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19991Re: [Hammock Camping] Hammock for Brazil and South America

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  • John Coy
    May 5, 2009
      Hey Otto,
      I have a hammockbliss brand hammock (hammockbliss.com) and Iove it!  It is well made.  I know someone who used it in Tonga nightly for almost two years, without problems.  I don't know if this hammock will address all of your listed concerns to your satisfaction, but none of the issues you mentioned have been any significant problem for me.
      I have a single person model which I find comfortable, but there is also a double person model (its just wider, but otherwise the same), that might give a a better benefit than the single by helping you to sleep more flat and less like a "banana."  (By the way, I'm 6' 1" tall, and weigh 225lbs.   I use my hammock for backpacking in the Uintah mountains in the Summer, where it also can drop to freezing overnight early, or late in the season - pack a light weight zero degree farenheit sleeping bag to be safe, but usually just use it as a blanket, which is more comfortable than being in the mummy bag).  I have made a few additions to my hammock to make it suit my needs. 
      First, if you're not already doing it, sleep on a diagonal as much as possible, rather than end to end,  and that will significantly flatten out your position, much reducing any "banana" sagging position, which I couldn't sleep in well I don't think.  I have no problem sleeping on my side in my hammock. I also hang my hammock to that it is just taught (not too much tension, but just taught) before I climb into it, which I'm sure also keeps it from being as much of a banana.
      Second, I use a reflective emergency (space) blanket inside of my hammock, under me and my sleeping bag, to reflect heat.  I have added additional grommets - cheep (apx. $5.00) and easy to do with a kit from most sporting goods store - to the long edges of my blanket.  I use string to keep the blanket in the position i want it, suspending the edges up around me, reflecting heat back to me, by tying tying the edges up with string (and carabiners for easy on/off connecting) to the rope that runs from end to end above me, (which rope is also supporting the tarp overhead).  The blanket can also be wrapped around me (it doesn't breath well if I keep it wrapped all the way around me all night, but when it its really cold, I prefer the risk of a little condensation to being cold - so far its not been a problem, because I have plenty of air flow above me in the hammock, and I don't have to quite wrap it all the way over me to get enough heat to be
      comfortable) instead of suspended if it gets cold.  The reflective blanket adds 10oz but is worth it for the added benefits of extra warmth, wind break, extra waterproofing, and as a back up groundcloth in the event I have to sleep on the ground for the lack of suitable trees. 
      Third, I use the hammock bliss no-see-um mesh mosquito cocoon for my bug protection (same website www.hammockbliss.com), because it works well with my system of hanging some of my gear from the rope (the rope that also holds up the tarp).  Hammockbliss also makes models that have built in mosquito nets that are lighter than a hammock and separate netting, but because I like to hang my legs outside of the hammock, I prefer the cocoon.  The other benefit of the cacoon is that even without the reflective blanket, the bugs can't get to the bottom of the hammock.
      Finally, if you aren't already using them, adjustable straps, like the ones you use to tie down loads on a truck bed, (or hammockbliss sells some lighter ones, but they don't allow the variation in distance between trees that I have) allow me to very quickly and easily set up and take down, and also allow me to get the exact tension I want, and they improve my hanging options so that I can suspend my hammock between two trees anywere from 12' to 25' apart.
      My system holds up to 400 lbs, so I feel secure, but all included, the hammock, rope, tarp, reflective blanket, and netting brings the weight to 4 and 1/2 pounds.  So, its about a pound more than my lightweight backpacking tent, which might seem to defeat the purpose, but for me,  I justify the weight by the fact that I LOVE the feeling of the hammock, and by making it a whole system, I don't have to pack a tent to sleep in, and a separate hammock to relax in.  I love being off the ground, I love the much greater space under the tarp, and I find it much more pleasant for napping during the day than being in a tent, (by the way, put the reflective blanket over the tarp when the sun is beating down, and you'll be amazed how much cooler the shade will be).  Finally, I also use a kind of clip that allows me to adjust the tension of the tarp supporting rope while I am laying the the hammock, which has been useful for me.
      Sorry so long.  Sounds like your new job is an adventure.  Good luck with your hammock selection, and have fun.
      --- On Mon, 5/4/09, Otto Mateus <proteorio@...> wrote:

      From: Otto Mateus <proteorio@...>
      Subject: [Hammock Camping] Hammock for Brazil and South America
      To: hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Monday, May 4, 2009, 4:13 PM

      Hi to everybody and thanks to be admitted  to this very interesting group
      I’m an italian man living and working in Brazil. I'm m. 1,90 (about 6’ 4”) tall and my weight is about kg. 85 (165 lbs.).
      I'm planning to do lot's of backcountry traveling by mule as part of my job who is geographical prospector/research er. Sometimes I will have one mule and i will carry my stuff in the saddle bags, other times with the help of a pack mule. And also I have to navigate rivers on a homemade petrol drums raft with the support of a kayak and/or a small aluminum or rubber boat. Other times I have to carry around my gear in the rucksack.
      Brazil have a wide climate variety from hot and very humid to freezing cold (not like North America but few degrees below zero) and, in South America the nearby Andean mountains have crossings well over 3000 meters.
      During the years I appreciate the versatility of hammocks versus tents. Very easy to hang, free from humidity, stones, slopping ground, very good for stealth camping and have a two levels shelter. On the ground, the kitchen and a dry place to store my stuff and on the 1st floor” (the hammock) the bed room.
      I tried to sleep in few homemade models of hammocks but I had two main complain:
      A – cold during the night (even in Italy in fall)
      B – the “banana” position who doesn’t allow to sleep on the side which is my favorite sleeping position
      It would be very nice for me to have to carry only one shelter to cope the different climates and situations. Now I would like to buy a good model to suit my needs but I’m confused which brand to choose because “least but not last” working in the environment research field, unfortunately budgets are very tight and money never enough.
      The models I came across are:
      1 – Clark Jungle Hammock North American (kg.1,330 max kg. 137 $ 299) with Xl fly ($ 20)
      2 - Hennessy Hammocks Explorer Ultra light with substitute hex fly60 ($219.95 )
      I know that there are many others good brands but I don’t know
      If somebody has the kindness  to give me some advice to make me able to buy one model I will greatly appreciated.
      Thanking everybody in anticipation I beg to forgot my basic English and I beg also not to use abbreviations because I will get confused

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