I hiked for over 5 months straight last year. Never encountered rain.
I made sure I had a pack liner by Z packs. Number 1.
Number 2: if my tarp was wet, I would first scrape the sides down with a debit card, then wipe it down with my bandana and roll into mesh tarp.
This was then stowed on the outside of the pack in the mesh part.
3) Pack covers are pretty useless, but on a really heavy rain day, would keep things from getting soaked. ( I have not tried the packa)
4) I kept a set of camp shorts and shirt (very very light weight). I would sleep with my wet socks OFF, but at the bottom of the quilt. My body heat dried them out (or even my day shirt) really well.
I never had a problem with a wet hammock.
I can see if you had a cotton hammock in Gautamala, that might be another story altogether.
If I were going to Guatamala , I might used a Darien UL.
In some mysterious way woods have never
seemed to me to be static things.
In physical terms, I move through them;
yet in metaphysical ones,
they seem to move through me. -
GA --> ME '12