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3965Re: [Hammock Camping] staying warm

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  • Coy
    Dec 7, 2003
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      I imagine the Ponderaos is about as good as it gets. I'm considering
      something like a Nort Face Golith or Mammoth. I would have to
      modify it with a hole in the end for the hammock line to pass out but
      the 6' 8" version might be long enough to get a speere inside. The
      hood on the bottom might want to hang down or maybe pass the head end
      rope through the "modified hood" something like a big gromet. It
      weighs 4 lb 10 oz but of couse I would be doing away with any pad
      except for really cold nights which i would have to experiment to find
      the low it would go. Basically like the PeaPod I'm looking to get a
      sleeping bag which will fit around my setup. you could always "loan"
      me the Ponderosa. I would send it right back LOL

      Coy Boy

      --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, Robert Moore <simva4040@y...>
      > Coy,
      > The more I play with the Ponderosa the more I like it....I guess I
      have been spoiled by the Arc Alpinist-the lightest amount of sleeping
      warmth you can carry, and I always carry a WM Flight, so the two, well
      I could go on and on...but the Ponderosa just may have an advantage
      over the other pods....I was reading that Risk keeps a knife with him
      so he can get out ....in the Pon/Crib combo you dont have that
      worry.....I did sleep in the Nunatak down balaclava this evening to
      get a feel for it....wonderful is an understatement but if you know
      the Arc alpinist then you know their workmanship....
      > Wednesday night we (La AquaNa) and I will be testing hammock
      variations of insulation at Ripshin (realistic temps there)...she
      doesnt want to deal with the tacos/underquilts/pods right now and is
      trying to go it with pads...since she is 5'2 and very light and not
      wide I told her she would probably do well with a Therm-a-rest and an
      additional closed cell pad placed 90 to the therm-a-rest....
      > OK for now, here in the hospital at the moment and will be all night.
      > Medicine Man
      > Coy <starnescr@y...> wrote:
      > Medicine Man
      > Thanks, and when you have "all" the answers I'm all ears LOL. As
      > for the straps exiting as one, Yep, thats pretty much what I
      > experienced. On the other hand my daughter has sort of laid claim
      > to the Crib and when she uses it the straps dont draw up so tight or
      > close together. Maybe I need to lose some weight LOL.
      > It was cold here all day (Sat) but it got up to 40 for a few
      > minutes. We had sleet and snow Friday but no acculation High Fri
      > was 36. The ground is still to warm. Great testing weather... I
      > think?
      > for now I'm on the lookout for a "big man" rectangular bag like you
      > see in Sportsmans Guide etc. I know they weigh a ton but I could
      > test the concept with different hammocks to see if it will work for
      > me. Then either get a Ponderosa, PeaPod, or a homemade version.
      > Coy Boy
      > --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, Robert Moore <simva4040@y...>
      > wrote:
      > > Coy,
      > > So many questions and many I cannot answer because in all honesty
      > I have not taken the Ponderosa/Crib on a hike yet....our last 2
      > sections we slacked ( I had done them before and La AquaNa needed
      > them, they were around Hotsprings NC so we took the opportunity to
      > use the hot springs after each hike-luxury hiking!).....The system I
      > have hiked with is the taco/HH with varying insulation.
      > > The 6'6" Ponderosa had no problem covering up my head and still
      > providing good (well complete) coverage of the foot area.....but not
      > wanting condensation inside I ordered the Nunatak balaclava to use
      > in this system.
      > > The Crib does lay differently than the HH, and though I have the a-
      > sym I never slept crosswise in it and wont in the Crib....in trials
      > with La AquaNa padding me down to see if the down was every
      > compressed we found that wasnt even in the fetal position--so with
      > that I'm thinking the Ponderosa may not be as wide in the middle as
      > the peapod, it is still a wide bag....which makes me wonder what the
      > Spear PeaPod will cost when it comes out in down????
      > > As far as wind driven rain/snow....I use the Golite Cave2 tarp
