The names Jo, pleased to meet you all. Iím from the West coast of Canada, and have an enthusiastic interest in wilderness hiking, and all sorts of outdoor activities. As a fairly tall fellow (6í2) I have developed an interest in hammocks, as a shelter system on the trail.
I guess you could stay it started last year after hiking up to Garibaldi Lake, in BC. It was mid July, with a fine mist at the park parking lot, and lush beautiful fauna surrounding us at the beginning of our hike. We climbed 2000m into the BC Rocky Mountains, and after about 10km we reached the lake. To our surprise we found we were standing on about a meter and a half (6 feet) of snow! Since the tent pads were buried, we dug down into the snow and sent up our tents. That night was pretty chilly, as the only thing between us and a lot of snow was the tent floor, and sleeping bag; but the air was nice and warm, never going below freezing. The next morning the whiskey jacks and chipmunks scampered down from the branches of the huge and majestic trees that surrounded us all night to beg for oatmeal. Kilometers of trees surrounded us, as many as the eye can see from the top of Black Tusk Mountain, and then more; trees that could be perfect to hang a hammock between.
You may have figured out what Iím driving towards here. Beyond the abundance of trees, the West coast of Canada is wet; a temperate rain forest environment in fact. Boy does it ever live up to its name I tell you. Not only are you rained down on, the mossy floor is all too often saturated with water below, and so one of the big battles in this climate is staying dry.
From the little knowledge that I have of hammocks, they are often paired up with tarps which deal with the rain from above, they are suspended between trees so that deals with the water from below, and the bug fly could allow for generous ventilation of the humid air. Hammock hiking sounds like a breath of fresh air.
So thatís why Iím here, I didnít intend to write such a long post so I appreciate your patience. I look forwards to learning from existing threads, and meeting other folks who are interested in hammocks.