Well, I finally did it. I slept in my hammock during a 2 day hike on the AT from Duncannon, PA to Pine Grove Furnace.
I took my Hennessy Hammock UL Asym on my hike, and it was great to save several pounds over the weight of a tent. I hiked all day, then set up the hammock about 30 yards off of the trail. It had rained most of the day, but stopped before dinner time, with no rain during the night.
I guess I have a couple of questions about where to put things.
- Do most people just leave their packs right under the hammock?
- What about shoes/boots? I've heard stories about animals taking shoes during the night (don't know if they're true).
- Do you count on the tarp over the hammock to keep your pack dry?
The main thing that I learned was why hammockers use 'top quilts' and 'bottom quilts' instead of 'sleeping bags'. It was a true education.
I wasn't sure what to expect, and I can't say that I slept like a baby or anything, but I was very comforable and I did sleep. I also wasn't sore from lying on the ground, which had been a problem in the past.
Looking forward to a week of hammocking on my section hike later this year.