18906Re: [Hammock Camping] Pros and Cons
- Apr 7, 2008Knees. This is probably the biggest negative. Many people love the
comfort of a hammock--except for their knees. They tend to get some
discomfort from slight hyper-extension.
Cold. You'll find there's an awful lot of discussion on how to stay
warm in a hammock.
Weight. If you are counting ounces and grams, a hammock can make for a
heavier pack than a tarp and sleeping mat. As the temperature drops,
hammock weight (especially the paraphernalia to keep you warm) increases.
Trees. Hammocks are perfect when there are trees. Otherwise, you have
to get creative. This means, the search image for a hammock camp site
is a lot different from a tent one. So, if you are trying to travel
with tenters (aka ground sleepers), you may have trouble finding a place
Laws. Lots of places don't want anything tied to a tree (i.e. some
parks in Florida).
Frankly, concerns about becoming a hammock burrito for a bear is hardly
worth including in a list of cons. Any hammock comes with a bug net or
can extremely easily be equipped with one, so flying bugs should not be
included in a list of cons. There are some slight concerns about
mosquitoes biting through the hammock, but this is easily dealt with by
adding another layer of cloth to you (clothes) or the hammock or by
treating the hammock with permethrin.
> Hi,I'm new to this group and love backpacking and stealth camping and
> I've heard all the pros about hammock camping, but what about the cons?
> I've read some people on other sites are worried about bears and flying
> bugs eating you alive in a hammock.
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