10573Re: [Hammock Camping] Baden Powel - hammocker
- Oct 2, 2005Note the ridge pole!!
On 10/2/05, Rick <ra1@...> wrote:
> 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.
> > 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:
> It is the second or third image on the page.
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