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    First long-distance hang

    Hello all, fist time on the forum. I lived in my hammock most of last summer but never did much more than a weekend trek. In a few weeks I am planning a longer hike on the North Country Trail (about 2-3 weeks). Just wanted to toss out a few questions/ask opinions about gear.
    First of all, sleeping pad. Take it or leave it? Never quite could use one comfortably in a hammock, but it may get cold (possibly 20's at the worst), and there may be times it is more convenient to ground-dwell.
    Second: I picked up a Feathered Friends Winter Wren sleepingbag. http://www.featheredfriends.com/Prod...=Winter%20Wren
    I've always had trouble getting into a bag in a hammock, and the idea of getting into my bag, then hopping into the hammock seems appealing. Plus I can wear it around camp on cold mornings (looking like a giant prophelactic device, but oh well). I was wondering though, has anyone tried using one of these as a pea-pod?
    Going along with that, has anyone seen this product? http://www.hilleberg.com/2006%20Prod...wBivanorak.htm
    Could that be used over a hammock for extra wind/weather protection plus afford lighweight emergency ground shelter if needed? Seems like a neat idea, but not sure if its neat enough to justify the price versus a poncho.
    And speaking of multi-use gear, here's an idea some of you may like: I carry a couch/throw sized wool blanket whenever hammock camping. I line the bottom of the hammock with it on cold nights, use it alone instead of a bag on warm nights, and wear it as a kilt wit a couple large pins on cool days. It's warmer and easier to switch to shorts than zip off trail pants. Just have to get past the whole hiking in a skirt thing.
    Sorry for the long post, just a newbie looking for direction. Thanks!

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    welcome to HF lurch.
    i think taking the pad would be a good idea. not only could it keep you warm on a cold night or allow you to cowboy camp, but it would also make a great sit pad.
    a ccf pad also serves well as a large wind screen for your stove if you find your self cooking in a breezy spot.

    i'll let someone else comment on the feathered friend (no experience here) but the third item you mentioned looks a little small to go around the whole hammock but it could probably cover the underside of the hammock.
    you might have some condensation problems though if conditions are right.
    and i would be weary of part of my sleep system being part of my rain wear. if it's wet from rain, you may not want it touching your hammock.
    just some thoughts.
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    I carry a big agnus pad if I know I will be sleeping on the gournd. I always carry a torso length ccp. Great for laying around camp or for added warmth. I could make it on the ground if needed.

    Too me a pad is too useful to leave out on an extended hike.
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    I think I'm going to order that Bivanorak thing. Looks like there's still going to be a fair bit of snow on the ground for my hike. We had 4 feet but melting fast last weekend, but just got another foot today and it's suposed to remain fairly cool for a while now. So any ground dwelling is going to be in mud, slush, or snow. I'll let you all know how it works with a hammock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lurch View Post
    I'll let you all know how it works with a hammock.
    I'm curious about how that works for you. Any pics of it in use would be appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lurch View Post
    I think I'm going to order that Bivanorak thing. Looks like there's still going to be a fair bit of snow on the ground for my hike. We had 4 feet but melting fast last weekend, but just got another foot today and it's suposed to remain fairly cool for a while now. So any ground dwelling is going to be in mud, slush, or snow. I'll let you all know how it works with a hammock.
    So did you get the Bivanorak? How did it work? Did you use it in conjunction with your hammock?

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