DetailMan already suggested what I was going to post. Do you want this presentation to be about hammock camping or tensegrities? (Pick one.)
I'd already "picked one".
I work for a small university and the Outdoor Rec director and I have talked about doing this for the students. He's intrigued enough to let me have a go at it. My students all have ENO's and stretchy slap straps. It's the granola thing to do... set up on campus with their iPad and a latte. I would love to get them to the woods eventually.... Very interested to see how this pans out, Owl and Jazilla.
Owl, you could do both. The tensgrity stand for the multiple hammocks, and then a TD stand for the simplicity. Best of both worlds.......RR
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Got a follow up call from the manager...date is confirmed for the end of April presentation.
She also noted that she'd mentioned it to some scouts...looks like I'm going to have members of at least one troop in enthusiastic attendance. When we were discussing the LNT applications and how I've demo'ed tree straps to some local rangers to alleviate some of their fears about damage from hammocks, she's also opted to invite a friend of hers who is the director of a local series of parks not tied to the state park system...so that he might be able to see how we do things and MAYBE consider modifying some of the current restrictions preventing us from hanging in these parks.
Now I just gotta make sure I don't botch this!
I also live south of Kansas City. I might be available to assist if you like.
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OK, so things are coming together for this. Stopped by Home Depot last night and picked up the materials for a turtle dog stand. Already have everything cut to length, just have to assemble it tonight/this weekend and test it out.
The manager at BW asked me if I'd be willing to share with folks how my stand was put together since she's had a LOT of people asking about indoor/outdoor hammock stands, so I'm putting together a sheet on that to share at the class.
Last thought...I'd had a few folks ask to see the outline (Which is extremely high level...simply the speaking points I want to cover) that I've put together so far. I figured I'd share it here, and solicit whatever input you fine folks would like to add.
Here you go:
Standard Camping Shelter Requirements
-Bug netting (standalone, integrated)
-Pad (CCF, OCF, pad extenders)
-Underquilt (Full, ¾, synthetic, down)
-Other (HHSS, UQP, etc…)
Benefits of hammock camping versus standard shelter solutions
-High & Dry
-Comfort (the diagonal lay!)
-LNT (Tree straps, no footprint)
Potential downsides of Hammock Camping
-Lack of trees
-“Hang forces” and their effects
-Cost /“Fiddle factor”
Example Hammock Setups/Solutions Cheapest solutions (Wally world special)
-Solutions available in Backwoods (Grand Trunk)
-Integrated netting (Hennessy)
Questions/Open discussion/additional gear review