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    Any tips for hamocking in the rain?

    Hey everyone,
    I'm not a regular backpacker, but I make at least 1-2 backpacking trips a year, and am planning on becoming a more regular backpacker now that I am out of college and have free weekends. I'm planning on going on a short(14 miles) overnighter with my fiance this weekend, and of course it's supposed to rain and be fairly cold. I got into hanging this summer, and have not had any problems with cold/rain so far. Just learned about using drip lines a week or so ago, so I was wondering if there was anything else that might be helpful to try out. I have a nice toxaway tarp that I just received that I'll be using as cover for my fiance, and a smaller tarp that came with a hammock I bought from another HF member. Just want to be prepared considering I'm expecting to get rained on, and I really want to get my fiance into hanging as well.

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    tarps go up first. Rule #1 when it's raining. Rule #2- take some time under your tarp to think about how you'll go about things, instead of rushing around trying to be dry.

    Another rule: pay attention to site selection, how the wind is blowing, etc.
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    Here's a great website on staying dry, by our own JustJeff.

    http://tothewoods.net/HammockCampingDry.html
    my hammock gear weights total: 2430g (~86oz)
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    if the smaller tarp you are talking about is a HH tarp... make sure you have it setup right... there is not much room for error with one
    but as long as it's set up right and you have drip lines you should be ok... but have a backup plan in case it doesn't work out

    small tarps are not forgiving ....
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    it's a tarp that came with a siam hammock. I'll be the one with the smaller tarp, so i'll probably just keep it as low as I can and do my best to angle it against the wind

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    Any tips for hamocking in the rain?

    Yes, use a tarp.




    Tarp up first. I like the continuous ridgeline with prusiks, so I can adjust it back and forth and get it just right, and if you then set up the hammock, if the tarp isn't centered, you can slide it over a little.
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    Any tips for hammocking in the rain?

    Just embrace the rain! I love hiking and camping in the rain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roadrunnr72 View Post
    Yes, use a tarp.




    Tarp up first. I like the continuous ridgeline with prusiks, so I can adjust it back and forth and get it just right, and if you then set up the hammock, if the tarp isn't centered, you can slide it over a little.
    +1 The CRL beats the double ridgeline by a country mile. It's so much more user-friendly especially when you're trying to setup quickly.
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    Go ahead and make all your mistakes while you are young, dumb, and good looking. Let yourself get cold and wet! You will learn from it.
    And someday, ....you'll be an old pro with tons of experience.

    Well,.....maybe not, but that's how I did it.

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    If you haven't yet, make sure that the seem on your new tarp is sealed well. At the Gorge Rat hang this past may I took my new tarp out with me and had apparently missed a spot sealing the ridgeline and got wet during a heavy rain on the second night. So double check that ridgeline on the new tarp. It's better to carry a couple ounces of extra silicone on the tarp, then to have your lady turned off to hammock camping because she got wet while sleeping.
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