6403Re: Staying dry
- Aug 1, 2004Hi Andrew
If you tie the side tiouts to a tree and not to the ground with a
stake you really dont loose coverage, in fact you gain a little. I
usually set one side slightly lower than center and the other
slightly higer but with enough differance to keep the A shap (very
slightly) in tact. It is OK to go even further and have an inverted A
if you make sure one end is lower than the other. I dont reccomend
it but have done it. Of course it the wind is blowing you do need
the sides down low... but deep in the woods the wind is usually not
that bad. I've noticed a big differane in the wind when I camp in
deep woods with no clearings around as apposed to 2 trees in my yard.
PS confession time: I have been using a tent recently. I plan to
repent and return to the flock in about 3 months.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "A M Acklen" <amacklen@b...>
> Hi Everyone, I've been lurking the list for a while, learning abouthammock
> camping. I'm a backpacker whenever possible and have been tryingto lighten
> my load for a couple of years. I just bought a Hennessey A-Symlast week.
> I've set it up in the backyard a couple of times and had a look atsome of
> the great web sites that deal with hammock camping. The hammock isreally
> comfortable and I can imagine that it is a great night's sleep inthe back
> country. My only real concern is - will I really stay dry during areal
> storm? The way I've got the fly set up, there's a differential ofcoverage
> at both head and foot - i.e. a "wide" side and a "not so wide" sideat both
> ends. I'm guessing this is correct - haven't found any other wayto pitch
> it, but I'm wondering if there is a better way? Also, I feel alittle
> claustrophobic with the fly attached per the directions. I knowsome of you
> tie a separate line above the hammock, but it seems this willfurther reduce
> coverage in case of rain. I'm planning a trip to NC/TN in the falland look
> forward to hanging myself there!
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