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    Winter hammocking

    I've recently had the chance to use my new winter hammock rig in some solid sub-freezing weather.

    My current rig is an ENO Double Nest Hammock with a closed cell foam pad and a DIY underquilt my wife, Sleeps With Skunks, made. It is from Kickass Quilts Hennessy Hammock model, made from 5 oz Primaloft Sport insulation. Above, I've been using Speer's Winter Tarp.

    On my recent trip on the Foothills Trail in South Carolina, I used this system down to 18 F in wind gusts of 30-40 MPH.

    I rigged the tarp at its normal height, with the Speer Tarp low to the ground.


    It made it a bit tight to get into the hammock, but it offered excellent protection from the cutting wind.


    Once inside, I was so warm with my home-made down quilt that I actually had to shed layers after the first couple of hours. But I definitely hammocked happy.

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    I love that feeling of hanging comfortable & warm in my hammock when it's cold outside!
    Sounds like you've got a pretty effective set up there!
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    Glad to see you are not only hiking but hanging as well Bearpaw. If you can lay on top of a foam pad and not get back sweats then winter (southern anyway) hanging will never be a problem. SGT Rock combined a JRB UQ and evazote pads and made it down to single digits with no problem last winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Take-a-knee View Post
    If you can lay on top of a foam pad and not get back sweats then winter (southern anyway) hanging will never be a problem.
    I wear a merino wool shirt and any moisture never really isn't even noticable any more.

    This is the third time I've hung in temps below freezing, though last Sunday was the coldest night so far.

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    Hey, thems some cold temps! Congratulations on a warm hang!

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    Good to see how an ENO Doublenest can be tricked out to work in cold weather.

    Does the homemade underquilt's near the mini-carabiner pinch in on the ENO-D much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hikingjer View Post
    Good to see how an ENO Doublenest can be tricked out to work in cold weather.

    Does the homemade underquilt's near the mini-carabiner pinch in on the ENO-D much?
    No, not at all. The underquilt has shockcord all the way around in tiny sleeves and it can be loosened or tightened as desired with cordlocks at the end. I lie down in it, then reach between the hammock and quilt and adjust to the point where it just barely touches. This way I don't have gaps or compressed primaloft. It has worked out really well for me.

    This ability to adjust is also a reason I prefer the ENO to a Hennessy in cold weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bearpaw View Post
    No, not at all. The underquilt has shockcord all the way around in tiny sleeves and it can be loosened or tightened as desired with cordlocks at the end. I lie down in it, then reach between the hammock and quilt and adjust to the point where it just barely touches. This way I don't have gaps or compressed primaloft. It has worked out really well for me.

    This ability to adjust is also a reason I prefer the ENO to a Hennessy in cold weather.
    That bugnet is just four extra ounces in the winter, IIRC SGT Rock used a homemade toploader with his early AT start to save weight. This one looks interesting, I believe a few here have made one:

    http://www.imrisk.com/zhammock/zhammock.htm

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    Looks like a great set up!!

    I hang my tarp similar to as you have it in pic #2, if you raise the ridgeline just a bit, you can close the doors all the way. This will cut down on the floor space, but we don't sleep on the floor anyway

    I LOVE winter camping!
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