Questions from a Rookie
I am eager to give hammock camping a try but honestly I have a few concerns.
i am interested in mostly 2 to 3 day trips at the most and I am willing to spend some money to give this a shot but I canít see sinking $150 dollars or more in something that I might find after one trip or two that it just is not for me. On the flip side if I shoot for a lower end model at $40 to $75 dollars am I setting myself up for failure because of the quality of the equipment.
I am currently considering the following setup any comments or suggestions for a rookie? Also what might be missing from this setup that I really want to make sure I have. I know there are extras that make things nicer but what might I be missing here that will really affect my trip?
Tarp Rain Fly
Thanks in Advance!
Welcome to the forum. That's exactly what we're here for. :)
Originally Posted by thatscguy
I think that is a great starter setup for learning about hammocks. I would say this, though - if you don't really need the bugnet for your initial testing, you might consider getting a TrekLight double instead of the Traveler. The fabric of the HAAB hammocks (TrekLight, ENO, TTTM, etc) feels very nice and they are good hammocks to modify or add options to later on if you do decide hammock camping is for you. They don't come with the bugnet, but it can be added later.
As far as things that might be missing from your list, some bottom insulation comes to mind. Nothing can ruin a good night's sleep in a hammock like being cold. If you don't already have a CCF pad, look into either a GG Thinlight or a Speer, or even the infamous WalMart blue pads.
Ditto on what AS said you will need some type of insulation. After I first got my hammock I slept in it in the backyard with nothing under me and it got a bit cool. Grant it I was in without a sleeping bag or anything just the clothes I had on( too many beers), but those cool summer breezes get pretty cold in a hammock. The Trelight, Eno, and TTTM are good hammocks my is similar to those and I enjoy it.
I actually have slept better in the hammock than I have in my own bed. And if you don't really need the bugnet right now, I would go with one of the others for now and like stated above you can alwways add one later. Oh Yeah WELCOME to the forums.
you should see if you can make it to the SEHHA hang next weekend. look under the gatherings section for more information.
The hammock costs $40 (plus shipping). Do you know someone who can sew? You could put a hammock together for about $15-20 if you make it yourself, and it is a very easy project that takes little time. (Especially if someone does it for you! :D )
I think the tarp looks like a great buy, myself. I am sure it isn't the most gossamer, but it is very inexpensive.
I would advise a smaller tarp.
I know that everybody advocates getting the biggest tarp possible, but the 12'x12' is really huge.
It designed to be hung diamond style - corner to corner and as such it is almost 17' corner to corner. You will need trees further apart than that to hang it, probably close to 20'.
There are other big tarps that aren't so huge. If you really want 12'x12', then you would be better to get one that isn't cat cut on all 4 sides.
I'm pretty sure that it is a copy of the Kelty Noah 12 or very close to it which doesn't hang very well with a non-diagonal ridgeline. It can be done, but it is loose.
Did someone say information? :D
Originally Posted by Iafte
The JRB 8x8 tarp will work great with that hammock for size and at $ 50 is as inexpensive as it gets.... and at 9 oz is way less weight... probably a whole pound lighter...
Originally Posted by TiredFeet
i agree about the TrekLight, ENO, TTTM, etc, hammocks.
you may want to get the double. it just seems more comfortable over all to most folks.
and the SEHHA camp out at hot springs, NC that hooch linked above would be a great place to try out different type hammocks & ask lots of questions if that might work out for you.
and welcome to HF. ...tim
TiredFeet speaks truth.
Originally Posted by TiredFeet
Claytor sells a rectangular tarp that is 7.5' wide and 10' long. (Small rain fly) $40 complete.
JRB has a close-out sale on an 8'x8' sil tarp, diamond shape in use, 10' ridgeline, silnylon. $50 plus shipping.
heavier, but bigger, cut in a hex, from Campor 10' x 10' , $40 plus shipping.
search on tarps on the Campor site and you'll find a variety of sizes, weights, and prices to choose from.
If weight isn't the issue---for car camping or for just getting a bead on this hammocking thing---you can get by for pretty inexpensive.