Re: [Hammock Camping] Clear plastic sheet for tarp
- jwj32542 wrote:
>I like my hammock, but I feel like I'm entering a cocoon when II put the tarp up when it looks like rain - I don't mind not looking at
>crawl under the tarp. I'm thinking of getting a regular old sheet
>of clear plastic and rigging it up to use as a tarp. That way I can
>still see the stars at stuff when I go to bed, and get the full
>morning sun when I wake up.
>Obviously it's not as durable as silnylon, but a bit of duct tape
>can fix it just as well. Maybe a bit heavier, too, but for short
>trips I think it'd work out well. And you can't beat the price!
>Anyone tried this before?
the rain clouds. I leave it in my pack; or up but furled inside its own
little tubes, when it is clear or questionable.
The tubes are just like hammock tubes but keep the tarp and its tieouts
from getting confused. It takes all of about half a minute to deploy
the tarp when it has been pre-rigged like this.
Even when not pre-rigged, it only takes about a minute more to tie it to
the trees, but that minute can be a long, wet minute. I had occasion to
visit it once more at 0400 on Wednesday morning, 10 miles south of
Damascus Virginia. I went to sleep looking at the nearly full moon in a
clear sky and woke to sprinkles on my cheek.
Nothing wrong with clear plastic except weight, bulk, noise, and lack of
- I love looking at the night sky from my HH. Last trip I unhooked the head
end of the fly from its connection and pulled it down to the foot end.I ran
a light line from the ring on the fly, through the head-end connector on the
ridgeline and back under the hammock, ending at the entrance slit, nicely
velcroed in so I wouldn't loose it. When it started sprinkling at 3AM, I
just reached down to the line underneath me and started pulling. The head
end of the fly was pulled up nearly to its normal position and I velcroed
the line at this tightened position. May not be a sufficient solution for a
real storm, but was just great for a little light rainfall.
### I have done this too, but from the side, not from an end. It works
- One other thought that I didn't see mentioned in the prior post.
With a smallish tarp, you have to have it closer to you to get rain
protection. With a larger tarp, you can get rain protection with the
tarp pitched higher and at least see out of the sides and maybe not
feel as confined. However, there is a width of 'diminishing returns'
when using a rectangular tarp over a hammock unless you prop the
edges up with poles/sticks... my guess is that is about 8 feet. If
this 'diminishing returns' concept is hard to understand, it is
because at some point it is difficult to decrease the angle of the A-
frame pitch because you can only hang the ridgeline of the tarp up as
hight as you can reach.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Rick <ra1@i...> wrote:
> Nothing wrong with clear plastic except weight, bulk, noise, andlack of
> strength.And it offers no protection from the sun--a significant issue in some
But in fairness: Plastic is wonderfully inexpensive, easily worked,
and servicable enough is many conditions.
General weights per-sq.-foot for the plastic sheeting found in
WalMart, hardware stores, etcetera (these two thicknesses are the
ones most suited for tarp use.)...
3 mil. = 0.23 oz
4 mil. = 0.306 oz
So an 8x10 sheet of the 4mil stuff will weigh about 1.5 pounds.