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    Senior Member SGT Rock's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michele View Post
    Windy, cold, rainy, too windy and wet to build a fire. Low's will be in the 20's w/chance of snow. You finally get to your preferred location after a long day of hiking and.......
    1. Open up my tarp and set it up. If the weather is bad like you are specifying, it will probably be a low set up.
    2. Sit on my pack and eat a candy bar - probably drink some water.
    3. Go pee.
    4. Get the stove out and start dinner - off to the side under the tarp.
    5. Set up the hammock under the tarp - both the side lines will be off to the same side so the hammock is out of the way.
    6. Open up my quilts to fluff inside the hammock.
    7. Check dinner.
    8. Listen to some music and eat dinner.
    9. Hang the rest of my stuff off the hammock except my food bag.
    10. Go hang the food somewhere else.
    12. Open the hammock up by taking the one side pull out and put it where it is supposed to be. At this point I will also hang my underquilt.
    13. Climb in bed and read.
    14. Get up and go pee again.
    15. Go back to bed.

    I'd like to know about sequencing in regards to what order you set up your hammock, tarp, what gear you have accessible, where you store it, when you change clothes, cooking/eating, cleaning up, your whole routine for both night and the next morning.
    1. My shoes hang off the ridge-line and are out of the entrance on my Hennessy.
    2. My clothing bag is my pillow in the hammock.
    3. My food bag is hanging somewhere else with my cook kit and all in it.
    4. My water bottle is hanging off the ridge-line and is above my head.
    5. My pack is hanging off the ridge-line outside the hammock.
    6. My lamp is on my wrist so I can find it in the middle of the night.
    7. My Misc ditty bag is outside in my pack.
    8. Toilet paper is in my pocket in case I need it in the middle of the night.
    9. Journal is hanging over the ridge-line in the hammock with the string serving as a bookmark.
    10. MP3 player is in the mesh pocket of my ridge-line and headphones are in my ears.
    11. My poles are leaned against the tree at the foot of the hammock in case I need one to dig or slay dragons.
    12. Lighter and knife are also in my pocket. This is in case of wolf attack so I can build a fire and/or kill wolves.
    13. Camera is in the mesh pocket on the ridge-line in case I need to take a picture of the bear getting my food - this always keeps the bears away BTW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hammock engineer View Post
    I was going to say, that hypothetical situation you came up with was pretty close to your hiking weather this weekend. Here is what I would do.

    1) Set up rain fly
    2) Put pack under rain fly
    3) Laugh at tenting friends trying to set up tent in the rain
    4) Cook diner
    5) Hang food bag rope (I hate doing this in the dark)
    6) Laugh at tenting friends cooking in the rain or trying not to burn down their tent
    7) Hang hammock
    8) Do night time hygene things
    9) Hang food bag/smellables
    10) Change clothes
    11) Go to sleep

    If I have camp shoes I'll put them on after step 1. I have also been known to help people with their tents if I know them well.
    sounds cool to me lol neo

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    Quote Originally Posted by titanium_hiker View Post
    I like steps 3 and 6, hammock engineer.

    I haven't taken my hammock far enough from home to get this worked out (I guess I should practice, eh?) but I decided a long time ago that the tarp gets to live in my pack's top pocket. I would hang my hammock in it's tubes after my tarp (somewhere to sit, of course!) and unfurl it when needed.

    good question, Michele! I need to practice!

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    step 3 and step 6 is the best part lol neo

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    Hang Hammock...tarp first, if raining.

    Test the height by sitting in the hammock... rest a few moments....

    Attach under quilt...

    Find the scotch and chips.... enjoy cocktail period sitting in the warm hammock...

    Laugh at tenters crawling on the ground, getting harder as they get wiser and convert to hammocks....

    resume camp preps...

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    If it's not raining hammock goes up first. If it is wet and rainy tarp goes up first. I then normally take my sleeping bag from the compression sack and spead it out on the inside of my HH to get loft.

    I will use the hammock as a lounger until I go to sleep, so after setting up the hammock I will normally take off my boots, hang them on the support lines, and put on camp shoes. Normally I leave my pack lying in the lounger-hammock because it makes it easier to get stuff without having to stoop down on the ground.

    Next comes getting a fire going and starting my meal. While the food is cooking I will take out anything I may need for the night from my pack (sleeping cloths, toilet paper, book , music, etc) and put it inside the hammock or somewhere else I can get to it easy. There are normally a couple of stuff sacks hanging from the support lines by now.

