8132RE: [Hammock Camping] Second Night
- Feb 3, 2005
JD, I’ve been eagerly following your progress with your new hammock. Thanks for keeping us all informed. Of course, I will have some demo and some sale items with me at Hot Springs . I’m looking forward to discussing your experiences in person. BTY, you’re doing fine—building confidence slowly and safely via trial & error will soon make you a veteran hammocker capable of handling anything nature throws at you! ….Ed
From: J.D. Hoessle [mailto:JD@...]
Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2005 7:25 AM
Subject: [Hammock Camping] Second Night
First, Rick Said:
>You might want to take a look at my overlap pad, It keeps knees and
>shoulders much warmer than any other method I have found short of the
Thanks for the feedback! Used that idea last night!
As mentioned, my first-ever night out, I used a 3/4 UL Thermarest AND
a full length CC blue foam pad in the "sleeve" / double bottom. That
worked except when I shifted and discovered the dreaded "Cold Spots".
Last night, temp hovered right at 32 F - WHAT A DIFFERENCE 10 DEGREES
MAKES...!!! I was HOT...!!! Zipped and unzipped my 5 degree bag a
dozen times. ***NOW*** I understand why everyone raves about a
QUILT...! No, I am not about to try THAT sewing adventure just yet,
Thank you very much...<g>... Perhaps Mr. Speer would be kind enough
to have one of his quilts for sale in Hot Springs ? -<Hint! Hint!>-
Comfort: I am not quite there yet. Slept soundly for 4 hours; but,
woke up with back & legs aching a bit again.
Per suggestions here (THANK YOU ALL!), I had a third blue foam
"sit-pad" directly under my bag at 90 degrees. Length of blue foam
was too long at 36 inches; but, that did allow me to twist & turn onto
my side now and then.
Mr. Garlington was kind to point out that I may have it strung too
taut. Have not had time to build a stand nor do I have optimally
placed trees out back and I am too old to wait for new trees to grow.
For whomever suggested it: "Yes, I had to reinforce the storage
But, I believe that I now understand the "sleeping slightly diagonal"
and "sweet spot" that you all mention. I believe that rigging a stand
and futzing with the "sag" will allow me to sleep thru the night.
Rick also mentions having my head LOWER than my feet.... OK, I will
try that too.
Rain & sleet expected today. No tarp yet; so, I will have to cut thru
my Gordian Knots and wait another day or two...
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