Re: How far are you willing to go to make the hammock work?
- This has been a great thread so far. I'm glad to hear I'm not
the only one having lackluster results with the pad in a hammock
setup. I tried out my "system" over the weekend with less than
The winter humidity here in Germany is super high and there was
a really heavy fog with temps just above freezing. I set up my HH
on a gentle hillside in a sheltered area. I was using a 30 degree
synthetic bag as a quilt and a thin "blue foam" style pad beneath
me. In addition to the foam pad I had a windshield reflector style
pad I picked up in the UK. It seemed like the perfect thing when I
got it with the thin foam and reflective surface. It folds in
thirds and then rolls up into a tight little bundle. Trying to stay
on two pads and wiggle into position took some work but wasn't too
The combination of pads, bag, and my clothing was adequate for
the temps I was in for about 4 hours. Around 2am I woke up when the
condensation building up underneath me finally began to soak through
my clothing. The top half of me was still warm and toasty but from
my shoulders to my lower back was getting pretty uncomfortable. Had
I been in the far off frontier I probably could have stuck it out
til morning. Since I was just up the street from my house I bailed
out and headed home.
I think for me the underquilt will be the next step. I'd love
to just drop the coin on a jacks-r-better setup but the wife would
freak. I've got a couple of older qualofil summer bags and some
small bungie cord I'll try to adapt into an underquilt. If this
works out I'll try and build/buy something better next year.
--- In email@example.com, "chcoa" <jdeben@h...> wrote:
> Thanks Greg. I'll be interested in your Peopod test. Although I
> don't own a Speer type hammock I find all the different cold
> weather "solutions" very interesting.
> I have only used a normal pad (like the z-rest or blue foam) one
> in my hammock and I was really unimpressed. It was difficult to
> in the right place with the bottom entry and the one I was using
> wasn't wide enough to accomodate my shoulders if I moved too much
> from side to side. I think something like wider or like Ricks
> Overlap Pad would most definitely work better. If i could get to
> F I'd be pretty satisfied. I don't do much snow hanging so mid
> are usually the lowest I see.
- 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