Re: hammocks & privacy
don newcomb (newcomb@US1.NAVO.NAVY.MIL)
Thu, 19 May 1994 09:29:57 -0500
>From: Wendy Theriault <wendyt@MIGHTY.RIV.EDU>
> Is there anyone out there who is an experienced 'hammock camper'?
I would probably qualify. I've been a strong advocate of the hammock
(and the WW-II jungle-hammock in particular) since I was 10.
>My son is going to attempt using a hammock & tarp for the first time
>this weekend, but he's almost phobic about privacy when dressing. Does
>anyone have any suggestions?
1. Tell him to forget the hammock or
2. Take him to counseling for his phobia.
> Thanks for your help with a wierd and semmingly trivial
>(unless you're an over modest 13 year old) request.
Sorry to be so blunt. In the deep-south, where I was born and raised,
(and by this, I mean south of I-10) it takes a special sort of fool
or masochist to sleep on the ground, in a tent in the summer. Many
a summer night I have slept blisfully in my hammock while others
suffered the heat, humidity and pain at ground level. I converted
my son to hammock camping and he converted most of his troop. The
one small down-side for those lucky enough to be able to sleep in
a bowed posture is that there is no privacy in a hammock. It is cool
up there because it is all "hanging out." Sooner of later your son
will have to get "nekid" in front of others. Seems to me, that's part
of the Scouting experience along with using a pit toilet.
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