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    Local Backwoods Store Hammock Demonstration...

    So, being the kind of guy I am, I've met and made friends with a number of the folks at my local Backwoods store.

    I've actually made arrangements to put on a hammock camping discussion/demonstration/presentation this coming April at our local store. They're actually going to make an "event" out of this, following the monthly hike. They're going to do an outdoor lunch thing and provide me space to setup a stand outside, if the weather permits.

    I threw together a high level training outline, and have hit up a number of the local hangers to assist with some additional gear to let me use for the demo.

    Thinking I'm going to try to setup a tensegrity stand (will put together and practice this well beforehand) and have a couple of different setups to show them some of the options and methods we use to solve the normal problems that all campers cope with.

    I'm hoping this will be kind of a "goodwill" thing for hammock camping.

    I did want to ping the moderators/administrators here as to whether or not I could include links to the hammock forums site in my presentation. If any of the mods/admins could reach out to me via PM to discuss the best way to do this stuff, I'd greatly appreciate it.

    Just thought I'd share...this is one way we can forward our cause and get hammock camping into being a much more acceptable method.

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    Great way to do it and good luck with the presentation! Get someone to work the video so we can see some of it after!
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    good luck and have fun !!!!

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    Sounds like a great idea.

    Instead of a tensegrity stand, you might want to consider making a couple of Turtledog stands for the presentation. They would be helpful in presenting hammocks, and also to show folks they can have their own stand with minimal cost and skills. Most folks can look at a Turtledog stand and understand how it works. Tensegrity stands have a more significant "wow" factor, but are more complicated to understand and build (thinking of the audience's skill, not yours). For an intro demo I think the KISS (Keep it simple sweetheart) principle applies.

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    I was thinking of doing the same thing at a local outdoor shop here. I would love to check out your outline if you wouldn't mind.
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    Hammock-warriors. Best of luck...and remember- pics or it didn't happen.
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    Owl,i live near KC. Which store are you going to?
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    Let me know how it goes Owl. I'm planning to approach an outdoor education event that runs a monthly event here to see about presenting hammock camping to.
    I just have to figure out how to afford to get some of the dutch gear and whoopies up here in Canada to mod one of our hammocks so I can show the different setup options.

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    Thanks for all the well wishes, folks. I'll be presenting at the store at 135th & metcalf, at the end of April. Jazilla, I'll PM you a copy of the VERY high level bullet points I intend to cover. Feedback is always appreciated!

    I'm going to setup my camera and record what I can of the presentation and demo, and probably post it here when it's done.

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    I really appreciate it. I really suck at public speaking so this will be a real stretch for me.
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