Re: Help! Backpacking Hammocks
Tue, 30 Jun 1998 08:17:03 -0400
Barry Runnels believes backpacking hammocks were banned. Good news: not quite!
Only the $8-$10 mini-hammocks sold in drug stores and the like were banned.
They are so mini they overturn easily and threaten strangulation.
Buy a full size hammock. Besides the ones at Campmor, you can also find some at
Sports Authority labeled as "double-wide" for about $25 [I believe the brand
name is 'Hollywood', but don't let that deter you]. You can also buy hammocks
with spreader bars, but they are difficult to backpack, and must be strapped to
your backpack with cords.
I have been using a hammock for backpacking high adventure camp for ten years or
more [at Lenhok'sin High Adventure in Goshen, VA]. A line overhead with a
10ftx12ft plastic sheet [from your hardware or garden store] provides rain
protection in the worst downpour. Use a pad as a liner, and you can use the
hammock down to freezing temperatures. In warmer weather, the pad prevents
waffle marks.. I have snuggled dry and warm in my hammock and plastic sheet and
watched rivulets of rain gush by underneath me and into the tents nearby. :-)
By all means consider backpacking a hammock instead of a tent. It's lighter,
drier, and easier to put up [provided you have trees, and you are allowed to tie
to them. I use a bowline hitch.]
Manuel Pablo, ASM T-1518, Springfield, VA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City