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    on the AT now. rain. lightning in a hammock?

    i am on the ma/ct borderof the AT and didnt realize i was going to be throwing out any supposed attemt at a definition for the term "torrential downpour" ... all i have to say is HOLY CRAP. and i am wondering how safe are we from lightning vs being in the "position". also do not pitch a hh stock tarp with one side anywhere near the height of the tarp ridge becuase while a little rain will roll off, 5 gallons every 20 seconds will fill it up like a bathtub. instantly. fortunately i had some extra rope that was NOT in the bear box and tied a new ridge line for it. also staked it down to the ground instead of a tree uphill. this storm is INSANE. should have brought the jrb 11x10 instead i think. hammock ropes stretch and slip in such rain too and a poncho doesnt work if your arms are raised and someone has 3 fire hoses on you at once. anyway sorry for the ramble i am on my cellphone

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    hope you get this: just searched doppler in Salisbury CT, you'll be rain free and lightning free in minutes. maybe little shower in about 30 mins...1930

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    hey, maybe real time weather prognostication can be something our members can use, kinda like low tech communication with internet searches. When your hair is standing up on your neck, it would be good to get some info.

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    So how did you make out in that HH stock tarp during your Noah like experience? Did the tarp prove to be lightening resistant as well as light weight?
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
    Romans 8:18,21-22

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    I think you are doing the right things so far. Hopefully some people with the stock HH tarp will chime in with some tips. Stay strong, you will make it!

    Is there any way to get a bigger tarp sent to a town up the trail?

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    The stock tarp has kept me dry but only when NAILED DOWN TIGHT. Gotta have the ends almost on the ground. Put rocks over stakes to hold in wet ground. Me thinks the tarp was gonna rip, but she held fast.

    Rolling thunder and rain here in MD, but at least they are movin through.

    Good Luck!

    Quote Originally Posted by Narwhalin View Post
    I think you are doing the right things so far. Hopefully some people with the stock HH tarp will chime in with some tips. Stay strong, you will make it!

    Is there any way to get a bigger tarp sent to a town up the trail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaiden View Post
    i am on the ma/ct borderof the AT and didnt realize i was going to be throwing out any supposed attemt at a definition for the term "torrential downpour" ... all i have to say is HOLY CRAP. and i am wondering how safe are we from lightning vs being in the "position". also do not pitch a hh stock tarp with one side anywhere near the height of the tarp ridge becuase while a little rain will roll off, 5 gallons every 20 seconds will fill it up like a bathtub. instantly. fortunately i had some extra rope that was NOT in the bear box and tied a new ridge line for it. also staked it down to the ground instead of a tree uphill. this storm is INSANE. should have brought the jrb 11x10 instead i think. hammock ropes stretch and slip in such rain too and a poncho doesnt work if your arms are raised and someone has 3 fire hoses on you at once. anyway sorry for the ramble i am on my cellphone
    i have posted on hammock forums when hanging in bad weather from my blackberry cell phoneneo
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaiden View Post
    i am on the ma/ct borderof the AT and didnt realize i was going to be throwing out any supposed attemt at a definition for the term "torrential downpour" ... all i have to say is HOLY CRAP. and i am wondering how safe are we from lightning vs being in the "position". also do not pitch a hh stock tarp with one side anywhere near the height of the tarp ridge becuase while a little rain will roll off, 5 gallons every 20 seconds will fill it up like a bathtub. instantly. fortunately i had some extra rope that was NOT in the bear box and tied a new ridge line for it. also staked it down to the ground instead of a tree uphill. this storm is INSANE. should have brought the jrb 11x10 instead i think. hammock ropes stretch and slip in such rain too and a poncho doesnt work if your arms are raised and someone has 3 fire hoses on you at once. anyway sorry for the ramble i am on my cellphone
    9 x 9 tarp is the smallest tarp i would ever carryneo
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    While hiking on a recent "June '08 Parade O'Fools" two-day jaunt in the Massachusetts Berkshire Mountains near CT, we encountered an hour plus of torrential downpour/lightening conditions during a late afternoon.

    A couple of hour break in the storm allowed tarps and hammocks to be hung in relative dryness. Well, once tucked in at night, the lightening and dumping rain continued until 2:30 a.m.

    Instead of bringing along an 8x10 tarp (even with the [this time accurate] forecast), decided to see how well my poncho would work as a tarp. Luckily, there was absolutely no leaking or wetness on the hammock. Also, luckily, there was no wind whipping the rain around.

    If I had been hanging up in the NH White Mountains under similar conditions, I would most definitely have brought a real tarp, since the mountains typically create their own wind blowing downhill at night.

    But in the case of heavy rain without heavy winds, a tarp seems to work just fine.

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    I was with you in a way on this one. I went down to Red River Gorge, KY this weekend. On Friday I was talked into setting up camp on the ridge. We found a killer site that no one wanted with the weather coming in. We setup around 9pm. I got my 12'x10' cat cut tarp setup, then my 11'x5' rect tarp. It wasn't raining when we setup, but it started pouring shortly after.

    Lets just say that the site selection wasn't the best. A few minutes later water started running underneath the hex tarp on the ground and blowing in the end. We didn't have any hammocks setup yet and were cooking dinner sitting on the ground. We throw everything in the packs and stood there for a couple minutes laughing at what was going on. I ended up rigging the rect tarp over the end of my hex tarp to block the rain from coming in.

    I learned a couple important lessons. Camping on a ridge with ligthening so bright we think one of the headlamps is on isn't the best idea in the world. It takes splitting half a fifth of the finest plastic before I will share a hammock. And my 1.9 untreated ripstop hammock from walmart fabric that I used on my thru and has probibly pushing 150 nights on it will hold over 360 lbs.

    But in all a great story.
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