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The Ultimate Hang 2-Derek Hansen

Test Report by Joe Schaffer

INITIAL REPORT - February 11, 2018

NAME: Joe Schaffer
EMAIL: never2muchstuff(at)yahoo(dot)com
AGE: 70
GENDER: Malejacket backjacket front
HOME:  Bay Area, California USA

     I enjoy California's central Sierras, camping every month with a goal to match my age in nights out each year. For comfort I lug tent, mattress, chair and such. Typical summer trips run 5-8 days; 40 lb (18 kg), about half food and water related; about 5 miles (8 km) per hiking day in the bright and sunny granite in and around Yosemite. I winter base camp most often at 6,000 to 7,000 ft (1,800 to 2,000 m); 2 to 3 nights; 50 lb (23 kg); a mile or so (1.6 km) on snowshoes.

Product: The Ultimate Hang 2

Author & Illustrator: Derek Hansen
    ISBN-13: 978-1478351184
    ISBN-10: 1478351187
    Publication date, 2nd Edition: November, 2017 

My Specs: 
     Pages: 344
     Sections: 9
     Illustrated pages: 340, line drawings
     Dimensions: 8 in w x 10 h x 7/8 t (203 mm x 254 x 22)
     Weight: 1 lb 11 7/8 oz (789 g)
     Cover: Soft

MSRP: $19.95 US
    Other formats: Kindle, $9.99 US

Received: February 6, 2018

My Description:
   "The Ultimate Hang 2" offers a comprehensive evaluation of hammock styles, uses and pitches; along with instruction how to make hammock camping fit into the environmental Leave No Trace ethos.

    I did not know there could be so much to know about "hanging". Already I've discovered I do it wrong! I'm looking forward to warmer seasons where I can test out the "right" way to do it. I've logged 40 nights hanging and not found it superior to tenting. Perhaps when I follow directions (which is always painful) I'll better 'get' the program.
    The book is a trove of illustrations and explanations. Hansen obviously holds a passion for this style of camping, though his comparative analysis regarding tents (my passion) seems complete and balanced. He makes big of hammock camping advantages and does not shy from the less favorable attributes (like when it's cold!).
    Note my age as I make this comment: The type face seems weak and tiring to read. If this were just a browse I picked off the shelf, I'd be inclined to put it back. My journalism professor would scold for the lack of perfection in proofing.

Quick shots:
    a) Comprehensive
    b) Informative
    c) Easy to understand
    d) Weak typeface
Thank you Derek Hanson and for the opportunity to test this product. Field Report to follow in two months and Long Term in four months.

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