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    Long ago, I pitched a tent under a tree because I thought the tree branches would provide some shelter from the downpour. And they did. But the next day the sun came out. There were a few others in tents nearby; tents that had been in the open. As the sun came out, they started to dry. While my tent was subject to the constant drip, drip, drip off the tree. The others packed up dry; I packed up wet. Because when I crawled out of the tent, I and my gear were dripped on too.

    So when it comes to hammocks, we always - except for those lucky enough to own Tensa's - end up under/near trees. But it is much easier to pack up everything, dry, under the tarp, then take down that wet tarp last.

    For minimum sound, try to pitch as steep as you can. Hum the butch cassidy and the sundance kid theme song. Pretend you are hearing sound effects from a John Wick movie. Set yourself a little task or mental challenge - something to occupy your mind besides the sound. Otherwise, it might drive you mad - however you choose to define it.

    Personally, I love it. Being sheltered, but near, in torrential conditions gives me warm fuzzies.
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    Music over earbuds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gargoyle View Post
    Raindrops are soothing.
    Trees cracking on the other hand.
    "Hike until the signals Weak"

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    Shag carpet.

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    I'm just surprised leiavoia is posting this topic. He seems such a well-balanced and rational guy, not someone you would expect to take flights of fancy like listening to, and perhaps obsessing over, the sound that each individual raindrop makes!

    I'm thinking we need a musical analysis of raindrops hitting a tarp.
    "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilvrSurfr View Post
    I'm just surprised leiavoia is posting this topic. He seems such a well-balanced and rational guy, not someone you would expect to take flights of fancy like listening to, and perhaps obsessing over, the sound that each individual raindrop makes!

    I'm thinking we need a musical analysis of raindrops hitting a tarp.
    Needs a repost on backpackinglight. After much name-calling and snarky condescending replies, someone will post a 1742-word analysis complete with mathematical equations on the exact setup to reduce noise.

    Coefficients and Angular Arrangement for Reducing Audible Precipitable Values on Shelter Systems

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    Just to put another view:
    I’m quite happy to be woken up by the first few raindrops.
    I can then check that everything is okay and then snuggle down and fall asleep again listening to the rain.

    And, if it really bugs you, try some noise-cancelling earbuds. Quiet music may help. Or download some ambient sounds - maybe “Rain in the Woods”.

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    I love that sound...like nature's white noise maker! If it gets too loud, you could try listening to music with ear buds or foam noise blockers. If you're worried about not hearing the "woodland creatures" in your area, just use one ear bud/foam insert.

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    Let your consciousness sink into the fractal depths of chaotic sound?

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    unfortunately, it was never any quieter for me when I was a ground dweller either. I think it's just one of those things you have to absorb into the experience otherwise you'll never be happy

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