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    Just Jeff.........Thanx for the link

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    Hope I don't de-rail the subject

    Been interested in hangin' for years too. Newbie here also. Maybe I'm searching wrong but maybe you guys can help. What about those of us with a "fussy spine"? I have to lay on my side (just right) and straight. Crushed disks dictate. Yet my ground dwelling system prevails in weight. Any additional input for wanna-be hangers like us?

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    Lots of folks here with back surgeries and pain thought their days in the woods were over until they tried hammocks. Everyone's issues are different so there's really no way to know for sure until you try a few. There are different ways to set up hammocks that change how they lay, so it might be worth it for you to drive down to one of the hangouts and have someone walk you thru a few models before you decide. And inflatable pads like Expeds and Big Agnes can also change how it supports your back...play around with it to see if it works for you.
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    Ziggy, although I've never sustained a back injury (knock on wood), I'm a dedicated side sleeper. I lay very flat in my ENO DoubleNest just slightly asym and am very comfortable like that.
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    I broke back vertebrae & ribs in 2002 & I'm thankful for how well I've healed. I believe the disk issues are far more tricky, & like Jeff said everyone's different.
    My biggest issue is scar tissue from the surgeries that makes laying on anything too firm, painful, so I sleep on an Exped Down Air Mat (DAM) in my hammock. Been using that system nightly for quite a while now.
    I spend a fair amount of time sleeping on my side too. I use the DAM softly inflated & it conforms & supports me perfectly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy Trek View Post
    Been interested in hangin' for years too. Newbie here also. Maybe I'm searching wrong but maybe you guys can help. What about those of us with a "fussy spine"? I have to lay on my side (just right) and straight. Crushed disks dictate. Yet my ground dwelling system prevails in weight. Any additional input for wanna-be hangers like us?
    Not to be picky Ziggy but I think you mean herniated (intervertebral) discs, not crushed discs, if you had the latter, you'd be on a morphine drip somewhere, until they fixed it.

    In any event, you can sleep "in between" in most hammocks, not on your side and not on your back, think 45, you can't do that on a $2000 mattress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrat View Post
    Cannibal.......... Thanx for the generous offer. If I can work it out for 09, and if your serious, I would like to try to take you up on that offer. What underquilt would you advise?
    Of course the offer is serious; I'm always looking for an excuse to camp.

    As far as the underquilts go, kinda depends on your priorities and tolerances. I haven't really found a 'bad' one yet, but I'm partial to the Warbonnet torso quilts now known as the Yetis. I've got all three of the major quilt makers represented in my basement; Jacks R Better, Warbonnet, and Speer. All great and all with strengths and weaknesses over the others. Not an easy choice.
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    Thumbs up Wow, Good info!

    Thank you guys -- I now have direction. Take-a-knee, yes, they just looked crushed on the MRI. Oddly, over the years the situation has improved and not worsened.

    Well this information will save me some wasted time or money when I take the plunge. The Mid State Trail, in PA, is said to be a hangers trail. Not many spots for ground dwellers.

    Thanks again, everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    Of course the offer is serious; I'm always looking for an excuse to camp.
    Get y'alls selves some airplane tickets out here & join us at Mt Rogers in Jan
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    Ziggytrek,
    I here you and feel for you. In 2002 I went thru surgery that left me with rods and pins between L5-S1. I thought my camping days were over. Then came the hammock. Works great, no problems. I sleep better in it than my own bed at home. After hiking all day, the hammock affords me a good nights sleep. Hope it works out for you.

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