780Newbie to the group
- Mar 3, 2003Hi, I just found this list, and thought I'd introduce myself. I'm
fairly new to the whole camping in a hammock movement. I've had
hammocks for years, and used them on the back porch, or when camping,
during the day. I've always loved my hammocks.
I'd never thought of camping overnight in a hammock, though, till I
found info about it on the web this winter. What a concept! I don't
know why I never thought of sleeping the night in comfort before. It
would have made sense, I guess.
The problem is, as you guys already know, staying warm. I've read a
bit about the way folks are trying to keep warm in the hammocks at
night. I tried sleeping out two weekends ago. I set up a tent for
my boys (ages 4 and 6), and the hammock for myself.
I used a big, comfy hammock that I had bought at a boat show, of all
places. It is 1.9 oz rip-stop nylon, with the cloth extending all
the way to the ends, where hooks are attached. I bought it becouse
it's the first hammock I'd ever seen that didn't have strings to get
I covered the hammock with a 8'x10' tarp, which I tied over a center
rope. The tarp just reached the ground on either side of the
hammock. I staked it down with five stakes on the windy side,
because the weather channel predicted high winds. Boy, they were
The wind was fifteen to thirty, and I bet a couple of those gusts
were close to fifty. It rained,too, but not a great amount. In the
areas north of me, I hear there were extremely voilent storms. I
stayed warm and dry until the wind pulled my stakes out. It was the
most eventful night I've ever spent out.
The sleeping pad thing has me puzzled, though. I used a therm-a-
rest, and a lightweight sleeping bag. Underneath, I was almost too
warm. It felt strangely like I was sleeping on a heating pad. I
don't think the sleeping bag I used was heavy enough for the night,
though. It was really a summer weight bag, only good down to 55
degrees. Since the temp dropped to about 40, I had to resort to
covering the bag with a fleese liner.
The only problem I had was whenever I moved, the darn therm-a-rest
would turn sideways. As long as I could stay on it, I was nice and
toasty, when it turned, my legs would get cold. It was also
asthetically displeasing to have the pad sticking up beside me!
Do the foam pads stay in place better? Are thin pads better at
conforming to your shape, or do you slide off of them? Would sewing
or zipping a liner onto the pad help to keep it in place?
Inquiring minds want to know!
Thanks for contributing to this body of knowledge. I'm really glad I
found you guys!
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