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TerryD

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My oldest daughter has been after me to get her a hammock so she can go out with me so I finally picked her up an inexpensive one from Amazon. She made up her woopie slings from some Amsteel and we took it out Saturday for a test hang.

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My Dad called at the last minute to say he was coming to visit so he tagged along as well.

She did a good job on her slings.

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One of my ham radio buddies, Ron, is also a hammock guy and I'd invited him along a couple days earlier. He brought out two of his rigs and we had a good morning out at the campground.

Ron napping pretty hard.

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Me and the youngest hanging out.

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Middle girl and the youngest sharing a hammock.

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I think this may become a regular thing. Ron said next time he's gonna bring out some of his cooking gear and whip up some lunch.
 

brianb2

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Nice, time out with the family is great. I've got a 12 and 9 yr old. They both live their hammocks. Since I introduced the wife to a cot, that's her preferred sleep system but she likes her hammock for backpacking. Have fun!


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BLF

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My oldest daughter has been after me to get her a hammock so she can go out with me so I finally picked her up an inexpensive one from Amazon. She made up her woopie slings from some Amsteel and we took it out Saturday for a test hang.

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My Dad called at the last minute to say he was coming to visit so he tagged along as well.

She did a good job on her slings.

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One of my ham radio buddies, Ron, is also a hammock guy and I'd invited him along a couple days earlier. He brought out two of his rigs and we had a good morning out at the campground.

Ron napping pretty hard.

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Me and the youngest hanging out.

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Middle girl and the youngest sharing a hammock.

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I think this may become a regular thing. Ron said next time he's gonna bring out some of his cooking gear and whip up some lunch.
BRAVO for getting that next generation out there!! Safe travels.
 
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Quicksilver

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I just picked up an ENO Double Nest hammock, and got the chance to try it out on our trip. It's very comfy. Didn't spend the night in it, cuz I'm not set up for that, but I am considering that as an option.

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I picked up a chillax hammock from Costco awhile back and it lives in back of my truck just in case opportunity presents itself. It's basically a $20 knock off of the fancy ones. It includes ropes and packs into its attached pocket. I've been very happy with the quality. It holds my fat ass and the dog just fine.



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RockyMountaineer

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What can I say I am a full time hammocker. I'm took a while but I can to the realization that the best night's sleep I get is hanging between two trees. So my ground tent has been retired for the most part.

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britz

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Just started testing a hammock system in November, there were many cases I don't have the dogs or the boyfriend on the trail, and thought getting up off the ground with my solo ultralight system may be worth looking into.

I just picked up one of the Bear Butts and have been quite happy with it. Since it's rarely warmer than 50F on summer nights around my region, I tapped into my Mom to modify an old 32F down sleeping bag into an underquilt, which was fine down to 19F. The coldest I've gone has been 3F, and I added a closed cell foam pad and sheet of reflectix, and slept quite soundly.

Definitely adding a few setups to my Overland rigs.

Next up is adding a structural/static ridgeline.

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Kenstaroni

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I went to hammocks a few years back when I got into kayaking and camping. Finding flat ground, let alone flat and dry ground around rivers was really tough. Took a few nights to get used to and figure out, but I've never looked back. I setup my ground tent in the house a few weeks ago to make sure it was still in good shape since it had been packed for at least 5 years..lol I have found a Thermarest style air mattress really helps keep the hammock from binding your shoulders. I tried a thicker one from Big Agnes, but the Thermarest holds its shape better and is all the padding you need. That also helps with insulating your back some as well.

I have 3 Eno double nests, pro fly, rain fly, bug net, 4 sets of slap straps, etc.
 
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vegasjeepguy

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I have a couple of hammocks in my gear that are primarily for relaxing around camp and a backup emergency sleep system. While I have dozed off relaxing in a hammock, I have never used one to sleep overnight. I don’t sleep on my back as I primarily sleep on my side or stomach and tend to flip around a lot through out the night. While I might be comfortable when I first climb in to bed, I can’t imagine I would be comfortable all night long being confined in a cocoon.
 

Voodoo 1

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I realize I'm a couple years late on these posts, but new to OB and all, I hope you guys don't mind.

I researched hammock camping (I mean a lot) before buying my first one. I love it! As long as you have a decent under quilt, good sleeping bag & tarp - it's all good :)
I should say (as some of you know), the first couple times might be a little awkward, but you find your way. And yes, it's not for everyone, I was doubtful - I'm not in my 20's or even 30's anymore (much higher) and feared my back would hate it! But I do better in a hammock than in a bed (let alone on the ground in a tent).

So many options, not to mention lite weight. I have a few sleep systems (hammocks, bags, etc) packed in my Jeep all the times. It's nothing to set up. I have even been known to pull up alongside a river or lake, hook one end on the Jeep and just need one tree and just sit a relax for a few hours, brew up a cup and enjoy them outdoors.

Later
Look forward to meeting you all - off road :)
 

shellbackbob

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Hello All,
Any tips for purchasing an under quilt?
I have a Hennessy expedition asysm classic.
I haven't done much winter camping but was thinking of starting.
 

brianb2

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Hello All,
Any tips for purchasing an under quilt?
I have a Hennessy expedition asysm classic.
I haven't done much winter camping but was thinking of starting.
Hammockgear.com has excellent gear. They're a little more expensive, but they're high quality. Buy once, cry once.
Arrowhead-equipment.com has great gear and a line of synthetic quilts that come in for a bit less.
I've heard great things about Underground Quilts, but haven't used them personally.
I started down the DIY path because I needed more gear for the rest of my family. One of the guys over at hammock forums came up with a simple no-sew design that makes a surprisingly good quilt for around $70. Here's the link

Good luck
 

KonzaLander

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I gave up the ground tent years ago in favor of a hammock.

Current setup is a Dream Hammock Dangerbird, Hammock Gear quilts, Dutchware suspension, a variety of tarps and a DD Hammocks hammock stand. I sleep better hanging between two trees (or other fixed objects) than I do at home.
 
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Joey83

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I can usually be found in my hammock listening to music, have had alot of short naps in it already and I love it!

I have the Sea To Summit Double hammock (it's 10 feet long by 6.5 feet wide with a 400 lbs limit and only weighs 1 lbs incase anyone was wondering)

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Brewbud

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A hammock is my preferred sleeping arrangement whether I am backpacking or camping out of my vehicle. My tents usually only get used at festivals and for desert camping. My wife says I have a hammock problem and she hasn't even seen a couple. :laughing:


AMOK Draumr XL
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Hammeck Envy-S
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AMOK Draumr 3
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