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    Senior Member Chigger's Avatar
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    suggested by old4hats as something for us to do as we were recently retired. Many years ago I determined I was a pragmatic so when I started learning about hammocks from web sites and HF it just made sense. It was practical. I might suggest it is possible all hammock hangers could be pragmatic. Since I took the plunge I have not looked back. I would, and do, recommend to any and all get yourself a hammock. Well I just realized I am preaching to the choir here so I will shut up.

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    A friend got me excited bout hiking and challenging myself to overnight trips. I've had more than 10 knee surgeries and finding lightweight options became an obsession. I moved from a solo tent to tarptents. I experimented with a few different lightweight pads under my bag, but never got a comfortable sleep on the ground. I stumbled across videos featuring hammocks and picked up a grand trunk nano to carry in my pack. I napped in it whenever I set up camp, but never overnighted in it until recently. Thanks to this forum and its resources, I had my first overnight hang this past weekend! Going back to ground just doesn't seem like a pleasant option. I'm hooked.

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    I've always liked camping and have considered myself an outdoorsy person and once I saw someone that had one, I was hooked!

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    I may have mentioned this in one of the 1500 posts in this thread, but what got me hanging was the fact that the last time I slept in a tent I was bitten by a black widow spider. I paddled 15 miles out and was sick for 5 days.

    After doing a fair amount of research the number one suggestion for avoiding spiders while camping was to stay off the ground. One thing led to another, that was 6 years ago, I haven't slept in a tent since. I spend 30-60 days a year in the woods elevating my perspective.
    Revolution is about the need to re-evolve political, economic and social justice and power back into the hands of the people, preferably through legislation and policies that make human sense. That's what revolution is about. Revolution is not about shootouts.

    Bobby Seale


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    I'm planning a 2014 AT hike. I've never slept well on the ground. I've read several trail journals of hangers. I thought it made sense, figured I'd give it a try. Came to this forum and White Blaze and tried to read as much as I could and just bought my first one!

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    Shug turned me to the mock side!!! his vids helped too! a few other mockers helped as well.
    Not all who wander, are lost!!

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    Love hiking, hated sleeping on the hard ground in a tent. Couldn't carry heavy softer pad to help with the sleeping issues too much weight. This past father's day saw doublenest ENO for sale and decided to try it to chill out with at the beach etc. It was love at first swing. I couldn't believe how comfortable and cool it was. I was hooked and began research to buy a hammock with bugnet for Florida fall hiking. I can't wait until it cools off again here.

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    Have been camping all my life. Seen Shug Emery and got interested. Haven't slept in a bed in over three years because of back pain. To included when I camp and hunt and go fishing. So my daughter helped make three Hammocks DIY and have been sleeping in one at home and in the woods with no pain and enjoying a peaceful rest . I have been know to stay in the woods for a moth at a time. The information that you all have provided has has really improved my life and enjoyment. Thanks to you all for sharing your knowledge.

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    I always took a hammock with me when I went camping. Something to spend lazy days reading and napping. Well, I've lost 75lbs, and I talked my wife (who lost 100lbs) into going hiking/backpacking camping instead of car camping. So, while searching out ultralight gear and suggestions of how to cut weight and size in our packs, I read something about hammock camping. Once I was bitten, I got the bug. I have been researching this like a dog chewing on a bone for about two months now. Since my wife thinks I'm crazy to try this, but I am going to go out on my own to test out my gear and my ability to use it comfortably. So, I guess officially I have never hammock camped, yet. But I am looking forward to going soon, and waking up without the back pain that usually comes with tent camping.

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    What made you a "hanger"?

    My back!! After being a mechanic for 15 years and standing on my feet all my life my knees and back are sore if I sleep on the ground. So now I sleep in a hammock and don't have to crawl around on my knees anymore.

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