RE: [Hammock Camping] Cold Experiment 6
MessageGreat test Rick--really pleased to hear about the Psolar; can't wait to try mine....Ed-----Original Message-----Experiment 6: 11 December 03
From: ra1@... [mailto:ra1@...]
Sent: Friday, December 12, 2003 11:02 AM
To: hammock camping
Subject: [Hammock Camping] Cold Experiment 6
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The night was forecast for breezy and 17 F (-8 C). I have recently been
working on the TravelPod, a simple hammock sack made of 1.1 oz ripstop. I had
just completed a new version of the TP with integral support lines. The
forecast looked good for a test.
I tied up the quarterweight double bottom hammock and inserted the overlap pad.
I did not select a site protected from the wind in any way. Into the hammock
went my 0ne pound Bag/Quilt. I slipped the TravelPod over the hammock and tied
the suspension lines. I took off my three season jacket an put it between the
layers of the double bottom. In the TravelPod, I put my 5x10 foot tarp and my
pack with a plastic bag liner. They made for nice insulation.
I wore the PsolarBX balaclava, a tee shirt and medium weight fleece overshirt, a
pair of nylon swim shorts and long legged twill (cotton and poly) pants. On my
feet I had a pair of medium fluffy Gold Toe socks. I left my sandals on the
ground at the middle of the hammock for those middle of the night bio breaks.
At 10:30 PM the outside air temperature was 26.6F (-3C) and wind 8 mph (13 kph).
I woke up about midnight. The outside air was 25F (-3.9C) and wind was 10 mph
(17 kph). The temperature inside the hammock about 10 inches toward the tree
from my head was 35 F (1.7 C). The temperature in the quilt was 94 F (34.4 C).
I woke up about 2 AM. The outside air was 25F (-3.9C) and wind was 12 mph (19
kph). The temperature inside the hammock about 10 inches toward the tree from
my head was 33 F (0.6C). The temperature in the quilt was 92 F (33.3 C).
I woke up just before 5 AM, time to get up for work. The outside air was 21F
(-6.1C) and wind was 8 mph (13 kph). The temperature inside the hammock about
10 inches toward the tree from my head was 32 F (0 C). The temperature in the
quilt was 96 F (35.6 C). I felt my skin where it could come into contact with
the hammock. The skin was a little chilly over my right knee as I had been
sleeping on my side for a couple hours. My bottom was warm. Each shoulder felt
a little chilly on the skin. My toes were wonderfully warm. I felt fine, but
I had slept the last 5 hours or so with the TravelPod closed over my head.
There was no condensation or frost on the inside of the travel pod. The
balaclava had done its job of keeping my lungs moist and my TravelPod dry.
Lesson learned: I need to improve the insulation on the sides of the Travel
Pod. For that purpose, I plan to sew a couple inside pockets to stuff my
FroggToggs. Jacket on one side, pants on the other.
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