my name is Brett and I live in San Pedro (L.A. County). I guess I will get into a little background about me first: I grew up in the South Bay (torrance/Redondo Beach) and so have grown up with the ocean. My family has, since I could remember, had a place both in Arrowhead (near Big Bear) and Mammoth. I used to always spend summers at one of these places when not at the beach. I went to college in Humboldt for a few years so as you can see I have lived my life all over California and in the outdoors as much as I could. Between finishing college and now trying to find a teaching position it's been a few years since I have been camping. Some of the other things I love to do is archery, fishing, scuba dive, and free dive.
I have two dogs one of which has anxiety issues and decided to shred my tent I had finally collected from my parents house. Reading about the hammock camping and backpacking has made me decide I would rather spend money on a hammock system instead of a tent. I have yet to get my system but right now I am a substitute teacher (sporadic work days) and saving up for an engagement ring. I was looking for an economical system and was interested in the ENO doublenest. I liked the doublenest because I am a big guy 6'4 and over 275 and for me and now it is the right price.
If you don't mind I do have a quick question after my introduction...I am a very hot sleeper. I tend to be comfortable sleeping in lounge pants without a blanket in the low 60s. When I scuba dive I go with a 5mm wetsuit when the water is in the mid to high 50s...the normal wetsuit being 7mm. I am not saying this to be macho or anything like it, just want you to understand how hot I get. I know the wind will be cold when it blows under the hammock but will it really make that much of a difference since I will have a 20 degree bag and be clothed? And yes I do understand the insulation gets crushed and losses most of ability to keep heat trapped. As a side note at the moment I am not looking at winter camping.
Thanks for the info and look forward from learning from all of you,
welcome and howdy from high point nc.
sorry you lost your tent.
you might want to try a double layer hammock? in mild climates and warmer months you may not need any under insulation. some times a fleece blanket between the layers is plenty of under insulation. you'll just have to do trial and error research and development.
good luck man.
Welcome! Glad to have another member of the So-Cal branch.
Don't stress the tent: you won't miss it after a while.
RE: Temperatures: I'm a cold sleeper, but I think you'll find the need for a minimal pad or underquilt when you get down below 60.
If you're not winter camping, then you might do OK with a lightweight underquilt like a Insultex model. It all comes down to your intent: Do you want to DIY, or do you have a budget to spend on gear?
Personally, I have a minimal budget, but enjoy making gear. A Poncho Liner Underquilt (affectionately known as a PLUQ) works well for me down below 50. You can put one together for roughly $30 from a surplus military issue poncho liner.
Lots of options. I don't even crawl into my sleeping bag anymore, I just pull it over me, and stick my feet in the end...
Welcome from another SoCal hanger!