Re: [Hammock Camping] Re: Pole on HH fly
- While I do think the pole looks cool, I think it is
utterly unneccesary. Tom, I tie my tieouts to the fly
all the time without it having a pole. I simply tie a
loop in the tieout, then clip it into the little clip
on the fly because it keeps the ground under the
hammock less cluttered and allows me to easily unclip
one side and draw it over to the other side, pulling
the hammock out of the way when I am sitting below to
cook or relax out of the rain.
The reason I say it is unnecessary, and even a slight
bit of a hinderance is because of a couple of reasons.
First, it adds weight and bulk to the pack, as well
more complication. For this it then should have a big
reward. But the only reward I can see is that it
would increase the coverage over the ground. However,
it decreases the coverage of the hammock by raising
the fly edge. If we are talking about wind blown
rain, it is how far down, not how far out the fly
stretches. Hence the reason that tent flys reach down
to the ground. Also, with the fly rigidly spread and
held high, it will catch the wind better, but be less
able to conform, and as such will be more likely to
pull stakes or tear in a strong gust.
These are my two cents anyway, and I can think of
situations where in it could be a benefit, but I don't
want to bore anyone. Talk to me off list if this is
something you would like to share, or something you
would like ask me.
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> Also, with the fly rigidly spread andI think the biggest advantage is that you don't NEED any stakes or
> held high, it will catch the wind better, but be less
> able to conform, and as such will be more likely to
> pull stakes or tear in a strong gust.
guylines with this setup. You just tie to the trees and insert the
pole...and you're done.
The downside is that you can't adjust tarp pitch for windy
conditions. However, you could tighten the hammock closer to the
tarp at the guy-out points, and if you had a water resistant cover
(like the taco) that might keep the windblown rain out. Or if you
had a bigger tarp, like the 8x8, you might get enough coverage just
by tightening the guy-outs.
That wouldn't stop any possible tears, though. Using shock-cord to
attach the hammock guy-out points to the tarp would have somewhat of
a dampening effect. Using the sling-shot techniqe on the other two
points would add some. Not sure that would be enough if very strong
I wonder why he put the pole on the outside. Any ideas?