One of the frustrating things about being a hammock newbie is the learning curve...people often forget that, at one time, they had to learn how to camp. Now that it's second nature, the idea of learning new skills to accomplish the same old tasks (staying dry and - ahem - comfortable) is like a foreign concept.
But the principles behind ground camping and hammocking are all they same...they're just applied differently. Most of the criticisms about hammocking that people post on the internet just show that they don't really understand how the system works, and the principles behind it.
But then, some people just aren't comfortable in hammocks and that leaves more trees for us.
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IMPOSSIBLE JUST TAKES LONGER
I'm a long distant backpacker and have been extremely happy with my Speer hammock,actually the only hammock I've owned.
I think it would be safe to say that after a long days hike I'm pretty tired which aids in a good nights rest.
I simply took the advice aquired from this forum even before my first hang.
I always have my feet slightly higher,use a ridge line and i actually put my pack under my knees and wake up in the same position which usually feels like only minutes.
I use a Neoair pad "below 60" and camp pillow with my head leaning against the high sides,holy grail.
I hang low so i can pet my dog before i fall asleep.
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After buying a HH I made a few Speers and discovered my comfort was increased even more When:
1. making the hammock a little longer
2. making it a little wider
3 getting the ridgeline just right
and possibly most important THO all these things are prolly related-
4. shaping the channel ends into a slightly concave arc(opposite of the Speer approach).
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Last edited by riverkeeper; 04-20-2010 at 01:06.
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What do you mean by changing the whipping? The last post above talks about a concave vs convex shaping of the channel ends (whatever that means) -- is this what you are referring to? I agree that the high sides can make exiting troublesome at times.
The only discomfort I've experienced is when the hammock is hung with insufficient sag -- this results in my shoulders being squeezed. I find the center of the hammock as comfy as laying diagonally.
When you and others talk about a ridgeline, I assume you're not talking about the ridgeline that accompanies the hammock to support the BugNet? Because one end is shockcorded to the D-ring on the strap, it doesn't control sag in any way. Thus, I'm assuming you've added a structural ridgeline. Where have you attached this structural ridgeline to -- the hammock ends, or the D-rings on the straps?
I add one when I use the IX Hammock Sock. That ridgeline is a whoopie sling, and it attaches directly to the whoopie sling suspension.
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Following up on FarStar's post, can you attach a structural ridgeline to a Speer hammock with the stock suspension and bug net? Laying inside and looking up, I can't picture how it is done. Thanks.
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sorry to butt in: I just think this is very quote worthy
Have you tried something under your knees? That is how I find my sweet spot