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    Michigander...checking in.

    Greetings! Where to start!? I am a total rookie in the hiking/backpacking/hammock world and am excited to learn and get started. I missed out on the backpacking that my dad and 2 brothers did in the porcupines and recently,for some reason...I want to do it. My goal is to go with my 2 sons(5&2) someday, but need to get a little experience under my belt first. Lots of info to delve into...any recommended books to look at to get started? Thanks

    Kevin

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    Welcome for cold and windy Jackson Michigan.... Great group of folks on here and a great group of MI Hangers as well...
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    Welcome

    Greetings from Southwest Michigan. I too am just getting back to the woods and playing lots of catch up for years lost. There are two books I have found to be vary valuable this year. Im sure there are many more that will be suggested here.

    The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Tools and Techniques to Hit the Trail by Andrew Skurka. Skurka does a nice job of brining you up too speed on current technology. At the end of each chapter he suggests his picks on equipment which dont revolve around the fanciest or most costly solutions.

    The Ultimate Hang: An Illistrated Guide to Hammock Camping by Derek Hansen. Hansen does a wonderful job or blending hammock camping technique with visual diagrams. He has shared in a few threads here on HF ...

    Again, Welcome and enjoy the journey....

    Gordon

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    Welcome to the group. I would look up some of Shugs videos. He has some just getting started videos out there. Start with this one, and just keep watching.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7NZV...feature=relmfu

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    Quote Originally Posted by wlaroche View Post
    Welcome to the group. I would look up some of Shugs videos. He has some just getting started videos out there. Start with this one, and just keep watching.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7NZV...feature=relmfu
    I did some searching on youtube about a week ago and up popped Mr. Shug, I have watched all of his vids, the ones about his actual hikes got me even more interested in doing it.

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    Welcome from another Michiganian, where the trees are just the right height.

    Lots of opportunities in this state. Read a bit and just get out and do it. Mother Nature teaches. This site is a wealth of information. Enjoy.
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    Practice, practice, practice.
    Once you get your kit (hammock, tarp, insul.) together and feel secure about the set-up, spend some time in the backyard and see how it performs overnight.

    Then try it in the real woods.
    Keep it fun for the kiddos. And comfortable. Kids either love camping or take some time to detox from technology. Car camping with wee ones works best. Cold kids make for grumpy kids.
    Welcome from just south of you.

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    Welcome from another Michigan hanger. Although hammocking (is that even a word?) can be done comfortably in cold weather, it might be wise to wait for more ideal conditions to start the little ones out. Even then it's a good idea to have a plan "B" in case of trouble. Once everyone is thoroughly "hooked", it's fairly smooth sailing. (or hammocking)

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    Sheesh..sorry Gargoyle. If I'd paid more attention, I would have seen you already said what I just wrote.

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    Welcome from Marshall MI!
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