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    Hammock Going to Ground

    Has anyone thoughts on how I can use my tarp and WBBB hammock in a ground dwelling setup? I did a search on this but just can't find any posts. I thought of buying a bivy bag to use under my tarp set up low in tent mode but HEY that BB is just like a bug bivy to keep the crawlies off and is lighter.
    So how to rig up the tarp and ridgeline of the hammock with two treking poles?
    Thoughts?

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    If your going to ground intentionally I wouldn't use my hammock. I don't want it on the ground even with a groundcloth. Just use a bivy. Or a tent.
    It's only an addiction if your trying to quit

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    My only question is why would you want to? Or is this like in case of an emergency?
    ~My therapist has told me that the first step to recovery is admitting my problem, Hello I'm a Hammockolic~

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    Not an emergency. For when camping at the beach and no trees available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GnomeBuddy View Post
    Not an emergency. For when camping at the beach and no trees available.
    Ooof, silica + nylon = nylon confetti. I cringed.

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    So, better to get that tent then.

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    Or stick to the trees....
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    Like you, I was warned the hammock body is vulnerable to damage on the ground which can have grave consequences. It was suggested to consider a separate bug net (only) when going to the ground, and I took that as very good advice. Tarp + ground cloth + bug net (no hammock). Think about a ground pad for insulation as well, which can be used in the hammock or on the ground.

    I considered this same issue and decided on a different style of hammock I feel is better suited to going to the ground BUT, I will be using a nylon ground cloth (5' x7'), Exped mullti-mat (40" x 79"), and a 25" x 77" Thermorest UNDER the hammock to protect it when on the ground. Since my travel is kayak/canoe based, I'm not concerned with the weight penalty of the ground cloth and multi-mat. For me, the combination of the "multi-mat" and thermorest (with "chair" cover) allows a ton of flexibility in both insulation, comfort, ground cover, seating etc. In my case, it's all more compact & 4 lbs. lighter, and more comfortable than what I've been hauling when strictly tent based.

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    Last summer I went on a week long trek across the arctic tundra, and did a light field test of a wbbb and superfly setup in ground mode as there are few trees there.

    Using hiking poles it was easy to make a shelter with doors. With the wbbb hung lightly between the poles it kept the mossy net off my face. In a pinch I could have slept there but the living area is small.

    I ended up using a tent on that trip: )


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    A quick look at both Campmor & Campsaver shows they have ground based bug nets, from $30 (9 ozs.) up to $100+. Enjoy your hammock of choice where appropriate. Use a ground net w/ hammock fly when/if needed.

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