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    New Member RickNC's Avatar
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    So what have I learned?

    Just got back from my first overnight hang. I took my daughters out to Pilot Mountain State Park and had a great time. A few things I learned about hanging:

    1. It is SO much more comfortable.
    2. In a pinch, the lining from an L.L. Bean three way coat makes for a good bottom insulation (my kids needed my pad)
    3. ENO slap straps pro stretch more than I thought.
    4. Bouncing in a hammock can make you slip down the trunk.
    4.5 Be less bouncy when getting in your bag at night.
    5. The tree makes the difference (the tree I used for the foot of my hammock had a 60 degree angle growth pattern at the trunk (away from me) and it perpetuated my evening slipping to the ground.
    6. Even on a chilly night, a bug net is necessary (and will be purchased ASAP!)
    7. A ridgeline is more useful than a bedside table.
    8. My wife is awesome and the skullcap she knit for me made all the difference in my warmth.
    9. Temperature relaxes velcro, and the reason my sandals hit me in the head was due to that bit of physics.
    9.5 Don't hang your sandals near your head on the ridgeline.
    10. The ground is for suckers. I'm sold.


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    I never trust velcro to stay closed. It has a tendency to open at the wrong time. ;-)

    Sounds like you had a good time. Glad it worked out that way! Thanks for telling us.
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    So what have I learned?

    As far as lessons learned the hard way: not bad! Sounds like a great trip.
    Chase your dreams without fear or hesitation!

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    So what have I learned?

    I loved that list! Especially 9 and 9.5
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    I loved that list! Especially 9 and 9.5
    Same here, the sad thing is that I have had the same thing happen with other things that were hung above my head

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    Sounds like a lot of fun. Did your daughters enjoy it as much as you did?

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    New Member RickNC's Avatar
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    So what have I learned?

    I think so. But I think I have them sold on hanging instead of tent camping.

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    These things memories are made of. Hope the kids enjoyed it as much as you seemed to. Happy hanging and hope to meet you in the woods sometime.

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    That is a very good list of lessons learned. Now to get to a group hang and learn the truly painful lessons from them.
    *Heaven best have trees, because I plan to lounge for eternity.

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    "6. Even on a chilly night, a bug net is necessary (and will be purchased ASAP!)"

    were the bugs out? I guess this warm Carolina weather must be to their liking as much as mine..

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