How much does it weigh?
Hammock Camping My rig - long
Fri, 10 Jan 2003 10:17:24 -0500
"David Chinell" <dchinell@...
Here's what I use on most of my weekend expeditions...
Nomad Traveler Tropical Hammock
Custom 8 x 8 ft silnylon tarp
Custom 9 x 12 ft mosquito net
Closed-cell foam pad 24 x 60 in
Thinsulate poncho liner 7.5 x 5 ft
2 10 ft long 1/4-inch tree ropes
1 25 ft long paracord ridge line
6 10 ft long paracord tarp lines
6 aluminum tent pegs
4 small binder clips
This is just the hammock-based shelter stuff. I also take cooking and
clothing and first
aid gear, but this is a hammock list, so I'll skip that.
I wrap the tree ropes around the tree, then tie the hammock lines to
them. This gives me
a consistent way to rig the hammock, and distributes the pressure on the
bark better. I
wrap the tree lines at about eye level. After wrapping, I tie off the
tree lines with a square
knot. I pull out a bight from the tree line and attach the hammock line
using a slipped
The ridge line goes up next, tied with a bowline at one end and a
tautline at the other. I
start with the ridgeline positioned almost as high as I can reach, but
use a single, big
loop around the trees so I can loosen the line and slide it up and down
the trunk as
Next the tarp goes up. I pitch the tarp on the diagonal unless there's a
really high wind.
Usually, I just throw the tarp over the ridge line while I rig it. I
could leave the tarp lines
attached to the tarp, but I like practicing the knots. Moonbow made the
tarp for me. It's
square, with tie-outs at the corners and the mid-points of the sides.
At the ends of the tarp (the corners at the head and foot of the
hammock) I tie on a tarp
line using a bowline, making sure to leave some space between the knot
and the tie-out.
I loop the line around the tree, just above the ridgeline, bring the
line back through the
loop made by the bowline, and secure it onto the ridgeline using a
tautline hitch. I do this
so I can adjust the tension of the tarp from under the tarp. This means
I can slide the
ridgeline and tarp up and down without getting wet.
At the sides of the tarp, I tie on a tarp line using a tautline hitch --
again, so I can adjust
the tension without getting wet, by reaching out from under the tarp.
The side lines run
out at right angles to the ridgeline, and I just throw a lark's head
knot around the tent peg.
At this point I usually take a nap. If it's already cold, I may slide
the closed-cell foam pad
between the hammock layers. Otherwise, I'll leave the pad out until it
gets cold enough
to need it. I really prefer the feeling of the hammock without the pad.
The pad I use is a
cheap, blue, department store pad. I trimmed it to length and rounded
the ends. It
conforms to the shape of the hammock nicely.
The last thing to go on is the mosquito net -- if it's bug season. I
made this myself,
starting with a 12 ft length of 9-ft wide bridal tulle. Only Illusion
brand comes this wide,
and it's only available in white or ivory. But it takes Rit die nicely,
so I die it dark green.
No cutting or sewing is required. The net just drapes over the
ridgeline. I clip it at the
ends, once in the middle and once just below the hammock to close it off
and keep it
anchored. There's enough slack to just lift it up to get into or out of
I use the poncho liner as a quilt. In cold weather -- I'm in Florida, so
40 degrees F is
cold -- I'll switch from the poncho liner to a Speer Pea Pod bag. The
only drawback to
this is that the velcro on the bag will destroy the mosquito net, so
it's one or the other,
but not both. Fortunately, when it's cold enough to need the Pea Pod,
are generally dormant.
That's it. What do you think?
James P. ('Jim') Lynch