    When I go to bed I hang a Naglene bottle form the ridge line. I pack up loose gear and normally hang my pack on a tree somewhere. I will then stake out the side tie outs so that my hammock is ready to go. If it's raining I will hang my pack from the support lines or put it under my hammock. I also take the time to rehang my hammock to take up any slack or stretch that may have occured since inital setup. I hang my food away from my hammock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SGT Rock
    13. Camera is in the mesh pocket on the ridge-line in case I need to take a picture of the bear getting my food - this always keeps the bears away BTW.
    LOL!

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    1 - Hang tarp. Left skinned if dry, open if raining. I use the tarp ends to center my hammock either way. Lay poncho on ground, pack on poncho. Poncho folds over top of pack, trek poles go on top to secure.

    2 - Hang HH, undo ridge, and lounge.

    3 - Cook and eat in lounger.

    4 - Whatever strikes my fancy for the rest of the evening. Usually watching with amusement as fellow hikers fumble with poles, pads, bags, packs, etc.

    5 - Reattach ridge tension suspension, let bag loft, and sleep.

    Step 5 will have to be modified for colder weather; at the moment I've only had to use a pad/sleeping bag at most for insulation. Under/overquilts wouldn't require MUCH modification though.
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    routine

    Probably TMI, but you asked:

    1. Measure trees spacing with poles,
    2. Lean poles against the selected trees to mark them,
    3. Remove poncho and pack,
    4. Put on camp rain jacket,
    5. Spread out closed cell foam pad between the trees,
    6. Put pack on closed cell pad and cover with poncho,
    7. Pitch hammock in snake skins,
    8. Take off snake skins,
    9. Hang poncho,
    10. Rig overhead line to poncho hood,
    11. Stake the poncho guy lines and hang stake bag on hammock line,
    12. Pull mini-carabiners out of mesh bag and put into bottom of shoe laces,
    13. Take headlamp out of mesh bag and put in my pocket,
    14. Hang mesh containing book, wet wipes, balaclava and gloves on the head end of the ridge line - weights the hammock at the same time,
    15. Tighten hammock knot,
    16. Tighten guy lines,
    17. Hang under quilt,
    18. Put top quilt in hammock,
    19. Set station and hang radio on the ridge line,
    20. Hang bathroom bag and tooth brush bag on the foot end of the ridge line,
    21. Rig bear bag - a rock in bear bag kit bag substitutes for the food bag,
    22. Gather water - but most of the time I have carried water into a dry camp.
    23. These are the things I want to have done BEFORE dark,
    24. Cook - but some of the time I have cooked along the trail,
    25. Pack food bag with the next days breakfast and trail snacks on top.
    26. Brush teeth,
    27. Heat about a cup of water and take a bandana bath,
    28. Change into fresh socks and sleeping long underwear - this can be done inside the hammock, but is much easier sitting in the hammock and standing next to the hammock on the CCF pad,
    29. Put on neoprene socks if my shoes are wet,
    30. Remove insoles and tie shoes loose enough that I can slip my feet in and out.
    31. Put hiking clothes in fleece bag for pillow,
    32. Put on headlamp,
    33. Hang food and kitchen gear,
    34. Hang the rain jacket on the hammock line,
    35. Hang shoes from the hammock line if it is a blowing rain,
    36. Crawl in hammock,
    37. Use the wet wipes on the places I did not get to with the bandana bath,
    38. Read and/or listen to the radio,
    39. Stow my glasses into the big center ridge line pocket and the headlamp in the little ridge line pocket,
    40. Sleep.

    Morning:
    1. Change into hiking clothes,
    2. Replace insoles and put min-carabiners back into mesh bag,
    3. Change into the wet socks - the worst thing you will do all day,
    4. Place bag with sleeping clothes in the bottom of the pack next to back,
    5. Retrieve food bag and stow lines into bear bag kit,
    6. Make a pint of Tang to get the blood sugar up,
    7. Pull todays' breakfast and trail snacks out of the food bag,
    8. Pack the food bag on top of the clothes bag,
    9. Pack the kitchen gear on top of the food bag,
    10. Pack the over quilt and under quilt in a trash compactor bag away from the back,
    11. Clear and stow all the bags from the ridge line,
    12. Pack water on top of the kitchen gear next to your back,
    13. Remove the poncho and pull the snake skins,
    14. Pack the hammock behind the water,
    15. Put the trail snacks in cargo pockets and outside pockets,
    16. Pack the breakfast bag, then insulating layer, then rain jacket,
    17. Buckle the CCF pad to the pack,
    18. Put on pack,
    19. Put on poncho, and
    20. Start hiking.

    I prefer to cook a hour or so down the trail because I do not like to cook with cold fingers and toes.
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