Re: [Hammock Camping] More Cheap and Easy
Upstate NY. Just finished a 7-year stint as Scoutmaster, and camping with
the Troop (11-17 year-olds) is about the only camping I get to do (no
time!). We mostly don't do backpacking as a Troop (short hikes from the
vehicles to the camping sites). I am currently using a Marina Double
nylon mesh hammock (no bugnet yet, have only done winter and spring
camping in it so far). I am planning my upgrade to a "real" camping
hammock, just ordered Ed's book as a start. I've really enjoyed Risk's
pictures of the hammocks he has made, can't wait to get the book and try
my hand. My gear seems so primitive compared to what I see in this group.
This group has been the best thing for me to learn about hammocks ever.
My total cost so far has been $50 including a 8X10 tarp, hammock and poly
webbing, so cheap is my motto, too. The biggest drawback to the mesh
hammock has been keeping the closed-cell foam pad in the thing, it keeps
popping out at the corners. It's been pretty comfy. I got the gear idea
after reading the article by Allen Leigh. My first night hammock camping
was at 15 degrees F, and was plenty warm (if you can be warm in a tent in
the winter, being warm in a hammock is not hard, even without pea pods,
though they seem awesome). I prefer winter camping, having taken Okpik,
and I love the no bugs and no crowds. I read the postings in this group
about staying warm at 45 degrees, and I can't help thinking that's balmy
for my area. No mean-spirited intention there, it's just from my
perspective. I use a 25 degree poly-fill bag and a fleece bag as a liner
in the winter. I made a fleece balaclava that is my sleeping headgear in
the winter. Like I said, I am not an ultralight backpacker, so weight has
not been my focus.
From what I have experienced and read, the webbing isn't where I would
save my money. The folks on this group are MUCH more experienced than me,
and I have learned a ton just lurking (guess that's ended - lurking, that
is). Thank you ALL for sharing your experiences, btw.
I used to be an Eagle, myself... and a Staffer (twice). I got to use my
hammock on the last course this Spring, and it became part of the
presentation for camping techniques. I would have loved to have some of
the more experienced hammock campers there to show the Scout leaders (and
me) how it's really done!
On Sun, 11 Jul 2004 23:14:50 -0000 "Ralph Oborn" <polecatpop@...>
> Anything for the troop________________________________________________________________
> I used it to pull a van out of a mudhole. I was just thinking of
> using it to go from hammock to treehuggers. Or maybe to the multiple
> wraps a la Ed Speer.
> To use as a tow rope OI had to use a Fishermans Jam knot.
> Isn't it nice that our wives help us to be more frugal.
> Where you at? Where do you do tour camping, which age group.
> Ralph (I used to be an Antelope)
> > Ralph-
> > I have 100' of muletape in my backpack (I am not an ultralight
> camper, I tend to only campout with my Troop). I keep it there for
> emergencies (like pulling a truck out of a mudhole). It is truly
> amazing stuff. Mine is rated to 1800 lbs.
> > It is used by people who run cable through conduit, mostly
> underground. They use a blower or a vacuum to send the muletape
> through the conduit, tie the cable on and use a winch or truck
> bumper to pull the cable through the conduit. It is extremely
> lightweight. If you can hook up with a cabling company, you can
> probably get several hundred feet for free (once it is used a time
> or two, they are okay with discarding it). That's how I got mine.
> > I don't think it would be good for attaching a hammock to a tree
> because it is so narrow it would tend to damage a tree the same way
> that a rope would (I use 1" poly webbing to avoid that). It also
> does not maintain its flat shape well like webbing does, so even a
> water knot is quite difficult to untie once a load has been put on
> > Finally, it snags very easily, unlike the poly webbing I use. I
> think it would get messy after a few uses on a tree.
> > Just my 2 cents. I have enjoyed reading of your ventures through
> > hammocking on the cheap! I am also a cheap-o, but is more due to
> my wife controlling what I spend than anything else <grin>.
> > J
> > On Sun, 11 Jul 2004 04:06:40 -0000 "Ralph Oborn"
> > writes: In the continuing quest to go real cheap an easy. I found
> 70 ft. of poly pull cable in my Dad's garage. It is called muletape
> is about 3/4 inch and it says 2500 lbs on it. I used it to pull
> somebodys truck out of a mud hole so I think it is pretty tough.
> > > Any way when I looked it up on the web it is only 8 cents a
> foot. And they advertise it as extremely low stretch). The catch is
> that price is for 3,000 ft ($276). (enough for 100 hammocks)
> > > I'll check with a friend at church tomorrow to see if you can
> get smaller lots (electrical supply house).
> > >
> > > Ralph, (Cheap an Easy)
> > >
> > >
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