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    Post Keeping sleeping bag and hammock dry under tarp? Help?!?

    Hi,

    I recently had a two day hike in snowy and wet weather. On both days my sleeping bag and hammock got wet under the tarp. I had drip lines in place both nights unless they were ineffective.

    Kit list:
    - 3x3 DD Tarp - set up in v shape
    - DD camping hammock
    - Thermarest ridgerest solite
    - Sungpak sleeping bag

    Day 1

    - Weather was snowing, then turned to constant wet from the dripping snow above
    - Both end of my hammock and sleeping bag got wet on both ends
    - There was a light mist coming from the tarp underside which made the top of my sleeping bag wet


    Day 2
    - Weather was just raining
    - Both ends of hammock and sleeping bag got wet again
    - Bottom of hammock and underside sleeping bag got wet
    - No misting this time


    Also any ideas to keep backpack off the ground under the tarp apart from attaching to hammock.


    I dont like being wet in the winter, hope you can help.
    Last edited by rickyc369; 01-27-2013 at 13:22. Reason: wrong title

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    A big tarp with doors would help a lot in that situation........
    And maybe a wider tarp to boot.
    Hope that helps a bit.
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    I agree with Shug. Diamond configuration is ok but a larger hex tarp would protect your sides better. Doors are also great to have in bad weather. Did you see water dripping from your drip lines?
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    It was dripping from some on them, i just wrapped and tied some paracord?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickyc369 View Post
    It was dripping from some on them, i just wrapped and tied some paracord?
    Something like a cotton shoe lace might work a bit better. It sounds like it was a matter of tarp coverage. How far from the hammock was the tarp?
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    About 25 cm on each side

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    were they tied to metal rings or biners? You need the break in the suspention with some sort of metal or water will just ride on in. I learned that that hard way.

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    No i just wrapped some paracord as a drip line.

    Maybe i should try karabiners, is there a way to do it without destroying the main tape?

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    Don't know what suspension you're using but I found webbing soaked up water like a teabag, then wicked it straight to the hammock. No dripline could stop it.

    Also I would suggest avoiding the diamond tarp in heavy weather. Four doors strung as low as possible is best I find.

    Maybe a tarp sock could help you out.
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    Ok i will try close my tarp over next time a bit more i think it can be rigged that way thanks for the help.

    Was thinking of getting some woopie slings to then use some karabiners to stop rain?

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