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Old 06-15-2013, 09:49 PM
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GingerSnap GingerSnap is offline
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Respect for hammock campers

I have to say, I have a whole new respect for hammock campers ! My partner and i went a little dIY crazy and made a set of ripstop nylon hammocks, no-see-um bug nets And tarps ( mine is tyvek, my partner's is some $1 Sil.)

We made our straps and tie outs and Ridge lines all from scratch. This alone was a big project. Learning to set the whole thing up was another adventure, and then trying to figure out how to sleep in it was a whole other ordeal!

Everyone seems to make it so easy, and my admiration for all you hammockers out there is soaring!

We will see if I make it in my hammock tonight !

Gingersnap
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Old 06-16-2013, 12:51 PM
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dsuursoo dsuursoo is offline
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hammocks are a blast. i've converted to using mine for most conditions, as it's easier to transport the hammock and a tarp than the tent, and setup etc are overall quicker.

winter will be another matter, unless i can put the funds together to make that underquilt i want.
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:28 PM
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I survived- I couldn't get my normal sleeping bag to work- had an alternate wool bag that did ok. Maybe just more friction? My dog slept under half the night and in half the night, which wasvprobably the worst sleep disturbance. i think she just needs to get used to it. I am usually a restless stomach sleeper,but i didnt feel uncomfortable on my back / side all night. Overall I was very pleased- and gained a lot of appreciation for all the seasoned hammockers out there!
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:29 AM
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I took the wife and grandkids car camping last weekend to the Wichita Mountains in Oklahoma. I got the family size tent for the grandkids and me set up in minutes and only spent an hour or two messing with the hammock and tarp for my wife, which served as great entertainment for the kiddos.

We had a torrential downpour the first night. I found some design flaws in the family tent which funneled rain into it through zipped up windows. I worried about how my wife was doing in all that wind and rain and when it finally let up a few hours later, got up to check on her. Since there aren't any grizzlies in Oklahoma except possibly at a zoo, the sound coming from the hammock was her snoring, which told me she was OK, although her feet did get wet where wind had blown rain under the tarp.

Yes, hammock camping is a skill to be mastered--and I have a long way to go!
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