18962Re: [Hammock Camping] A lot to learn!!!
- Apr 19, 2008Hey Mark,
I can see the the straps on the Speer hammock would be alot easier on
the tree, and reduce the chance of a rope slipping dramatically. I
have seen some materials like that at the hardware store. I will
check that out to see if its strong enough. As far as bugs go, I
think its gonna be Deet all the way. One of the reasons I was looking
at hammocks for hiking is the fact I have trouble sleeping if I feel
closed in. So a bivy sac, or small backpacking tent is out. I like
how open they feel. That being said we are canoeing down the Altamaha
or Suwannee river later this year. Being way in the swamp, I may need
to rethink shelter. I tihnk I may try to make something like the
hammock sock for our hammocks.
Ralph, Chandler, and Jared
Troop 14 Griffin Ga
> Yep -- a hammock is the only way to sleep when you're in a wooded
> You've already handled the cool weather -- remember that a sleeping
> bag will be crushed to nothingness beneath you. The next thing to
> consider is damage to the trees. If you were using a rope around the
> tree, you might consider a flat strap instead. A round rope
> concentrates the pressure onto a single point (line?) around the
> A strap will distribute the pressure over a larger area. Hennesseyuse
> calls their arrangement 'tree huggers', others use a loosely braided
> rope the flattens out around the tree trunk. Speer hammocks don't
> any rope just the strapping. Some good pictures are at:
> Once you get the straps figured out, there is insect protection,
> protection from the weather ...
> Lots of fun!
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