Re: [Hammock Camping] JRB nests & Hennessey Hammock at 3500 m and 0-10*C
- Thanks Tim, but my sleepingbag-hammock budget is pretty much blown for
this decade... I was thinking about it during this past trip, but will
have to make do with what I've already got.
tim garner wrote:
> Probably not the answer you're looking for Cara, but the Speer Snugfit Underquilt has effectively solved most (if not all) of those problems.--
> If you ever get a chance to check one out, I think you would love it.
> don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!!!
> --- On Sun, 9/7/08, Cara Lin Bridgman <cara.lin@...> wrote:
> From: Cara Lin Bridgman <cara.lin@...>
> Subject: [Hammock Camping] JRB nests & Hennessey Hammock at 3500 m and 0-10*C
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Date: Sunday, September 7, 2008, 10:00 PM
> Just finished a 5-day trip in which 4 of the nights were at >3400 m
> (11,000 ft)in elevation. Nighttime lows were 0-10*C (32-50*F). Being
> cold in the hammock was not necessarily correlated with temperature.
> There was a huge correlation with getting the right fit between JRB nest
> and the HH. In fact, I had to tinker with the adjustments (quilt
> drawstrings and bungees) several times each night--no such thing as
> getting the thing adjusted once and having it work for the whole trip.
> I found cold drafts leaking past the JBR Nest drawstrings and down
> between the nest and the HH. Bungees seemed to stretch. I'm trying to
> figure out if that stretch was a function of elevation (high),
> temperature (low), humidity (high with lots of rain), or all 3. There
> wasn't much wind. My elastic hairties, which usually last several
> weeks, had to be replaced each day. So, there was something about the
> conditions of this trip which were hard on elastic.
> If the JRB nest was adjusted right, it was toasty, even to about
> 0*C--and I sleep cold. In fact, I was astounded at how well the JRB
> No-Sniveler pumped the heat back to me!
> By the way, the Nest was velcroed to itself, so I was swinging it out of
> the way to get into and out of the hammock. Before the trip, I did the
> DIY Under Quilt Foot End Draw Cord Modification here:
> <http://jacksrbetter.com/index_files/DIY.htm>. It did help.
> The snag was getting the JRB Nest adjusted properly. I use it or the
> No-Sniveler as an underquilt in my top-loading hammock at home--never
> have any problems.
> Part of the problem on this trip, was that the Nest didn't seem to be
> spreading out properly to cover the wider parts of the hammock, meaning
> for a cold shoulder and cold toes.
> Luckily, we had my 3/4-length thermarest with me. It worked fine in the
> hammock for keeping my lower back warm. The point is, I'm sure that if
> I could get the nest adjusted properly, I wouldn't have needed the
> thermarest at all. I conclude this, because I had 3 nights with lows
> between 7 and 10*C, two of those nights inside cement shelters (i.e. no
> wind at all), and two nights were toasty and one night (the second
> shelter night) was cold and required extra layers beneath my back.
> So, I'm interested to learn whether others have had problems with
> bungees acting up and needing adjusting each night. Instructions at JRB
> suggest that once adjusted, everything should be hunky dory from then on.
> I'm also interested to hear how others manage to reduce drafts from the
> ends of the hammock (Nest drawstrings) and yet maintain coverage width.
> I found it frustrating that I couldn't get the adjustment right--the
> Nest was almost always too loose (cold & drafty) or too tight (no
> insulation and no spread across the hammock). It was even more
> frustrating, because I've not experienced any of these problems with my
> hammock at home. Admittedly, temperatures inside my home this summer
> are almost >25*C, but we have fans and I sleep directly under the breeze
> from the air conditioner.
> In Taiwan, we are still debating whether there really is a tree line.
> In other words, are the lack of trees on peaks >3800 m the result of
> climate or just an artifact of the fact the peaks are continually
> shedding rock (earthquakes, etc). The 3886 m (>13,500 ft) peak we twice
> climbed this trip, Shueshan (Snow Mountain), had Juniper trees crawling
> all over it. None, though, were tall enough from which to suspend a
> hammock and stay off the ground. We didn't camp there--too much thunder.
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Cara Lin Bridgman cara.lin@...
P.O. Box 013 Shinjhuang http://megaview.com.tw/~caralin
Longjing Township http://www.BugDorm.com
Taichung County 43499
Taiwan Phone: 886-4-2632-5484
- Cara Lin,
Have you thought about adding a "solid barrier"
between you and the soggy fog?
Perhaps Ed's 10' x 11' Winter Tarp?
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