I just wanted to reply
I just wanted to reply so you guys knew I was here 8-) I have no hammock but am very much interested in one so am on this list to read and learn.
Jodi who lurks but also tends to run off at the mouth too so be prepared for 1001 questions
- Here's what I use on most of my weekend expeditions...Nomad Traveler Tropical HammockCustom 8 x 8 ft silnylon tarpCustom 9 x 12 ft mosquito netClosed-cell foam pad 24 x 60 inThinsulate poncho liner 7.5 x 5 ft2 10 ft long 1/4-inch tree ropes1 25 ft long paracord ridge line6 10 ft long paracord tarp lines6 aluminum tent pegs4 small binder clipsThis is just the hammock-based shelter stuff. I also take cooking and clothing and first aid gear, but this is a hammock list, so I'll skip that.I wrap the tree ropes around the tree, then tie the hammock lines to them. This gives me a consistent way to rig the hammock, and distributes the pressure on the bark better. I wrap the tree lines at about eye level. After wrapping, I tie off the tree lines with a square knot. I pull out a bight from the tree line and attach the hammock line using a slipped sheet bend.The ridge line goes up next, tied with a bowline at one end and a tautline at the other. I start with the ridgeline positioned almost as high as I can reach, but use a single, big loop around the trees so I can loosen the line and slide it up and down the trunk as weather dictates.Next the tarp goes up. I pitch the tarp on the diagonal unless there's a really high wind. Usually, I just throw the tarp over the ridge line while I rig it. I could leave the tarp lines attached to the tarp, but I like practicing the knots. Moonbow made the tarp for me. It's square, with tie-outs at the corners and the mid-points of the sides.At the ends of the tarp (the corners at the head and foot of the hammock) I tie on a tarp line using a bowline, making sure to leave some space between the knot and the tie-out. I loop the line around the tree, just above the ridgeline, bring the line back through the loop made by the bowline, and secure it onto the ridgeline using a tautline hitch. I do this so I can adjust the tension of the tarp from under the tarp. This means I can slide the ridgeline and tarp up and down without getting wet.At the sides of the tarp, I tie on a tarp line using a tautline hitch -- again, so I can adjust the tension without getting wet, by reaching out from under the tarp. The side lines run out at right angles to the ridgeline, and I just throw a lark's head knot around the tent peg.At this point I usually take a nap. If it's already cold, I may slide the closed-cell foam pad between the hammock layers. Otherwise, I'll leave the pad out until it gets cold enough to need it. I really prefer the feeling of the hammock without the pad. The pad I use is a cheap, blue, department store pad. I trimmed it to length and rounded the ends. It conforms to the shape of the hammock nicely.The last thing to go on is the mosquito net -- if it's bug season. I made this myself, starting with a 12 ft length of 9-ft wide bridal tulle. Only Illusion brand comes this wide, and it's only available in white or ivory. But it takes Rit die nicely, so I die it dark green. No cutting or sewing is required. The net just drapes over the ridgeline. I clip it at the ends, once in the middle and once just below the hammock to close it off and keep it anchored. There's enough slack to just lift it up to get into or out of the hammock.I use the poncho liner as a quilt. In cold weather -- I'm in Florida, so 40 degrees F is cold -- I'll switch from the poncho liner to a Speer Pea Pod bag. The only drawback to this is that the velcro on the bag will destroy the mosquito net, so it's one or the other, but not both. Fortunately, when it's cold enough to need the Pea Pod, the mosquitoes are generally dormant.That's it. What do you think?Bear
MessageSounds like a great setup Bear. Where did you get your hammock?Nomad Traveler Tropical HammockCustom 8 x 8 ft silnylon tarpCustom 9 x 12 ft mosquito netClosed-cell foam pad 24 x 60 inThinsulate poncho liner 7.5 x 5 ft MessageEd:I got it from Brigade Quartermasters:Recently, I found the manufacturer's page as well:It's a dead simple design, but I doubt I could make one better or cheaper. I also like the Crazy Creek model that's similar in design, especially the straps.Bear
- Ha! I almost forgot about him! Wow, I wonder if he uses a hammock,
or are we safe here?
I agree with Ed on leaving the pack on the ground. Twice out west, I
set my pack down for a short time, and mice chewed their way into
it. Got into my gorp, the little @#$%%^%$@!!!!
Ed, only once I found a nosy squirrel on the hanging ropes. I wasn't
in the hammock at the time. I'm having trouble with the pie
tins....don't want to feel like a bird feeder out there!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "starnescr <starnescr@y...>"
> I'm guessing your TeamCourage, right? Just read your question and
> Eds answer. I usually hang my shoes, headlamp and a waterbottle
> the ridge line. I use a rope to hold my water bottle hanging overmy
> belly. The headlamp straight over my face and the shoes toward mydo
> feet. That way I don't have to smell them. I usually put my pack
> on the ground and use a pack cover over it. This stays either under
> the hammock or at one of the trees Im using. If I ever go into
> porcupine country I'll probably hang my pack like Ed suggest. Ed
> you use a pie plate or any thing to keep critters from climbingdown
> the hang rope?when
> Coy Boy
> --- In email@example.com, "tcoug7 <tcoug7@a...>"
> <tcoug7@a...> wrote:
> > Interested in how others stow gear (non bearbaggable (how's that
> > word!) while sleeping. Presently, I keep it under me, on the
> > covered w/ rain fly. Any thoughts?
> > Aslo how about your boots/trail shoes? Where do you put them
> > the hammock? I kind of step out of them as I pull my legs up ( I
> > have a Hennessey) then reach down and cover them. I'm wondering
> if I
> > may find a visitor one morning attracted to the salt scent.
- Sorry Marge! Let's not forget spiders from the trees too!!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Marge Prothman" <marge@p...>
> Now you guys did it to me. I thought when I got the hammock Iwould be
> free of snakes and critters and what do I read on my first day
> here....snakes and critters.
> Cheers, Marge.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: starnescr <starnescr@y...> [mailto:starnescr@y...]
> Sent: Thursday, January 09, 2003 7:36 PM
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: Hammock Camping Re: OK.....first question
> I'm not sure which snakes can climb trees. I know black racers and
> chichen snakes do. I was a tree climber for several years in my
> younger days and got quite a scare several times when I would climb
> across one being real still or hid in a knot or nest. Good thing I
> was tied in or I might have fell to the ground a few times. But I
> Coy Boy
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "tcoug7 <tcoug7@a...>"
> Ed, only once I found a nosy squirrel on the hanging ropes. Iwasn't
> in the hammock at the time.I recently had a small bird (Carolina Wren) perch on the breather
hole of my Pea Pod while I was inside! This was beneath the rain
canopy! It woke me up (early dawn) and I looked out to see what it
was. He/she only moved down to my chest and watched me closely. It
flew away when I stuck my head all the way out. Guess it just wanted
to check out the food potential!