Re: wet again
- Thanks for all the interesting ideas, everyone. I really like the
plastic-disk-with-a-slit-in-it idea. The thing my hiking partner is
thinking about making uses some sort of sailboat hardware that has a
hook with a disk as part of it. The plastic seems light, simple, and
would not abrade the strap of the hammock fabric. It could probably
be pretty small, like the top of a Pringles can. My son would like
it if I bought a couple of cans to try it out. (That would be even
better than when I bought the raw materials to make a Pepsi stove.)
Both times we've had water problems were during very heavy rains--the
type where, if you're driving, the road is flooded with several
inches of water and the storm drains are overwhelmed. The first
time, when my husband was in the hammock and I was in the tarptent,
water was splashing so hard on the ground that it was bouncing into
the tarptent through the mesh skirt. Last week's rain was probably
even harder, in terms of inches of rainfall per hour. It was hard
enough that the shelter roof was leaking merrily around the nailholes.
Ed, I'm not sure if the straps were forming a V. Probably not
because I had the bandana strips right above the reinforcing where
the ring attaches for the bug net ridgeline. I do know that the
bandana strips were not tied particularly tightly around the straps.
Also, as I mentioned earlier, in the high wind, the little strips
were blown up and stuck to the straps so they didn't dangle down
properly. Perhaps I should have tied something heavier (like a
banana) on them to weight them down. :-)
On the positive side, I don't think I got any appreciable windblown
rain coming in under the tarp, although the wind was strong enough to
sway the trunks of the trees. The movement woke me up and I tried to
remember exactly how large the trees I had tied to were, and whether
they might be likely to be uprooted. When I was making breakfast in
the shelter, the thru-hiker there told me he had guyed his tent to a
tree a few weeks back, only to have that tree blow down and rip the
tent in half.
I don't know, Slowhike--the first time I hiked the Standing Indian
loop, in February, we had an all-day freezing rainstorm. Now a
tropical storm. I think maybe I'd better move on to drier pastures.
Although if I want to test anti-drip devices, the Nantahala is
probably the place to go.
The evening before the storm, we watched the sunset from the
firetower on Albert Mtn. A great view. It rather put the lie
to "Red sky at night, sailor's delight."
- I know I'm a little late wading in :~) on this topic but today is my
first day back from a 3 week kayak trip off Canada's west coast and
the subject is very relevant. The particular area we were in is
reputed to receive 324 inches of rainfall a year... and it felt like
they received all of that in the 21 days we were there!
At the last minute before departing, I butchered an old tarp to make
up some "end caps" and I'm very thankful I did (pic is in the album
Neale). I kept them rectangular so I could play around with shape and
configuration. The top corner of the caps tied off a few inches inside
the tarp peak and, for all the reasons discussed in this thread,
effectively prevented water running along the tarp ridgeline and
dripping over the hammock. I got no water blowing in the ends - and we
had gale-force winds on several occassions. Because they're not needed
all the time and I appreciated being able to adapt the set-up, I'm not
sure I'll actually attach them permanently to the tarp as I'd planned
but I'll certainly move to a more triangluar cut.
I tried cord and bandanas to wick the water from the HH hammock lines.
Both worked fine for me. I actually had more difficulty stopping the
flow down the tension lines for my JRB nest system. In future I'll
discard the stock suspension cords (I believe they're too long and
hang the quilt too low in rainy conditions) and use much shorter lines
to attach just upstream of the hammock-line joint. I eventually
discovered that using the snake skins to cover the lines until they
were under the tarp worked fine but I still got light moisture
travelling into the ends of the down underquilt. The other issue with
this solution was that I could no longer use the snake skins to furl
the hammock once they were wet - they'd certainly soak the hammock
during storage which would be a pain when expecting multiple days of rain.
My question to the group is this...
When we add the extras to stay dry and warm (ie. a separate tarp
requiring additional stakeouts rather than the HH integrated,
under-quilts, under-covers and end caps) - none of which goes into the
regular snake skins so each element requires just that little extra
time to put-up and take-down, are there ways to economize on the
time/effort required to set up? I was a whole lot more comfortable
than my tenting colleagues during this trip but then they were set up
and relaxing with a cup of tea a whole lot sooner than I was. It pains
me for the hammocks to be out-done on this one dimension. How can I
make hammocking even more virtuous by (radically?) shortening the set
up time? Tips? Techniques?