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, ra1@i... wrote:
> Quoting Frances Jason <categrrl@y...>:
> > I've got two wee ones (1 and 3) and we all love hiking and
> > With all the rain we have been having, it seems like a hammock
> > be a good alternative carrying around a muddy tent.
> However, from the get-go - be careful of little ones in hammocks.
Though I do
> not have much experience, two risks are obvious:
> - falling - lesser of the two risks
> - getting squished between hammock and adult - greater of two risks
> Either could hurt/kill a little one.
Ditto, don't plan on finding a hammock for multiple people AND
camping. Let alone the discomfort, there is the obvious danger to
little ones Rick mentions above.
My boys, 4 and 7, now sleep in hammocks about 30% of the time for
bed time, and my 7 yr old has been out over night with me. I set
them up in seperate hammocks with thier own insulation. I try to
find tree arrangements where we can tie off to one tree at the feet
and two trees at the head and the we share the tarp.
Family camping with hammocks is a diffenent experience and not
suited to everyone. There is great pyscological comfort in sleeping
next to a parent in a common shelter (tent) for young children
sleeping outdoors. Until they are acclimated and ready (only you
will know that) you may have to plan on ground sleeping with them.
If I go out with my oldest, we hammock camp, but when its both boys,
we tarp or tent camp since the youngest is still uneasy in the woods
at night. When it is the whole family, we take the MONSTER cabin
tent (car camping) AND the hammocks. We lounge in the hammocks
during the day (when we're not "playing") and sleep in the tent at
night. As the kids get older (i also have a 2 yr old) we may
migrate towards hammock camping as a family, but who knows...
For now it is just a backpacking experience for me and my oldest,
not for our family car camping trips.
Definately try to acclimate them to hammock sleeping at home first
though. That has helped my boys tremendously.
Just some personal insight and opinion, YMMV.