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    Hello from southern Illinois

    Hey everyone. Names Tim or butters (which ever you prefer). I live in southern Illinois right next to some amazing areas. Giant city state park. Panther den wilderness. I'm close to garden of the gods and the river to river trail. I've been camping my whole life but just started hammock camping.

    I have a HH ultralight with the included rainfly and tree huggers. I love it. I have set it up in some of the craziest positions I never thought you could sleep on. Its fun being on a steep hill that no one else can use.

    I have a complete pack for backpacking. I'm working on building a better clothing selection for different weather. I'm mostly a spring summer fall guy. Going for winter next year.

    My first major backpacking trip was over 12 days and did about 100 miles. It was a class trip for a grade. We went thru Michigan up to the UP and down thru Wisconsin. We went to Warren dunes, grand island, isle royal, and the porcupine mountains to name the big stops. My hammock did amazing.

    The only problem was I wanted mg hammock to be a little warmer. So I was looking at new gear for it and stumbled here. Glad I did (I think). Ive have found alot of good info here and figured I better join and start learning.

    Sorry for the long winded post. Looking forward to learning and maybe do some of the trips I see planned. Thanks for reading.

    Butters

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    welcome to hammock forums.hammock camping rocksneo
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    I hope you got an "A" in your class! Welcome to the forums.
    Keep movin', keep believing and enjoy the journey!

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    Hello from southern Illinois

    Welcome from Florida!
    Mike
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    Hey, welcome.

    I've backpacked Garden of the Gods thru Lusk Creek. Loved it. Glad you enjoyed Michigan.

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    Welcome. I'm from "So-Ill." too although I've been doing more on the Missouri side lately.

    Several nice hangs in Shawnee though. Maybe we can get together.

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    I'm a newbie here myself, but just wanted to say I'm 96 hours from starting the River-to-River trail at E'town and spending a week heading for Ferne Clyffe S.P. This will be my first extended trip using only a hammock.

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    Re: Hello from southern Illinois

    Quote Originally Posted by grannypat View Post
    I hope you got an "A" in your class! Welcome to the forums.
    It was a month long class. I ended with up wit a B. I wanted to do the long hike compared the the others. We did 40 on isle royal in 6 days. That was intense. I was with a great group of guys who had the knowledge and gave me good tips before the trip. It went perfect. I'm Ready to go again.




    Quote Originally Posted by fgtayl01 View Post
    Welcome. I'm from "So-Ill." too although I've been doing more on the Missouri side lately.

    Several nice hangs in Shawnee though. Maybe we can get together.
    Anytime. I want to hit Mo up sometime. I have only done float trips on current. Bet the trails are alot nicer. Send me a pm sometime your in the area or are planning something.




    Quote Originally Posted by Cavey View Post
    I'm a newbie here myself, but just wanted to say I'm 96 hours from starting the River-to-River trail at E'town and spending a week heading for Ferne Clyffe S.P. This will be my first extended trip using only a hammock.
    I haven't done the complete trail all at once, but I have done most of it on day hikes. Not sure what your referring to as E-town but Im near ferne cliff. I have used it for search and rescue training before. I start spring break from SIU on Friday and will be doing a small couple nighter. Friends are worried about rain. I'm use to it.


    Quote Originally Posted by Wolverine View Post
    Hey, welcome.

    I've backpacked Garden of the Gods thru Lusk Creek. Loved it. Glad you enjoyed Michigan.
    Never done lusk creek. Ill be going soon for at least a day hike. Garden of the gods is awesome. I'd go back to Michigan given the chance. First I'm wanting to head east to the mountains.


    Thank you for the welcome everyone!

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    I'm from the area as well, about 20 minutes south of Lake Glendale. Good to know there are some other local hangers. Welcome to the forums!

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    Hey bro from up-state IL. I'm about 30 min from Chicago and still looking from a hang site after being kicked out of 2 other's from up here.Maybe ill have a chance to go down and do a weekender. Welcome to the forums!

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