So this Spring Mahha I had the luxury of trying out the wonderful Blackbird. Those who know the story know that I tried this in the Fall Mahha but was unable to get comfortable due to a too high hanging of the feet. Being a total groundling and it being dark I didn't know how to fix that so I slept uncomfortably.
This time I had Dutch set up the BB and I slept the the first night away wonderfully. Though I had wish the hammock spread out a little as the material somewhat crowed my head. Otherwise I slept excellent. Then morning came and I discovered during breakfast that I had slept in the footbox completely backwards in the hammock. Well folks if you can deal with the extra fabric near your head you can sleep either way in the BB. It is an excellent hammock and one day I may actually sleep in it properly. Who knows.
The second night, I was able to borrow a JRB Bridge. There as a gentleman named Dennis who made a clone of the bridge but added some fabric to it. Wonderful addition and excellent tailor. Anyhow sleeping in the bridge was comfortable, I was able to leave my tarp (curiosity of Happy Camper also a JRB special) in a canopy style open on one side through the night. I woke up with a crick in my neck due to the fact I attempted to use a pillow, obviously was not needed. I was able to sleep in a side position comfortably, but try to bring my legs up into a fetal position was a little tight.
Now I had a -10 sleeping bag in with me so that may have added to it a little. The only complaint I have was when I sat up I kept rocking side to side like I had no balance and was waiting to topple out. It is a good design and well built, but I am not sure it is for me. I would like to try out Dennis's style and see if that fits me better. All in all Bakeel said he would lend his BB to try out in my backyard, maybe I can get others to do the same for me. Tune in next time for "Newbie in search of Hammock Part 4"