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Setting up my Hammock in Real-Time

January 21, 2020

hello everybody it is shug here and today
what I’m gonna do is hang to my hammocks in real time that sounds like a snooze
fest show us shoosh D hammock in the real time good would you shoosh why you
don’t do it actually I always thought that would be boring to people to sit
there and have me sort of putting up the hammock in real time but apparently
there’s a few people that need to see that and that’s what I’m going to do
here today I’m gonna do it right here in my in my backyard where I always hang my
hammock so now I don’t have two trees perfectly spaced but I’ll be using one
tree and I’m going to use the hook on the end there so let’s just pretend that
hook in my fence is a tree use your imaginations I know you can so I thought
I’d hang today my Dutch wear chameleon and this one has the Whoopie sling
suspension and then my green bean the new 2.0 hammock a little bit of a
shorter hammock a usually use it with my pod system and I’m gonna hang that and
that just has straps on it and kind of hooks on with either a carabiner or a
Dutch clip and I may show one of each so the first time that Kyle set up today is
my green bean hammock and I have it right here in the black bishop bag which
is actually green so let’s check it out in real time this would be my head in and I’m just gonna take my this is my
strap that has a Dutch clip on it rather than using a carabiner a little bit
lighter and I like them this is gonna be my head in I’m going
for a 30 degree angle usually for me that’s about head high and then what I
do is I have my hammock out of the black Bishop bag I’ll go to my simulated tree
here and hook that on I’m just gonna use a beaner on this end that will go right
there making sure that my buckles are set
right and not twisted I like my hammock just so I can sit in it like a chair
about this high I’m gonna want my foot end a little bit higher I know that
right now pull that up and I’ll let this in down a little bit I’m gonna turn my back on you there buckle and done I’m not really used to
this one that much all right and that’ll do it right there pretty much real-time now you can kind
of see the angle of my hammock I like you can look at my ridgeline right there
this red line and see that there is a an incline I always like my feet a little
bit higher a lot of people like their foot end higher in the hammock and
people ask because it pushes the mass of your body sort of from your Oh from your
where your legs attached to your body on up is the you know that’s the mass of
your body and you want it kind of sliding towards your head in to put you
in the right spot so that your feet aren’t sliding down toward the end of
the hammock I just find myself more comfortable there most people do but you
know this isn’t an exact science it’s not even a rocket science but it is a
science so you’re just going to have to always figure out how you like your
hammock hung but that’s basically it shoes could we see you take a Deanna key
and down from where it is shoes well alright so took it down wrap the straps back up
you know if they were wet or if they had SAP on it I would put these straps
inside of a baggie but they’re not so for this purpose I’m just putting it
right back in the black Bishop bag so that is really just putting up and taken
down a hammock with the strap suspension which is really I find to be the easier
of all suspensions to figure out in the beginning a little bulkier but now in
real time I will put up my Dutch we’re a chameleon and my chosen method is using
tree straps Marlinspike knot with a toggle and Whoopie slings you might take
a moment longer but I just I have no other reason then it’s just the way I
enjoy doing it so we’ll take a look at that in real time
one slight caveat I’d like to mention here because I am using my fence and a
hook I have on there I won’t be tying the tree strap around the tree of course
so factor in a couple of seconds first things first
in my stuff sack I always leave a little bit of my Whoopie sling hanging out
knowing that is my head end I keep my tree straps and my toggles in a baggie
that way if they’re wet I just put them back in this bag if they’ve got SAP on
them or for whatever reason that has a larks head so I can keep that hooked
through the loop of the webbing where I have my desk lift and once I’m out
camping I usually just leave my toggle in my strap when I take it down every
day that’s my Dutch clip took on I’ll tie at
Marlinspike knot and slip my toggle in that now normally what I would do here
would walk down to the other tree and put up my strap and my toggle and my
Marlinspike but I’m going to be hanging it off a hook right here so I’m gonna
skip that step Whoopie sling on to the toggle even though I’m just doing it
loosely and I’ll double check it before I sit in it I always make sure that it’s
on the knot and not on the top I pull out my other in down here to my
simulated tree strap slide my double-ended stuff sack down to this end
here’s where I start making my adjustments and all the while I’m doing it I’m
constantly just checking the end of my Whoopie sling is sitting on my
Marlinspike toggle right so that it doesn’t fall when I sit in to test it
know I’m gonna want my foot head a little bit higher a little lower that is pretty much it maybe just a
little bit of tweaking I might just lower the head end just a little bit a
