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16467Re: [Hammock Camping] Dream hammock photos and test

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  • Ralph Oborn
    Dec 4, 2006
      OK I think I understand now?????

      1) By using the two clips on the bugnet you create a "virtual" ridgeline to
      suspend the net.
      2) would a couple more underbody loops help keep the net tight around your

      3) I like the straps, I'm gonna try them.


      On 12/4/06, Chinell, David F (GE Indust, Security) <david.chinell@...>
      > Hangers:
      > I've added a series of photos of my "Dream Hammock" to my album: Bear's
      > Pix. As you may recall, this is a three-layer hammock patterned after Tom
      > Claytor's "Mosquito Hammock" but with no zippers.
      > For these photos, I replaced the one-foot loop of cord in the casing with
      > some long tubular nylon straps so I could spread the ends out flat.
      > I think the photo captions explain the construction fairly well. The
      > photos with the hammock hung show how the netting presses itself against the
      > body of the hammock.
      > I took it out to Myakka River State Park this weekend (Saturday night) for
      > a test run. It worked well, but not perfectly.
      > I spent a lot more time fussing with the netting than I'd have liked to.
      > It tended to lay against my face from the side. If I make a V2 of the
      > hammock, I might make the lifting grossgrain straps 18 inches wide and add
      > loops at the ends, so I can put a stick between the end loops to spread the
      > netting.
      > Also, If you roll over on your side, there's a risk the netting will make
      > a gap immediately opposite your face. I think this is because the tension
      > caused by the shock cord running underneath puts the entire edge of the
      > netting under tension -- normally a good thing. But that tight edge wants to
      > be below your shoulder when you're on your back for best sealing. When
      > you're on your side -- it has nothing to snap around.
      > But once I put on a sleeping cap and my poncho liner, the netting stayed
      > away from me. Even when I rolled, there were no gaps. No bites in the
      > morning. Hooray!
      > Maybe I was just too sensitized to the potential problems and consequently
      > fussed too much. Once I was asleep, it seemed to handle itself without my
      > intervention.
      > As it stands, the hammock is 1 lb, 4 oz. I think even lighter materials
      > could be used for the body. I'll bet it could be made under a pound.
      > Bear
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