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    Hi
    I am wondering a couple of things. Why did you not flip the tarp over to get it the right way up?

    and where are you from, I did notice a lack of Japanese accent in your movies

    Otherwise, keep it up. You get better as you go and it get easier.
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    Congratulations on your hang! Good or bad, they are a learning experience either way. The main thing is -you went!!

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    Hi Gunn,

    I can do a pretty fair JP accent if I try, but I'm an Aussie (originally a Queenslander)

    Sakura is my oldest daughter, btw (watashi wa Mark desu)


    I didn't flip the tarp because it was dark and I had only brought a wind-up torch with me... I wasn't expecting 'serious rain' like I got, though, or I would have had a go.

    (I put the Japanese intro in there for Shug-san - he seems to enjoy that sort of stuff )
    Last edited by sakura1998; 08-05-2009 at 15:17.

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    Looks like you did OK.

    I've had some serious misery in rain before. It gets easier with practice.. but after days of continual rain it gets harder and harder to keep stuff dry.

    A few tips-

    -Definitely get a headlamp. This will allow you to work at night and use both hands.

    -Set up when it is light. It sounds like you knew this.. but now you "learned" this.

    -In rainy weather I keep a set of dry clothes (mostly for bed/camp ... fleece bottoms, wool socks, and a long sleeved top) and a set of cloths that can get wet, (for hiking, collecting wood, etc) Keep them separate and put your wet clothes back on in the morning if expecting rain.. otherwise you will have two sets of wet clothes and no dry clothes the next night. This is much more important on longer trips when you can't run to town to dry out.

    Otherwise.. it looks like you had fun.. and that is the most important thing.

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    congrats on your first hang------trust me , it gets alot better! My first hang was a total disaster, just about everything went wrong, but it all works pretty smooth now! I almost think the first hang disaster is a rite of passage: every one has to go through the initiation process before things get better! anyway, welcome to the club!

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    Great first hang Sakura-san.

    Now get out there and do it again! LOL. Practice makes perfect.

    The HH is great in the rain.

    From watching your youtube videos, I've got a couple of pieces of advice...

    1. Sling the hammock as tight as you possibly can (DO NOT use a truckie's hitch though). It'll be more comfortable for you - remember to lie diagonally in the hammock.

    2. If it rains... you might normally tie out the tarp at a 45-55 degree angle, in the wet, tie it out at a 25-35 degree angle. I have survived monsoon rain without getting wet in this way.

    3. Take a poncho liner or even a department store fleece blanket with you every time. If it's too warm to put over you, then roll it up and use it as a pillow. You would have become intimately acquainted with the cold air that flows over the bottom of the hammock by now.

    Great videos and write-up.

    Cheers mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mclmm View Post
    1. Sling the hammock as tight as you possibly can (DO NOT use a truckie's hitch though). It'll be more comfortable for you -
    This is a rather controversial piece of advice. While some folks have reported that being the case I, and a lot of others, have found quite the opposite to be true. I usually end up hanging what I would call "pre-sagged" where the ridgeline is just taut but hardly as tight as I can get it. The suspension is dropped to roughly 25-30* from horizontal. There is minimal initial drop in the hammock upon loading and I have been far more comfortable.

    There is a lot of conversation between HH devotees about which is better. What it comes down to is you may need to try both out and see for yourself.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    I'll call it not just controversial, but ill-advised. There is no need to pull the ridgeline overly tight, since the hammock will drop anyway under weight. Also, you're far more likely to snap the ridgeline - which has happened to quite a number of HH users.
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    Respectfully guys, I've tried both ways and settled on the taut line early on. In 8 years of hard use I've never had a problem with it being hung "overly tight" except the spectra main lines snapping due to the knot I used - since been swapped out for climbing accessory cord.

    But as always, your mileage, etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mclmm View Post
    Respectfully guys, I've tried both ways and settled on the taut line early on.
    While I agree with Angrysparrow, I did not kick it into the "ill advised" but it is still controversial. I would kick it into the "ill advised" for a webbing/buckle suspension as you _can_ string those much tighter than a rope suspension.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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