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10573Re: [Hammock Camping] Baden Powel - hammocker

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  • Ralph Oborn
    Oct 2, 2005
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      Note the ridge pole!!

      Ralph

      On 10/2/05, Rick <ra1@...> wrote:
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      >
      > Shane Steinkamp wrote:
      >
      > >
      > > > It looks like it is a spreader hammock, perhaps even a modified cot?
      > >
      > > It's called an Ashanti. Had you read my wonderful and thoroughly complete
      > > page on the subject, you would know this. ;)
      >
      >
      > I probably have read it, since I remember a number of illustrations
      > about early hammocks. However, the Ashanti does not occupy one of my
      > accessible neuronal memory locations.
      >
      > >
      > >
      > http://www.theplacewithnoname.com/hiking/sections/gear/shelter/whyhammock.ht
      > > m
      > >
      > > The founder of the Boy Scouts, Sir Robert Baden-Powell, slept in hammocks
      > > when out of doors and recommended them highly. He even had one permanently
      > > set up outside his home, where he slept often. This was actually the
      > > Ashanti Hammock, which was less like a Mayan Hammock and more like a
      > > suspended cot. In Young Knights of the Empire, page 184, he wrote,
      > > "Another
      > > form of tent which I used in Mafeking and South Africa, and still use for
      > > sleeping out in, in England, is one which you would hardly call a
      > > tent. It
      > > is really a slung cot, with a moveable canvas roof to it. It is
      > > called the
      > > 'Ashanti Hammock'. It packs up quite small, and is put up in a few
      > > minutes.
      > > Requires no pegs. Keeps you off the wet ground. And when the gale comes
      > > and all the tents in camp blow down, you lie there swinging gently in the
      > > breeze, the envy of all the rest. It also forms an excellent stretcher if
      > > you are ill and have to be carried; and if you die it also makes a very
      > > satisfactory coffin, being laced over you as you lie in it. Very
      > > complete,
      > > isn't it?"
      > >
      > > Can you give any more information about the painting so I can attribute it
      > > properly when I add it to the page?
      >
      >
      > It is a watercolor he painted in 1911. I found the image here:
      >
      > http://www.pinetreeweb.com/bp-paintings.htm
      >
      > It is the second or third image on the page.
      >
      > Rick
      >
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