8114Re: [Hammock Camping] Result of my first adventure with the ZHammock
- Feb 2, 2005J.D saw posting like this on other websites about people having their legs lock up in hammock. One persons suggestion was to put a pillow, boots or clothsunder your knees so this doesn't happen. I, myself have to see what happens on the trail as I have yet to use hammock for extended periods and my hike of the A.T starts on March 15.In Regards,Andrew van Ees
"J.D. Hoessle" <JD@...> wrote:
Happy Ground Hog Day!
Results from my first ZHammock adventure:
9:30 PM - 02/01/05 - Temp 24 F - No wind - Clear sky
Had set up my home made ZHammock in back yard earlier. Did not have
tarp or other cover - the ZHammock was frost-encrusted when I went
out. Not a major problem.
Had 3/4 UL Thermarest and full sized CC blue foam pad in sleeve.
Arranged 5 degree sleeping bag in ZHammock unzipped except for bottom
foot area. Sat down and rather easily got the bag zipped around me.
Clothes: poly top & bottoms plus fleece top & bottoms, fleece sox plus
wool sox, fleece balaclava.
5 - 10 minutes of fidgeting around - Quickly learned what everyone
means in regards to "cold spots" and solved that by getting my bag all
I can fall asleep most any time & place; so, I was asleep very soon.
Warm & Comfortable.
About 11:45 PM, I woke up because my legs were aching. Found that it
is necessary to sleep on my back - otherwise, my butt or back or
knees/legs were in contact with the sides and no pad to prevent very
cold spots. Tried to curl up a bit (fetal position); but, again - very
Could not stretch out... Hard to describe; but: On my back, my heels
were solidly against bottom which forced my legs straight - kinda
"locking" my knees. Turning ever so slightly one way or the other put
me into contact with sides and the cold. Altho' warm, my lower back
was cramped a bit from sleeping on my back - the "U" shape of
hanging...? Unable to lie on my side and stay warm.
Attempted many positions to relieve slight pain in legs & back to no
avail. After 15-20 minutes had to give up and go inside. A few
minutes of stretching while standing and my back & legs were fine.
Still had some soreness in my legs at 5:00 AM, as if I had been on a
log uphill climb.
Low Temp last night was 18 F per my bulb-type min-max thermometer -
Got over three hours of uninterrupted sleep.
Conclusions: No problem keeping warm. *MUST* be on my back. Cannot
lie on my side nor curl up. Should cover hammock BEFORE the frost
gets to it!
Guessing here: Maybe the length is too short...? I am under 6 feet
tall now and shrinking...<age thing>...<g>... Rick's instructions
mentions that he is 6 feet; so, it should be long enough. I am
wondering if my inability to stretch out or curl up a leg is because I
need more length...?
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