part of the fun is to get it hung and then go well let me bring it down to in
one quarter inches and I’ll loosen that up just a hair
make sure to milk my berry you don’t know what that means you need to find
out but it’s about just right real time in a fairly controlled environment out
in the woods might take longer might take shorter but
there’s always just a couple of back-and-forth adjustments to make at
the end once in a while you just nail it but usually not I was talking about it
when I was hooking it up so there’s my toggle and there’s a little you know a
little lanyard I have on there and what I do there’s my Dutch clip but I kind of
have that little lanyard is running running through the loop of my strap
there that way I know this is how I wrap it up when I finished my trip that way I
know my toggle is there so normally each night when I keep it in when I’m done
hanging I just leave the toggle hooked right into the tree strap and wrap it up
and put it back with my hammock I wouldn’t take the time to do this every
night this is just what I do when I kind of get home and I’m straightening out
everything just to know that my toggle is hooked on my my tree strap and
normally I bring a tree strap I bring one that’s six feet one that’s five feet
so here’s my thoughts on hanging hammocks a lot of people that are new
get into hammocks and they’re thinking man I can have that hammock strung up
before my friend gets his tent up well if that’s your thing go ahead when
you’re gonna be sleeping in that hammock for the night you really want to get it
set well I’m kind of picky being Hickory both we spend time walking around
looking for trees and a little area for me it comes in to what’s on the ground I
don’t want a muddy spot I think about my breakfast from the hamakom where I’m
going to be laying and what what I’ll be looking at when I lay there
normally looking for trees that are somewhere between 14 and 17 feet apart
that’s kind of the sweet spot but you know you don’t always have that option
when you stop for the day sometimes a tree’s or you’ll find them really wide
and sometimes they’re really close and sometimes are the perfect trees but
their stuff just growing in between them I’ve noticed when I get to campsites
with tempters there’s always some flat tent spots they get their tent out and
throw it down on the flat spot they pitch it they throw their sleeping bag
and blow up their pad and put it in there and they’re done
amateurs we’re dealing with under quilts or putting your pad in the hammock your
top quilts hanging your tarp I find setting my hammock on my tarp is kind of
my kind of some of my fun time I really enjoy it you know just constantly you
love tweaking and playing with it that’s just me that’s the part of hammocks that
drives a lot of people crazy they don’t enjoy the tweaking and the setting you
know it’s getting that foot end right getting that sweet spot the distance
from the ground I love it so my normal thing is just to get the tamp a drop a
pack I might go get some water first and fill up all my waters I checked the
perimeter I look and see what’s around I see what’s behind me in the woods if the
trail if I came in on the trail and it this way I like to look and see what’s
behind me see what’s around me that I might miss and then I start looking for
the perfect trees I might find a sweet spot back in the woods by little by
little creek or branch or something like that so I’m never in a rush with it to
me the end of the day is playing with my gear get the hammock set up might sit
and lay in the hammock for a second then a guy said I gotta get up man I’m
getting too lazy get the tarp pitched or at least get it strong and have it in
the snakes Gibbs looking at the night I almost always deploy my tarp just cuz
I’ve had pine needles falling in my face at a spider drop on my face once I
didn’t like that at all a lot of people think hammocks are gonna be lighter than
tents well if you’re already a lightweight tent guy maybe not now you
can get ultra lightweight hammocks they tend to be shorter they tend to be a
lighter material that’s thinner so you have to watch how much weight it’ll bear
instead of using seven sixty fourth am steel like here is a suspension or
straps a lot of people use this really thin Dyneema
and the lightest straps they can get and personally I just don’t like to take a
chance on my hammock suspension I don’t want my hammock ripping or dropping in
the middle of the night so I’m willing to carry an ounce or two extra but when
you get into ultra lightweight hammocks you start losing length and I think
sometimes you lose comfort there at least for me
some people like a shorter hammock just like there’s a few people that like
their hammocks strung out straight and tight the normal rule is generally a
30-degree hang that’s just a rule of thumb just a place to start
not set in stone for me that 30 degree is usually about head high neck high
sometimes on the head end head the top of my head or even higher sometimes on
the foot in the joint having this talk with you and a little cup of a medallion
or espresso with some milk in it that I made frothy so it is very fancy sitting
out here you enjoy your camping time whatever it is you do however it is you
do it tent tarp bivi bag hammock I don’t care teepee hot tent
I don’t care sleep on the ground like a cowboy I don’t care that’s your camping
that’s you you do it how you want to do it I say it a lot now say it again all
secure in Sector 7 whoo buddy look darling Hanover

