Re: Field use questions
I've been playing around with the HH hammock most of the morning and
I've decided to return it. The tarp just isn't big enough for me to
do what I need to do under it. I can see I would get wet if it were
There appear to be no weights published on your site for the Speer
hammocks. I think it would be helpful to add this info so people
like me can compare. It says "weights are approximate" but I can't
find them anywhere. I'm interested in the 8.0, but I need to know
what the total weight is with the 8x10 tarp. The HH hammock I got is
2lbs, with the fitted tarp. If the total setup of the Speer hammock
with the 8x10 tarp equals or exceeds 3 lbs, then it's a wash as far
as weight is concerned with my current Tarptent/Thermarest system.
That weight would increase beyond what I'm currently using if I have
to add insulation for colder weather. This is bordering on not being
viable for me on weight concerns alone. Either way, the HH hammock
has to go back.
--- In email@example.com, "Ed Speer" <info@s...> wrote:
> Aaron, your concerns are quite real. Your comment that it's not
> about sleeping or keeping warm is right on. I'm sure others will
> answers to your post, but I also wanted to respond since I've been
> addressing these very concerns for many years.
> My Hammock Camping book addresses these and many other 'practical'
> issues--many archived posts on this list also offer advice. I
> suggest a seperate 8X10 rain canopy for just the reasons you
> mentioned--while it is possible to use a smaller one, it's just not
> going to work well in less than ideal conditions. My 8X10 easily
> up before the hammock--I carry the tarp in an outside pack pocket,
> the rain this means the pack is not opened and exposed to the rain
> it is safely under the tarp. Breaking camp in the rain is
> easy since every thing is packed before the tarp comes down.
> meals is a breeze under the large tarp--recently we cooked dinner
> fed 6 people under my tarp while it rained hard! On another recent
> trip, my hiking partner, who had a small-tarp hammock, joined me
> my tarp to cook dinner in the rain. In fair weather, the larger
> can be pitched high over the hammock thus providing an unbeatable
> stand-up shelter! When conditions turn nasty, it can be lowered
> the hammock to provide protection from cold wind and driven rain.
> the hammock hung close to the ground, I often cook right from my
> by leaning over the side! The larger rain canopy is so convenient
> many folks switch out the small one that came with their hammock--
> hammocks, such as my Speer hammocks, come with an 8X10 in the first
> place; choose wisely.
> Also, as you've guessed, trees are not all the ideal size for
> and sufficiently long hanging gear is critical for proper setup and
> sleeping comfort. Unfortunately some commerical hammocks provide
> insufficient hanging gear, apparently to save weight/costs. The
> customer often has no choice but to replace or extend the
> When doing so, safety suggests overlaping hanging straps at least
> using 4-7 heavy bar tacks with non-cotton thread to sew them
> My Hammock Camping book is now available at most internet book
> and some outfitters--links can be found at:
> http://www.hammockcamping.com My Speer hammocks are designed
> long-term wilderness use and thus address all of your concerns--
> them out at: http://www.speerhammocks.com
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Aaron [mailto:aaron@b...]
> Sent: Sunday, June 29, 2003 8:16 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Hammock Camping Field use questions
> I've been playing around with the HH A-sym I received in the mail
> days ago. I set it up in the backyard and lay in it for a long
> 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
> 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
> water getting inside the hammock in the time it takes to tie up
> 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
> tying that up first, independent of the hammock. Anyone doing
> 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
> if it's raining in the morning and the designated breakfast
> 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
> 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
> of days or nice-weather days, at least for my style.
> It's not just about sleeping or keeping warm. I can see that
> camping requires a fundamental shift in approach and thinking
> how camp activities are done. I would appreciate detailed stories
> about how these obstacles are dealt with by you guys that are sold
> on it.
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<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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