aborted backyard test
Well, I started out, at 2215 hours, and approximately 32*f. I got the two 3/8 ccf pads in place, the 27x72lengthwise, and the 20x56 crosswise, for the torso parts. I started out with the synthetic sleeping bag (rated to 14*f) used as a quilt, except for the foot end zipped to form a box. Then it started. My two 1 year old puppies kept on bugging me. They kept on going in and out of the house, as they usually do not have anyone sleeping in the yard. This wouldn't be that much of a problem if I was set up at chair height, as the HH should be, but the fence I was using in the back yard had my butt grazing the dirt, as the suspension lines were set up at approximately 4-5 ft. By midnight, I had closed the zipper, as it was about 27*f, but with dogs comming over to lick me every few minutes, and my butt on the ground, I was not as comfortable as I thought I would be. I seemed warm enough, but the other things needed to be corrected. I will try another hang out later this week, while hunting, away from dogs, yards, and hung up high enough to not get face washes from dogs, bears:eek: , whatever. I am not deterred, and I have learned a few things NOT to do next time. In general, it seems that the pads and bag should work.
Staying warm at below freezing is half the battle. It sounds like you have the right gear, just the wrong location. I have a hard time sleeping in my backyard due to the neighbor’s dogs barks at me every hour or so. The next time sounds like the best sleep of your life.
i'm not sure i'm understanding about using the fence & your hammock being that low. was it because your attachment points were to close or to far?
i know that either can cause problems.
but i would try to avoid having the hammock touching the ground or anything else. it's under a lot of pressure when occupied & more susceptible to abrasion that could cause a rip.
sounds like your insulation is working for you.
Thanks, guys. Dutch, I love dgos, but these pups can foil plans. As I am typing, one is licking my hands to go out. A different location, and things should be good. Slowhike, sorry for not being clear. My attachement height was too low, so the hammock only sat about a foot off the ground. The hammock was snug, when done up, but not tied up high enough. When I got in, my butt dragged. I also was worried about wear on the hammock. As I look out at the hammock, there is a dusting of fresh snow, and it would have been a neat experience.
I sleep like a baby during back yard hangs. My wife has to come wake me up.
I could lend you a puppy. Those face washes during the night are sooo refreshing.:D
:D thats funny,i aint never had dog lick me butt thank goodness:cool: neo
Originally Posted by OldnSlow
I have to leave the dogs in the house when I sleep out back.
They bug me to know end and spend the whole time hunting around, making noise, the occasional bark, etc....
It just became easier to leave them in.
I have the same problems with my dogs. I guess that they don't know what to make of the hammock and take turns licking me through the bug netting.
My butt was dragging, not licked...oh well, you get the pic. by the way, I was quite happy to have the dogs stay inside, but my wife could not stand the whining from the dogs when they were kept inside:D