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    CryOTheWild's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by kayak karl View Post
    you can't have too many hammocks
    or books about hammocks
    .............
    or quilts for hammocks
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    amsteel,
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    YESSS!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by redrob View Post
    Well, full disclosure time. I already own the Ultimate Hang. I was wondering if Ed Speer's book is redundant or should I pick it up.

    Thanks,
    Rob
    Well, shamefully, I have not read Dejoha's book, only Ed's. Someday I will ( maybe the next edition even more up to date! ).

    But I can speak highly of Ed's book. I had already completed my 1st ever hammock trip, actually did that September ( but cold weather ) trip as a total ignorant NOOB, figuring it out as I went with my brand new HHSS. Yes, I know, STUPID! However, I was still able to go to ground when needed. So I had that week plus a couple of other overnighters behind me before I ever read Ed's book, but it was still a big help at coming to understand some principle's which remain unchanged.

    Don't know how UH handles things, but what was really helpful to me were the interspersed personal experiences Ed reported about. Reporting some of his truly far out adventures and how he used hammocks to make them more pleasant and even safer, often hanging in normally unusable ( for ground dwelling) places. How about, on long solo Kayaking trips in AK, hanging way high in the trees, or out on rocky islands with just enough trees for his hangs, in order to avoid grizzly bears? And especially several examples of when the wind was about to blow him off a ridge, dropping off of the ridge and camping on a steep slope which was blocking the wind?

    Lot's of stuff like that, from his real life experiences, which made me realize how versatile and handy a hammock could be, allowing camping in otherwise unusable places while still being more comfortable than ever! This made me realize more than I had from my own experiences, the many benefits of sleeping in a hammock rather than on the ground.

    Highly recommended, but just get both!
    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

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    Ed's book is like a pre '64 Winchester...you just gotta.
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    I am the proud owner of an autographed copy of Ed's book.

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    What Cannibal said...

    I have both. Ed's book convinced me that I didn't have to sleep on the ground ever again.

    Don't argue with the alligator until after you cross the river.

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    I have the ultimate hang. If you get Speers Hammock Camping, we can trade when your through reading it. Pm if interested.

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    I have not noticed a comment from Ed here since he left the hammock business. ( did he actually leave the business? He announced his partnership with TTTG in Apr 2010) It would be nice to hear from him. ( last post here from him in Jan 2011, one from Karen in May 2011 right before last Speer hang) He has a ton of hanging in the wild experience to offer, much of it which is in his book. But for example, there is nothing about his Snugfit in his book. But the man had been there and done that if it related to hammocks. I even liked his trail name: Nottoworry! I wonder what he is into now, and if he still hikes/kayaks and hangs? Hopefully he is doing great!
    Last edited by BillyBob58; 11-17-2012 at 12:20.
    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

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    Get both. Ultimate hang is literally the BIBLE of hammocking, but Speer's book does go into a lot of detail for the D I Y builder.

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