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  • Reply Nepherim February 23, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Watch at 2x speed 🙂

  • Reply lgwjr white February 23, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Lol terrific vid again

  • Reply Mike Shelton February 23, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    I was just about to drift off into the Land of Nod on the back of Mt. Roger's when I felt something crawl across my chest. Switched on the head lamp and had a big hole spider on my chest. I tossed him back out the bottom hole of my Buginator. Switched off the head lamp and went to Nod. Thanks for the video. Be careful, I hear tell ole Jesse D is on the [email protected]

  • Reply practically petrified February 23, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Mighty Fine Stringing! Thank you!

  • Reply Lee Lewis February 23, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    I love that I can watch your videos and not have to worry about getting bashed for my tent style. Your just like "get out and do somethin in the woods". Refreshing! Oh and that fence is not going to come crashing down? I would always be worried.

  • Reply Rusty Shackleford February 23, 2019 at 4:38 pm


  • Reply bonzology February 23, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Good times Shug!

  • Reply hodges1506 February 23, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    You need to make a follow up video to let people know it's "milk my bury" and not "milk my berry" so they know what to google. Gonna have some innocent folks in some trouble.

  • Reply Chris C. February 23, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Always enjoy your videos & looking forward to more trip videos. I got my Chameleon out for the 1st time whoopie Sling Suspension love it got get a couple of those Dutch clips. I'm going with HG for my 1st UQ going with a zero degree. Full body. Been looking around and Loca libre appears to be the only folks doing Sub zero quilt are their other i enjoyed fiddling but not ready to take on a UQ or TQ. Thanks for the inspiration Shug.

  • Reply dlbma30677 February 23, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Wow that’s a lot of snow

  • Reply Better & Better February 23, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    I always appreciate your videos, even though I've been full-time hammocking for a few years. I think you should do it again in the woods, with the main focus on hunting for the right pair of trees, which is a factor not included here, but which makes the most difference to setup time. I feel the same as you and find the hunt for a spot, and the actual fiddling of the setup is part of the zen of doing it, though if I'm pressed for time for some reason, it can be frustrating when a spot doesn't work and I have to keep looking.

  • Reply The Man February 23, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Shug – Thee most entertaining on the YouTubes.

  • Reply Glen Creuziger February 23, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Thanks for explaining the keys to being a happy hanger. Weight, location, comfort, time available. Great topic

  • Reply Southern Trekker February 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    You are just cool as crap. My favorite you-tuber by far! Very very informative AND entertaining!

  • Reply Andrew Offer February 23, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    on my way up to the lake district in the uk for a weeks hiking when i came across a lovely old mansion called shugborough hall, just thought what a great place for the lord of Lollygag to live

  • Reply Buddy Mandery February 23, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Great videos Shug! I just stumbled on to your channel a few days ago. You bring quality entertainment to gear videos. Thanks for your efforts. Great job on that Sam Bush cover as well. He has been a favorite of mine for many years.

  • Reply G Henrickson February 23, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    That is a very nice song Shug. My favorite among all you have played. Thanks.

  • Reply TheSemtexCow February 23, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    It’s hammock science, and once that math is done it’s just about the finest location to lollygag from.
    All hail Lord Shug of Lollygag

  • Reply DA MAMA February 23, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    I've thought about trying hammock's for possible bug out bag. I've always camped in a tent. Being a breath away from 70 I'd have to dry this at home first before including in emergency prep or camping. I enjoyed your mandolin playing. It reminded me of listening to my Dad play norwegian tunes on his mandolin which is now hanging on my wall with my instrument's. I also have his violin which my younger sister learned to play and was hers till she died several years ago. Thank you for the info and the fun concert. Made me smile.🙂

  • Reply PaulDeFitter February 23, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    you might want to check that fence soon !

  • Reply lapicker February 23, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    That old Gibson mandolin is a beaut Sean! What's the vintage?

  • Reply Wade Patton February 23, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Nice pickin' Shug, what's the song? WB!

