The Hammock Lives 7.23.11

Well everything has arrived for the hammock for the SHT thru hike. I set it up in the hammock forest and tried it out. I have to sort out lines and lengths and such, but I will do that today and tomorrow.

Coming next- backing up the resupply boxes for the 2 drop shipments I need along the 201.5 miles.

Hanging a hammock forest 7.17.11

Well since our backyard doesn't have enough mature trees to hang a hammock and I have to practice (I have the Hammock Gear Cuben Tarp and Phoenix 3/4 underquilt coming) and get ready for my SHT thru hike.
I decided to "plant" my own. Can't wait for the goodies to arrive.

First "tree" in and hardening 6x6x12 rough cedar
both "trees" in and my view
This will be my actual view as I lay in the hammock
My 9 ft Cedar "trees" 15 feet apart
I will put some wind chimes and such (maybe a place to put an extra set of prayer flags on them as well. Maybe a lantern would be nice.
It is actually quite hidden from the house.
100 degrees by 10 am, but I started early and got done by 10 am

Thanks Shug and Stormcrow- just when I thought I was done buying more outdoor gear!  LOL :-)

First Hammock Hang- July 2, 2011

Finally a day off to get the hammock out and put it between to real trees. I have had it up in the basement for a couple of weeks as I have removed the heavy commercial parts from it and installed a real light weight suspension using whoopie slings and tree huggers with toggles. Indian Camp Creek is very close to my house and has several areas to practice a hang. It was a nice day, but hot. 92 at 8:30 am with about 90% humidity.

 Summer flowers were everywhere in the park. I was surpised not to see any snakes, sunning themselves, today

Pitched the hammock in a groove of Cedar trees about 50 feet off the trail. 3 bikers and 2 trail runners passed by and never noticed I was resting just off the trail

Plenty of room for me to lay perfectly flat

 The view through the bug netting, keeping the flying, biting insects off me.
The hammock should be perfect for hikes in Missouri, Minnesota, and the Smoky Mountain Area.

Video of today's hike and closeup of the new hammock

Trail- 4 miles in 1:30 minutes-
Grand Trunk Hammock- skeeter beater
Hammock Suspension-
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