Originally Posted by MAD777
It's all good if it gets you off the hard ground
No Doubt! I did a weekend survival outing a couple weeks ago to test a few new things. I'm a student of Dave Canterbury and I wanted to try this double wedge shelter that is supposed to keep you warm in low temps. It got down to 36 degrees that night. I couldn't sleep because I had to keep tending the fire and the ground was horrible. The next day I was ready to die.
I wrote a lengthy dissertation on my FB page about it. My conclusion? I think a hammock is a VITAL survival tool...seriously. Lack of sleep and the soreness of lying on the hard ground left me at less than half my ability the next day. If I was REALLY trying to survive, I wouldn't last long.
You never hear about hammocks in survival kits. Thats because those lists are usually made by people that think and not DO. You gotta test stuff out and see if it works for you. After multiple survival tests in multiple shelters, I am ADAMANT that hammocks should be an integral part of everyones emergency kit. If you dont have rest and are hurting, you can't do what you need to...plain and simple.
Sorry for going off track, but the words "hard ground" trigger me anymore!