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2017 Hangcon!

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Post by lilricky » Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:04 am

Just wanted to post here about the 2017 HangCon. Its the largest gathering of hammock camping/backpacking enthusiasts in the world. Many of your favorite vendors and hammock "celebrities" will be in attendance. Lots of food, fun, kayaking, hiking, and lollygagging.
HangCon '17

(woohoo!!)

January 20-23, 2017
HangCon '17 will be at Doe Lake in the Ocala National Forest - https://www.google.com/maps/place/Doe+L ... AQ_BIIfzAO

Anyone who would like to take a lead on an activity, large or small, or any facet of HangCon, please chime in on this thread and add it to the activities spread sheet. And of course, sign up on the spreadsheet if you would like to participate so everyone can be prepared.

Some reminders about HangCon:
HangCon attracts all sorts of folks into the woods: hardcore (and decidedly not hardcore) backwoods backpackers and car campers. Doe Lake enables folks to stay in close if they wish or to push off into a more secluded spot along the trails. For the more civilizationally concerned, Doe Lake also has flush toilets and hot showers on site!!

Cost: There is no cost for anyone to participate in HangCon. You don’t have to pay to come, be part of the community and have a good time with everyone. So please don’t let cost keep you home. Some specific events may have fees to participate.
That said, a mass hanging of this magnitude is not free. It is our hope to keep attendance costs at zero for all participants and vendors. But based on past experience, we expect expenses to run over $5k. Donations are accepted, encouraged even (really encouraged in fact!) - recommendation: $5-10 a day per person. Raffle ticket sales also help cover the expenses.
All funds go to the hang. There is no paid staff and any unused funds are used to support Doe Lake or are donated to the Fl. Trail Assn., Friends of Fl State Parks, and/or other similar outdoorsy, do-gooder organizations.

Funds: Once again and for one last time, Gumbo & I will be the primary handlers of the funds. We will transition this job to a new person this year. (PM me if you're interested.) So if you would like to make an advance donation - which would be very helpful and very appreciated, please PayPal (as a gift) to terri_wetherington@yahoo.com.

Raffle Tickets: will go on sale at HangCon on Saturday (the 21st) after lunch, cost will be $5 for one ticket or 5 tickets for $20.
Raffle tickets are also available in advance. To encourage folks to buy tickets in advance, $20 will get you 6 tickets (instead of 5) if you buy them before midnight 12/31/2016. The funds have to be in Gumbo's PayPal account before 1/1/17. To get advance tickets, PayPal a gift of the appropriate amount toterri_wetherington@yahoo.com. Please include your HF name as a note with your PayPal submission. We probably don't know your real name or your email address. The PayPal note must also clearly state how much you're allocating to raffle tickets and how much as a donation. Raffle tickets purchased in advance will be distributed Saturday afternoon.

Meals: There will be group dinners Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Community breakfasts haven't been definitively decided yet. Be prepared other meals and snacks as needed.

Rules: I don't like rules either, but here's what's what to keep things flowing for ya’ll:

In keeping with the hammock community and our usual vibes, this is a family friendly event. And it's going to stay that way.
The official first day is Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Anyone wanting to come early may come on Thursday the 19th. If you want to come earlier than that, please stay at a nearby site and come to Doe Lake on Thursday.
This is a hammocking event. We allow tents as a courtesy (and because we’re gonna try to convert them). Pop-up campers, trailers, RVs, motorhomes, etc. just aren't part of the picture. If they would like to participate, they are invited to stay at nearby, RV friendly sites – and come in for activities each day.
Check in on the porch upon arrival and before setting up.
Parking:
Parking in parking area only. If you wish to hang near your vehicle, pick a hang spot near the parking area.
Two exceptions: 1) those with a Handicap Parking Tag may park between the road and the fence (just before the lodge) and hang by their vehicle. 2) Parking behind the Lodge is for folks checking in (and then only for a few minutes) and for vendors who need to go back and forth to their vehicle to do their vendoring thing.
You may drive to your site, dump your gear, pets and small children, even set up your set up. But when you’re done, park in the parking area.

VERY IMPORTANT: DO NOT BRING FIREWOOD FROM OUT OF STATE!! It may have cooties and we don't want your cooties.
Children and dogs: both are welcome. Dogs must be leashed or penned. Please use your discretion regarding your kids.
No generators and no hook ups. Doe Lake has plenty of fresh water.
Rule number one is HAVE FUN so…

LET’S GET THIS THING STARTED!! Get those bins out and start staging your gear!


HangCon Sign Up:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing


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Re: 2017 Hangcon!

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Post by PapaSmurf » Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:08 pm

Looking forward to coming down there this January.
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Post by UncleMJM » Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:43 am

It's been fun watching this grow over the last few years. I hear nothing but rave reviews. Scheduling and finances keep me out of the mix but I hope this one is the best ever!

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Post by lilricky » Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:49 pm

Only 6 more days, can't wait!
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