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    New to hammocks; planning an AT thru-hike

    I like the idea of using a hammock for backpacking on the AT. Plenty of trees! And makes stealth camping easier - no need to look for flat, clear tent site.

    I recently purchased a Clark hammock. The North American. One of the topics I'm interested in is backpacking in the rain. Any thru-hike of the AT can expect many rainy nights and was wondering what hangers do with their packs while sleeping high and dry in their hammocks. It's not like sleeping in a 2-man tent where you can pull the pack in with you. How do hangers keep their backpacks dry overnight in the rain?

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    Burning at both ends Dblcorona's Avatar
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    That is one of my issues with the Clark. The size of their tarp. I usually have my bag under the tarp with me or hang it at the end of my hammock put still under the tarp so it's not on the ground. Others use a small gear hammock that hangs under the main hammock.
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    I've only spent 2 rainy nights that I can remember in my hammock, and I just put it on the ground under me. Worked fine, I guess I picked a decent spot where the rain water didnt run directly under me. My dog sleeps under there too and sometimes likes to rest her head on my pack.

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    Mine goes on the ground by on a piece of plastic. Rain cover on it if really stormy. I do have a plastic bag in my pack to keep stuff dry as well. Never had it wet yet!
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    the last time i went camping it rained. i kept my pack under my hammock on top of a sheet of plastic i carry. everything stayed dry.

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    I used a hammock n my AT thru-hike in '09. I mostly put my pack underneath my hammock with the rain cover on it. I sometimes felt I should do something more, but I am basically lazy and I never had any issues with it.
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    Greetings from Florida

    I hang my pack from the end of my hammock, under my tarp, with the rain cover on, just in case.
    I solemnly swear that I am up to no good...

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    It depends on the weather.

    If it looks like it's going to be nice, I just place the pack on the ground on top of my groundsheet (GI poncho) or sit pad (depending on what temperatures I expect, I sometimes bring a sit pad instead of just my poncho).

    If it looks like it's going to rain, I do the same.

    If it looks like it's going to pour, I will clip the (nearly-empty) pack to my suspension at the foot end of the hammock. I have a large enough tarp to be able to get away with this, though.

    If it looks like a monsoon's coming in, I will clip it to the suspension at the foot end and throw my poncho over the foot end of the tarp to act as a Grizz Beak. Did this last year in Middleburg during the NE FL Hang, though I had it underneath the hammock inside of a trash compactor bag rather than hanging that weekend. My new MMP-inspired DIY pack is a lot easier to hang than my old pack was, though, so...

    Something I did the first time I went hammock camping was to clip my pack into the foot-end loop of the SRL in my Hennessy. If you have a ridgeline (or even if you don't, but still have enough room in the hammock and a light enough pack), you can clip the pack to the point where the suspension enters the hammock at the foot end and let it sit in the hammock with you. As long as it's a large enough hammock and you're laying asym, the pack shouldn't touch you.

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