Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 37
  1. #1
    Senior Member earplug94's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    lakeland, TN
    Posts
    103

    How many don't carry a pad?

    Hello,
    For those using underquilts. How many do not carry a foam pad. I'm about to go this direction. But, still worry about having to go to the ground.

    earplug
    We will never conquer a mountain. The mountain allows us to visit and with enough time asks us to kindly go back down. And sits in peace with or without our presence.
    my quote.

  2. #2
    R00K's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Baltimore, MD
    Hammock
    UL BMBH
    Tarp
    CloudBurst
    Insulation
    Phoenix & Stealth
    Suspension
    Whoopies & DutchTi
    Posts
    920
    I carry a sit pad (recent upgrade to my set-up) and some carry a 3/4's pad of sorts, or torso pad.

    I think the second option would be better in the event you need to go to ground, it would also act as a sit pad, and if you don't have a full length UQ - can go in the hammock under your feet/legs to help with warmth.
    Support: HammockGear - Zpacks - Jacks R Better - DreamHammock - Dutchware - AHE - Black Rock - Grand Trunk

  3. #3
    Senior Member ShadowAlpha's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    NW Georgia
    Hammock
    WBBB SL Lefty /Traveler
    Tarp
    Superfly/HG Cuben
    Insulation
    Yeti,0*Phnx,Burrow
    Suspension
    Stuff from Dutch!
    Posts
    2,280
    Images
    32
    if you trust your gear? there's no worry about going to the ground.

  4. #4
    dragon360's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Toronto, ON
    Hammock
    WBBB/TR, DIY, HH, SB DL, GT UL
    Tarp
    ID/OES/WB/WL
    Insulation
    HG/WB/Go-Lite/WB
    Suspension
    Whoopie/Straps/DW
    Posts
    6,296
    Images
    1
    I do not carry a foam pad with me to go to ground. I do have a small square of reflectix or plastic sheeting that i use as a ground mat under my hammock for the pack and boots (stepping on) etc but no pad. Not had an issue yet!
    The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering. - St. Augustine

    Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
    - Bob Marley

  5. #5
    Senior Member bigbamaguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    NE Alabama
    Hammock
    Clark NX-200
    Tarp
    Clark XL-Fly
    Insulation
    KAQ NR UQ/AHE KAQ
    Suspension
    Strap/cinch buckle
    Posts
    2,426
    I carry a small section of CCF pad when I know it is going to be below freezing. This is made from one of the blue Wal-Mart CCF pads and is long enough to wrap around my hips. This keeps the CBS out for me down to the mid 20's.
    Par Si Vis Pace Para Bellum

  6. #6
    OutandBack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Denver, CO
    Hammock
    Snipe WinterGnome
    Tarp
    TtTTG 12x10
    Insulation
    WL-TQ/UQ, HG 3/4UQ
    Suspension
    stock
    Posts
    4,203
    Images
    129
    No pad here.

  7. #7
    Senior Member lazy river road's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Baltimore, MD
    Hammock
    Warbonnet
    Tarp
    HG/BWWD/Z-Packs
    Insulation
    Hammock Gear
    Suspension
    Woopies & Straps
    Posts
    3,240
    Images
    152
    I always carry a pad of some sorts, either for sitting on, pack fram, putting underneath my feet in the hammock or if I ever have to go to ground.
    Sometimes I like to hike and think, And sometimes I just like to hike.

    Hiking is'ent about waiting for the storm to pass its about learning to hike in the rain.

  8. #8
    R00K's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Baltimore, MD
    Hammock
    UL BMBH
    Tarp
    CloudBurst
    Insulation
    Phoenix & Stealth
    Suspension
    Whoopies & DutchTi
    Posts
    920
    You could also consider some tyvek for a groundcloth. Very light, very cheap, folds down very small. Would work as a ground cloth if you're really concerned with going to ground but like others have mentioned - for most - it doesn't happen often - and like ShadowAlpha said - if you trust in your gear (and I'll add "and you know what the limitations of those items are") there's no reason to worry about going to ground.
    Support: HammockGear - Zpacks - Jacks R Better - DreamHammock - Dutchware - AHE - Black Rock - Grand Trunk

  9. #9
    Chard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Toronto, Canada
    Hammock
    HH Exped w DIY ZipMod & WBBB
    Tarp
    DIY 12' BlackCat
    Insulation
    DIY Down TQ/UQ
    Suspension
    DIY Whoopie Sling
    Posts
    964
    Images
    45
    I usually canoe, so I have a pair of those small rectangular foam pads (approx 8" x 12" each) that I kneel on and use around camp as a seat. I no longer carry any other foam pads or thermarests. Too heavy.

    As a paddler, if I had to go to ground, I'd use my pads, lifejacket, and backpack wrapped in my small plastic tarp (6'x8'). I suppose as a hiker, I'd resort to some form of natural bedding (spuce branches, leaves, etc...) bundled under the same small tarp.

    Trust your gear but carry a repair kit and some spare materials. There shouldn't be too many reasons to go to ground unless your hammock rips beyond McGyver's ability to repair.
    Survival is about getting out alive, Bushcraft is about going in to live

    Upcoming EGL Hangs: Winter Backcountry 2014. For EGL notifications, subscribe to the EGL Hang Notification Thread
    EGL Trip Reports: Feb 2014, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Winter 2012, Fall 2011, Video: Algonquin - Spring 2011 - Part 1 of 2

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Kansas City, KS
    Hammock
    HH Explorer Deluxe+2QZQ Mod #4
    Tarp
    HH Hex w/ 2QZQ OFS
    Insulation
    20* bag, PL, HHSS
    Suspension
    Whoopies+Biner
    Posts
    1,168
    I don't carry a pad to go to ground with...I use the HHSS, but that pad wouldn't be suitable to go to ground with at all.

    I DO carry at least two 3 mil, 55 gal trash bags. If it was REALLY bad and I simply couldn't hang at all...I'd consider digging a pit, filling it in with leaves/grass, and covering it with a trash bag as a ground cloth, and hang my tarp above as shelter.

    If it got REALLY bad, I'd dig said pit, build a hefty fire in it, and then once it's burnt down to coals I'd cover it over with dirt and sleep on the warm/hot ground.
    Last edited by Owl; 10-27-2011 at 14:44.

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •