Re: [Hammock Camping] Bad trip
- I take two bandanas with me on each trip, and tie them to the hammock straps
during the night; for their wicking properties ... or for drying.
2005/5/2, David Chinell <dchinell@...>:
> I read the recommendation to use a natural fabric for its
> wicking properties, and spent months looking for just the
> right diameter and hand in an all-cotton cord. I keep about
> a foot of this tied onto each of my hammock ropes. (I use a
> tropical hammock.)
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- Thanks for the suggestions about preventing water infiltration,
everyone. Next time we go out, there will definitely be some sort of
cotton something in place on the straps.
In spite of the water problems, David said he slept more than he
usually does when lying on the ground. So he's willing to try the
hammock again. I've got a fairly ambitious weekend planned from
Hampton, TN, to US 19E, and I need his support with the car, and an
overnight campout as part of it. I was hoping he'd fall in love with
the hammock and be anxious to camp out again.
Now if only it would warm up a bit. It is May, isn't it?
- btw, if I understand the concept correctly, hanging something off the
hammock strap gives the water somewhere else to run when it follows
gravity - the surface tension of the water keeps it together and sort
of "sticking" to the strap's surface, while gravity has it slide
downwards. If downwards leads into your hammock, that's where the water
will go. Putting any length of any material whatsoever on the strap so
that downward ends in a dead end before your hammock, the drops will
accumulate additional drops until the weight of the drop overcomes its
ability to adhere and will drip down. Under no circumstance should the
drop reverse direction, climb back up and slide towards your hammock,
so there should be no need for foot-long lenghts of material.
So much for theory. In my HH, the snakeskins take care of this issue,
so I have no actual experience. I'd be interested, however, if anyone
has tried smaller strings (say, three inches of shoelace) to
Good luck on converting your husband, Marta. Still working on my wife -
so far, she won't even try it out. My (nearly four year old) daughter
was an instant convert, though. I think she'll get an extreme racer
hammock or similar one-pound getup for her 5th birthday so she can
carry it herself.
--- In email@example.com, "marta_clark" <marta_clark@y...>
> Thanks for the suggestions about preventing water infiltration,
> everyone. Next time we go out, there will definitely be some sort of
> cotton something in place on the straps.
> In spite of the water problems, David said he slept more than he
> usually does when lying on the ground. So he's willing to try the
> hammock again. I've got a fairly ambitious weekend planned from
> Hampton, TN, to US 19E, and I need his support with the car, and an
> overnight campout as part of it. I was hoping he'd fall in love with
> the hammock and be anxious to camp out again.
> Now if only it would warm up a bit. It is May, isn't it?