18782Re: [Hammock Camping] any knee comfort tips for Speer 8.5?
- Feb 11, 2008When on my side, I find that crossing my ankles helps to eliminate the
side of the knee pain I sometimes used to have.
Cara Lin Bridgman wrote:
> Hi Bill,
> I'd say more sag and longer hammock. I'm short (5'3"), so normal
> hammocks about 9' long and 4'6" wide work great for me. A longer and
> wider hammock may help you. It is possible to have too much sag--as I
> found after I cut my ridgeline on my HH backpacker asym.
> I usually solve knee (and heel) problems two ways: diagonal and recliner.
> Diagonal: The usual way is lots of diagonal. If I get myself in my
> hammock at the right diagonal, there ends up being a bend in the hammock
> right where my knees go. I tend to have my head a good foot lower than
> my feet, but my butt is almost centered in the hammock.
> Recliner: I sit in the hammock in the usual place with my head and back
> on the center line. Then, I have one leg going off each side of the leg
> diagonal. If placed right, the hammock makes a wrinkle right under my
> knees that supports a slight bend.
> In both cases, after I lay down in the hammock, I may scoot myself
> closer to the leg half. Even with these methods, though, I can still
> get some stress on my knees. The other part of the solution is to work
> on consciously and sub-consciously maintaining just the slightest bend
> in the knee. The diagonal and the recliner methods help. Frog-legs
> work great, too. You're right, though, in that they make it harder to
> keep warm.
> Another way of sleeping in the hammock is in a ball on the side. Curl
> up into a loose ball, on the diagonal, with your back to the head end
> and your knees bent on the center line. I find that when sleeping on my
> side in a hammock, I don't have the shoulder and arm squeeze problem of
> sleeping on my side in a bed. This is probably the warmest method and
> the way I find myself on cold mornings.
> I've tried all these ways of sleeping in a hammock in both my HH and in
> my 'traveler' top-loading hammock (US$20-25 from Campmor.com). I like
> the traveler and the HH for their floppy sides.
> billybob38801 wrote:
>> Or, what are y'alls favorite items to use under your knees for those
>> who use that approach? Any tips on maximizing knee comfort in a Speer
>> hammock will be appreciated.
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