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    New Member Dustb2000's Avatar
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    Introduction from Mississippi

    Hello Everyone!

    I figured it was about time to formally introduce myself to the forum and tell the story of how this hobby (addiction) began.

    In August of 2011 I took a motorcycle trip from my home in Mississippi through parts of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee. During this trip I packed my trusty one man tent to serve as my home for the next few weeks. Well as you can imagine this plan led to many sweaty, hot, and uncomfortable nights. I was determined to find a better way to do this summer time camping stuff so I turned to my old friend Google. Google told me that the key to staying cool during hot, humid summer nights was to increase air flow and that a great way to do this was to begin sleeping above the ground. What an idea!

    As you can guess the next suggestion Google had for me was a Hennessey hammock. While researching this idea I came across the gold mine of information that is contained on this site. Talk about being overwhelmed! I would have never guessed that getting a good nights rest could be such a complicated and hotly debated topic. My next big decision was when I chose to attempt build my own gear as opposed to buying it already assembled. My biggest reasons behind this were my tendency to enjoy doing things with my own hands, knowing that I would not have much spare time to travel this past year since starting a new job, and also the delusion that DIY was cheaper (Yeah right!).

    All in all since joining this site I’ve completed 3 tablecloth hammocks, a IX underquilt, 2 climashield Top Quilts, Fronkey style tulle bugnet, 1 DIY WBBB hammock, a spreader bar, 2 tarps (hex and asym), a poncho liner underquilt, a poncho liner top quilt, a TurtleDog stand, and more whoopie slings than I care to count. My current project list is quite overwhelming so I’m going to avoid typing so I can keep fooling myself into that idea that I’m almost done and these DIY will be all finished soon. This is a great community and an invaluable resource. I have been so impressed with everyone’s helpfulness and willingness for all members to go that extra mile in helping out a fellow hanger. Hopefully as I learn more and gain more experience I will be able to one day contribute something in return for all that I have gained.

    Another thing I’ve learned is that no thread is complete without pictures so without further ado:

    Here are a few pics from the trip that led me to seeking out a way to stay cooler at night:






















    Next up a picture of my DIY WBBB:



    Now the DIY WBBB with my asym tarp:



    First overnight hang:





    DIY hex tarp, TD stand, and DIY WBBB:







    Pink tablecloth hammock, Fronkey style tulle bugnet, and DIY hex tarp:



    Both hammocks on my spreader bar:



    Poncho Liner Top Quilt:

    Last edited by Dustb2000; 11-17-2012 at 03:38.

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    Wow and wow, you've really jumped in on DIY and so successfully.

    I was curious about the locations of you travel pics, especially the one with the columns and the falls.

    David

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    Jumped in with both feet

    Great introduction and wow, you do great DIY! Welcome!
    Syb
    Enjoy the elevation

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    New Member Dustb2000's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bannerstone View Post
    Wow and wow, you've really jumped in on DIY and so successfully.

    I was curious about the locations of you travel pics, especially the one with the columns and the falls.

    David
    Thanks much! If I showed you a close up of some of my first seams on the hammock and tarp you might change your mind about that word successfully!

    The picture with the columns was a spot only a few hours away from my home in south west Mississippi called Windsor Ruins: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windsor_Ruins

    The pictures with the falls came from North Carolina not far from Ashville. If memory serves me correct one was off of Hwy 28 a little southwest of Maggie Valley and the other was in the same general area off of Hwy 19.

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    Welcome

    Welcome from the Mitten. Looks like an amazing trek, happy hanging...

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    Wow, mad sewing skills!! Great job on some pretty cool projects!!

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    Welcome from north MS!
    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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    Nice looking stuff. Welcome from Denver!
    Brian
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    Father. Husband. Scoutmaster.

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    Wow! Impressive obsession Welcome to the fold
    "Mother Gue", I says "the Rocky Mountains is the marrow of the world," and by God, I was right. Keep your nose in the wind and your eye along the skyline.

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    Very impressive work congrats on some great looking gear and welcome!

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