  • Reply B Outthere February 23, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Shug your magic is this….I think you hammock sleepr's in winter are certifiable nuts but here I am watching a guy set up his hammocks….well done.

  • Reply dale smith February 23, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    Green bean is back!!! Woo Buddy!!! Congratulations Shug!

  • Reply Better & Better February 23, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    I like setting up along/straddling a fallen tree if I can find one. let's me get up a little higher and of the ground

  • Reply Magnie / Bolt February 23, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Question for ya Shug.. Got my Hammock Gear UQ, got my DH Hammock with UQ hooks…. But how do I use those hooks correctly?! Is there a way to ditch the S biner that the UQ comes with? Thanks!

  • Reply steveInman10 February 23, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    great video thanks Mr. Shug. very good tune at the end also

  • Reply SpanishAirsoft February 23, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    Omg the sound of that fence cracking! Take care shug! Hope it doesnt break!

  • Reply Jerry alderfer February 23, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    But tell me Shoosh… could you do a video of how long it takes to shovel de snow out of Sector 7 in real time? Shoosh? Could you do that Shoosh?.. HA! Love ya Buddy!

  • Reply BlueDogScout1911 February 23, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    Great video! So I love the larger reflect it from dutchware. I’m not worried about weight but how does it compare to the Amsteel for a whoopie sling? Thanks!

  • Reply Daaza February 24, 2019 at 1:20 am

    This character that asks 'Shooes' questions about hammockin, can we call him Gunther Finckalstein… an inquisitive oxymoron of European heritage ?
    The site choice/tweeking time of set up is what i refer to as 'feathering my nest time'.

  • Reply Trent Tucker February 24, 2019 at 1:34 am

    Woo Buddy! The juggling juggler back again!

  • Reply Tom Barry February 24, 2019 at 2:06 am

    Always a great hang with Shug!

  • Reply Mike Tetreault February 24, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Great vid! What string/chord do u recommend for the ridge line. I’ve watched several but wanted to see your thoughts. I can’t remember. Thx Shug! 🙂

  • Reply Kaz Roth February 24, 2019 at 2:27 am

    Shug Sir. Thank you for the recital. We loved it. All the best to you and your family.

  • Reply OldPackMule February 24, 2019 at 2:37 am

    Damn fine pickin’ for cold hands. Thanks for the real time tutorial. BTW, You look Maaahvolus darling. You’re ready for you’re closeup.

  • Reply Russ February 24, 2019 at 2:42 am

    After watching the fence sag on the foot end, I’m really looking forward to more backyard hang videos. One of them in the future will be epic.

  • Reply David Legatt February 24, 2019 at 2:46 am

    Watching this from my chameleon in my backyard , hoping to enjoy the snow tonight. Whoo buddy!

  • Reply hb8dinwa February 24, 2019 at 2:46 am

    Nice video, Shug. I always love watching your channel! 30 degrees is important. It puts the least stress on the strap and is least likely to damage the bark of the tree. For most people, pointing your thumb and index finger at a 90 degree angle and holding your hand so that your index finger is pointing horizontally will create an easy guide for checking the angle of your strap. The line from the tip of your thumb to the tip of your index finger will be close enough to 30 degrees to check your hang. How high you wrap the strap on the trees depends on how far the trees are apart. The closer the trees, the lower you wrap to get 30 degrees – the further apart, the higher you have to wrap the strap. For most people, trees that are approximately 12' apart are good for wrapping at head height. With a 30 degree strap hang that will generally put the lowest part of the hammock right around knee height, which is usually just about perfect. That is for a typical 9-11' hammock with a normal amount of sag.

  • Reply Arcana73 February 24, 2019 at 3:04 am

    I can't stand having to fidget to get everything perfect. But once I am ready for bed it sure was worth it.

  • Reply Adventures with Frodo February 24, 2019 at 3:16 am

    Shut I really feel shorted because didn't dig out the snow under your hammock in real time. Honestly I don't think I have ever seen you do that. I also was going to ask how much greebean weighted but the I figured it would be easier to just go back to your green bean video. Okay so I am an ass. But as always glad to see you hanging out. Frodo say woof.

  • Reply ELVING February 24, 2019 at 3:24 am

    Thank you Shug

  • Reply Todd Stull February 24, 2019 at 4:01 am

    Your video's always put me in that good mood like when you visit a great hot dog stand.

