike/Hang.

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    Thanks all for the international welcomes.
    good to see some Aussies in there too.
    Spotted the hug bug nets ?? but would prefer full coverage. Seems I have some research to do.
    Although I do have some time up my sleeve before summer gets here and the bugs start coming back to life.

    G'day there GD, hoping to get another hang in the wattagans in the next week/fortnight or so before I commit to taking it on a hike in rather than the tent.
    Also planning a hike/overnight in around 3 weeks or so with a mate. yet to be decided but may be Barrington could be on the books.
    Will keep you posted if you're interested.

    cheers brett

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    Always interested in a chance to hang out in the bush, my last hang in the Watagans was Anzac day with 50kph+ winds all night that tested out the gear.

    I'll PM you my email address.

    Cheers,
    gd.

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