I wanted to know
Since you asked about using a hammock and survival blanket in an emergency situation I've been wondering how well it would work. Wednesday night the forecast was for -2 degrees so I set up my hammock on the back porch and threw in an all weather survival blanket. It's thicker than the usual survival blankets with a thin tarp on one side to be used as a lean-to.
I dressed in clothes I would wear out back country skiing, powerstretch pants, shirt, and gloves, wool socks, wool hat and Koflach boot liners. I normally don't wear the Koflach but I didn't want to be rolling around in my hammock with back country ski boots. I also wore a thick fleece pull over. I usually don't bring more than that, clothes wise, skiing, unless I plan on going in more than three miles.
I climbed in around 9:20, it was 0 degrees, with a book and read for two hours. I was actually comfortable for around an hour. After that my legs started cooling off and around 11:30 my feet were getting cold. I called it after that. Now if I wore more clothes then I may of been better of, but I was trying to reproduce a lost in the woods/stranded scenario that you had mentioned.
So, could I of spent the night, if I wasn't injured the probably, but I would of been getting up and moving around every few hours. When I got out of my hammock is was -2. In a warmer situation it would of been a lot better and maybe there is something to be said for bringing a hammock as a survival tool, as long as you are not sacrificing the weight for something else to not bring.
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- Rosaleen, will do.
This is a scout trip and we are not sure if we will get on the AT itself or not, and will be on the east side of the mountain. Since we are base camping, we will carry our own water since previous experiences dictates that is the best strategy.
I hiked from Rockfish Gap to the Tye River in mid-October...water sources, using the term loosely, were generally 8-10 miles apart. A few weeks ago the troop did 10 miles on the AT from just before the Devils' Marbleyard to the James River despite the recent rains, there was no water until Matt's Creek, so at least and eight mile span there.
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----- Original Message ----
From: Rosaleen Sullivan <rosaleen43@...>
Sent: Sunday, January 6, 2008 9:10:11 AM
Subject: [Hammock Camping] Re: I wanted to know
Please post after your Mt. Rogers trip and let us know what you find out
about the water situation and the animals living in the area.
I had the pleasure of hiking there last summer as part of an AT section
hike. Much of the southern AT was experiencing a severe drought. My
partner and I changed our plan to hike the area south of Damascus because of
the drought (as much as 18 miles between reliable water sources, stories of
animals going after hikers' food more aggressively than normal, and juvenile
bears reportedly "guarding" watering holes). Prudence dictated that with
the time, gear ready, and plenty of food, we just buy another map and
relocate our intended section.
After early summer, I have heard the the drought worsened. In July, locals
had stories of the gov't taking over posession of some horses because owners
couldn't provided food and water (animal cruelty intervention) , and farmers
were losing huge amounts of money selling undermatured cattle early because
of using up the feed planned for the next winter. Finally, the Mt. Rogers
area itself was running dry. You may want to check on the streams for
yourself before your trip, in case there has not been much precipitation
While I can't atually DO anything, I would like to know how things are going
for the local farmers and the creatures that live in the area.
Thanks, in advance, for whatever you can tell us.
Re: I wanted to know
Tod Massa <todmassa@yahoo. com> wrote:
I may try testing this set up myself on Mt Rogers in a couple of
going to hammock anyway, and i can set up my summer hammock separately with