Re: [Hammock Camping] answering natures call and staying warm.
- OK Rule number one. Go before you go to bed, You really don't want
to have to get back up only a few minutes later.
That said. it takes minimal energy for all humans to "keep it in".
However if I am uncomfortable (as I am also old) I will get up and
take care of business. If I was getting chilled, this activity
usually warms me up a bit and I can rearrange my bedding etc. grab a
But it takes no energy to maintain something at a constant
temperature inside a stable closed system (your body).
PS I had a couple of new scouts years ago who did not bother to
clean out thier cooking equipment before going to bed. In the middle
of the night one got up but was also to lazy to find his shoes so he
could head to the bushes. So he just stood on the corner of his tarp
and shot it out. Next morning guess what they found in thier frying
pan with the leftover beans from supper.
I have no direct experience of the conversion kit. Based on
what I've read and heard, the kit accomplishes two things.
First, it lets you wear the liner while you're wearing the
poncho. Second, it converts the liner into a zippered
I've never tried to use the poncho as a sleeping bag. I use
it only in a hammock, and have given up putting anything
between me and the hammock that can be compressed.
It's certainly large enough to make a bag. It has tieout
straps all around the edges, so in a pinch you could tie it
into a bag and sleep with the open seam down. At least that
would let you try it out as a bag.