I finally got around to trying out my hammock overnight. I took the bike to a nature reserve about 6 km from where I live.
Getting the camp up took way too long time, but at least I didn't have to do it in the dark.
Good morning! There was a rooster starting to do what he does in the morning at a house not far away, but I woke up before him.
The weather forecast promised wind from northeast, so I selected a site facing SW. There was hardly any wind during the night, a more exposed site might have reduced the condensation.
With a view over a lake.
Dew on the tarp in the morning.
Hey! That tarp had good tension yesterday!
Only memories left.
On the way back.
Looking at the spot from across the lake. I slept above the cliffs you can see below the radio masts. There's a hiking trail that goes along the lake above the cliffs.
DD Frontline with DD tarp
Nice, no clouds, only a slight wind. About 14 degrees Centigrade during the night according to the forecast. I didn't have a thermometer.
- I need something wider across the shoulders to prevent cold spots. I think I'll start with a cut down foam pad across the shoulder area. The Frontline has a pocket for a foam pad.
- I slept on my back all night (as far as I know) and felt some sweat on my lower back. A ridgerest or Z-lite pad should probably be better. Or a quilt.
It works for now, I'm planning a longer trip in the beginning of September, I'll evaluate more after that. An underquilt is probably a better solution.
- I need to learn better knots.
- Setting up and taking down camp took way to long time - even under these ideal conditions. A bit too much of "running around in circles".
- There is mostly just a thin layer of soil and moss above the rock. Not much grip for tent pegs.
- Setting up the hammock in a slope makes it hard to fasten the "downslope side" on the ground.
+ Having the sleeping bag as a blanket worked fine.
+ And the best: I woke up and felt good!
Edited to fix spellink.