19065Re: [Hammock Camping] Those Sierra Nights
- May 10, 2008Once you try an underquilt you'll never go back to your old life! A
good multipurpose pattern is Hammock Engineer's Red River Gorge quilt
I bought a kit from thru-hiker.com, but used HE's instructions.
thru-hiker also has instructions, but I liked HE's better.
I use a combo of shock cords, mini biners, and parachute cord to attach
it to the bottom. My system is described in hammockforums.net - search
for entries by tight-wad. It sounds complicated, but its not. 1 mini
biner connects the shock cords on each corner on one end. A paracord
also connects to the mini biner. The paracord passes through a loop at
the end of the hammock, follows the ridge line to the middle, and while
lying in your hammock, you tie it off wherever. While lying in the
hammock reach out and feel around. Too tight, loosen it. Too loose,
tighten it. After a time or two you get the hang of it.
On my latest outing it was good down to freezing (and could have gone
further). You can "regulate" the warmth by venting one or both ends to
make it comfortable for you in whatever temperature.
> I would like to hear from anyone using underquilts at 40-50 degrees as to
> what your quilt is made of, how it is attached and if possible, a pattern
> that works for over and under use.
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