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  • ratsmouth@aol.com
    Dec 28, 2008
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      Hey, Rosaleen!

      Yeah, I'm the same Ratty from WomenHikers, and I do remember you. I
      got the Safari Deluxe unused at half price, and it may prove to be too
      much hammock for me, but since I don't (yet) backpack -- just kayak and
      car camp -- its size wasn't an issue. I'm 5'8" and "substantial", and
      I wanted to be sure the hammock wouldn't strain under the weight.

      The kayak might actually be GOOD for your back, depending on the
      problem. I find that at the end of the paddling season, I have
      incredible upper body strength and lots of supportive muscle around the
      old ribcage, thanks to the double paddle. All you can do is try it
      out. Borrow one and go for some short paddles, eh?

      I see a lot of events being planned for the southern states and
      California. Anything up here? It would be great to get together.


      -----Original Message-----
      From: Rosaleen Sullivan <rosaleen43@...>
      To: hammockcamping <hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Sun, 28 Dec 2008 10:29 am
      Subject: [Hammock Camping] Introduction

      Hiya, back!

      Are you "Ratty" form WomenHikers? If so, you may remember me, Rosaleen.

      Just south of the Adirondacks may put you within shouting distance of
      me, as I live a bit west of Boston.

      At anyrate, we have in common Hennessy Hammocks, moseying, and being in
      the same age range. (I reach 59 soon.) Hubby and I have a ve
      ry rarely
      used canoe. I would consider getting a second-hand kayak, after I have
      a chance to see if my beat-up back can handle paddling one.

      I'm surprised that you went with a Safari Deluxe. They are HUGE. Even
      when weight is less of a consideration, an Expedition-sized hammock
      (same size as Asym Backpacker and Hyperlight models) is plenty for me
      at 5'9" and the Explorer is plenty large enough for hubby at 6'3." The
      Safari could fit 2 normal-sized people, but they would be smashed
      together... Too much "cuddling" to really sleep well for me. I can
      anslwer a lot of questions about Hennessy Hammocks, but my little
      comfort tricks for my Asym Backpacker would need to be modified to work
      with the much larger Safari.

      If you want to cross paths sometime, I can see about renting/borrowing
      a kayak, or hiking around your kayaking schedule, hooking up to camp.
      There may be a trail that roughly parallels one of your water trips.
      Alternatively, we might recruit someone to share my canoe.



      IntroductionPosted by: "holliscbarton" ratsmouth@...
      holliscbartonDate: Sat Dec 27, 2008 9:39 am ((PST)) Hiya! New member
      here, and new to hammock camping, but not to camping. I'm a 60 year old
      female living just south of the Adirondacks and just bought a HH Safari
      Deluxe. Not all that interested in shaving weight, but in h
      aving an
      alternative to tent camping, especially as I get older and creakier.
      Also, I kayak camp, so having a shelter that's compact and easy to put
      up in a variety of ways to serve as bed, chair, lounge and kitchen fly
      is important to me. I camp with a couple of other 60+ year old crones.
      We're all avid campers, paddlers and "moseyers" and just enjoy each
      other's good company in the woods and on the lakes. Looking forward to
      picking up ideas for making my HH comfortable and convenient. Anybody
      else out there belong to the Baby Boom Generation?

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