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    New Member makpac's Avatar
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    First outing could have gone better...

    New to hammockforums, first time posting. I received an ENO doublenest for my birthday last month and have been reading all the great tips available here. I figured I needed to get out on the hammock for a night to start my own experiences. I set up my hammock in the backyard, checked the weather to be certain there was no rain in the forecast (no tarp), and grabbed my sleeping bag and pillow for my outing.

    Iím sure we all have funny stories about a new venture, but my girlfriend, roommate, work associates, and clients didnít appreciate my first night out. So I thought I would share with folks here since Iíll be learning from your experiences as I move from my tent to my hammock.

    I must have missed the part about how difficult it is to get into a sleeping bag while in a hammock. The slippery material, a moving hammock, and a zipper that didnít want to slide easily Ė well lets just say it took everything I had not to flip out and I think I pulled a couple muscles. Oh well, I was finally in my zipped up sleeping bag and ready for a good night sleep. That good night sleep lasted 3 hours, then the winds started to gust and the temperature dropped. Wow, I donít remember coming out of a sound sleep so fast. My backside was freezing, the sides of my hammock were flapping, and this 240 lb person was swinging in the wind. Thirty minutes later I decided it was time to head indoors. Then panic struck Ė how am I going to get out of this sleeping bagÖ

    Even though my first night was cut short, Iím excited about getting out again and learning the art of hammock camping. I have a new appreciation for tarps, socks, quilts (under and top), hammock setup, sleeping positions, etcÖ

    I know you all have had some fun experiences camping in a hammock and I look forward to reading more of those as I continue my research.
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    Senior Member NCPatrick's Avatar
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    Welcome to HF! It gets better. I think my first night was much like your first, except I was in a Hennessy and suddenly wanted to get OUT! Since I moved to a "top-loader" I don't have those issues. I love your picture, looks like you're trying unsuccessfully to escape.

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    Keep at it! It does get better. My first night I had a freezing back side too! You learn. It's all part of the fun. Thank goodness I did a lot of yard testing before going out on trail.

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    No bottom insulation for the loss : (

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    Just another hanger attroll's Avatar
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    There are a lot of us that have stories to tell like this. Last weekend I put eye hooks in my garage to hang my hammock.

    I got the hammock all set up and climbed in and laid down. As soon as I laid down the eye hook let go. It bent outward and the caribiner I had attached to the eye hook came flying at me like a missile and nailed me in the thumb knuckle. My knuckle turn black and blue.

    Needless to say I put some heavy duty eye hooks in there place and have not had a problem since.

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    Senior Member Gordzilla's Avatar
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    Other than struggling with your SB and getting cold, how comfortable did you find the hammock?
    I also had a heck of a time getting zipped up on my first night out, then when I started to get the cold delt with I just use it like a blanket.

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    Welcome to the story club. I have actually almost goettne trapped in a top loader. But that's another thread. there is a learning curve. Just so you know you are not alone.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

    "Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
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    My first night was in an Army surplus hammock without insulation. Got down to about 50 degF, and I had to tuck my bag liner and quilt under me to keep warm. Since I installed spreader bars, which the hammock was not designed to use, a seam started to let go right under my head. I had to lay real still all night to keep it from falling apart.

    I still have that hammock. The seam is all stitched up, spreader bars are gone, and it works well... with a pad!
    "We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately." - Ben Franklin
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    Ah yes, that brings back memories; Pulled muscles getting into a sleeping bag. Or what we call "Fun!"

    Stick with it, it will get better.
    Some of us even sleep in them full time, but only the crazy ones!

    I have slept in a bed 3 times this year so far. I hated every second of it.
    When you have a backpack on, no matter where you are, youíre home.
    PAIN is INEVITABLE. MISERY is OPTIONAL.

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    Welcome to the hanging gang.... Been there, done that.... learned my lessons.... Search out the warm bottom options on the forum and you'll be ready next trip.

    Pan
    Ounces to Grams.

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