--- Dave Womble <dpwomble@...
> In some ways, your enclosed pod could be compared to
> a jacket...if you were to go outside today, which
one of your jackets would you take? ...The point...is
the environment is not simple, when we go outdoors we
> have to adjust to our environment...
This is very astute and a valuable observation for me,
Dave--thanks. I'll be keeping it mind as I play with
the many permutations of finding comfort in my
My roommate just bought a new lighter-weight (~11 oz I
think) Thermarest, and I was admiring it but telling
him I wasn't getting one because I would mostly be
He said, "but don't you need a pad anyway?" This
elicited a flood of words from me--I started talking
fast, trying to tell a non-hammocker of all the
various conditions and solutions involved in
hammocking, lol. For example, I got the Hennessey
underthings and I'm going to be playing around with
very thin added foam pads, always trying to stay warm
enough while carrying light. Finally I just said,
"it's complicated--it just depends."
Keeps things interesting, doesn't it, when trying to
backpack light but wanting to be at least
semi-prepared for varying conditions. Sometimes, in
hot dry summer conditions, I don't bring much of
anything...I sort through my stuff as if stuff were
the enemy (which it is, weight-wise): "don't need
that, don't need this, don't need those..."
Dawn in Tahoe, where it snowed another foot last night
and I'm dreaming of spring
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