Hammocking Hall of Fame--a proposal...........
- Just got out of the hot tub, 22 degrees here 2.5 miles south of Roan
High Knob and one thought I had while soaking was that I should be in
my Crib/Ponderosa but the Chivas Regal took that thought away and
replaced it with another.....
We probably all agree that hammocking has given a new dimension to
backpacking-analogies to sliced bread come to mind, and this search,
sojourn realy to find the means to hammock in the deep dark cold of
winter raises several names to mind. These names should enter the
Hammocking Hall of Fame...
Ray Garlington-the inventor of the Garlington Taco, a device that I
emulated and gained 3 seasons of hammocking...the Taco made it simple
for anyone of any skill level to fashion a rig that would defeat cold
to the 40's maybe even mid 30's depending on which insulation is used.
Risk- the inventor of the TravelPod (is that the official name that
will stick?), borrowing from the Speer PeaPod he has created a pod of
his own that will allow differing amounts of insulation to be added
and therefore the ability to vary based on conditions-but most
importantly it is affordable by the average man (can we call
backpackers men in lieu of maniancs?). Granted it is a modification
of a proven design, i.e. the PeaPOd, it gave us all the clear sight
that 20dollars of ripstop nylon stuffed with insulation can propel
the hammock into the 20's if not colder.
Ed Speer- no credit for his hammock-sorry Ed but your PeaPod is the
answer for 30 degrees and colder, in fact your PeaPod realized the
fact that the bug netting on the Hennessey is worthless in these
temps and that the bottom entry while brilliant in the other three
seasons is inconsequential when facing father north.
Tom Hennessey-the father of the revolution. I have to wonder why he
didnt see into the future and that we would want the comfort he gave
us throughout the year, nevertheless Tom is not only genius within
the backpack but a good man as well. His genius and Ed Speer's should
be acclaimed by all why seek the trees.
With all this said I look at my feable Crib/Ponderosa (still untested)
and wonder in which direction the true inovators
(Speer,Garlington,Risk,Hennessey) will take us. I know that I am
truly glad/thankful that I will not have to spend a fortune hiring
Nunatak Gear to sew an underquilt for me. I am just as thankful that
my Taco has served me well from March to November in all weather
So in closing I ask all hammockers to invoke the secret rites and
rituals and invite these fine fellows with packs on their backs into
the Hammocking Hall of Fame.
With Hanging Regards---------