Join Date: Jan 2013
Hammock: Weigth Weenie + Buginator
Suspension: Whoopie slings
Six months in a hammock
First of all, a big thanks to the members. I have learned a lot from you during the last couple of months, hanging around these forums.
My story (short version): born in Venezuela and attended a large catholic school that had a hiking club. Did many weekend hikes in El Avila National Park, which has peaks reaching about 9K feet. Great memories. I moved to USA several decades ago.
In my early twenties I spent six months in a remote farm in southeast Venezuela, where I lived on the porch of a rundown mud shack, and slept all that time in a cotton hammock. Weather was very hot so a thin blanket was enough to keep warm at night. No notion of top quilts or under quilts. The hammock hung under a (tin) roof, so rain was not a problem either.
Recently did a five-week trip to Mexico. It wasn't a hiking trip, but I spent most of the time in remote villages, where I mostly slept in very humble quarters, and often went cold and hungry. The memory of my hiking days came back, and I decided to return to it, get some equipment and knowledge, and be more prepared for any other trips that could involve roughing it.
I don't remember where I came across the idea of using hammocks instead of the more traditional tent and sleeping bag combo, but the concept made a lot of sense to me. Now that I am older, sleeping on the hard ground is not as easy.
I am in the process of making my own hammock and perhaps other gear, but if I botch the job, I know where to go to get professionally-made equipment, thanks to the good people of this forum.
Anyway, I find this community to be well-informed, practical and civilized, and I hope to be a good citizen, and eventually contribute my small grain of sand.
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Castro Valley, CA
Tarp: HGCub/Deluxe Spinn
Welcome aboard! We all hope, I'm sure, that your change in government will be peaceful. We're all sure, I'm even more sure, that were world problems decided while world leaders were in hammocks, things would be better. Thanks for your interesting intro...you've been in the hammock community for a while.
Welcome to the forum Gravitino.
" The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it."
“The measure of your life will not be in what you accumulate, but in what you give away.” ~Wayne Dyer
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Northern California
Hammock: HH EUA-sym
Tarp: MaCat Deluxe
Insulation: HG 20° Phoenix
Suspension: UCR, Dutchware
Welcome from N. California
Welcome from N. California. Always good to have our friends from the north and the south of us to be part of our hammock family.
Welcome from Jacksonville Florida!
Something hidden. Go and find it. Go, and look behind the Ranges. Something lost behind the Ranges. Lost and waiting for you . . . Go! - Rudyard Kipling