So after two backyard hangs left me bailing out for the cozy house, I dropped the cash for the JRB winter nest (I have HH asym ultra-light). Last night me and my unwilling victim hung both hammocks in a “Y” and covered them with a large Wal-Mart tarp, waiting on my OES SpinnUL tarp I just ordered. I had the winter nest and the speer top quilt, she had my 15deg pinnacle sleeping bag and a walmart blue pad with car reflector wings duct taped on.Unfair much?
After many tarp adjustments to completely tent it around us we were able to dose off here and there only getting a little cold here and there as the wind was gusting and howling.
We awoke at 630 am to the bug nets and hammocks dusted with snow and 3 to 4 inches outside the tarp. The temp at 6 was 23 degrees, 19 being the lowest that night and we made it pretty well the entire night. Would I want to sleep like this on a regular basis? NOPE! The now non sealing slit on my hammock and underquilt let a breeze in (a minor issue). Although both of us were only wearing short sleeve icebreaker shirts and light hiking pants it was pushing it on the “bearable”. So a proper pitched tarp and extra clothing and we would have been great probably even lower.
The big issue which most likely just needs practice is getting comfortable in the hammock, one way put pressure in your knees the other on your hips. I personally like to sleep on my side and had to curl up in a little ball to achieve this. I think I had the hammocks pulled to tight and also was unable to tie out the ends so it easy to see why we were restless. Overall I am stoked that we made it this low, I plan only low 30’s on the Colorado trail this summer and any lower we will either go on or real low to the ground. I do have to tinker with the nest and buy a better pad or make a double layer under hers (the HH scout) Issue with the undercover tho is we won’t be carrying that much extra items to stuff between it and the hammock. Oh well, Trial and Error !!