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1644RE: Hammock Camping I need help!!

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  • Ed Speer
    Jun 2, 2003
      Jodi, you sound like me trying hammocks in the worse weather I can find!  My number one ploy is to AVOID wind as much as possible!!  Of course, that's not always possible, but when I can I set up below a ridge or hill top on the wind-protected side. Often, only a 100' or so down from the ridgeline is all that's necessary to find total protection--in mountainous terrain this is extremely easy since the hammock can be set up on very steep slopes.  I tell numerous such stories in my book. Set up down wind of large trees, down logs, rocks, dense bushes, buildings, etc also often helps. In cold weather avoiding wind like this is essential for warmth.  This is one of the great advantages of hammocks over tents or tarps which are often limited to the exposed flat ground.
      High winds can also easily damage the lightweight canopy material used in most camping hammocks.  The usual 1.1 sil ripstop nylon is not bomb-proof and actually will tear in high winds where the pull tabs are attached--the needle holes at the stitching actually perforate the nylon fabric and this can lead to tearing.  This material is wonderfuly lightweigh and very tough--but it can be damaged by high winds--another reason to avoid as much wind as possible.
      Of course, I also perfer large 8x10 canopies since they easily allow the side or sides to be lowered when necessary to block wind--smaller canopies may not have this ability.  To prevent wind & driven rain from entering the ends of my set up, I will use my umbrella (yes, I always hike with a small one) and/or a barrier sheet like my plastic ground sheet or aluminized emergency blanket--I carry one of these anyway in my pack in case I need to sleep on the ground or need the vapor barrier inside my PeaPod for added warmth.  Of course, sometimes I get caught unprepared when stormy weather arrives long after I set up camp--at times like these, I may get up to re-adjust my setup.
      Staying dry and warm is possible in a hammock--it just takes a bit of planning, prepation and flexibility...Ed
      -----Original Message-----
      From: J Cornelius [mailto:dojers@...]
      Sent: Sunday, June 01, 2003 1:19 PM
      To: hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Hammock Camping I need help!!

      Ok you guys, I need some help here.  In my experiements with my hammock in preparation for my upcoming trip, I have slept in just about every imaginable weather condition you can think of.  I slept in cold below 30 (fine - figured out what I needed to do to stay warm), wind, rain, calm.  My problem is this......wind AND rain!  Gusts upward of 50 mph.  We had a wind advisory last night and being the dedicated tester I am, I decided to sleep in my hammock to experience rain and wind combined.  Well, lemme tell ya something - there is a HUGE difference between rain or wind and rain AND wind combined.  I ended up soaked even tho I adjusted the fly twice in the night on the side that kept "flapping" and soaking me.  Help - what do I need to look at to fix that?  My hammock was setup so I was laying north to south.  My feet were pointing to the south.  The wind came out of the south - the rainfly on the east side is what gave me the problems.  The part on the west did not give me any trouble.  Another thing to keep in mind is this - the hammock had been left hanging in the rain for the whole day (it was dry inside - THAT did have me impressed!) so the fly was saturated as was the tree strap and tie-up ropes.  So I'm sure it stretched more than expected when I climbed in last night.  I readjusted (tightened) the rain fly twice - moving the stake the second time in the hope that that would fix it   It did not - I woke up soaked - sleeping bag was soaked.  I stayed warm tho - yay!!!
      Any ideas?  Any questions that I may not have mentioned answers to feel free to ask

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