RE: [Hammock Camping] How to Make a Bivy from a Hammock?
I am going on a 22 day bike tour of Nova Scotia in 2 weeks (wow, less
than that!) and have contemplated the fact that some places I want to
stay wont have trees. I have done some touring before, and have slept
between a picnic table and an inverted bike, but the tarp was only about
18" off the ground, much too close for comfort. This year, I will be
using an 8'x10.5' silnylon tarp along with my HH. I will be using 3
poles rigged for attachment to the fly, which won't be a problem for
you. Rig the tarp with all of the tieouts it has (if it's just the HH
stock tarp, then just the two) for maximum wind protection. Next, setup
the hammock between your trekking poles, keeping it loose enough to act
as a bivy, but not strung so tight that it will put enough strain as to
pull your stakes out. As for the ground sheet, I have considered a
couple of alternatives. For bike touring, space is more of a premium
than weight (about 2000cu in both my rear panniers, no front ones or
anything on the rack), so this is what I plan to do:
I'm going to rig kind of an envelope out of either tyvek or silnylon.
Whether it be an attachment on the ends or on the ends and in the
middle, I'm not sure yet. But you need to be able to hold the material
above the ground level to keep water out. Make the hammock loose enough
to be able to use your pad flat, that way it can function really as a
pad. If I go with making it out of tyvek, I may sew a small (like
30"x40") piece of silnylon to the bottom of the tyvek where my arse is
to help prevent water being forced through.
I'm still open to suggestions, but these are my initial thoughts.
Hopefully, I will be able to get a good set of ideas, which I will
implement in making *something* that I will use for my trip.
From: Lucinda [mailto:marketwatcher63@...]
Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2004 11:05 PM
Subject: [Hammock Camping] How to Make a Bivy from a Hammock?
I'm Lucinda from Atlanta and new to the group. My boyfriend and I
have taken our HH Backpacker ASyms out a couple of times backpacking
and we love them. We're learning more new things all the time.
(Interestingly, we haven't run across any other hammock campers in the
Southern Appalachians. Where are they??). Last weekend we were
backpacking through Pisgah National Forest along the Art Loeb trail
and saw a few tents near the top of Black Balsam Bald. The
environment there is very open at about 6,000 feet, grassy, VERY windy
and could be quite muddy when it rains.
We were wondering how we could adapt our hammocks so that we could
convert them to bivies for camping where there are no trees? I've
seen pictures of this technique on the internet, but haven't read or
seen any descriptions of how EXACTLY it's done. Obviously we need
trekking poles, but what additional equipment do we need (i.e. what
sort of ground cloth, sleeping pad, guy-line tying techniques do you
recommend?). It would be great to extend the versatility of our
What are the steps to creating a bivy that will be very wind- and
Yahoo! Groups Links
- I asked the same question a couple of weeks ago
Sue/Hammock Hanger sent me this answer
I tried this numerous times with disasterous results... UNTIL I sat
with Tom & Sgt Rock at trail days.
I will try hard to explain but it is one of those things best seen.
1- put down a tarp or plastic bag under the hammock
2- lay out the hammock
3- tie a CLOVE HITCH in the guide line about 8 inches from the
hammock around the tip of a hiking stick or something similar
4- place a stake securely in the ground wrap the guideline around the
5- now looking at the pole and stake one place the second stake so
that you have an even triangle, wrap the guideline around second stake
6-bring up the guideline and tie it off up at the top of the hiking
pole. The triangle should be taunt.
7- repeat on the other side. This is much much easier with a second
person holding pole #1 for you
Thge magic triangle is the secret no one told me about. For a
groundcloth get a peice of Tyvek.
Here is Sgt Rocks site with pics of a HH as a bivy
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Lucinda"
> We were wondering how we could adapt our hammocks so that we couldor
> convert them to bivies for camping where there are no trees? I've
> seen pictures of this technique on the internet, but haven't read
> seen any descriptions of how EXACTLY it's done. Obviously we needyou
> trekking poles, but what additional equipment do we need (i.e. what
> sort of ground cloth, sleeping pad, guy-line tying techniques do
> recommend?). It would be great to extend the versatility of ourHello Lucinda,
> wonderful hammocks.
> What are the steps to creating a bivy that will be very wind- and
Welcome to the group. I've learned that adapting the H&H to a bivy
is really no big deal. Rock does a good job explaining how. Rock's
attention to detail did more than anything else on influencing me to
go w/ the H&H almost a year ago. Another site to check out is Shane
Steinkampf's review on the ultra-light asym.
If you've tarped before you know that the flying diamond
configuration sheds wind & rain very well. If you're worried about
the hammock body becoming abrased just stick an emergency space
blanket under the hammock as a ground cloth. Treating the hammock
body w/ silicon water proofing spray & a permethrin bug dope spray
(Sawyer's @ Wally World works) is an excellent idea also.
- Welcome to the group! Be sure to post trip reports and descriptions
of any new things you try, whether they work or not. We love to
tinker and you'll see folks trying and revising stuff all the time.
> Thge magic triangle is the secret no one told me about. For aIf you can't get hold of tyvek, I like to use a lawn and garden trash
> groundcloth get a peice of Tyvek.
bag slit down the sides. The plastic is much heavier than most
kitchen trash bags and is formulated to survive sticks and thorns.
You can get a box or roll of them at any Home
Depot/Lowe's/Walmart/Target/(insert discount chain store here). They
roll up small and weigh very little.
"If we do not hang together, we will surely hang separately"