Field use questions
- I've been playing around with the HH A-sym I received in the mail 3
days ago. I set it up in the backyard and lay in it for a long time.
I feel confident that I'd sleep OK in it, but I have a few serious
concerns about practical use in the field:
1) The tree straps seem way too short. According to the HH web
site's setup recommendations, you'd need to restrict yourself to a
4" diameter tree to get the strap around twice. They seem woefully
inadequate for real field use. If I want a longer strap it means I
have to drive to REI(or order it)and spend time sewing up the ends.
Is that what you guys have done?
2) What do you do if you're setting up this thing in the rain?
According to the design specs,the hammock goes up first, and the
tarp attaches to the hammock line. I can see a significant amount of
water getting inside the hammock in the time it takes to tie up the
second side and when you'd get the tarp thrown over it. I can
definitely see advantages of adding cord to the other tarp ends and
tying that up first, independent of the hammock. Anyone doing that?
3) If it's raining when you get into camp and you haven't eaten
dinner yet, what then? (Sometimes I eat dinner on the trail then
hike more, but not always). Set up the tarp alone in-between two
trees, cook under there, then set up the hammock beneath? What about
if it's raining in the morning and the designated breakfast requires
cooking (or you're a tea addict like me?) The hammock has to come
down before any of this happens. In rain or colder weather, I often
cook from my sleeping bag. I don't see any way of doing this while
using a hammock. This restricts hammock camping to only the warmest
of days or nice-weather days, at least for my style.
It's not just about sleeping or keeping warm. I can see that hammock
camping requires a fundamental shift in approach and thinking about
how camp activities are done. I would appreciate detailed stories
about how these obstacles are dealt with by you guys that are sold
<snort> Not nearly as hard as I will the first time I get to do it! Of course, that will be after the initial shock of finding myself asleep on the roof of my hammock wears off ROTFL!
Abnormality is THE normality at this locality
From: colonelcorn76 [mailto:colonelcorn76@...]
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 11:09 PM
Subject: Re: Hammock Camping Field use questions
--- In email@example.com, "J Cornelius" <dojers@c...>To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
> No offense but how the hell did you do THAT????????? I¡Çve had
> a good rock but it has NEVER rolled - course, I also tie the sides
Dunno or I wouldn't have done it twice more. I figure I probably
rolled over a couple or few times over the course of the night. I
like starting to fall asleep on my back until I'm just dropping off
when I roll over onto my side. I think I roll back on my back during
the night and then back on my side. If the roll is violent enough
it's possible to yank the tie-out if I haven't done an appropriate
knot (the elastic doesn't really hold a taughtline hitch very well).
I'm gonna laugh my ass off when you do it the first time.
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