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19583Re: [Hammock Camping] Springer Mtn Campout Dec 31, 2008

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  • Tom Frazier
    Dec 6, 2008
      I've got the orange lightweight thermarest 4L and I used it all last year in my claytor for mountain camping in the spring while snow was still on the ground and slept completely comfy. Only issue I really had is the foot area of my pad is tapered and since I sleep on a slight diagonal the way I hang my feet tend to creep off the pad. I supplement my camp pad with some closed cell foam pads from REI and some of that reflectivix stuff (bubble-wrap covered with mylar sheeting) to achieve complete backside coverage and I like to hang my hammock low, inside my speer winter tarp, and roll out a length of that reflectivix stuff on the floor. Seems to really help keep the cold spots away for me.

      Eventually, I'll make myself a down underquilt so I can take the pads out of the equation. ;o)

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: EHamilton
      To: hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Friday, December 05, 2008 12:04 PM
      Subject: Re: [Hammock Camping] Springer Mtn Campout Dec 31, 2008

      Would putting my regular ThermaRest inside it be adequate, you think? I'm only expecting cold nights at the start and then again in NH and ME.


      From: Mark Bayern plcmark@...

      Yep, that is an issue. I use a pad inside the hammock, but it can be
      pain. Folks who are more serious about cold weather seem to do well
      with a quilt hung under the hammock.

      On Fri, Dec 5, 2008 at 10:07 AM, EHamilton <imagainst_the_wind@...> wrote:
      > Oh, brother, wouldn't I love that! Can't make it, though. We're going to be
      > in New Orleans. Darn.
      > I'm new to the group, looking for hammock info as I'm debating switching
      > from tenting/tarping to hammocking . I'm planning an AT thru-hike starting
      > April 1.
      > My ponderings about hammocking: Cold backside in cold weather (as in "Bridge
      > freezes before road surface"); enough inside space for changing clothes,
      > bathing, etc; and whether I'd like it.... I don't want to set out on a
      > thru-hike with a system I'm not familiar with, and unless I can borrow one
      > from someone to try it out, I don't want to spend money on one and then find
      > I prefer tenting/tarping.
      > But six-or-eight-legged critters and rain can't crawl under its edges, and
      > you don't have to find a level site, big advantages over tarp, whose many
      > uses and light weight are big advantages over the tent, which keeps bugs,
      > rain, and curious glances out but weighs more and can only do one or at most
      > two tricks.
      > Decisions, decisions...
      > MacGyver
      > ________________________________
      > From: Ed Speer <ed@...>
      > To: hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Friday, December 5, 2008 9:51:38 AM
      > Subject: [Hammock Camping] Springer Mtn Campout Dec 31, 2008
      > I hope everyone is planning to attend our annual winter hammock campout
      > on Springer Mtn, GA. Here in western NC, its now turned quite cold
      > with some nights in the teens, so cold weather has difinately arrived.
      > The Springer Mtn campout is often a real test for winterized hammocks,
      > although we've seen lows only in the 40s before. If planning to join
      > us, you should keep a close eye on the weather, as the access road is
      > gravel & not maintained in the winter--snow or ice can easily make it
      > unpassable. In spite of the weather, we often have 10-20 hammock
      > campers plus an equal number of ground sleepers for New Year's Eve on
      > Springer.
      > The following link provides more details:
      > http://www.speerhammocks.com/Assets/Articles/Springer08.htm
      > Happy Hammocking....Ed
      > Moderator, Hammock Camping List
      > Author, Hammock Camping book
      > Owner, Speer Hammocks, Inc
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