  • Reply dinkjunior13 February 24, 2019 at 4:06 am

    That chapstick at the end killed me 😂😂😂

  • Reply COPPER_HEAD_ROAD February 24, 2019 at 4:14 am

    When is that fence coming down shug? Eeeek need some braces

  • Reply Joni Miller February 24, 2019 at 4:37 am

    I had no idea they were so easy to set up! Thanks!

  • Reply Skogfar February 24, 2019 at 6:38 am

    I just came home from Frozen Butt Hang in Norway and everybody around the fire knew Shug and everybody treated the name with respect. Awesome!

  • Reply Kelly D T T H February 24, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Hey man! Always good info! Gracias

  • Reply Bahama Jim February 24, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Your one cool cat

  • Reply Per Andersen February 24, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Hey shug
    Did you shorten that ridgeline in the chameleon ?
    I have a chameleon wide and I am trying to get the best flat lay…
    My ridgeline is in my head, yours is above your head.

  • Reply John Doe February 24, 2019 at 11:34 am

    What type of buckles are you using?,

  • Reply Aaron Sagmeister February 24, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Are your neighbors close? I assume with the privacy fence that you have them. Hopefully they enjoy the backyard shenanigans. I know if you were my neighbor, as soon as I heard you, I’d be over to see what new gear or video you’re making. Thanks for the video.

  • Reply Mark Fugel February 24, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    thanks Shug…lots of snow up there heh….stay warm…stay cool!

  • Reply Search Manager February 24, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Great video, I like the options you present. Have you ever put a ridge line on a hammock with a built-in bug net?

  • Reply Patrick Caple February 24, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    I enjoy the setup time as well ShuggyBear.

  • Reply Phil Hamm February 24, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Awesome video! I’m a Southern boy from Alabama with a penchant for hammock hanging and bluegrass. Throw in some occasional Karl Childers and that makes for some prime entertainment that is also educational! I actually just got back home from a work assignment in your neck of the woods. I was all over the Twin Cities for two and a half weeks. That was my first time in Minnesota and first time ever having to drive in those extreme conditions. I got to see a lot of the countryside as well, although it was a total white-out. Beautiful country! And all of my customers up there were awesome people! Maybe they were so nice to me because they liked the way I talk….lol.

  • Reply Mlady's Kirk February 24, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Hey, Shug! &) Messed with tents for decades until I found you 10 (?) years ago and fell in love with "hanging". The older you get, the better you get! Gotta love that mandolin…

  • Reply MrWinger1951 February 24, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    I converted from whoopie sling back to tree straps, so much easier and I've had whoopie slings actually freeze solid in a cold rain that subsequently turned to ice. Not an uncommon event in East Tennessee mountains.

  • Reply Bez stopy February 24, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Now I know that fence wouldn't hold me 😀 I have to confess watched in 2x speed it was cool 🙂 especially mandolin play like Paco deLucia 😀

  • Reply Dallen Bounds February 24, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    As I watch you videos, I have noticed you NEVER have "Voice Captions" available. I am hard of hearing and the farther you get from the camera, the lower the volume goes on what you are saying. Is there anyway you can begin to add those to your films? Thanks. It would be much appreciated.

  • Reply Scott Mannear February 24, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    I'm somewhat new to hammock camping and was considering adding a clip on string line level on my set line to save up and down adjustments. Any experience?

  • Reply Jeff Grier February 25, 2019 at 1:06 am

    Another informative and entertaining video, thanks!

  • Reply Skhate and Destroy February 25, 2019 at 3:24 am

    I have camped in tents before and never really had the best time camping. My friend's insisted I come with to the Boundary Waters for a week long trip and I couldn't help but think how miserable that would be. I had never done a real camping trip like that and my bud was nice enough to let me use his Hennesy hammock. I will never sleep in a tent again, I get the best sleep ever on my annual trip with the same guys. The staying dry part is really nice too, love your vids Shug, thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  • Reply Eat Carbs Outdoors February 25, 2019 at 3:59 am

    I was thinking "On the knot.. not the toggle." lol
    I set my hammock up way slower.. but I haven't been doing it as long.
    Thanks for the video

  • Reply Johnny Bushman February 25, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Hanging out with Shug’s to start my day out right. Thanks for the this video, I always take your advice to heart and try the things you talk about and some of the things you do ,work for me also . Thanks for your brilliant knowledge Shug , your the best ! I really enjoy watching you play the mandolin it is so relaxing for me , it calms my soul .
    Thanks so much Shug,
    Watch you soon !

