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    Lady hammockers thread

    Hello ladies and gents, I would love to have a thread that talks about how we have do some things differently than our dear gentlemen. For instance: do you even fully change in the woods? In your hammock.
    My longest trip has only been three days. I can totally live with staying in the same clothes up top for that long. In the fall I'll be out for a week or more. How do you discretely change your short and bra in the hammock?
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    Way to go lilprincess! Looking forward to sharing this thread with my daughters🌟
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    We have a saying on river rafting trips....."you don't have privacy, you give privacy." I'd just announce that you need a little privacy, and duck under your tarp. The art of the quick change takes practice, but folks can avert their eyes or turn their back for a few minutes. On rafting trips, we have the luxury of using solar showers in camp. After they warm up, we pick a shower spot & suspend the showers. Everyone gets a turn. The rest of the group moves a short distance away, and faces their camp chairs the other direction. The shower taker then announces when they are done and the next person goes to shower. Discuss the ground rules up front with your hiking partners and I'm sure they will give you some privacy. I'm going on my first group hang next month, so I'll be doing the quick change under the tarp.
    "We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love.... and then we return home."
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    Privacy was one of the considerations I had in mind when I did my DIY tarp. It's 12' long PLUS the doors on both ends. The pull outs are both great for my bridge hammock and also for giving me more inside room. Pitched so that I have standing room (ok, I'm short..lol) I'm only visible from the knees down. I can either sit in the hammock and dress or I can sit in a camp chair and change. Normally I end up sitting in the hammock with all my clothes and stuff piled in the chair in front of me.

    On a frontcountry trip I even packed a 5 gallon lidded container and used it for nighttime necessities instead of having to stumble down the road to the outhouse.

    On group camping trips in the backcountry, most of the others are in tents..sad I know...so I deliberately choose a spot where I've got some natural privacy. They're stuck finding level spots, I can hang down by the lake or back in the trees. With a little planning I get all the privacy I want. Okay, I don't stand around for any length of time buck naked but changing completely and doing washups isn't a problem.

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    When I want privacy I do about the same thing I do at home. I shut the door

    I set up so I can pull my tarp down into A Frame then install a Grizz Beak on the end (if there is one) that faces the camp. I am also not shy about announcing what I am doing be it changing clothing or cleaning up. Besides, if someone "peeks" in at me, I am not responsible if they go blind!!

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    Interesting thread! I've recently made the switch to hammocking, and I haven't yet been to the backcountry with it (got a trip planned in June, though). I've been wondering how easy it will be to change with just a tarp for cover, but hopefully my companions will be polite to avert their eyes. And, as others have mentioned, I can perhaps get tucked away back in the trees a bit more as well. We shall see. I guess I just won't worry about it TOO much, since I've always had to drop my drawers for potty breaks, and I've been known to "bathe" in mountain streams, which are rarely completely secluded from passers-by on the trail. It's all part of the adventure!
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    Just a reminder...ladies thread or not, this must remain family friendly.

    We'll see, but look for this thread to be moved to the Off Topic forum as it appears it will be centered on general camping/hiking issues and not hammock specific.

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    For tarp privacy our silnylon tarp has worked great for my wife, also added some 2QZQ Grizz Beaks for wintertime.

    A possibility for lighter weight like cuben I would say privacy would be almost none as it's plenty see-though. Although the new camo cuben may be better, although I don't personally know as I haven't yet to see it in person.
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    So far, my daughters of 8 and 10 have been able to change in the hammocks with the tarps blocking the view of others. We have found bathroom break spots with enough distance or seclusion from others.
    Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the strength to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    We'll see, but look for this thread to be moved to the Off Topic forum as it appears it will be centered on general camping/hiking issues and not hammock specific.
    Huh? The 'privacy issue' is completely hammock-specific, and IMO is one reason for the huge preponderance of male hammockers. When I mentioned hammocking to my wife, the 'lack of privacy' was the instant response.

    Not an issue in a tent. Even cowboy camping or in a bivy sac, you can get changed while being (mostly) 'covered up'.

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