Re: How to Make a Bivy from a Hammock? Magic Triangle Secret
- 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 email@example.com, "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"