Updated the article a bit to differentiate between using a hammock in winter, which is easy to do, and being prepared for extreme conditions...a bit harder. Basically what we talked about in this thread. (Only real change was the first paragraph.)
You know what, though? No one should go out in extreme conditions with a ground setup w/o the skills to survive if the shelter broke. Hammocks are really no different. I don't think a tarp-based shelter is as storm-worthy as mountaineering tents, but with good site selection, and knowing how to build a snow trench or cave as backup, I bet gear can be purchased to cover the conditions that 95+% of people will encounter while hiking. Hammocks aren't the right tool for mountaineering...so if you take that out, winter tarps and Hammock Huts in the right sites will suffice for most winter conditions.
Still, I'd like to see a shelter based on a mountaineering-style tent...geodesic or hooped design, that will withstand direct 100mph winds. I'm surprised there aren't more hammock socks or bivy options available, too.
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