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    I've resisted going to ground!

    The forecast in the Smokies for the weekend has steadily worsened - from 60s/40s to 50s/30s. The rain chance went from 20% to 60% for Saturday and thunderstorms for my hike out Sunday. It could be a cold and wet trip.

    I had set my tent and pad out last night while packing, just in case. This morning when packing the car I left them at home. I'm kind of proud of myself; I haven't hung in significant or lasting rain yet so this weekend could be quite an adventure. What is more, this could end up being a solo trip as one friend cancelled and I haven't heard from the other in a week. Going to charge the Kindle and put some books on it tonight though I hope to get enough sun to do a bit of fishing on Saturday.

    It looks like those of you hanging in RRG this weekend might have nasty weather as well. May your tarps keep you dry and your backsides remain warm.

    -Matt-

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    I've resisted going to ground!

    Quote Originally Posted by mattblick View Post
    May your tarps keep you dry and your backsides remain warm.

    -Matt-
    Matt, I think you have just created the supreme HammockForum greeting to one another!

    Have fun but be safe out there!
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    Prefers life at 12 MPH. FLRider's Avatar
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    Your back will thank you! If you think you need a little insurance, drop by WallyWorld and pick up a ~$7 blue CCF pad on the way. It'll go quite a ways towards keeping your back warm, even if you're using an underquilt.

    Hope it helps!
    "Just prepare what you can and enjoy the rest."
    --Floridahanger

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    Matt, I think you have just created the supreme HammockForum greeting to one another!

    Have fun but be safe out there!
    What he said...
    "We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it."- G. W. Sears

    My forum name is Fish<><; I'm in the navy; and I hate sleeping on the ground. If I didn't need ground to walk on or measure resistance to, I think I could happily give it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fish<>< View Post
    What he said...

    I must agree
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    agree with flrider...get a cheap light pad...it once saved my butt (literally) when temps dropped below my (admittedly badly set up) quilts' rating.

    tarp dry, backside warm, etc etc....
    sturgeon

    have a great time

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLRider View Post
    Your back will thank you! If you think you need a little insurance, drop by WallyWorld and pick up a ~$7 blue CCF pad on the way. It'll go quite a ways towards keeping your back warm, even if you're using an underquilt.

    Hope it helps!
    What about an emergency space blanket? You could put it on underquilt, outside the hammock (between the inner side of the quilt and the bottom of the hammock). So much less bulky than the pad, and it should help cut the wind and reflect the heat. Thats part of the Hennessy "supershelter" setup, although I don't use that product, it sounds good in theory.
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    If you know enough to stay dry you are going to have a GREAT HANG, I have Hung in awful storms on the Oregon Coast, I enjoyed them so much, I can not express my pleasure.

    My hammock (Hennessy EUL), swang in all six directions, the punny little stock tarp kept the rain out (it required a lot of negative experience). My hammock went up and down as the trees bent toward each other and then away, the wind blew the hammock from side to side, the trees also moved the hammock forward and back. I slept like a baby in a cradle. So much better than my tent would have been. I have had tent failure in exactly the same spot.

    You are going to have a great trip. Just use good sense, batten down the hatches and enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theosus View Post
    What about an emergency space blanket? You could put it on underquilt, outside the hammock (between the inner side of the quilt and the bottom of the hammock). So much less bulky than the pad, and it should help cut the wind and reflect the heat. Thats part of the Hennessy "supershelter" setup, although I don't use that product, it sounds good in theory.
    A space blanket will help, yes, but by being a vapor barrier, not by reflecting heat. Radiant heat is less of an issue than space blanket manufacturer's will have you believe; heat loss through evaporation of water, on the other hand, is a biggie. A space blanket (or even just a plastic bag or your poncho) will keep that evaporation from happening under you. At least, that's the theory; I've not done tests m'self on it due to the temperatures in which I live.

    I have used a crumpled-up space blanket as a semi-Garlington insulator, but it's blocking air movement in that configuration, not acting primarily as a vapor barrier.

    Either way, a pad will give more warmth than a space blanket will; the trapped air pockets in the closed cells are a wonderful insulator.
    "Just prepare what you can and enjoy the rest."
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    I've resisted going to ground!

    Thanks for all the advice. I actually use the Gossamer gear pad between layers in my DD camper hammock. I survived the weekend but I can't say I was perfectly warm the whole time. The temp dropped into the 20s with wind blown rain / snow Friday night, but the only time I was really cold was solved by emptying my bladder. I picked up a nice Marmot down shirt before hiking in and that really helped until I had to take it off to leave the tarp into the rain.. Those times were brief.

    I think I might look into a 20 rated bag, had a 32 rated bag this weekend. The new Nemo spoon shaped ones look well suited for hammock leg positions.

    One big positive for the weekend was successful use of my new tenkara rod. I was able to catch fish in several locations without wading. A few more times and I might be able to leave the heavy waders, boots, and fly reel home during the transition months; that could amount to a 10 pound lighter pack. I was also pleased that I did the relatively short hike (5 miles) in under 90 minutes - I had feared winter inactivity would have me in much worse shape.

    Time to dry out my gear!
    -Matt-

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