- The "winter hammock" was not a success last weekend. To summarize:
the outer layer of fabric (gray) is a bit too short to allow the
proper amount of slack and still have the ends caught in the
whipping cord. (Eeek, that sounds bad.) Right before I left for
the mountains, The Saint helped me retie the cords, catching the
gray firmly in there.
#1 Son (Benedict) and I set up camp outside the new Carter Gap
Shelter well after dark. (That boy is a hiking fool--he just didn't
want to stop!) I did a pretty poor job of setting up, which didn't
help matters much. While we were eating supper the wind picked up
and was soon blowing force 3-4, sounding like loud highway traffic.
Air temp was about 40. I got into the hammock, with the very thick
winter camping quilt over me. Within an hour, I was feeling the
cold from through the bottom of the hammock. I reached around and,
sure enough, between the tightening of the gray fabric and the
stretching of the purple hammock bed, the insulation was compressed
to well under an inch in thickness, probably about half an inch. In
addition, the wind was making a huge racket with the sloppily-set-up
rain fly. I beat a retreat and joined Ben in the tarptent.
Around midnight the rain started in earnest. I jumped up and
retrieved the hammock and used it as an additional quilt in the
tent. Ben had a down bag which got pretty wet from rain splashing
in around the bottom of the tarptent, and even more from the
condensation that got onto us as the tarptent bowed and flexed in
I missed an excellent opportunity to test systems for preventing
rain infiltration into a hammock...and got an excellent illustration
of how tenting does not assure one a dry night, either. (Yeah,
yeah, we could have gone in the shelter, but what's the fun of that?)
The next step: I'm planning to untie the whipping cords once again
and sew little extensions on the gray fabric so it can get caught up
in the cord without compressing the insulation. Hopefully I can
test it on the porch this weekend.
- marta_clark <marta_clark@...> wrote:
aMinor mishap: When I stopped reading and turned off my headlamp, I
started wriggling around to get comfortable on my side. I heard a
brief slithering sound and--wham--I was on the ground and rolling
briskly downhill. After about two revolutions, I fought my way out
of the Pea Pod, stopped the rolling, and got up to inspect the
hammock. It was fine. The problem was operator error--one of the
anchor trees was quite thick and I hadn't secured the strap well
enough. Fortunately I was only about 6 inches above the ground,
which was well padded with dry leaves. Unfortunately, I was on a
steep slope. It would have made a good video...
*** sounds like something i`d do marta. except if i was w/ some of my regular camping partners, they`d make me lay there until they took a picture or two :~} ...tim
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