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  1. #1271
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    I'm brand new to this forum and still searching for my first hammock. I've been an on and off backpacker since childhood and one thing that has ALWAYS been an issue for me in the backcountry is a solid nights sleep. I always have body parts sliding off of the pad due to a subtle angle of the terrain or moving around. After a recent backpacking trip 2 weeks ago where my nights sleep was atrocious, I decided to start researching ways to improve comfort.
    Initially, I was leaning towards a luxury sleeping pad (such as those made by NEMO and Big Agnes) that would slide into an accommodating sleeping bag. In addition, I was searching for a lightweight "bomb-proof" small 2 person or large 1 person tent. Currently, I have an MSR Skinny One that I got for $50 on pro-deal which was a great deal, but it's a single wall tent that doesn't vent nearly as well as I was expecting. I started seeing posts enthusiastically discussing backpacking hammocks and decided to look into them.
    From what I have gathered so far, backpacking and casual camping with a solid hammock seem to fit my needs. Of course, I will have to purchase one and see for sure.

  2. #1272
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    Dec 2012
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    I was looking at hammocks and came across "Shug" and fell for hammocks. I like to sketch and watercolor and bike. So, I want to combine these and travel around on bike and camp along the way. Shug is the greatest in promoting hammocks with his flare for making his point. Saaalute! Got an ENO for Christmas and have been gathering everything to start. I have been going on day rides, but, want to go further. I'm looking forward to this adventure.

  3. #1273
    New Member Omerta925's Avatar
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    Jan 2013
    Location
    Livermore CA
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    DIY 1.9 Ripstop
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    DIY winter tarp
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    DIY Down TQ and UQ
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    DIY Whoopie Sling
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    I always thought hammocks were made of a woven rope type material, that's what my grandfather had in Mexico at least. Then i saw ripstop hammock for sale on the REI website. The coziness of this hammock blew me away. After some trial and error with different suspensions I stumbled upon Shug's youtube video and i got infected with the DIY virus. I made my own whoopy sling and tarps and I'm totally hooked not. I'm currently wanting to make a set of summer OQ/UQ.
    I hang because its much more comfortable that sleeping on the ground(even with pads), its very portable, and bed doubles as an awesome chair. What more can you ask for?

  4. #1274
    New Member cartova's Avatar
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    Feb 2013
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
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    ENO, Grand Trunk, DYI ACU 1.6
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    Noah's 12/ DryFly
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    Thermarest pad
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    ENO Atlas,Whoopies
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    I am new to hammock camping, the only time i use my hammock was to sleep on the way in and out of the middle east in a C-17 while deployed with the military( I sleep like a baby) but after couple youtube videos trying to improve my camping techniques i saw Shug's videos and I start thinking that i would like to hang my hammock instead of setup my tent. I am so excited for this new adventure!!!! Great Forum!!!!

  5. #1275

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    May 2010
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    hanover,pa.
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    HENNESSY Survivor Assym
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    Hennessy
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    1"straps+Dtch clp
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckethead View Post
    Being an old guy, retired military and all, with the assorted aches and pains of a life lived well, there is no other option as comfortable. Many thanks Tom Hennessy.
    Take care, stay safe.







    Live long, Laugh often, Sleep well.

  6. #1276
    New Member DSM_Stephen's Avatar
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    Sep 2012
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    North Carolina
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    Deep South Mountaineering
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    Double Wide
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    Trees Best Friend
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    I liked the idea of being outside all the time as appose to zipped up in a tent. I could always see the weather and could pee in my sleeping bag. I found heaven in the hang.
    Stephen Eren
    Deep South Mountaineering
    Co-Founder, Chief of Friendship



    DSM CREED
    "May your bear hangs be high and your poos 6 inches deep,
    your pack always lite & beers in town CHEAP."

  7. #1277
    Alberta Hanger snidetripod's Avatar
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    Mar 2012
    Location
    Edmonton, Alberta Canada
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    SLD Streamliner in 1.9 Multicam
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    Camo SF
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    JRB MW4
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    Whoopie Slings
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    I was searching for a lightweight alternative to a tent for hiking. I almost decided to buy a bivy, then I stumbled upon Shug's videos. He just looked like he was having so much fun out there in the piney woods. I went to MEC and purchased a Hennessy Exped, and loved it instantly. I returned the following day and bought some snakeskins for it, and then spent more money on a tarp. Now I have all the gear, an under quilt, Warbonnet Superfly, upraded my suspesion to whoopies. That reminds me, my package from Dutch should be showing up any time now. I appreciate having this forum site to turn to for answers when I get stuck. Thanks Hammock Forums community, I am a hanger for life.
    Check out my youtube channel. Vids about hammock camping, geocaching and outdoor fun.
    Adventures With Snide Tripod

  8. #1278
    New Member kgmm00's Avatar
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    Jul 2011
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    NM
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    I was at a 24 hour mountain bike race and a team from CO had brought hammocks to nap in between laps. They invited me to try it and I was amazed at how comfortable it was. I looked over at my 6 man tent,cot,and memory foam and realized there was a better way.

    The next year I took my WBBB and was in heaven comfort wise.

  9. #1279
    New Member Apollyon's Avatar
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    Oct 2012
    Location
    Spangdahlem, Germany
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    DIY w/~90in RL
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    WBMJ
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    "G'ma'sFeatherBed"
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    a backpacking trip up a "mountain" with a 10lb 3 person tent. My 7oz DIY has filled the role nicely.

  10. #1280
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    May 2011
    Location
    Southern Illinois
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    WBBB 1.1 dbl
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    Chinook
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    DIY TQ/Phoenix UQ
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    Whoopies
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    I was looking for a new tent when my brother showed me a shug emery video. I forgot about the tent

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