- Hi everybody,
I'm new to this list, I have read some of the messages and I am
impressed by the generosity of experience and advice.
Anybody got experiences with hammocks high up in trees?
I always dreamed about learning to fly but never found any
realistic possibility to practice it. And parchuting and bungy
jumping - I mean how much flying is it? Some 20 seconds, just
enough to pee in your pants and then it's over.
So I was happy to join a tree-climbing course last spring. My
dreams came true! The trees are all free, waitng for me in the
forest, and I can stop the fall and stay mid-air for as long as I
wish. It is a true miracle.
Now I want to expand my dream and stay up there to sleep. I
have been looking for hammocks and found the tree-boats on
www.newtribe.com But someone told me they are
uncomfortable, you can only lie on your back and in an awkward
The pros are 4-point attachment and very strong material. They
come with rain fly, mosquito net and pea pod. But with the
shipping (to Sweden) it will be quite expensive so I prefer to
make my own.
I am experimenting with the Ed Speer-model, I love that
simpleness. But staying some 20 meters up in the air demand
some extra functions: I want both rain fly and mosquito net to be
not separate parts, but stuck to the hammock. There will be no
ground to attach the lines to. I want to be able to adjust them
from inside the hammock. I also must leave an opening at the
top for the rope attached to my harness to lead up to its anchor
point above without letting rain and wild animals in.
I slept last night in my first home-made hammock ( 75
centimeters above ground, attached between the cherry and the
apple tree). It was lovely and very comfortable. But today I feel a
bit dizzy. My head is turning. Could it be that one becomes kind of
sea-sick from the rocking? (Tree-sick?) Anybody had this
Hope to hear you opinions.
/ Christina, in Tjornarp, Sweden
- ceciliahuset said:
> some extra functions: I want both rain fly and mosquito net to beThis depends a lot on the tree you camp in. Many trees have quite
> not separate parts, but stuck to the hammock. (etc, etc)
substantial branches, making it easy to attach a couple of fly-lines.
I use a Hennessey Hammock in trees with some success, and before that
used a home-made one that worked in a similar way. Be aware that you
are more likely to end up falling if you hang the hammock between two
trees high up - the tops move much more than the bottoms (and mroe
than branches do relative to each other).
Currently I run a length of 6mm rope out through the slit in the HH,
but ideally I'd like an opening in the side and a quickdraw sewn
through the top of the netting. I haven't down that yet though.
I suggest you add a hauling pulley (only goes round one way) to your
collection, as that makes it much easier to bring stuff up into the
tree. When cycle touring I occasionally find it useful to camp 20m or
30m off the ground, and lifting something that heavy you need at least
2:1 pulley advantage (80kg or so). So it depends on what you're
When you're up a tree, it's often useful to have a "gear hammock" or
something that can be stretched out to make a more or less flat
surface. Otherwise cooking and so on can be a real pain, but that also
depends on whether you want to go down to cook. I'm used to trees
where that's a real pain (descend 30m, cook, climb 30m? I don't think
so). I carry a 70cm triangle of doubled ripstop with gear cord edging
that makes biner loops in the corners. So I can sit on it if I want
to, but normally I just put gear on it as I unpack it. The HH in
seat mode is not a good place to put things - it's too liable to shake
and drop your gear.