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    Aug 2012
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    Smile Hello from Alberta

    Hey everyone,

    I joined this forum to get some tips on building a hammock for my wife and I to camp in. She's never really camped properly before (it was just a big party where they slept in tents) but I've done it all my life. I like tenting for the most part, except I'm not a fan of how they turn into an oven in the morning, so I thought I'd try hammocks.

    2 days ago I bought 36 yards of ripstop nylon so we can make 2 hammocks, two tarps and two full length underquilts, and then this morning I had a bunch of alpaca wool delivered for the underquilts (I'm allergic to down). We're going to try to have everything done by the end of the week as we're heading out to Vancouver Island on Saturday

    I'm looking forward to reading everyone's tips and learning as much as possible.

    Cal

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    Hello and Welcome to HF from north of Toronto! Enjoy the trip and pics if at all possible (missed my chance to surf Tolfino some years back)!
    The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering. - St. Augustine

    Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
    - Bob Marley

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    Welcome to HF from Georgia! Looks like you've got a busy week ahead of you. The Alpaca wool sounds interesting as a fill material. Best of luck with your adventure! Let us know how it all turns out.

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    Senior Member Bradley's Avatar
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    Hey Cal
    welcome to a whole new world of camping . . .

    . . . I didn't see you mention anything about bug-netting.

    Ya might want to consider it as essential as under quilting.

    Bradley SaintJohn
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    The Transition from Ground Sleeping to Hammocks
    is the Conversion from Agony To Ecstasy,
    and Curing Ground-In-somnia.

    "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show you great and mighty things . . ." Jeremiah 33:3
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    Welcome from London, ON! Have a good trip!
    Don't let life get in the way of living.

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    Member Royal Engineer's Avatar
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    Welcome from the UK, i have fond memories of Alberta and living out on the prairie whilst on exercise though i wish i had had a hammock back then to fix between the vehicles.

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    Thanks for the kind words everyone.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bradley View Post
    Hey Cal

    . . . I didn't see you mention anything about bug-netting.

    I did forget to mention that. I also bought I think 6 yards of noseeum netting That was a must.

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    Welcome from the west coast of Canada!

    Hello Calskin,

    Welcome from Victoria on Vancouver Island! I'm a newbie to hammock hanging but I love it so much more than sleeping on the ground. As a matter of fact I just got back from a mid-day hang in one of our local parks. I've discovered I need more practicing setting my tarp...

    Cheers,

    Coffeedrinker
    “Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
    ― A.A. Milne

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    Greetings and welcome to a fellow Canadian Hanger from Oshawa, Ontario.

    Be sure to document your hammock and quilt construction. I am interested in how you are going to use the Alpaca Wool.

    Have a great time on your trip.

    Cheers

    Brian
    Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment. - Unknown

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    New Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coffeedrinker View Post
    Hello Calskin,

    Welcome from Victoria on Vancouver Island! I'm a newbie to hammock hanging but I love it so much more than sleeping on the ground. As a matter of fact I just got back from a mid-day hang in one of our local parks. I've discovered I need more practicing setting my tarp...

    Cheers,

    Coffeedrinker
    Thanks. I would love to hear your favourite places to camp in Vancouver island. I'll be there in a week

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