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    Ok...Ok ... this may be the wrong time to ask but.....

    What type of set up do you use to keep cool in a hammock when it is hot in summer? How do you keep ventilated and dry on a hot summer night? Should I ask again in july? When it isn't 19 degrees out?

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    Small battery operated fans and wet bandanas. But, even on the worst nights a hammock feels much cooler than a tent. I mean that with both meanings of "cooler".
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    cooldays askin how to be cool? seems like you should be a natural at that.you could try to hang in a breezy area,such as top of hill(also less bugs in breezy spots)lakes and rivers are usually a little cooler to sleep by especialy if the breeze is crossing the water before reaching you.if you sleep naked to cool off make sure there is no body parts touching the netting,or single layer of hammock,or a skeeter will bite said parts.
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    Site selection, high and open to the breeze. Being suspended (above it all) you get good air circulation all around you.
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    i try to play the "it's not gonna rain tonight" game in the summer and sleep without a tarp. then i get full blast of any available breeze with maximum ventilation. i also sleep without any sort of pad or underquilt or w/e in the summer (sometimes i need a little 20"x20" section for my butt even in the hottest of days)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lonetracker View Post
    cooldays askin how to be cool?
    No, Cooldays is asking about Coolnights!

    If you've ever slept below decks on a hot summer night aboard an old wooden boat, underway with the engine running 24 hours, then any hammock between two trees makes for Cool Nights!

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    People mention site selectio for a good breeze... is it possible to hang a tarp to CATCH the breeze and cool yourself even better? Or do you just end up losing a tarp ?

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    key 3

    (1) Florida Water Cologne (awesome cooling effect when added to sponging water)


    (2) Sham-Wow (soak in FW, spread out on chest or across back of neck)


    (3) mini-fan (suspend from ridgeline)
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    For car camping this summer (Scout summer camp) I had this fan...

    http://stormprepare.com/Battery_Operated_Fan.htm

    Unfortunatly it was in the fifties most nights with a few nights in the forties. Brrrr... So I didn't get to use it. But I tested it earlier in the summer and it the setup works. I rigged some cord to hold it upside down on the ridge line near the foot end so that the breeze would blow along the length of my body.

    A winter project, that I haven't started yet, is to create a loop with snaps to hold it to the ridge line. A wide strap around the battery case would keep the fan pointed in the right direction.

    It uses a couple D-cell batteries so it isn't light. I imagine you could rig the power pack for lighter lithium batteries for back packing.

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    Yes, you can pitch your tarp to catch the wind. I usually just sleep without a tarp, though.

    It's surprising how much ventilation a bug net stops, too. But trading a bug net for ventilation on a muggy summer night might not be the best option!
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