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, "Coy" <starnescr@y...> wrote:
> Thats a pretty wide setup you have there. what size DAM did you say
> you ordered. Also, what size is your tarp. it looks like a 12' x 12'
> hung diagonaly? and what do you use the ossol (forget exact name in
> the minute it took to type the above) knot for. I know ever since I
> used Daves (Youngblood) I am looking into getting one. FWIW I really
> did not need any extra insulation on the sides but the low was only 41
> so it was not really a good test. However in the unlikely event you
> had a major DAM break (pun intended) your side pads (rearanges to
> strtigic spots) could make a freezing night into a survivable one.
The DAM, as you discovered, is their "70" model, 27" wide at the
shoulders. The setup looks wider than I think it was while I was in
it- in the pics I have my sleeping bag stuffed loosely into a
compression sack in the hammock. The CCF pad inside my sleeve makes it
look wider, too.
Being kinda wide myself (225lbs, 5'9"), I appreciate whatever width I
can get <grin>.
The tarp is a 9' x 12' poly tarp from Wal Mart (still thinking about
tarps, haven't made one yet - the DAM took me over a year to think
about, maybe the tarp issue will be shorter?). It is in a diamond
configuration, which is my preferred method.
I actually took the tarp ridgeline off the tree and re-tied it to the
caribiner that is on my tree hugger strap, so everything (two hammocks
and a tarp) all connected at one point. I think I'll be doing that
from now on whenever there's no chance of a driving rain.
Yes, the pad segments make great sit-upons, that was part of my
thinking. I'd even have a few for friends!
I guess all the pads would make a good Plan B insulation underneath
me. Hadn't thought about that... The 1/4" CCF pad inside the sleeve is
also for ground protection if I am forced to go there, I want a little
more puncture prevention for that expensive DAM!
The ossel hitch was a nifty knot that someone else posted about- they
attached their rope to their hammock using it. I looked all over the
Web for that diagram, and since it was so hard to find, I posted it. I
considered using it for a while, but went back to my favored slipped
double sheet bend, now improved with "hammock huggers".
Think that's all your questions... if not, let me know.