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    Andrew Marshall
    BPL Member

    @andrewsmarshall

    Locale: Tahoe basin by way of the southern Appalachians

    Companion forum thread to: Beginner’s Mind: A Lifelong Ground Sleeper Takes to the Trees

    After a lifetime of pole-supported shelters and sleeping pads, I’d decided to give hammock camping a try.

    #3631253
    Ray J
    BPL Member

    @rhjanes

    Head to YouTube, take a look at ShugEmery.  CLICK THIS

    Highly entertaining (He is a professional entertainer), great video’s on all aspects of hammock camping, good honest gear reviews.

     

    #3631282
    Rex Sanders
    BPL Member

    @rex

    Andrew – great story, great writing. I’ve found beginner’s mind useful in many settings – and frustratingly difficult to maintain.

    If I ever try hanging, I’m very tempted by this simplified, “good enough” kit:

    YouTube video

    — Rex

    #3631311
    Andrew Marshall
    BPL Member

    @andrewsmarshall

    Locale: Tahoe basin by way of the southern Appalachians

    Thank you Rex!

    #3631345
    obx hiker
    BPL Member

    @obxer

    2nd the referral to Shug. The guy and his videos are absolutely classic entertainment with top content value. But be careful it can be habit forming.

    He is actually some sort of honorary official ambassador for the state of Minnesota I think. And as I recall maybe imperfectly he got his entertainment chops when he left home or ran away as a teenager and joined the circus… No Kidding…. An amazing person. So positive!

     

    #3631349
    obx hiker
    BPL Member

    @obxer

    Shoshin. I think the arrow found the target.

    #3631385
    Shawn Peyton
    BPL Member

    @alifeoutdoors

    Locale: Iron River, WI

    No, he actually went to school for that. He started out as an amazing commercial artist but then wanted to live the dream so entered Clown College. No sh*t that’s a real thing. He had a really good home life so nothing to really run away from.

    #3631547
    Ed S
    BPL Member

    @stoveredward

    Andrew: Very well written article. I really enjoyed this, particularly how you led up to “beginner’s mind.”

    Ed Stover (retired newspaper guy)

    #3631583
    Bob Kerner
    BPL Member

    @bob-kerner

    Nice write-up. Hanging definitely doesn’t stink and using something like the Wanderlust mentioned above is a good turnkey entry point. Last summer I realized I just didn’t enjoy folding myself into a tent at night anymore, hopped on Hammockforums to do some research and bought the Wanderlust. It sets up in about the same amount of time as my tent, I don’t have to crawl on the ground to get in and out of it and I get a better night’s sleep.

    Shug’s videos pushed me toward the change. A hammock is not exactly UL or compact but I’ll trade that for a comfy sleep and not having to rely on finding flat, rockless ground to pitch on.

    #3631663
    Todd
    Spectator

    @tplusfive

    Hammocks can be as light as tents. You can see a good example of this on Alan Dixon’s site (https://www.adventurealan.com/7-reasons-hammock-camping-fantastic-get-started/).

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    Andrew Marshall
    BPL Member

    @andrewsmarshall

    Locale: Tahoe basin by way of the southern Appalachians

    Ayyy thanks Ed. Any compliment on my writing from a retired newspaper guy is sure to make my day.

    #3632563
    Tjaard Breeuwer
    BPL Member

    @tjaard

    Locale: Minnesota, USA

    @Andrew Marshall, such wonderful writing, fun, entertaining and enlightening all at once! Thank you!

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