Originally Posted by Jim S
Thanks for the welcome. I am a sprawler as far as sleeping. I generally just lay on my big agnes and toss and turn under my unzipped leeping bag used as a quilt. I am in pain just imagining having to sleep in one position all night.
I was on a trip to Whatum Lake (north of Mt Hood, with a bunch from the TLZ forum, and Bigfoot2. I had my tent up in 5 minutes, but the Douglas fir up there are 3-4 feet in diameter and 15-20 feet apart. It took the other guys, all hammockers up to an hour to find two tres that their suspensions would work on. Later I tripped on a line from one of the hammocks so we moved my tent. Popped out the stakes, two of us picked it up and moved it, put in the stakes - about two minutes to move the tent.
However football sized volcanic bombs do not make a soft bed. I will use a retired kermantle 11mm climbing rope.
I had a similar experience to yours last summer in Colorado only in reverse. We got to the area we wanted to camp and I had my hammock up in about 5 minutes. The flat tent sites were few and far between and it took the other guys, all tenters, another hour to find a decent spot and get set up. As it was, I easily moved my hammock over a log later so one of my friends could use the area under my hammock as it was flatter and it didn't matter to me.
You bring up a good point though. There are many places that a tent is easier to pitch than a hammock. Obviously you need some trees for the hammock and they need to be spaced appropriately. Of course in the forested areas of Oregon there are probably a lot more place to put a hammock than a tent. The unique thing about a hammock is that you can set up on a 30 or 40 degree slope and do just fine. You can hang over a log or boulders, brush, and lava. You can even set up over swampy muddy areas with out too much of a problem.
Sounds like your tent is quick to set up and trivial to move. Of course there are plenty of tents that seem to take their owners a hour to put up and take down. Some hammock suspensions take a while to tweak and others you can slap up and get your hammock hung in in a couple minutes.
We tend to be a little gung-ho about hammocks here, but for many applications a tent might be better ( no trees comes to mind ). Sounds like you will have the options for both and that gives you the best of all possible worlds.