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    My old faithful HH Explorer UL with Super Shelter. Had no idea how to hang it much less how to make that SS work, and had a pretty miserable 1st night, swearing to never sleep in a hammock again. But the night after that was A-OK, and each of the next several nights better still. I have many hammocks now. It may not be my all time favorite of any I have tried, but it is still an overall winner for me. I have slept some profoundly deep hammock/wilderness sleeps in it!

    After that came a Speer hammock and Pea Pod, then a Claytor No Net and Pea Pod, and somewhere around then came a BMBH and later an MW$ to go with it.

    I can say some good things about all of those, and all have some minor ( to me ) negatives. They all beat the heck out of the ground and some beds!
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    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.
    Romans 8:18,21-22

  2. #12
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    In the early 70's I tried a nylon string met hammock while on the AT. Most uncomfortable with the nylong cutting into my skin. Jump forward to a few years ago and I got a WBBB for my wife and myself.
    Merchants Mill Pond SP Swamp Hang

    www.neusioktrail.org ..................... Free Hammock Classes

    Hammock Gear Time Line ..............Hammock Friendly Sites in NC

    I am 18 with 42 years of experience.

    Hammock Hangers...taking over the world..2 trees at a time !

    Warbonnet BB 1.7 and a whole lot of other great gear from the vendors on HF

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    In 1989 or so when I was still in high school, I had a net hammock that I took on a couple camping trips just to relax in, but the thing was so uncomfortable that I didn't continue using it and pretty much wrote off hammocks as uncomfortable based on that. A couple years later a roommate had a net with spreader bars set up in the back yard that was also terrible.

    I'd pretty much forgotten those when I started looking for a hammock for lounging recently and my internet searches brought me here and a couple other sites with DIY instructions. After reading, I started thinking hammocks might actually be a liveable alternative to taking a heavy tent, ground tarp, sleeping pad etc and sleeping on the hard, buggy uneven ground.

    I've never liked that I didn't understand sewing machines, so I gave it a shot. It took about 8 hours to hem 4 straight sides of the 5x10 ripstop, but I got it and I've been getting better(?) at it since.

    I realized immediately that I was going to need a bug net(I had a swarm of mosquitoes around me before I had it set up for the first time), so I sewed one from a military surplus bug net. And yesterday I sewed up a peak bag.

    Now I'm interested in seeing first hand some other setups to see if there is something I'd like better than what I've made.

    I also realized on my first hang that some under-insulation is going to be required for cooler months, so I'm thinking about what I want in that department.

    A fabric hammock is so much more comfortable than a net. A world of difference. I'm really glad I'd forgotten those and took another look at hammocks.

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    Yeah I had a rope hammock on 1989 too.. certainly you couldn't sleep in it. Then in 2006 I bought an ENO double, loved it! So small, so ready to go. One night in Utah in 2009 and I was hooked on hammocks forever. I still like tents, sometimes they are a better option, but I prefer hammocks.
    Tonight I'm howlin' at a foreign moon, might as well be a junkie's spoon.

    John Hiatt

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    Besides the rope hammock we had as a kid, my first camping hammock was a Byer of Maine Amazona Mosquito Hammock. I used the rain fly from a Eureka Timberline tent. After that, I never looked back. Been swinging ever since.

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    My first hammock was a DIY job I made from nylon string that I had seen in the SAS survival handbook. It was awful but worked

    That was 20 years ago, I think it may have started something.

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    I went cheap, GT Skeeter Beeter UL $20 shipped. Handed down to my wife shortly thereafter and still in use today!

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    A $5 nylon rope backyard hammock I got at Wal-Mart. It wasn't great and the only way I could get semi-comfortable was to let my feet hang out either side.

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    My first hammock was a WBBB 1.0 DL original, not the China pop ones. Since then I have bought several other hammock brands, all of which I am not going to list, and now I am rockin' a PSDB single.
    I miss my 4.8Lb base weight as a ground dweller...But I sure DON'T MISS the ground.

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    This was my first hammock. Don't know the make, but I got it at Wally World about 10 years ago. I still have it and it gets used once in a long while.

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