Re: I am new here
- I can give two answers to this question, one practical and one philosophical.
I live in the Pacific NW, where it's only a little cold, but very rainy. I like being up off
the sodden ground and out of the puddles. To make this work requires insulation
under the hammock, since it's too cold without it. Thus my effort on my under-quilt.
(for which the link on Ed Speer's site is broken, courtesy ATT - I'll fix it RSN).
The philosophical answer is that some enthusiatic people expended a lot of effort to
make dome tents, bivy sacks, mummy bags, etc. That stuff didn't just fall from the
sky ready-made. We're pioneering a new form of sleep system for backpacking.
Someday you'll be able to buy a well designed hammock with a well designed under-
quilt that works very nicely in a specified temp range, just like with tents and bags.
I agree that there will be lower limits to the temp range for which a hammock makes
sense, but for the southerners and us NW-ers a little insulation can make the
hammock a superior solution for the temps we normally encounter.
--- In email@example.com, "jjoven_49" <hoz49@h...> wrote:
> You good folks seem to be expending alot of effort to be able to use
> the hammock in cold temperatures. Pads, pods, under quilts, space
> blankets, bivy sacks... Have you considered it may not be worth the
> If you just want to meet a challenge, then that's a different thing.
> But there may come a time (November-March???) when you must resort to
> a thermarest, down bag and (Heaven forbid) sleep on the ground.