Hey Everyone, been gone for awhile. It's good to see so many new names
on the list. Good article jeff. About six months ago while I was
trying to build an an all-in-one super-duper uber-shelter some of my
designs crossed paths with what you are thinking about for the true
First: I live in Central texas and we only have two seasons, Summer
and the few cool weeks :) My primary design objectives were for wet
storms, the big crazy wind, twelve inches of rain in an hour kind. I
ultimately gave up on the uber-shelter because I determined that the
modular style was the way to go. Using stolen designs from Youngblood
and Ray Garlington I am able to stay high and dry in the worst of the
storms. The storms we had a few weeks ago were freaky bad (four days
in a row, no less)and proved very well the weatherability of the set-
up. Although I did have a seam that started leaking after a
particularly bad ten minutes of hail, aboout golfball sized. And you
can forget about sleeping through that!
However, one design that I did incorporate into my set up is called
the "Tunnel of Hate", because you hafta crawl into it. I frequently
hunt Colorado and New Mexico and needed something to use if I were to
be caught out overnight in a snow storm. It is a variation of
Youngbloods' Tarp Shelter. Except it is very low slung and more along
the lines of an A-Frame tarp set up. The ends are sewn closed with a
cone thingy extending out of the top corners for the hammock supports
to pass through. Very similar to what you are thinking of I suspect.
It does not have a floor in it and it would be difficult to put one in
since it is cat cut on all sides. But a straight cut one could be
built to have a floor very easily. My main concern is for wind so I
used cat cut sides and pitch it very low to the ground, the hammock is
just a few inches off of the ground in fact. This piece of gear goes
in my survival kit and is used only when I have to bivuac away from
base camp. The long sloped sides shed wind great but would proly not
shed snow very well. If it was snowing bad I planned on using my bow,
back pack (small framed day pack) and arrows to bolster the sides to
keep them from collapsing from the weight of the snow.
I will put up a JPEG in the files section to show you kinda what I
mean. Adding a cooking area would be very easy as well. I never
considered this as my main meals while away from camp are jerked meats
The file will be called tunnel of hate.
--- In email@example.com, "jwj32542" <jwj32542@...> wrote:
> I wrote up some thoughts on four season hammocking - it's a lot of
> thoughts that we've talked about here and on other forums, but
> surely you guys have some good input. Let's hash it out!