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18090Re: [Hammock Camping] Re: Bridge Hammock ...is it cumfortable?

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  • C C Wayah
    Sep 24, 2007
      Ok 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@...>
      To: <hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2007 9:33 AM
      Subject: [Hammock Camping] Re: Bridge Hammock ...is it cumfortable?

      > GrizzlyAdams,
      > 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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