  • Reply CampfireTalk February 25, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    good talk at the end
    whatever floats your boat
    more than one way to bake a cake
    6 of 1, half a dozen the other
    This one was fun just to follow along and hear your thoughts. I've been enjoying catching up on your vids and seeing the snow!
    All secure…

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  • Reply Neil Cribbs February 25, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    YAS! So nice to hear the Bush tune at the end. The mic picks that thing up well if I do say so myself!

  • Reply Alan Bloodworth February 26, 2019 at 12:06 am

    Dr Shug, I don't like whoopie slings? Am I ok?

    Also you mentioned that some folks like their hammock strung tight. If you calculate the forces of: an 11 foot hammock with a 6" drop and a 200 lb person the tension would be 1,104 lbs. That's 550 lbs per strap.

    With only a tenth of a foot of sag the total tension would go to 5,500 lbs! In the real world the hammock and suspension would stretch and the angle would change, and the load would decrease – but that's the math.

    With a 2 foot sag the tension goes down to a total of 292 lbs. String those hammocks tight and things might pop!

  • Reply Chris Stotts February 26, 2019 at 12:38 am

    Shug, I currently have a 10 foot hammock gear tarp with doors. I am looking at purchasing a hammock from dream hammock and have to choose between 10' and 11' and how wide the hammock will be. I am aiming for a versatile setup. Will the 11' hammock fit under the tarp and with the doors closed will this be adequate protection? or should I go to 10'. Also, I love me a wide hammock for flat lay, but at what width do underquilts become impractical? I was planning on using either the Thermarest max therm pad or purchasing an underquilt at a later date. Please advise on length and width. Would love to go with the 11' if possible but maybe I can cut weight by cutting down on the 74" width I currently have planned. Please advise on length and width

    P.S If you pitch the hammock close to the ground and the tarp all the way to the ground does this significantly help reduce the cold butt syndrome or is it wishful thinking?

  • Reply Canoehound Adventures February 26, 2019 at 2:07 am

    great video once again Shug and killer riff at the end

  • Reply Elvis Mikel February 26, 2019 at 3:24 am

    Nice sunglasses at the beginning. They looked like Shady Rays.

  • Reply Ken M February 26, 2019 at 3:24 am

    I'm a tenter myself. Looked and discussed hammocks with hangers often, I just like being on the ground. Maybe someday? Appreciate your comments on time spent and weights, My solo setup is under 3 pounds and sets fast. But I can spend hours hanging a tarp to perfection. Keep doing what you do! KM

  • Reply BigChief 77 February 26, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Hey Shug, I'd like to mail you a packet of some bulletproof insta mix to go with your Medaglia D'oro. It's a real treat. I'm not sure if you have heard of it or perhaps you've done had it. It's a blend of ghee made from grass fed cattle and healthy brain fuel oil or MCT Oil. It's really frothy and oh so delicious! Gives you a great boost of healthy energy! Here's a link to my e-mail: [email protected]
    Give me an address and I'll mail a complementary pack out to you. Love your videos! As C.S. Lewis said in the Final Battle from the Chronicles of Narnia. (Farther up and farther in) that's my motto everytime i start on another adventure in the woods. Keep shining. Your friend Myrl Rodgers.

  • Reply earlymusicus February 26, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    I love tweaking my tent setup. I agree that it’s fun, playing with camping gear. Sometimes, if I can’t get out, I will set up my tent in the living room and set out the rest of my gear. Happy time!

    I need to start getting into hammocking. I have the book “The Ultimate Hang”, But now there’s a second edition of the book.

    Thank you for the music, Shug! Every time you play, it reminds me to get going on my mandolin! Mine is a cheapy A-style, but it works. 😊🏕🎼(I don’t have a hammock emoji. 😊)

  • Reply atommachine February 26, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    Got to do the do if you wana get it done, early.. Nice upload there Sir…..

  • Reply G Nohn February 27, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Not boring at all. Even your worst video is more entertaining than most of the stuff on TV.

  • Reply Starscreamlive February 27, 2019 at 2:19 am

    I loved the solo at the end. Can't go wrong with Sam Bush.

  • Reply Shasta valley outdoorsman February 27, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Absolutely love the positivity. great to see someone else being fun and humorous can't believe I haven't found your channel sooner.

