1196RE: Hammock Camping Intro
- Apr 29, 2003
MessageThanks for the update John. You already know that camping hammocks are a better way, now you're on your way! That AT awaits....Ed
From: wsdhnet [mailto:kennedy92@...]
Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2003 2:31 PM
Subject: Hammock Camping Intro
Found this group in a roundabout way through the BackPackingLight
I started backpacking in 2000 when I attempted to thru-hike the AT
with a 52 lb pack and a bad knee. DIdn't work out too well. Since
then I have been trying to lighten my pack and find a more
comfortable sleeping system.
My first attempt at hammocks was a $19.95 "Army jungle hammock" that
was made out of canvas, had a roof and bugnetting. I set it up in
the yard, tried to get into it and was immediately dispatched to the
ground. I had a really hard time getting out of it and if I had had
a knife I would have cut my way out. Needless to say, that hammock
is in the pile of shame along with most of hte other heavy stuff I
had purchased. I tried several other "sleep on the ground" systems
but wasn't happy with any of them.
In 2001, I did some more research on the backpacking tarps on the
market and was really limited to a choice between the HH or the Clark
Jungle Hammock. I have problems with claustrophobia and the HH
didn't seem like a good fit for me given the entry and exit port. I
really needed something I could get into and out of QUICK! I bought
the Clark and proceeded up to the AT and hiked from Woody Gap to the
shelter right before Blood Mtn. I was the only one there so had my
choice of trees. That was the best night of sleep I ever had on the
trail. I spent a total of 15 hours in the hammock and woke up with
no sore spots, no sore muscles and was ready to hike back to the car.
I recently sold the Clark and have just ordered a kit from Ed. I
already have an 8 x 10 silnylon tarp and will be making the hammock
for my upcoming trip from Stecoah Gap to Damascus starting May 26,
2003. Can't wait to get on the trail.
Sorry for the long post,
GA -> ME 2000 -> 2005?
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