--- Mark Bayern <plcmark@...
> "In this situation, we're interested in surviving the night and limping out the next day, but
> we want to be close enough to see other people walking the trail who may be able to help, if
> ahhh! Why not hang across the trail? Anyone (and everyone) on the
> trail will find you.
If this were feasible, I'd consider it, certainly. But in my research, I've come to understand
that woodland creatures have learned that human-made trails make their lives easier, also! So, my
question still stands - what if an animal happened upon us hung up in our hammocks?
> You also need to remember that it is much harder to keep warm in a hammock. There is air
> circulation all around you. This is very nice on those hot, hot summer nights, but can be a
> problem once the temps get anything near cool.
Point well-taken, and one we will consider in our planning and packing. For the most part, we're
planning to be out only on pleasant days, and with proper clothing and packed additional layers.
Would the air circulation problem be mitigated if a) we hung the hammocks lower to the ground -
say, six inches; and b) filled in underneath the hammocks with leaves, pine branches, etc., and/or
c) we built a fire nearby and kept it going; and/or d) we used an emergency blanket or two to
create a reflective lean-to-style covering over the hammocks?
I've also been looking at the technique of hanging two hammocks side-by-side over on Ed Speer's
website, and we'll definitely give that a try next spring.
Another idea I had was, if you're in cooler areas, aren't the bugs reduced? Given that I'm
discussing an emergency situation, could I take the mosquito netting side and flip it to the
bottom, and fill it with leaves to reduce air penetration?
Thanks for indulging me on this - we've been so tied to a six-day workweek for our whole lives,
that we are welcoming the chance to be outdoors more, but I'm sure by now you can tell that we're
really novices, despite our age!
The Truly Educated Never Graduate