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Re: [Hammock Camping] Hammock for Brazil and South America

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  • Elizabeth Young
    Hello, Otto! I don t know enough about different hammock brands to make a recommendation, but I can talk about a few other things. ... Cold during the night
    Message 1 of 59 , May 5, 2009
      Hello, Otto!
      I don't know enough about different hammock brands to make a
      recommendation, but I can talk about a few other things.

      Otto Mateus wrote:
      > I tried to sleep in few homemade models of hammocks but I had two
      > main complain: A – cold during the night (even in Italy in fall)
      Cold during the night probably comes from underneath you and your hammock.
      Two solutions: 1 - sleep on a wide camping pad in the bottom of your
      hammock. You want it wide since the pad will curl up around your
      shoulders and hips and help keep you warm. Wide also since you are, like
      me, a side sleeper. This is usually an easy solution - just go buy a
      camping pad. You might already have one. But they are sometimes bulky
      and hard to pack and it is sometimes hard to find a wide one. And it is
      easy to roll off them at night. There are solutions to these problems
      also. A - glue, tape, or somehow attach two pads together to make a
      wider pad like "Sgt. Rock" shows here in Tip #11:
      Buy a "segmented pad extender" like the ones Ed Speer has designed:
      B - make or buy a double layer hammock and stick the pad or pads in
      between the layers like Jeff shows on his site:
      2 - get or make an underquilt - an insulated quilt that you hang
      underneath the hammock, making sure that it is right up against the
      bottom of the hammock so there are not any places for drafts of cold air
      to enter. This is my favorite kind of insulation since I not only sleep
      on my side, but I roll over a lot in my sleep. Underquilts can be
      expensive to buy and a little tricky to adjust sometimes.
      Jeff's page on underquilts:

      > B – the “banana” position who doesn’t allow to sleep on the side
      > which is my favorite sleeping position
      I sleep on my side also so I like a wide hammock. If the hammock is wide
      enough, I can put my head on one edge and my feet at the other and sleep
      diagonally in the hammock. Also, if you hang the hammock quite loose (so
      it looks more like a banana) it is easier to lie diagonally.
      I can be comfortable in a homemade hammock that is 9' long and 58" wide
      (2.75m x 1.47m). I can sleep diagonally it, on my side. I am not as tall
      as you are (I am 5' 11" (180cm)). You will want a longer hammock than I use.

      It sounds like you have an exciting job ahead of you and I hope you find
      a hammock that will work.

      liz young in California
    • Sandy Kramer
      Hi, Otto....hmmmm you went with the Claytor Jungle Hammock....I m really liking the Warbonnet Blackbird (hope I have name right). I was thinking of y all last
      Message 59 of 59 , Jun 4, 2009
        Hi, Otto....hmmmm you went with the Claytor Jungle Hammock....I'm really liking the Warbonnet Blackbird (hope I have name right).

        I was thinking of y'all last week as I was hanging on the rooftop terrace (mirador) of my little house in Mexico (Lake Chapala area; south of Guadalajara; central highlands).

        It's a hand woven (nylon) traditional style Venezuelan hammock - in a bright yellow. I thought I'd take advantage of the nice weather for a chance to get a good night's sleep (I have arthritis) and managed to stay there til ab 3 a.m. but there were quite a few mosquitos.

        Sooooo, I'm now seriously looking at buying a mosquito net...over the two links I posted earlier I'm thinking of ordering the ENO one because it has a ridgeline (as opposed to the other that has 4 tie-outs). I have a Treklight double, so I can use the net with that one as well.

        Otto, I lived mostly in Caracas...and yes, I like to kayak and have several. I only do recreational paddling - in South Florida we do river kayak camping trips.

        I bought the Hennessy Hammock Hex Tarp (ab. $60)...and later I got the white one from Sportsmansguide ($30 http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/guide-gear-tarp.aspx?a=254694). No way should you have to buy a new tarp and then waterproof it!!

        The HH one has neat little pockets that close with velcro (I think) to stuff the guy lines inside.


        --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "proteorio" <proteorio@...> wrote:
        > Hi Sandy,
        > Nice to meet you. Sorry for the delay in replying I have just been a bit busy
        > Thanks for the useful links. I went trough the ENO site and the hammocks seem as good as the Hammocks Bliss ones for separate items. Here in Brazil there is a similar model from Kampa (www.kampa.com.br). I don't' know the quality but the price is more o less the same , minus the shipping. I still thinking about the Tom Claytor hammock. To waterproof a tarp is not a big job especially using silicon spray. For the rest I still prefer the Jungle for the many feature , the price and the free shipping. I continue to find out more about this hammock.
        > In which place of Venezuela you grow up? If I'm not indiscreet why your e-mail address is sandykayak? Anything with kayak? Excuse me for the many questions
        > Otto
        > --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "Sandy Kramer" <sandykayak@> wrote:
        > >
        > >
        > > Here's another one....only $40, but it appears that you will need several trees as it has four tie-outs...good for spreading the netting open, but not sure how to attach. Perhaps someone else has used one of these?
        > >
        > > In addition to my Byer's of Maine Moskito Traveller, I have a Treklight double that doesn't have any mesh, so I'm interested.
        > >
        > > any comments on comparing this one with the ENO one I posted before?
        > >
        > > which one would you buy?
        > >
        > > http://www.joessports.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1472652&CAWELAID=103771021
        > >
        > > sandy in miami
        > >
        > > --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "Sandy Kramer" <sandykayak@> wrote:
        > > >
        > > >
        > > > Otto, this is the separate mosquito netting option I was talking about. It's not very easy to see/understand in their photo, but at the bottom right there are diagrams.
        > > >
        > > > These are a good addition to a regular hammock that doesn't come with netting....or one that has regular netting and not no see'um mesh.
        > > >
        > > > http://www.eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com/guardian-bug-net.html
        > > >
        > > > sandy in miami
        > > >
        > > >
        > > > --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "Sandy Kramer" <sandykayak@> wrote:
        > > > >
        > > > >
        > > > > Hi, Otto...there is a huge difference in the netting...there are teeny flying insects called "no see'ums" (because they are so small you can hardly see them), also called gnats, that can make your life perfectly miserable if you only have regular mosquito netting.
        > > > >
        > > > > One gal was almost eaten alive in south florida...the gnats went through the mesh of her tent. And I had the same problem in the netting of my canvas popup camper.
        > > > >
        > > > > you definitely need no see 'um mesh. Also, darker netting is easier to see out of.
        > > > >
        > > > > you have a point about the mosquitos biting through the fabric...one of the sites (can't remember which, right now) sells a separate mosquito (need to see if it's no see 'um mesh) that is like a huge bag and the hammock is suspended in between. i'll see if i can find the URL.
        > > > >
        > > > > sandy in miami, fl who grew up in Venezuela.
        > > > >
        > > > >
        > > > >
        > > >
        > >
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