don newcomb (newcomb@US1.NAVO.NAVY.MIL)
Fri, 20 May 1994 10:19:54 -0500
>From: Jonathan Dixon <dixonj@MIMICAD.COLORADO.EDU>
>First, I would think that you'd wind up stiff and sore after sleeping
>in a curved position without any support all night. Is this not the
Well, some people do have trouble sleeping on their backs or with
a curved back. Me? I have a problem sleeping on the ground, and
air matresses always seem to go flat at oh-dark-thirty. You get
to pick your problem.
>Also, how do you keep the bugs from snacking on you all night long? I
>would think this would especially be a problem in some of the more
>southern areas, but also here in the MD area.
Jungle hammocks have bug screen. With net hammocks I wear a turkey-
hunter's smock that is made of bug netting and sprayed with insect
repelant. This covers everything from my waist up, including my face.
A light sheet covers my lower half.
>What do you do in the case of a thunderstorm? It seems to me that you
>are suspended between two fairly good lightening rods. And along the
>same lines, how do you know that there will be trees about the right
>distance apart, or if you're taking a good sized group along that
>there will be enough sets of good trees to satisfy everyone.
Well, I haven't been hit (yet). Seems to me that you'd be like a bird
on a wire. Off the ground and out of the path of the charge. You do
need to check the trees very carefully for "dead men". Having enough
trees is not often a problem in Mississippi.
>Finally, what are the best types of hammocks to use (and where are
>good places to find them)?
Best? Well, you can spend $200 on one from L.L.Bean that has a rain
fly and bug netting. Or you can get a simple net hammock for about
$6 at K-mart. Couple this with a $5 Army surplus poncho and some
parachute cord. Just about anything inbetween. Seriously, if you
ever see a WW-II Jungle Hammock in good shape, jump on it (buy it at
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