Hammock for bike camping
- I'm looking for a hammock to use for bike camping. That means that
weight is important but not as important as when ultralight backpacking.
What is very important is to get a good nights sleep because you are
your bike's motor, so comfort is top priority. I have slept in a net
hammock which was comfortable but could be too cold in the mountains.
I would hope to get to areas like the plains or the southwest where
there may be no trees, so I would need some way to rig the sleeping
system as a bivvy sack to sleep on the ground, if there is nothing to
hang from. The bivvy sack/tarp could be a different system in
addition to the hammock if they were light enough to carry both.
It should be easy to hang and pack down because some nights would be
free camping along the road somewhere.
Rain protection, wind protection, bug protection and protection from
chills are important. I would hope to use the hammock as a lounge
when taking a day off due to bad weather (wind, rain, snow), laziness,
illness or injury.
I guess I am looking for a luxury sleeping system that is easy to pack
up, relatively lightweight (compared to a tent), and can be "lived in"
for days at a time. What combination of hammock, sleeping bag, tarp
and bug protection would you recommend?
I'm interested in either commercial products or ideas for how to make
Thanks for any help you can provide!
- Paul V. said:
> I'm looking for a hammock to use for bike camping.I've used both a home-made hammock, and my current Hennessy hammock
for cycle touring. Making one is striaght-forward, but does require a
sewing machine and some time. I saw a Hennessy on sale for less than
the cost of a cheap second hand sewing machine... so I bought it.
There's a few comments scattered through
http://www.moz.net.nz/photo/2004/01/01-tour/ on the subject, and even
some photos. The www.hennessyhammock.com/ works well and is light and
easy to pitch. The FAQ will have heaps more links and so on I'm sure.
I did another tour this Christmas (summer!) and then went to Tasmania
and camped in the forest. The hammock works well, and the totally
bug-proof nature was again a great bonus.
> What is very important is to get a good nights sleep because you areMaking sure before you start the trip that you can reliably get a good
> your bike's motor, so comfort is top priority. I have slept in a net
> hammock which was comfortable but...
night's sleep in the hammock is important. You'll still need a
sleeping mat of some sort, and there are a huge number of theories on
light ways to stay warm. I go the the decent sleeping bag and mat,
myself, as it means I can ground camp if I need to (the Hennessy can
be pitched on the ground).
Big advantages are the fast setup time (note the photo of me putting
it up so I have somewhere to sit for lunch), compact size (no poles)
and lightness. I have camped in camping grounds with it with no
problems, but stealth camping is much better (and somewhat easier with
- Just wanted to put in a vote for a thick closed cell pad. Less
slippery than a thermarest, less bunchy than an thin closed cell (and
more comfy if you got the ground). It will take up quite a bit of
space but I think it is worth it.
Also, have a look at some people's photos of tying off to a car, or
or the one-pole-method. I know you won't have a car, but it shows
how creative you can get. And the one-pole idea might come in handy
for you, using the bike as your pole.
Have fun. Be careful.
Bill in Houston
--- In email@example.com, Moz <list@m...> wrote:
> Paul V. said:
<snip> night's sleep in the hammock is important. You'll still need a
> sleeping mat of some sort, and there are a huge number of theories
> light ways to stay warm. I go the the decent sleeping bag and mat,
> myself, as it means I can ground camp if I need to (the Hennessy can
> be pitched on the ground).
> Big advantages are the fast setup time (note the photo of me putting
> it up so I have somewhere to sit for lunch), compact size (no poles)
> and lightness. I have camped in camping grounds with it with no
> problems, but stealth camping is much better (and somewhat easier
> a hammock).