I bought some quilt batting and cheap nylon material at Wal-Mart
about a month ago and have been thinking of a way to attach it under
my hammock. I was thinking of pinning it with safty pins every foot
or so. David (Bear) has me thinking of making my pad as a hammock
completly independent of the hammock I'm in. Now if I can solve the
bottem entry. On thing I've noticed is I always end up with my feet
right of center and head left of center, creating the diagional
position recomended for sleeping. Hanging the quilt/pad like a
hammock would more than likely result in the pad staying pretty much
centered. I want it to hang under like this. (see drawing) Also it
may be wider at the head end than I'm showing but it was easier to
make it even in the drawing. Also sometimes a drawing like this gets
killed when sent so it may look like ?
[ entry /
/[ slit /
PS I have wanted a DAM air mattres for sometime but the cost has
stopped me so far. That is probably the best solution.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Ed Speer" <info@s...> wrote:
> Marge, cold weather use of the hammock is possible, but as you've
> out, it requires extra insulation. I've been compiling my cold-
> gear list --see it and a feature article on winter hammock camping
> the Jan issue of my free online newsletter at:
> http://www.hammockcamping.com/Newsletters/NEWS.htm I just
> 50-mile hike on the AT in GA and the temps dropped to 18; we kept
> with plenty of insulation.
> I'm using a total of 3/4" foam pad, a Mylar sheet, 20 degree down
> inside, my outside Pea Pod shell, and longjohn clothes. This is
> down to about 15 degrees w/ no wind. Colder temps require more
> I'm not familiar w/ the Mt. Wash pad; but if it is inflatable, it
> not provide as much warmth as similar thick closed-cell foam pads.
> Inflatables are unsurpassed for cushinging comfort (of course, not
> needed in a hammock) but often fall short as cold insulators.
> Closed-cell foam pads provide better cold insulation. The only
> inflatable I recommend is the 3"-thick, down-filled one from
> Warmlite http://www.warmlite.com It's expensive, but worth it's
> (1.5 lbs) in gold. It's a custom-made item and delivery can take
> The width of your pad/s is also critical--most pads are simply too
> narrow to provide the side insulation needed in a hammock. I get
> 24"; but many folks will need more. 30" is about perfect. The
> closed-cell foam pads needed for cold weather buckle uncomfortably
> hammock--so some compromise is needed here.
> Glad to hear you're not letting the cold stop you Marge! Let us
> how it goes.
> At home, here at 5600ft, I have my hammock rigged up outside the
> and the night times lows are 10F - 20F. I haveyet to come up with
> that will not let the cold in at the bottom of the hammock. The
> Windshield Refector and the Mt. Wash. pad just do not cut it. I
> putting on lots of extra clothes and using the same sleeping bag.
> How do you do it in cold weathr.
> Cheers, Marge