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    Armchair Guy in Atlanta w/ New Hammock Design

    Hi everyone!

    I got back into hammock camping in the last few years and love it. I never liked sleeping on the ground and I'm a big guy so not into a 2 man tent. I've attended a hang with the Palmetto State Hangers and it was awesome. I'm looking for a similar group to hang with in the GA area.

    I've also started making my own hammocks. When I broke my 15 year old hammock at my nephews scouting retreat it was time for a new hammock. I purchased one (not to be mentioned) with a bug screen. I took it to Florida during the summer and realized a non-breathable fabric with temps in the 80's at night was not the best choice. Tossing, turning, sweating, and ripping the bug net left me sleeping in the sand that night.

    I came home and started making my own version of a hammock. Easier said than done to improve on a classic. I made some prototypes, then broke them, then modified them, then broke them, then remade them, then broke them, then changed fabric, then broke them, then reinforced them, then broke the sewing machine, then made more versions, then broke them, then finally the hour before a weekend camping getaway made a version that worked.

    I'm really happy with the design. It is very small, has a flat lie and has great views. Depending on the feedback I get here I am thinking of perhaps selling them sometime in the future. The design can be very lite as it only takes 3 square yards of fabric or I've been using a heavy water poof, windproof fabric to good success. I'm very interested to hear what others have to say about the design both the good and bad. I'm also interested in connecting with GA/AL/SC/FL hangers to plan some casual weekend hangs.

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    Looking forward to your comments and getting together!
    Last edited by Armchair Guy; 05-21-2015 at 18:49.
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    Senior Member Hotlips's Avatar
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    Are you bringing one of your hammocks to the Smoke Butt hang? Would love to see it.
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    Hi Hotlips,

    Yes, I will be bringing several versions of the design for the weekend. The plan is to hang tandem with a friend under one tarp. I've done the couples hang and it is like sharing a full bed. You can't rollover without nudging each other. This time a guy friend will be coming and we are going to try a staggered hang from the same trees. At the very least it will give everyone something to laugh at.

    It's a pretty good drive from Atlanta but I'm sure it will be worth it! I'd love to get your feedback...

    Thanks for all you do!
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    Senior Member Redoleary's Avatar
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    Welcome from Michigan. Looks like an interesting design, should be interesting to follow it's evolution.
    Good luck,
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    Welcome from the upstate of SC. So far as I know, there isn't an organized group like the Palmetto State Hangers in GA, but there is a group that gets together in north GA every now and then. Hope to meet you at the Smoked Butt Hang.
    Keep movin', keep believing and enjoy the journey!

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