My lunchtime hammock
I was on a 10-mile group hike for old decrepit people like me. We average 2 mph on the flats, and 1/2 mph on the hills (both up and down because we don't want to end up rolling head over heels on the way down.)
This trip was hilly and we were all tired by the time we took our 1/2 hour lunch break. While everyone else was scrambling around looking for a log to sit on or a dry spot under a tree, I hung my homemade walmart-$1 bin hammock, climbed in, and nearly fell asleep. I brought it with me because it is very light and packs into a gallon ziploc bag with ring buckles and straps.
I'm sure they were jealous.
I went on another day long hike a few weeks ago and brought my lightweight napping hammock. Once again, it worked fine for a nap. this time I was by myself and I slept for about an hour.
The only problem was the black flies. I had to keep a head net on to heep them off my face. So now I'm looking for a cheap lightweight hammock with a bug net for my hiking naps. I don't want to use my Claytor for thse day hikes.
I'm looking at a Bliss hammock with atttached bugnet for about $50 from campmor. Has anyone evdr used this hammock? Remember, I'm not sleeping in it overnight - just taking a quick trail nap.
My other thought was to keep using my homemade hammock and buy the eno bug net whiuch cost about $60 and weighs about a pound (according to the website).
Added later: I was out at the store and stopped at Gander Mountain - got the eno bug net for $40 on sale. It's a little heavier and bulkier than i was thinking. the attached stuff sack accounts for most of the weight, I'm thinking of unattaching it.
Smee and I often pack our hammocks on top so we can trow them up for lunch a nice rest and quick pack up.... sure is nice to put a 20 minute nap into a 45 minute lunch break.... great was to rid the legs of lactates, or whatever those muscle binding build up nasties are called:D
the more I think about this and hear from others the more I'm convinced that this could be the next big thing in hiking and backpacking. They'll have to change the "ten essentials" to the "eleven essentials" to include a mid-hike nap.
Originally Posted by Peter_pan
I pulled out my "defective" claytor jungle hammock (the first one I got from tom had some slight defects and he sent me a second one that I used for my overnight trips.)
Without the fly and just using the stock straps with no ring buckles or adiitional straps, it weighs about 8 ounces less than my homemade hammock with the eno guardian bug net, and is a lot easier and quicker to put up (the eno has to be hrung first, then the hammock and is a bit awkward to hang)
I went to a strap and ring buckle system to facilitate adjustments to the hang, but I've used the Claytor enough to be able to eyeball a comfortable hang and in any event it is not as important for a 30 to 60 minute nap.
[QUOTE=nogods;65117]II'm looking at a Bliss hammock with atttached bugnet for about $50 from campmor. Has anyone evdr used this hammock? Remember, I'm not sleeping in it overnight - just taking a quick trail nap.
I have a Bliss with attached bugnet and love that hammock. Very comfortable. I just don't like a permanently attached net, but it sounds perfect for lunch time hanging!
I bought and returned the ENO bug net. I felt it was a little too much.
Nest bought fabric and made a net to just drap over his ridgeline and put omnii tape on the ends to close it up. Very inexpensive and it's working great for him during his hike.
Two quick bug net fix alternatives.
1. Campmor sells a bug net, twin bed sized for around $10 last time I looked. Add a ridge line and just throw it over.
2. Just buy some netting from the S bin and hem the edges (or not) again, throw it over the ridge line.
My ridge line is some nondescript line I had in stock. It's not really structural. Who cares??
Take a look at www.bugshirt.com
I wear mine when I take a break and flop in my nap sling. With the pants, you're bugproof - even blackflies!!