Re: [Hammock Camping] Re: My third night in my Hennessy
- When I grt a moment, I'm gonna try hanging an old (coleman) sleeping
bag under my HH. I'll support it with an old mesh string hammock.
On Sat, 5 Feb 2005 17:10:27 -0800 (PST), john hill <nil_dog@...> wrote:
> Right about the bladder and right about keeping a pad in place too. I've
> looked at the underquilt but they're just not in my budget yet. Maybe next
> year. Anyway, I'm sold on hammock camping. Haven't had a rainy night yet
> though but from what I've read it shouldn't be too much trouble.
> jack_tier <jacktier@...> wrote:
> Multiple trips to pee are a sign that your bladder is cool and
> uncomfortable....notice that the warmest night you had the fewest
> number of trips....pads are a bummer to keep positioned....If you
> want warmth and hassle free comfort look at an underquilt...To be
> upfront, I'm an owner, but www.jacksrbetter.com has a good answer.
> Be sure to check the articles on the site, as there are a lot of
> useful tips for hanging comfortable the year round, no matter how
> you decide.
> --- In email@example.com, "John F. Hill" <nil_dog@y...>
> > Well, I've been working long hours the last couple of weeks so I
> > haven't read my e-mail for a while. Had 230 messages from this
> > group to go through when I opened up tonight. Looks like a lot of
> > folks are trying the same thing. Here is a tale of my first three
> > nights in my Hennessy.
> > I spent my third night in my new Hennessy Expedition A-Sym
> > night the 24th of January at Bucks Pocket State Park in Alabama on
> > scout trip. We take this trip every year to maybe get the troops
> > polar bear award for sleeping in a tent or under the stars in
> > 19 degree temperatures.
> > My first night in my hammock was in the back yard during the
> > Christmas holidays figuring that if things got too bad I could
> > head back inside. The temperature that night went to about 45
> > degrees. I had been reading posts here and information elsewhere
> > cold weather hammocking so I tried to use my fleece sleeping bag
> > an insulator. I wore mid-weights that are supposed to be
> > to Patagonia, heavy socks, and a toboggan (Thinsulate) (wool
> > I used my Slumberjack 30 degree Thermolite mummy bag (backpacking
> > bag – 2.5 pounds total weight) as a blanket but stuffing my legs
> > down inside. I pulled the tarp edges down some to block out most
> > the wind. I slept pretty warm and did pretty good except having
> > make 4 trips to the head during the night. It was a job keeping
> > fleece bag positioned but I did manage.
> > The next night only went to about 55 degrees but I dressed the
> > as before. This time I thought I'd try to use my blue foam
> > pad as a form for the fleece bag so maybe it'd stay in place which
> > it did to a point. Since it was warmer I uncovered a bit but
> > did well. Only had to make one trip to the head at 4:00 a.m. and
> > wife was sitting up reading since she'd woken up and was trying to
> > get drowsy again so I just stayed inside this time.
> > Now for this last night – at Bucks Pocket. The weather forecast
> > for a low of 25 degrees Saturday night so I thought I'd try again
> > but I also set up my little 7x7 dome tent just in case. Along
> > 6:00 p.m. the temperature was already in the upper 20s/lower 30s
> > it looked like the weather folks blew another one. I slept in my
> > not_Patagonias again, my scout pants, an acrylic sweater, a nylon
> > pullover jacket (the kind that stuffs in its own pocket – from Old
> > Navy), polypropylene liner socks, Boy Scout hiking socks, and my
> > (Thinsulate) toboggan. I used my blue pad stuffed inside my
> > bag and my 30 degree bag again. This time I pulled the tarp way
> > down on the sides. This night I made 4 trips to the head again.
> > started out being warm as toast. On the second trip to the head
> > toes had started getting a little chilly so when I got back I put
> > another pair of hiking socks and a pair of flannel or fleece
> > sleeping pants. On my third trip I checked my thermometer and it
> > was about 16 degrees (boy did the weather folks blow this one) and
> > my toes were getting chilly again. I took a Stearns fishing rain
> > jacket with a quilted lining I'd carried against the weather
> > prediction of some rain, buttoned the front and put my feet back
> > my sleeping bag and then inside the jacket. Warm again. Along
> > about 6:00 a.m. another trip to the head was needed and my toes
> > chilly again. I was too, starting to shiver – could of used maybe
> > 20 degree bag or under my fleece bag instead of using it under
> > When I came back to the site some of the kids were stirring and so
> > was one of the other adults so I just put my boots on and called
> > a night, stirred up a fire, and started the coffee. The
> > was at 13 degrees by now. I was kinda glad it was time to get up
> > because I'd run out of things to put on. During the night the
> > was pretty active – 3 or 4 times it got my hammock rocking. I had
> > 32 ounce Gatorade bottle for head calls but couldn't figure out
> > to use it without getting half out of the hammock anyway so
> > against it and just used the trips to the bathhouse to rearrange
> > pad and stuff. Maybe in the summer. Since then I realized I
> > use a WalMart bag or a garbage bag to wrap my feet in for a few
> > degrees. The wind really got up during the night too, about 4
> > it got my hammock swinging. You could hear it coming.
> > From this I learned that trying to keep a blue pad that's 20
> > wide under you when sleeping on your side is a real challenge and
> > I'm going to have to do like others have said and make a wider
> > I'll have to add to the side at the upper end and trim to fit the
> > hammock's shape but I'll need it at the feet as mine get cold (old
> > legs = poor circulation?). Maybe use a space blanket that's
> > to fit (or just fold it up to fit). Then if it's way cold I can
> > my fleece bag as a cover over my sleeping bag. One day I might be
> > able to get a good down quilt that would be rated below 20 degrees
> > or so and use that in extreme weather. I'm getting on in life,
> > overweight, and way out of shape so carry weight is real important
> > to me. The outcome of this might have been entirely different
> > if the night was a damp or wet cold but I think it was a pretty
> > cold – maybe because of the wind - and therefore not as "cold".
> > After this trip I'll probably use my hammock on all our outings
> > where there are trees unless really cold weather is predicted.
> > I didn't notice any condensation and from reading all the other
> > posts it might be that I didn't because of my fleece bag or my
> > not_patagonias. Anyway, I'm into hammocking now. I might buy a
> > Byer cheapo for winter camping when you don't need a bug net and
> > my Hennessy for bug weather although I'm sure the bug netting
> > keep it warmer inside. So many options.
> > john
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