      > instead of the OME fly that came with the HH...I like it for the
      > real estate below though it is a heavy tarp at around a pound....but
      > it is so large I havent had any problems with the driven water-I did
      > with the OME with some intense horizontal rain behind Albert Mtn
      > shelter, my underquilt got wet but I was still warm, it was then
      > that I switched to the Cave2....
      > > Yes my Crib has 2 straps but when weighted and pulled tight they
      > are essentially one strap leaving the hammock....did you look
      > closely at the pics I posted at whiteblaze.net of the setup? if so
      > you saw that the foot end appears only to have one strap leaving the
      > foot box.....
      > > Ok, sorry I was late and missed your questions....I do love the
      > Ponderosa, we have taken it on many a hike to sleep under as a
      > comforter in the motel or hostel and its original intent was paddle
      > camping where the kayak doesnt care how much it weighs :)
      > > Medicine Man
      > > oooo, forgot, here in the shadow of Roan Mountain it hasnt gotten
      > above 24 degrees all day.
      > >
      > > Coy <starnescr@y...> wrote:
      > > Bob
      > >
      > > I seee no one answered your questions, mine either, so I'll give
      > you
      > > what I know and what I suspect. See below.
      > >
      > > --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, Robert Mittelman
      > > <rmittelman@s...> wrote:
      > > > Robert,
      > > >
      > > > I am considering buying a hammock and need either a new winter
      > bag
      > > for a January snow shoeing trip to northern Maine, or an overbag
      > for
      > > my long mummy bag that is comfortable into the single digits.
      > Hence
      > > my interest in your Crib/Ponderosa set up. I have a few questions:
      > > >
      > > > 1) what length Ponderosa do you have? I would think that the 7'
      > > would be best for Pea Pod use, but for my overbag needs, 6' 6"
      > > should be sufficient. I don't plan on using a hammock on my Maine
      > > trip.
      > >
      > > I would think the 7 foot version would be best with a speer type,
      > > The crib is shorter by a little and is wider at each end. it uses
      > 2
      > > straps and it dosent quite come together at the ends like a Soeer
      > or
      > > Hennessy. The bag will still need to slide down the hammock a
      > > little but with a 7 foot bag it would be close to being able to
      > zip
      > > it closed at the middle of the foot end where the hanging strap
      > > exits the bag.
      > > >
      > > > 2) Coy has a post where he questions using a Ponderosa as a Pea
      > > Pod for a Speer hammock. I haven't seen a response from you, but
      > > thought I'd ask if you have any thoughts on the subject.
      > >
      > > The Crib is narrower than the Speere so I may try to make a Speere
      > a
      > > little narrower. I don't think the Ponderosa is as big in the
      > > middle as Eds PeaPod.
      > > >
      > > > 3) how does the Crib sleep relative to your Hennessey? Which is
      > > more comfortable and why? Do you sleep in the Crib on the
      > diagonal,
      > > as in the Hennessey and Speer? If not, how do you avoid the
      > banana
      > > shape? Will sleeping on the diagonal be possible when using the
      > > Ponderosa as a Pea Pod, given the barrel shape of the Ponderosa?
      > >
      > > I have a Crib but mine uses the hoops so mine dosn't pinch at the
      > > shoulders as much as the regular Crib. I have tried mine without
      > > the spreaded bars (hoops) and it definatly closes around me
      > tighter
      > > than my hennessys do. But it is still very confortable. I sleep
      > a
      > > little flatter in the HH than I do in the Crib especially sans the
      > > spreader hoops.
      > > >
      > > > 4) have you used the Crib/Ponderosa in snowy, windy conditions?
      > > If so, was snow blowing into the hammock a problem?
      > >
      > > I imagine the head sticking out will allow some blowing snow
      > around
      > > the face area but hanging the tarp low and devising a wind break
      > > with spare rain jacket etc at the head end will help. When using
      > > the Ponderosa as a PeaPod I doubt the netting would be in use even
      > > though it helps block a little wind and most snow. Maybe throw a
      > > Frogg Togg top over my head if the snow was blowing that bad.
      > > >
      > > > Thanks.
      > > >
      > > > Bob Mittelman
      > >
      > > Coy Boy
      > >
      > >
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