18907RE: [Hammock Camping] Pros and Cons
- Apr 7, 2008Hi 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.
[mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Cara Lin Bridgman
Sent: Monday, April 07, 2008 9:09 AM
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
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[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> 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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