RE: [Hammock Camping] Clear plastic sheet for tarp
- 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.