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18907RE: [Hammock Camping] Pros and Cons

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  • Carey Parks
    Apr 7, 2008
      Hi ginohav ( and Cara),

      Cara's got the list of cons about right, but I'd like to add that the
      "knees" issue is easily prevented by placing a stuff sack or your backpack
      and it's remaining contents under your knees while in the hammock. You have
      to put that stuff someplace for the night anyway. Doing so allows your legs
      to bend the proper way and the knee issue is solved. No extra gear or
      weight. Due to weather and a rude cottonmouth I once spent 12 -1/2 hours in
      my hammock. On my back the whole time, and was in no hurry to get out in the

      YMMV. Hammock's are not for everyone, even if there are trees. I don't know
      why not since I love it, but maybe it's the mental adjustment from tenting
      (a small portable house you carry with you, where you can put your stuff and
      close the door) to hammocking (what do you mean I just leave my stuff
      hanging on the tree or on the ground under me?) I think that might be the
      thing that puts people off hammocks. Not comfort or practicality, but "it
      just ain't right." Cross that boundary and the other issues are solveable.
      Except the cold weather performance. But if you are going out in winter or
      above tree line, take a tent or a tarp.

      Happy hanging!


      -----Original Message-----
      From: hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com
      [mailto:hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of Cara Lin Bridgman
      Sent: Monday, April 07, 2008 9:09 AM
      To: hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [Hammock Camping] Pros and Cons

      Knees. 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
      to hang.

      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.


      ginohav wrote:
      > 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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