  • Reply Ponani February 28, 2019 at 3:51 am

    Further confirmation of Minnesota Madness.

  • Reply Roy Binson February 28, 2019 at 6:31 am

    Shug, greetings from ole Sweden! This video actually was interesting, I had my doubts when I read the headline.. 🙂 I know you probably get this question like every week, but please bare with me? I am I side sleeper and nothing but a sidesleeper unfortunately. Fat little guy of 175 cm. In need of mosquito net and tarp. What system or hammock would you suggest? I am kind of bewildered right now regarding what I might need… Thanks for a fun and inspiring channel!

  • Reply Joe Playing Outdoors February 28, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    I am starting to think you were a teacher in a previous life. You do a fine job of passing on good information, Thank You!!

  • Reply Ridge runner 1 March 1, 2019 at 1:02 am

    I was just watching the Weather Channel and they said if i understood them correctly. That this has been the "snowiest February for Minnesota on record." And i thought to myself. I bet Shug is loving all that snow. Looking forward to your next winter trip.

  • Reply Ieuan Walker March 1, 2019 at 2:42 am

    Need some of these gadgets to be honest. Took my son (only 2 year old) out today to show him how cool a hammock is and got blasted with torrential rain for about 40 minutes hahaha, forget pegs fpr the tarp too, so im there snappig sticks, cramming them in the ground, running around as the pop out, and adjusting the height with a baby in there ect. Just an absolute assault all round. And its a full enclosed hennesy scout, bottom entry, not your old man's navy hammock let me tell you. I had great success just winging it so far because im not really too fussy; as funny as today was, wouldnt have been much fun if i went a couple miles into the woods or worse planned to spend the night with my damp, unimpressed toddler.
    Anecdote well and truly over; i havent done much investigation but is there a way to change my current prussik chord style suspension!? Can i just tie a loop, cut away excess and clip on a strap?

  • Reply tony morris March 2, 2019 at 4:20 am

    Shug, maybe I've missed it!
    what's the story behind; …..early…..EARLY!

  • Reply buford guber March 6, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Yo Shug, I have a question 4 U if U will ? I recently bought a hammock WITHOUT bug netting on sale 🙂 Anyway I was thinking about getting the Warbonnet Travel Bug Net to use with it . The question(s) are , do you have knowledge of use of this item or do you recommend another brand ? Thanks ahead , your humble scribe …. Gubs

  • Reply yveskc1 March 7, 2019 at 3:01 am

    Wait a minute, I didn’t see the part where the fence was supposed to go down when you laid down your hammock. Is this rigged with the movie guy’s? 🎥

  • Reply Quinn The Eskimo March 9, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    Aye shut, good video, I plan to use my hammock on the AT at the end of this month. short trek. Thanks.

  • Reply farley fan March 19, 2019 at 6:02 am

    I need another vid from you bro!

  • Reply Michael March 19, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Hey Shug! Love your stuff. Just wanted to let you know I found a video of yours that was not on your channel. Not sure if you care, but if you don't like copycats, here's the link.

  • Reply Carl Monin March 27, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Great video! Slightly off-topic question, but looking at making the change (after 40 plus years) from a tent to a hammock. How well do sleep in your hammocks compared to how you've slept in tents? Possible better quality of sleep is the main reason I'm considering changing. Thanks!!

  • Reply Dan Painter March 30, 2019 at 1:41 am

    I just love your videos!

  • Reply waterdude21236 April 6, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Hey shug, my hammock seems to be twisted when i lay in it, whats the fix ?? I have a warbonnet blackbird lxc, thanks

  • Reply Cody Hoard April 15, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Great music at the end! Thanks Shug!

  • Reply JP Stone May 4, 2019 at 2:31 am

    Inspirational. I know nothing about hammock camping and am enjoying your films here sir. You have many talents, hoping to see you at the fair!

  • Reply Jgencinc July 13, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Too lazy? What does that mean? Is that possible?

  • Reply Mark Kurtis August 2, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    🤣 oh…. You looking fine. Jussta fine!
    Thanks for another informative and entertaining 🎶 video!

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  • Reply Anne Halkyard November 11, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Beautiful music. Always love it when you play us a tune. Would you consider some music only videos? ASIS7, Anne

  • Reply Dewayne Earley November 15, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Hi Shug new to this. You make this look easy. Want ask you a 100 questions and my first may sound stupid. You said a pod system what is that?

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