Overnight Hammock Camping Trip in Western North Carolina - Video

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  1. Eigerhiker

    Eigerhiker "This is an Adventure"

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    I recently moved to Western North Carolina and was excited to get out on a mild December day. I decided to ride out to the Pisgah National Forest and give hammock camping another shot.

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    ronandkat Been here awhile

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    Awesome!, The only thing I thing of in Cold weather with that setup is the air moving underneath has got to make it a little Chillier. I'm In Greensboro , not real far away I ride an FJR 1300 but just picked up a DR 650 to ride with my sons as they have them also, I look forward to hitting locations like this.!
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  3. MoogLover

    MoogLover Been here awhile

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    What's the problem you are having?
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  4. Eigerhiker

    Eigerhiker "This is an Adventure"

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    Definately. I have a top quilt and an under quilt, just didn’t show them because it was getting dark. I was warm, just couldn’t get comfortable in the hammock.
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  5. Eigerhiker

    Eigerhiker "This is an Adventure"

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    Pressure under my knee and being mostly a side sleeping. I love to lounge in the hammock but sleeping overnight is too uncomfortable.
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    MoogLover Been here awhile

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    Gotcha. I too am a side sleeper, I have found, at least in the few times I have done it, the comfortability of hammocks is somewhat dependant on the manufacturer.
    What hammocks are you using?
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  7. Eigerhiker

    Eigerhiker "This is an Adventure"

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    Dutchware Gear 11 foot / wide model. I’m 6’2” figured that would be big enough, I wen’t to a hammock gathering and one guy mentioned I should try a 12 footer.
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    MoogLover Been here awhile

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    I'm no aficionado but I remember the sag had a lot to do with how well I slept in them. My instinct was to make it really taught but I was quickly schooled by a friend who mentioned this causes pressure points and was a bad idea. There is a "secret sauce" to getting the perfect hang. You might want to search this in some hammock forums. Again I'm no expert, but I have had success, with a bit of help.
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  9. Dennyf

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    Different strokes, I guess. I think it's much more comfy than lying on a thin pad on the ground. "Diagonal lay" helps with the hyperextension of the knee. I would use a tent in colder weather, though.

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  10. regnaDkciN

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    It’s wise to setup/tryout hammock in backyard first.
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  11. Eigerhiker

    Eigerhiker "This is an Adventure"

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    I’ve been toying with the hammock for a couple years now. I’ve had a couple of good night sleeps along the way but generally find it restrictive and getting the angle just right is not always possible depending and tree distance and strap adjustments.

    Here’s one of my earlier hammock videos when I had a 10 foot hammock, I switched to an 11 footer which helped but not completely.

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  12. Be Gone For Good

    Be Gone For Good Been here awhile

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    I too am new to this whole hammock camping thing but would like to try it out for a big trip this summer to COBDR and UTBDR. I have heard good things about this company Madera recently and they are running some pretty deep discounts right now with the link and discount code. (40% off: MADERA40). I was hoping to hear from others before biting the bullet and finding out myself.

    http://bit.ly/2V3M4G2
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    x32792 Cracker American

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    I 'm envious of anyone who has cracked the camping nut. Have considered a hammock, but after going out west and finding only rocks and sparse vegetation not big enough for a dog to hike its leg on, the hammock idea has faded fast. Sleeping on the ground is more do-able, but there be critters and the earth sucks the warmth right outta your body. I simply have not found a camping solution (for me). Good on all who have. It's Patel Motels for me.
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  14. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    that looks like a bunch of over priced stuff to me.
    you can find hammocks that look identical, and come with the same straps and hardware on amazon for $14-$25



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  15. mojoguzzi

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    I'be tried it a few times. I sleep well usually (unless it gets cold, but I find the lack of privacy, the time it takes to set up, and the fact that all the hammock stuff = the bulk and weight of a Hubba Hubba tent as well as the concerns about rain mean I'll mostly stick with tenting.

    Here's a nice site though on the Ohio:
    https://flic.kr/p/tihoxV

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    My first attempt meant I had to readjust the next morning--the hang was too high, which meant I got too much air underneath. This was at Hanging Rock state park in NC
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    And here's a view of my ENO double with a 12' Kelty tarp at Blue Ridge Motorcycle Camp in Cruso, NC
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