Beginner’s Mind: A Lifelong Ground Sleeper Takes to the Trees
Feb 13, 2020 at 9:44 pm #3631211
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.Feb 14, 2020 at 8:15 am #3631253Ray JBPL Member
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.Feb 14, 2020 at 1:54 pm #3631282Rex SandersBPL Member
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:
— RexFeb 14, 2020 at 4:22 pm #3631311
Thank you Rex!Feb 14, 2020 at 8:15 pm #3631345obx hikerBPL Member
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!Feb 14, 2020 at 8:33 pm #3631349obx hikerBPL Member
Shoshin. I think the arrow found the target.Feb 15, 2020 at 8:44 am #3631385Shawn PeytonBPL Member
@alifeoutdoorsLocale: 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.Feb 16, 2020 at 8:10 am #3631547Ed SBPL Member
Andrew: Very well written article. I really enjoyed this, particularly how you led up to “beginner’s mind.”
Ed Stover (retired newspaper guy)Feb 16, 2020 at 1:11 pm #3631583Bob KernerBPL Member
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.Feb 16, 2020 at 8:37 pm #3631663ToddSpectator
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/).Feb 17, 2020 at 11:15 am #3631736
Ayyy thanks Ed. Any compliment on my writing from a retired newspaper guy is sure to make my day.Feb 21, 2020 at 8:19 pm #3632563
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