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    What tricks do you hangers user to keep your hammocks dry while setting up in the rain? The obvious answer is to avoid setting up in the rain, but as we all know, that's not always possible. Do any of you HH owners leave the rain fly attached when you put the hammock back in the stuffsack or snakeskins?


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    I keep my tarp in my pack's outer pocket. When it rains, I set it up first w/o even removing my pack from under my packa. (A packa is like a fitted poncho...www.thepacka.com.) Then I have a dry place to open my pack and pull the hammock out. I set up the hammock from under the tarp as much as possible. When that's done, I take off my rain gear and finish unpacking, adjusting insulation, etc.

    Breaking camp is the reverse - pack up everything except the tarp. At the end, the tarp gets wadded up and stuffed into the pack's outer pocket again.

    Also keeps the tarp readily available for lunchtime if needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gladiator View Post
    What tricks do you hangers user to keep your hammocks dry while setting up in the rain? The obvious answer is to avoid setting up in the rain, but as we all know, that's not always possible. Do any of you HH owners leave the rain fly attached when you put the hammock back in the stuffsack or snakeskins?


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    One of the things I love about hanging when I canoe is that in a rain or any other time, when I set up or tear down, I can stay dry and stand up. So different from a tent where I was on the ground crawling in and out on my hands and knees. This is one of the great unanticipated joys of hanging for me.
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    Yes, my HH tarp is separate from the hammock, and sits on top of it in a side pocket. That way, it gets put up first, so I can attempt to keep everything else dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gladiator View Post
    What tricks do you hangers user to keep your hammocks dry while setting up in the rain? The obvious answer is to avoid setting up in the rain, but as we all know, that's not always possible. Do any of you HH owners leave the rain fly attached when you put the hammock back in the stuffsack or snakeskins?


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    When setting up and taking down your hammock in the rain, you would like the first thing up and the last thing down to be your tarp so that you have a protected space. With a small tarp that may not be so obvious. Setting up, taking down, cooking, and just doing things while it is raining is one of those things that the size of the tarp makes a noticeable difference.

    That said, bigger is not always best. Even ignoring weight and bulk, sometimes a smaller tarp is preferred. Larger tarps block more view and wind, and can require larger spaces to set them up. There is such a thing as being too small or too large, but is often a matter of personnel preference combined with the particular conditions one expects to be in. In my geographic area I can classifying different tarp sizes as summer, three season, and winter tarps.
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    Tarp in outer pocket of pack.
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    I have a HH and I'm still learning.

    I switched to a larger 11' x 10' tarp with my HH to have an easier setup when it rains. Like others, I setup my large tarp first and it's the last thing I take down. The tarp goes into skins. The hammock goes into a black bishop bag.

    I just put Grizz's toggle ring setup on my hammock this weekend so when I setup the tarp first then I can use the ring system to center the hammock under the tarp. So far with yard testing it makes tweaking a lot easier than the figure 8 lashing.

    I live in an area where it rains quite often so I like the extra coverage of a larger tarp a lot. Plus I will be hiking with scouts this year with my hammock so it's nice to have extra privacy when changing.

    I have just started using snakeskins with the larger tarp because of the problems mentioned above, setting up in wind, blocking view, etc. So far I really like the skins. I can rig up the ridgeline and leave it in skins and unfurl it quickly when needed.

    Like others, what I don't like is dealing with the long snake when packing up. Right now I'm putting it in outside pocket. I find the skins help me setup faster, but take just a tad longer breaking camp. Right now the positives outweigh the negatives.

    I have kept the original tarp that came with the Hennessy and still use it on occasion but my larger JRB tarp is the one I use the most right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Youngblood View Post
    That said, bigger is not always best. Even ignoring weight and bulk, sometimes a smaller tarp is preferred. Larger tarps block more view and wind, and can require larger spaces to set them up. There is such a thing as being too small or too large, but is often a matter of personnel preference combined with the particular conditions one expects to be in.
    Great point, Dave. I really like the MacCat Standard when I hang alone, but many others think it's too small and prefer the Deluxe (or the many other options available now - SWT, JRB, etc). I like it for exactly the reasons you mention - weight and view being the main reasons. I like laying in my hammock and looking out from under the tarp 360* when possible...tougher to do with a wider hammock that reaches closer to the ground.

    But when I hang with Joker under the same tarp, it's not quite big enough. Sometimes "conditions" are dependent on more than what you find in the woods. I'm thinking ~10'x12' with a bit of a cat cut. Although this does limit site selection a bit.
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    After a suggestion some time ago from Cannibal, I'm fond of keeping mine in an outside mesh pocket of my pack. Easy to get to and set up in the rain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jeff View Post
    I like laying in my hammock and looking out from under the tarp 360* when possible...tougher to do with a wider hammock that reaches closer to the ground.
    Yep, when I'm using a somewhat wider tarp, unless there is wind & or rain to be blocked, I like to hang it high & wide for the view.
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