Re: How far are you willing to go to make the hammock work?
- --- In email@example.com, "Gregory Doggett"
I totally agree with you about the shelter being a tool. Although I
think the hammock is worth the comfort it provides and have been
really exploring options to keep it as my main shelter, the ground is
not totally out of the question. I also have the added consideration
of where I'm hiking. The desert isn't always the most hospitable
place for an item needing 2 tie points and lugging that 4x4 post
around while backpacking would totally throw my whole lighter pack is
better theory right out the window. :)
How cold have you been able to take your PeaPod set up?
jamie in az
> I like my hammock best when all I need is the tarp, foam pad and aneed
> quilt. Having been an ultralight hiker and ground tarp user for
> awhile before I discovered hammocks, I'm comfortable with my skill
> at finding good ground sites. I can always travel lighter with a
> ground based system so the weight and bulk of what gear I would
> just to be able to hammock would be my limiting factor in colderweather
> weather. (Though the pure comfort of sleeping suspended in the air
> is undisputably superior in my opinion)
> For me, the gear is just a tool. And I want a tool that best suits
> the hike.
> If I can be warm, comfortable and do so with significantly less
> weight, bulk and complexity in cold weather with a ground based
> system....then the hammock stays home.
> Many, however, choose to push the limits of hammocks in cold
> and exclude all other shelters.cooler
> Hopefully their efforts will continue to pay off in lighter,simpler
> and more thermally efficient systems.
> I have a Speer Hammock, PeaPod and Top Blankets and a Hennessey
> Explorer Ultralite Asym to give you an idea of what models I have
> experience with. A Bozeman Mtn. Works Quantum Arc quilt is my
> temp sub for Top Blankets.
- Since I'm haning the a hammock above ground wouldn't cold air
settling in the trench be a possitive though. That way it says down
there and the warm air rises up to me.????? OR would it serve to
keep the whole area more cold, like something sitting on top of
jamie in az
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Coy" <starnescr@y...> wrote:
> the wind brake is good, dont know if cold air would settle in the
> snow trench though. I have read where igloos have a low spot put in
> them for the cold air and you sleep on snow benches higher up
> wish I got enough snow to play in.
> Coy Boy
> --- In email@example.com, "chcoa" <jdeben@h...> wrote:
> > This is kind of what I'm envisioning. I was planning to hang a
> > little lower to the ground though and pile the snow up on the
> > bit then hand my tarp so the hammock was completley enclosed. I
> > thinking it would be a good wind break and keep in warmth.
> > I really wont know for sure if I can do this though until I get
> > and see how deep the snow is.
> > jamie in az
> > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Clifford R. Haynes"
> > <chaynes@g...> wrote:
> > > I have slept in snow trenches often. In my opinion they are the
> > easiest snow
> > > shelters to build and when it gets really cold they are much
> > than a
> > > tent.
> > >
> > > I have used my HH a lot during the winter. I normally dig out
> > snow under
> > > the hammock and normally hang it as I would with no snow. I
> > large
> > > tarp so I can go to the ground (or into the snow on the) on the
> > wind
> > > side. If it is really cold I often shovel snow to block the
> > which sort
> > > of creates a 3 sides lean-to. If you have everything set just
> > relative
> > > to the wind, you can have a small warming fire with a reflector
> > the open
> > > side. Kinda enjoyable to sit in the HH in your longhandles
> > the fire
> > > and dozing.
> > > Rocky