I was talking to a non-hammocker today (the millionth one it feels like )..
and I got to thinking about how best to summarize in as few words as possible the things
newbies will need to be aware of when getting into the hammock scene. I was thinking
about coming up with something fun, like a set of hammock commandments.
Anyone want to pitch in and come up with some?
Has something like this already been done. I searched... but didn't find any. Kind of surprised
actually. Give me a heads up if so.
I'll kick it off with a few of the big easy ones.
1. Thou shall require Bottom Insulation
- Hammocks get cold on the bottom in all but the warmest weather.
Using a pad, pod, or underquilt will keep you warm in diverse weather
conditions. Each system has its own unique pros and cons and temp ratings.
2. Thy Hammock shall be protected from the storm
- You need a tarp to stay dry. Smaller tarps save weight and are good for
light rain with little wind. Larger tarps are required for wind blown rain and
to protect underquilts or pods from getting wet. Under and over covers
provide additional protection and some warmth
3. Thy Hammock shall not fall to certain doom
(or something more catchy)
- You need to think about your suspension system. There are plenty of options.
Knots, ropes, webbing, rings, buckles and other gadgets to provide you with many
ways to secure your hammock quickly and safely every time.
4. Thou shall not covet thy neighbour's hammock
- With so many different types of hammocks on the market, its hard to
know what to get. Comfort is very subjective. Your setup is very personal.
Try many different types if possible before making a purchase. Learn about
the different makes and models and decide what features you need or want.
Don't rule out making your own. It can be done easily and with little required skills.
So... anyone feeling poetic and have something to add or edit to the commandments please do.
Eventually when complete... we could rate each commandment and put them numerically in order
of importance and include links on key words in the descriptions for each commandment that will
take people to the long and popular forum threads that discuss each item in detail.
Sorry ... just bored, and had an idea.