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    hot weather question

    Hammockers, help, I am taking a group of Boy Scouts on a Florida camping trip, Sea Base, and have spoken about the advantages of hammocking. It really seems the way to go on a Florida Key out island.

    My question is to what needs to be used in the hammock, it should be 80+ degrees at night, probably hotter, down near Key West, should I have the boys bring a pad to sleep on? bag liner?

    I researched the forums first but haven't found info on hot weather camping. thanks for the help and patience.

    ankh, a new guy

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    Quote Originally Posted by ankh View Post
    Hammockers, help, I am taking a group of Boy Scouts on a Florida camping trip, Sea Base, and have spoken about the advantages of hammocking. It really seems the way to go on a Florida Key out island.

    My question is to what needs to be used in the hammock, it should be 80+ degrees at night, probably hotter, down near Key West, should I have the boys bring a pad to sleep on? bag liner?

    I researched the forums first but haven't found info on hot weather camping. thanks for the help and patience.

    ankh, a new guy
    Welcome to the site.

    80+ degree hanging at night is some hot weather hanging indeed. I dont have experience in that kind of heat at night. I would say you might seriously consider the scouts taking a thin closed cell pad just in case. Some folks get chilled underneath in temps as high a 75. Especially if the ocean breezes are robbing some heat. Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. The bag liner should be enough on top.
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    I would consider a cheapo fleece sleeping bag. 80* for me, is about at the point where I need little or no insulation on the bottom. You may also take a look at Neat Sheet quilt.
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    follow up?

    Further info, we are kayaking out to the island about 5 miles, space is limited on the yaks.

    When bags, quilts, liners are used, you don't crawl in them like sleeping bags? You sleep directly on the pad? And would one of the Z-fold back pack pads be appropriate, or look for a car window sun block thing.

    My only experience was difficult cause my small UL blow up pad kept slip sliding away, not to mention my feet hanging through the HH opening, dumb me hung my boots from the ridgeline thru the opening and the velcro never sealed, it seemed like a good idea cause of the Ga rain. I only hung my boots that way once, I'm learning.

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    Welcome ankh.

    Several scouters here. Stoikurt is from Panama City, maybe he can offer some words of advice.
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    I wouldn't waste your time with the window reflector things. I had no sucess with them. Given it was cooler when I tried them.

    A ccp is probbily the way to go. You could trim them down. Maybe torso length, but it depends on the kid with this one. If it isn't wide enough either add more pad or put some extra clothes under the shoulders. Makes a great sit pad in camp too.

    I am using a fleece blanket as bottom insulation in my house. It works into the high 60's for this human popsicle. It might not be a bad option either. Packs smaller than a pad. Buy cheap blankets or fleece material from walmart.
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    If you are a back sweater a ccf pad exaccerbates the problem in the summer...Back sweaters (and really most folk) will be more comfortable with breathable under insulation of some kind rather than body hugging non breatable pads....YMMV....and, I may be considered biased, but more than a few will agree

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    Pan!

    I gotta share this thought, back sweater??? Geez all I could picture was a real hairy back, too funny.

    OK so I get the feeling a fleece bag may be enough to sleep on/in without a pad? But I think I will encourage a pad to sit on.

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    Anyone know if the Pacific Outdoor Tropical pad would be an option especially for us "back sweaters"? There site comments on its breathability or allow air circulation. You can supposedly slip an insert into it for more padding and insulation. Might make the ideal tropical pad. Keep you cooler when hot, warmer when cold by placing some spare clothing or whatever in the insert.

    Again commenting from zero experience. Would a weather shield for the hammock provide enough warmth for cooler and/or windy tropical nights and also provide protection when exposed to heavy driving rains? If so, no need for a pad. Weather shield would serve multiple uses, maybe pack lighter & smaller.

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