Hammock Camping Re: Benefit of Snakeskins?
- Hi Steven,
Nothing new here. Between TopRock and Shane, it has been covered in
their web sites. But to briefly restate:
With the HH, one can attach the snakeskins outside or inside the fly
attchment point. If attached outside the fly, then the fly is
normally enclosed in the snakeskins. If the Snakeskinz are attached
between the fly attachment and the hammock, then the snakeskins just
enclose the hammock and the fly is packed outside it. Advantage of
this second method is that the fly can be dried separately at lunch.
If you need to put the hammock up in the rain, you can tie the
hammock up with the waterproof snakeskins protecting it, then clip on
the fly, stretch it out with its stakes, and then open the
snakeskins. This keeps the hammock dry. without having to carefully
open the snakeskins trying to make sure the fly is on top. If it is
windy, this ability to put the hammock up without a care is really
If you want a lightweight fly which is larger, Campmoor makes one, I
believe Ed Speer would sell one separately, or you can sew one
yourself. It is a project which takes about $50 of materials (6 2/3
yards of silnylon, tie-outs, cords, etc) Ray Jardine's book has OK
instructions on how to sew it, as do several sources on the net -
some even better than Ray's. Having built two Jardine type tarps, I
would opt for deleting the "peaks" for this hammock use.
With the larger fly, it is normally pitched separately from the
hammock and then the hammock is tied up under the tarp.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Stephen T. Gregorie"
> >and whether you put the fly up over the hammock, ordesktop!
> > attached to it.
> sounds like there are a couple ways to attach the
> fly?...clipped to the tie ropes from the
> hammock..and?? does anyone run seperate tie ropes for
> the fly? I would like a larger light weigh fly, where
> should I look?
> --- geoflyfisher <geoflyfisher@y...> wrote:
> > In my opinion, two primary benefits:
> > 1. As you say Shane has said: best drip protection
> > available.
> > 2. You can put the hammock up in the rain without
> > getting it wet.
> > There are a couple methods to do this, depending on
> > which make
> > hammock you have, and whether you put the fly up
> > over the hammock, or
> > attached to it.
> > 2+ (extra credit) You can lay the hammock on the
> > ground to figure
> > out spacing without getting it wet. (I think Shane
> > also said this
> > first as well.)
> > Since you can build your own for just a couple
> > dollars, this is
> > benefit enough, in my book.
> > --- In email@example.com, "Bob"
> > <rnunnink@s...> wrote:
> > > I own A HH safari and was thinking of ordering
> > a pair of
> > > snakeskins. I've read how to use them and I
> > understand it as well
> > as
> > > I'm going until I get a chance to play with them.
> > What still has
> > me
> > > scratching my head is the benefit of these things.
> > Taking down of
> > my
> > > hammock takes about one minute right now. I clip
> > the fly to the
> > > hammock tie outs plastic rings and leave it
> > attached the sliding
> > knot
> > > tensioner. I then untie the head end of the
> > hammock and without
> > > letting the hammock touch the ground start
> > stuffing the hammock
> > into
> > > it's stuff sack. I keep stuffing until I get to
> > the foot end that
> > is
> > > tied to the other tree. I then untie that end and
> > finish the
> > > stuffing. Of course if the fly is very wet I
> > detach it from the
> > > hammock and allow it to dry by itself in the mesh
> > back pocket of my
> > > backpack and just stuff the hammock. When setting
> > up I know the
> > foot
> > > end of the hammock will come out first and choose
> > my set up site
> > with
> > > this in mind. When coming out of the stuff sack
> > the elastic
> > tensioers
> > > and fly guys are usually not tangled enough to
> > cause me any
> > > difficulty with set up. I've heard some people
> > talk about having to
> > > fold their hammock and fly, but I've never seen a
> > reason to do
> > this.
> > > My stuffing method doesn't become a tangled mess
> > as long as my fly
> > is
> > > attached to the hammock at the four places I 've
> > mentioned. The
> > > snakeskin takedown scenario seems much longer and
> > harder than my
> > > method.
> > > On Shane's web site he takes about the rain
> > benefit of
> > > snakeskins.
> > > "An important side benefit of the Snakeskins is
> > not even mentioned
> > > in the instructions or on the Hennessy website.
> > One of the banes
> > of
> > > hammock use is heavy rain because the suspension
> > ropes become
> > > saturated and water wicks along the ropes and wets
> > the hammock
> > bed.
> > > The common solution is to tie cotton or other
> > absorbent strings to
> > > the suspension ropes near their attachment to the
> > hammock bed. The
> > > strings wick water away from the rope and it drips
> > to the ground
> > > instead of wetting the hammock bed. With the
> > Snakeskins, the drip
> > > strings are no longer necessary."
> > > I haven't been in rain that was so hard that
> > it's given me any
> > > problems. We did have a drought last summer here
> > in Northern PA. I
> > > also like having the hammock stuff sack to store
> > my few odds and
> > end
> > > like maps, first aid kit, LED light, journal etc
> > like Sgt Rock does.
> > > So ok all you people sold on these things tell
> > me what I am
> > missing
> > > out on.
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