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7424Re: How far are you willing to go to make the hammock work?

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  • chcoa
    Dec 5, 2004
      --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "Gregory Doggett"
      <cqayaq@f...> wrote:
      Hi Greg,
      I totally agree with you about the shelter being a tool. Although I
      think the hammock is worth the comfort it provides and have been
      really exploring options to keep it as my main shelter, the ground is
      not totally out of the question. I also have the added consideration
      of where I'm hiking. The desert isn't always the most hospitable
      place for an item needing 2 tie points and lugging that 4x4 post
      around while backpacking would totally throw my whole lighter pack is
      better theory right out the window. :)
      How cold have you been able to take your PeaPod set up?

      jamie in az

      > I like my hammock best when all I need is the tarp, foam pad and a
      > quilt. Having been an ultralight hiker and ground tarp user for
      > awhile before I discovered hammocks, I'm comfortable with my skill
      > at finding good ground sites. I can always travel lighter with a
      > ground based system so the weight and bulk of what gear I would
      > just to be able to hammock would be my limiting factor in colder
      > weather. (Though the pure comfort of sleeping suspended in the air
      > is undisputably superior in my opinion)
      > For me, the gear is just a tool. And I want a tool that best suits
      > the hike.
      > If I can be warm, comfortable and do so with significantly less
      > weight, bulk and complexity in cold weather with a ground based
      > system....then the hammock stays home.
      > Many, however, choose to push the limits of hammocks in cold
      > and exclude all other shelters.
      > Hopefully their efforts will continue to pay off in lighter,simpler
      > and more thermally efficient systems.
      > I have a Speer Hammock, PeaPod and Top Blankets and a Hennessey
      > Explorer Ultralite Asym to give you an idea of what models I have
      > experience with. A Bozeman Mtn. Works Quantum Arc quilt is my
      > temp sub for Top Blankets.
      > GND
      > GND
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