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    Hammock inside sleeping bag

    My biggest gripe with a hammock has been getting into the sleeping bag.

    Today, I realized my sleeping bag opens from the bottom, too. So I put the hammock inside the sleeping bag and it slides on easily like a con, scratch that, a sock.

    Tonight, I'll see how warm it keeps me.

    Gram Cracker

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    I'll be hanging in northern Minnesota for a few nites starting Saturday. I plan to try using my sleeping bag just that way. I don't recall which one, but one of the manufacturers make what they call a 'pea pod' that looks like it is just that. My hope is that it will make my sleeping bag serve as a top quilt and an underquilt as well. If it doesn't work, I have other options.
    Anxious to hear how your trial run goes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Passinthru View Post
    I'll be hanging in northern Minnesota for a few nites starting Saturday. I plan to try using my sleeping bag just that way. I don't recall which one, but one of the manufacturers make what they call a 'pea pod' that looks like it is just that. My hope is that it will make my sleeping bag serve as a top quilt and an underquilt as well. If it doesn't work, I have other options.
    Anxious to hear how your trial run goes...
    well the pea pod is like the advanced version of it and alot of people love it. but also some people have done what you all are talking about doing but if your that far up north I recommend you having another sleeping bag for a top quilt and using the rest of your set up as a make shift peapod
    Dale Gribble: I'm thinking, "new hammock." For me, laying and swaying in a hammock is like a steady morphine drip without the risk of renal failure.

    Randy : yea but just remember yer roots and where ya come from....you got Hennessy in yer blood son......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gershon View Post
    My biggest gripe with a hammock has been getting into the sleeping bag.

    Today, I realized my sleeping bag opens from the bottom, too. So I put the hammock inside the sleeping bag and it slides on easily like a con, scratch that, a sock.

    Tonight, I'll see how warm it keeps me.

    Gram Cracker
    Many have done it. I got some pics in my gallery. Adding some shockcord suspension brings the sleeping bag up snugly on the bottom. It is very toasty.
    Zipping up the bag seals out the drafts.
    Only downside is the narrowness around the knees. Limits the ability to sprawl
    Ambulo tua ambulo.

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    Ricecg (on the forums) would be a good resource to ask on this.
    When it seems like the night will last forever
    And there's nothing left to do but count the years
    When the strings of my heart start to sever
    And stones fall from my eyes instead of tears
    I will walk alone by the black muddy river
    And dream me a dream of my own
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    It only got down to 55 last night. It did feel warmer with the pea pod configuration. It felt about the same as sleeping with the same bag on the ground without a pad. (I've never used a pad.) I'll be interested to see how it does when it gets down to freezing. That's about the lowest unexpected cold I'd have while backpacking. (I will go out expecting colder.)

    The convenience was great. The bag just slides on easily and I can pull it up to my head easily. In the past, I'd have to turn on the flashlight and struggle to get the bag on properly and it never really got on good.

    Today, I think I'll put some duct tape over the zipper to make sure it doesn't do any damage where the hammock goes through.

    The reason I'm resisting a pad so much is my new pack is VERY small, so volume is a big consideration for me as well as weight. It's also an unusual configuration. Most of the pack is in front, so there is no place to tie a pad on.

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    What type of bag do you have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by arizonared View Post
    What type of bag do you have?
    It's just a cheap Alpine 20. It's supposed to weigh 2 pounds, but I have my doubts. Haven't gotten it on the scale yet. I have used it on the ground on a night when our water bottles froze and I was comfortable cowboy camping without a pad. It was still warm.

    I do have a Lafuma down bag, but it's only good down to 40. It's only good for summer camping around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Passinthru View Post
    I'll be hanging in northern Minnesota for a few nites starting Saturday. I plan to try using my sleeping bag just that way. I don't recall which one, but one of the manufacturers make what they call a 'pea pod' that looks like it is just that. My hope is that it will make my sleeping bag serve as a top quilt and an underquilt as well. If it doesn't work, I have other options.
    Anxious to hear how your trial run goes...
    it works! enjoy your trip.
    40 nights out hammocking 2011...

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    Great way to go. Can't understand why more people don't go that way.
    Works for me.

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