Last year, I had a delightful sleep in my Byer's of Maine Mosquito
Traveler hammock on a Peace River (FL) overnighter.
This past weekend, I went with the Sierra Club on a mini-backpacking
trip. I can't believe how rested I was by the next morning. And no
arthritis pain when I got up.
First I went to read at about 5:30P and ended up snoozing (I kept
waking up and zonking out again) til 7:30P.
After dinner, a night hike, and some after dinner refreshments (I will
never drink beer at night while camping again! Can't pee in a hammock!)
I was back swinging at about 11 PM
Woke up at 5A and 8A (see above) and then slept until 9:30 am. This is
unbelievable for someone who is rarely in bed after 7A.
A few comments:
I'm trying to get my pack weight smaller and lighter but my North Face
down sleeping bag (didn't want to take the FF/Rock Wren cos it doesn't
open out and weather was not expected to be cooler than 60 degs) half-
filled the Keeva Designs pack I used. With the hammock and some
clothes, there was not much room left for food - certainly not for a
Last year I had to return the Mariposa and Uberlight (??) Gossamer Gear
packs because they were to big for a 5'0" female. Grant said they
should have the Miniposa (pack same size as Mariposa, but frame/straps
adjusted for shorter people) available in 4 - 6 weeks.
I took the newly arrived (it was on backorder) 12 x 12 tarp I got from
Sportsman's guide. hmmmmm it didn't look 12' when i placed it on a
ridgeline. The sides extended a lot, though.
No perfect trees in the vicinity, so I used two Rainbow poles I bought
from Tarptent, plus a log, a bush, and about 4 titanium stakes. Don't
think that would have fared very well in a brisk wind.
Then I realized that, had it rained, I would have probably gotten
soaked as I didn't have any tails to prevent the water from pouring
down the lines. I'll have to dig out Ed's book to see what I need to
put. (Or someone can refresh my memory :)
I also took a 5 x 7 (I think) 3-mil blue tarp ($1.99 from Northern
Tools) as a rug/carpet and keep-my-gear clean ground cover. (I shoved
both tarps in the external pocket)
While having the late afternoon siesta my undersides were feeling a bit
chilly. At night I used a 2/3 Z-rest pad and the down bag, so that was
Anyone care to discuss pack sizes and weights? Just for, say, spring
to fall backpacking temps.
I started to make Ray Jardine's tarp, but put it down cos I had trouble
trying to work out how to sew the beaks. Will need to tackle that.
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