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6439Re: [Hammock Camping] RE: Staying dry

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  • Steve McBride
    Aug 3, 2004
      When and where are you going in the Fall? I'll be in the GSMNP in late October doing some hammock camping. In the past I have found the woods there to be dense enough that wind is usually not a big factor, even though the rain can be. It doesn't take a lot of tarp to protect you. I use a Speer-type hammock with a 5' x 10' tarp and have had no problems.
      Steve M
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      Sent: Sunday, August 01, 2004 2:52 PM
      Subject: [Hammock Camping] RE: Staying dry

      Hi Everyone, I've been lurking the list for a while, learning about hammock camping.  I'm a backpacker whenever possible and have been trying to lighten my load for a couple of years.  I just bought a Hennessey A-Sym last week.  I've set it up in the backyard a couple of times and had a look at some of the great web sites that deal with hammock camping.  The hammock is really comfortable and I can imagine that it is a great night's sleep in the back country.  My only real concern is - will I really stay dry during a real storm?  The way I've got the fly set up, there's a differential of coverage at both head and foot - i.e. a "wide" side and a "not so wide" side at both ends.  I'm guessing this is correct - haven't found any other way to pitch it, but I'm wondering if there is a better way?  Also, I feel a little claustrophobic with the fly attached per the directions.  I know some of you tie a separate line above the hammock, but it seems this will further reduce coverage in case of rain.  I’m planning a trip to NC/TN in the fall and look forward to hanging myself there!




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