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    where to put your gear?

    sorry im sure this topic has been covered 1000's of times but i did a search and couldn’t find any thing

    so where do you put your gear so it doesn’t get wet

    Thanks,
    A.Bottoms

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    1001 and one my friend! I tend to use my bag liner and place everything in that (on top of a small plastic groundsheet) and place it under my hammock.
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    Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
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    I always place a piece of tyvek on the ground (hammock camping or not). At night my bowl and spork are by the cooking area, all food and other smellables are in my bear bag, and the rest of my gear is in my pack and a rain cover is on my pack. If I am hanging the pack resides on the tyvek under the hammock. If it is bad and flooding I curl the tyvek to make sure it is a bath tub like curl around the pack.

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    i put all my gear in my bag with the liner under me or in my hammock. i just use a couple of sticks to raise it an inch or so off the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funkyleebasick View Post
    i put all my gear in my bag with the liner under me or in my hammock. i just use a couple of sticks to raise it an inch or so off the ground.
    I never really cared if a little ground moisture got to mine, but I like your idea of just putting some sticks under it.. I generally just leave extra gear in my pack with its pack cover on. And lay it under my hammock or off the tree.

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    couldn’t you just hook it on to the hammock suspension?

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    Quote Originally Posted by A.Bottoms View Post
    couldn’t you just hook it on to the hammock suspension?
    I've seen some do that....but I found that it changed the lay of the hammock a bit (could have been in my head) and just prefer not to have anything hang from my hammock suspension. If you feel the need to hang it, the ridgeline of your tarp would be better. I'm another that puts it under my hammock and on top of my welcome mat (small piece of poly tarp).

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    I ise all the gear in my pack at night so the only thing I have on the ground is my pack shoes and waterbottle. Everything else is either bear bagged or in my hammock or I am wearing it.
    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.

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    Depends on what the weather is doing. For fair weather and straight-down rain, I do the following:

    The pack itself gets hung from the suspension (usually 1/2 at each end, since I have a front/backpack combo); it's empty by this point.

    My poncho goes on the ground under the hammock as a groundsheet, my ditty bag containing personals (FAK, E-kit, bathroom kit, toiletries kit, etc.) goes on top of that to help hold it down if the wind picks up a bit, and my shoes and hat go on top of the poncho as well.

    My headlamp, cell phone, watch, and knife go on the ridgeline (either larksheaded to the ridgeline, in the case of the headlamp, or in the organizer).

    My tarp is strung up, the stakes are either holding it out or stuck into the ground near where they'd need to be to do that, and my hammock is hung with the quilts either in it or on it (depending on which quilt it is).

    My food bag is hung at least 200 ft. from the hammock, (hopefully) downwind, with all of my food and my cook kit inside it.

    Any hiking clothes I was wearing during the day and not at night (usually just a shirt and kilt) go into the end caps now created by my oversized snake skins if dry or hung over the hammock suspension to dry if wet.


    If it's blowing rain, I'll pull everything but the front pack and poncho into the hammock with me, attaching my backpack to the foot end loop of my Hennessy (the advantage of a longer hammock; I can do that without having to contort myself to fit both of us) and attaching everything else to that. The poncho goes over the end of the tarp facing the blowing wind as an improv Grizz beak. The front pack stays in place (it's got my Camelbak inside it, so it's not going anywhere), and the end caps are pulled down some over the ends of the hammock to provide a little extra insurance against blowing water.


    If it's an hurricane? Well, I guess I should've checked the Weather Channel before leaving the house. And, if it's snowing...in Florida? Well, I've got bigger problems than my gear if it's enough snow to affect how I hang the tarp...


    Hope it helps!

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