18090Re: [Hammock Camping] Re: Bridge Hammock ...is it cumfortable?
- Sep 24, 2007Ok Dave,
Can this strut system work with the hennery hammocks with one tarp or find
a way to tandem the tarps together?
My husband and I had a hard time finding four suitable trees north of Woody
gap that wasn't full of poison ivy this summer. We found two trees across a
cleared side trail easily but not four in a reasonable distance from each
other so that only one of us was not in the PI.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Womble" <dpwomble@...>
Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2007 9:33 AM
Subject: [Hammock Camping] Re: Bridge Hammock ...is it cumfortable?
> I couldn't get the photo link to work this morning but I think I have
> seen the photos you refer too. You and I could probably get lost in
> technical talk but most folks don't want to hear that, they just want
> to know how it performs and compares relative to something they are
> familiar with.
> Getting into and out of hammocks is a tricky proposition with all
> hammocks and is something I get concerned with from time to time. You
> have to pay attention to what you are doing, particularly the novice
> hammock user or someone using underquilts, peapods or most any other
> insulation as they do add some level of complexity to the process.
> The narrow mid section that one would presumably first sit in on your
> bridge hammock is the first thing I notice. I have noticed that
> narrow conventional hammocks are more difficult to safely enter that
> wider conventional hammocks. Do the spreader bars somewhat opening up
> the hammock bed help with that?
> And speaking of those wide spreader bars, whether they are dedicated
> poles or hiking poles, they present new issues besides the torque and
> tension on them and the hammock bed. I have used similar struts to
> experiment with hammocks and to attach two hammocks side by side to
> the same trees (http://tinyurl.com/2o7qu5). I don't believe the ones
> I used would be as high as the ones you have on your bridge hammock
> and I don't think they were as long. But I worried they were
> something that could potentially be a problem with tarp coverage,
> possibly snagging someone walking nearby, or poke a tarp when the
> hammocks swing or are pushed to one side. Certainly that is not a
> particularly difficult technical issue to resolve, but it is different
> than the customary backpacking hammocks.
> The bridge hammock has some significant differences from what folks
> are use to and I would think most folks are concerned with the
> differences-- the tradeoffs if you will, both the positive ones, the
> negative ones, and even the ones that are six of one versus half a
> dozen of the other. Something laid out simple and brief to help them
> understand just what it is and what it can do for them versus what it
> isn't and what it can't do for them. And I know that is sometimes
> difficult for technical folks involved in design specifics to do-- we
> often have a hard time seeing the forest because of all the specific
> trees we see.
> Dave Womble
> aka Youngblood 2000
> designer of the Speer Segmented Pad Extender and SnugFit Underquilt
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