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    Greetings from West Massachusetts

    Hi all,
    In a nutshell, hammock camping is a continuation of an experiment for me. Been camping just about all my life. Of late, the past few years it's been mostly off my motorcycle ( Suzuki VStrom 1000). I tried hammock camping a few years ago in a Hennessy asym. Didn't work for me, as I mostly sleep side lying and do flip flop a lot throughout the night. I just ordered up a Warbonnet RidgeRunner and am hoping this will work out for me given the much flatter profile. I love the idea of hammock camping and being divorced from the ground! And..... I've always been intrigued by the idea of climbing 50 or 60 feet up a tree and setting up a hammock to spend a night with the birds and squirrels. I'm 69 years old now and not sure if I'll ever pull that off. Still, it's a great dream, no? I won't go into the particulars of who I am.... it's in a nutshell in my HF profile.
    Thanks to y'all in advance for all I'm going to learn on this forum. :-)
    Gary

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    Senior Member kattdogg's Avatar
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    Welcome to the forums. I flip flop and sleep on my side as well and have a dream hammock sparrow that is symmetrical and love it. I have the Ridge Runner and enjoy it during the summer but during the winter it is just to cold for me!
    To only step where others have stepped means not to have your own adventures. Live, Love, and Adventure so you may leave your own foot prints!

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    There is a little learning curve at first but once you dial everything in you can have a great nights sleep. I am also a stomachache/side sleeper and have adapted well to sleeping in a hammock. I was sleeping full time in one for a while because of back issues. I sleep better in a hammock than I do a bed.

    Setting up that high in a tree can be a little tricky but doable with the right gear. Many will say to never hang higher than you are willing to fall. Being that high up in a tree would not be so beneficial for nightly bathroom trips either. It’s great to have goals though.

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    Howdy from Houston,

    My family is largely from the Falmouth area, always nice to see New Englanders.

    A lot of comfort is nailing the angle of the dangle. There are a lot of great tutorials on here, and on youtube that walk through getting the sweet spot. Just fidget with it until it's like sleeping on a cloud.

    Happy hanging!
    "If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done." - L Wittgenstein

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    Thanks all for the welcomes and encouragement. Re: hanging 50' up a tree..... In younger days I was a board certified arborist and professional tree climber/"surgeon". I would not attempt sleeping in a hammock that high up without also being tied in with a life line above me affixed to my climbing saddle. I totally agree.... don't hang farther up than you're willing to fall!
    Gary

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    RR welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Draketake View Post
    RR welcome.
    TY! :-D

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