Hammocking in a storm
Leave it to me to do something crazy. I am so new to hammocking that I have spent all of 2 nights hanging. (But I've been backpacking for years and have been known to seek out storms...)
This weekend my wife was cramming for semester tests and finals (yes, they are different here) and I knew I better get out of the house. We had massive storms approaching. Here I go... heading for the trees. Got the gear all set up, tooled around, read a bit, and fell sound asleep. 4 hours later I was awakened by the snaps of lightning and the booming thunder.
It pounded and blew. I had not a care in the world since I was a good 18" above the wet ground. Laying there swaying away with lashing rain pounding on the tarp, with the smell of burnt ozone in the air, and the whoosh of mighty wind...it was a great night being out in the woods experiencing the grandness of nature.
I made dang sure there was not a dead branch anywhere around me. And I set up on the leeward side of the approaching storm. Man, what a great night.
Am I stupid or just plain adventurous?
Sounds to me like you're just another hammock nut. If I hear a crack of thunder I'm grabbing my gear and heading for my backyard. My wife thinks I'm nuts, but I just love riding out a storm in my hammock.
Some of my best nights sleeping in the woods have been during storms. The sound of the rain pounding on the tarp and wind rocking my hammock back and forth. I can never stay away for very long in those conditions. :D
I share your appreciation of sleeping during a storm.
It's just more nature to enjoy!
Your comments just prove I'm not a nut.
Shucks, i remember 4 years ago we had an early season winter storm come in. Snow level was going to be just above timberline. What'd I do? Loaded up my stuff and climbed up to 12,000 feet. Found the highest flat spot for my tent and got ready.
Slept like a well fed baby. Once the initial wave passed, or so I thought, it quietened down a lot. That's only because I was encased in ice and snow so I couldn't hear the raging wind. Ah...sweet sleep.
Can't get enough of it.
Thanks for letting me know I'm not crazy!!!!
Love hammocking in a storm. Hickery and I have been in a couple of doozies in the Linville Gorge, NC.....http://youtu.be/YsICgcSzfmo
You ain't crazy....:laugh:
Not sure I quite share your desire to seek out storms, but I do appreciate swinging in the trees during the flood waters. Back in October, I was doing a 7 day trip in Ocala and it stormed every day. What I learned:
-It sure doesn't take long for an inch of ground water to accumulate even if you think you have selected a dry under cover site.
-Tarp pull outs wouldve been nice. Having a tarp bowing against your hammock ain't fun. Curious how a pole mod would've worked.
-Mother nature is awesome and deserves respect. If you can taste the electricity, it is interesting where your thoughts take you. Like...are Sil nylon and amsteel good conductors?
I tied up to a pair of foot diameter oaks prior to a hell of a storm at Whitley Gap Shelter on the AT last year. I battoned down the hatches as much as I could (lee side of a bunch of low bushes). The wind buffeted the tarp against me all night even though it was banjo tight when I went to bed. I stayed warm and dry but the wind moved the trees back and forth all night. I was afraid with the low stretch it might snap the zing-it tarp ridgeline but I lucked out.
A hailstorm a few months ago on the AT was even more fun. The marble sized hail sounded like gunshots hitting the top of my tarp for a good 20 minutes. Being in storms is fun so long as you're set up and ready for it. Getting caught out in the open would be a totally different story.
If that makes you a nut, then I am in the same cashew jar as you. I always loved camping in storms. Hammocking in them is even better.
New to the hammock camping world, and this is my first post here. Your post is awesome, I LOVE storms and can't wait to get out in one......as i write this, my imagination is just running away!!!