Re: Hammock camping experiments
- Welcome back to the site Paul.
Hammock camping can work very well for the 30F to 50F temperature
range. There are a multiple of schemes that folks have sucessfully
used for bottom side insulation for their hammocks in that range of
temperatures and I'm sure many of the folks here will share their
experiences, thoughts and favorites with you. I doubt that there is
an agreement on one scheme that is best for all possible conditions
as the conditions can greatly vary with almost an infinately varied
combination of wind, water, temperature and humidity. Most any
scheme has conditions where it perform best and conditions where it
performance may be marginal or not as desired as another scheme might
be. For instance, when it is windy you might want something to keep
the wind off of you, while when it is dead air you might want nothing
to impede airflow. I have slept using a number of different
underside insulations or combinations without problems over those
temperature ranges-- closed cell foam pads, self inflating pads, down
air mats, down insulation on the outside, etc. My feeling is that
regardless of the scheme you chose to use if you understand how to
use what you have-- appreciate and respect what it does well and what
it doesn't do well, then you will likely do fine with it.
There are certainly issues regarding overheating, sweat, wicking
materials, breathable insulation and non-breathable insulation that
one should understand just as one should understand issues regarding
wind, evaporative cooling, wind blocking insulation, non-wind
blocking insulation. Often what is the best solution for
condensation issues in still air contradicts what is the best
solution for staying warm in windy conditions so we usually just have
to work out 'our best compromise' in selecting insulation schemes and
deal with what comes along. Don't forget to be adaptable with what
you select to use, just as you are adaptable with the clothing that
you wear as you add or remove or zip-up or vent as conditions
dictate. As the temperatures drop, mistakes are less forgiving and
your most valuable asset is often the knowledge that you carry with
I do like your site, thanks for sharing.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Paul V." <cruisenewsnet@...>
> Hello - I haven't posted here for a while but I have been doing some
> hammock experiments, and am trying to work out a cool weather
> (30F-50F) hammocking system.
> Based on a couple of overnights, I'm at the point of thinking that
> closed cell pads are not the way to go in cool weather due to
> condensation issues, and I'm hoping that the underquilt that I
> will improve things a bit. I am also working on a Risk pod to useas
> a windbreaker.best
> I really like the clothing combination:
> (windbreaker - fleece - wicking undershirt)
> and I'm trying to imagine a similar combination for a hammock:
> (windbreaker pod - down or synthetic underquilt/topquilt - polypro
> The goal here is comfort and I think this combination offers the
> way of getting a lightweight comfortable cool weather system.
> I have been putting some thoughts and campout notes on a webpage,
> mainly so I can escape to the woods when sitting at my work desk
> cubical. I'm ready to go out and try again, but I'm patiently
> waiting on my underquilt.
- Coy, from one Alabama boy to another - I appreciate the 'glass of tea'
Makes me think of having a cold glass of sweetened iced tea on the front
porch at my grandma's - sittin' in the glider, swattin' at flies..
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Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2006 8:45 AM
Subject: [Hammock Camping] Re: Hammock camping experiments
<clip> Ive thougth about it some and the only resonable explination I can
come up with is a glass
of tea sitting on the counter. <clip>
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