Just one question: have you tested your sleeping bag/liner combo in the 30s with your hammock? If not, you may find out that you need additional under insulation. Which would be...suboptimal...~20 miles of bushwhacking from the nearest help.
If you've already tested it, please disregard this. Just trying to help ensure that you have a safe trip.
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I'm testing a lot of new gear this trip as I lost most of my tested and loved gear in the flooding we had this spring. If it hadn't been for the flooding, the hammock would be the only new piece.
That being said, I've camped with a lot less and do have the poly tarp and tree branches should something go wrong with the hammock.
September is normally when I get out to do my once a year adventure trip. The last few years has been with the same sleeping bag (saved from the flood as it was upstairs) in a tent with no mat.
A slightly off topic question being as this has shifted from my OP.... How would sleeping in a hammock with a sleeping bag instead of an underquilt compare to sleeping on the ground, no mat (just tent floor)?
You will be suprised at how much warmth you lose out the bottom of the hammock. Remember the ground provides some amount of insulation. In a hammock there will be zero insulation...well maybe 10% remaining from your sleeping bag if it is synthetic 0% if it is down. I wouold at the very least take a torso length ccf pad. But that is just me.
My hammock, winter sock, 20*f top quilt(down) ,20*f 3/4 length underquilt(down), and small ccf pad for under my feet take up the bottom third of my pack. total weight is:
Hammock with sock 11oz
Foot pad and ground sheet 7.5oz
Total is 59.1oz or 3.69 LBs
Tarp (WB Superfly) is roughly the size of a 1L Smartwater bottle and weighs 29oz with all stakes. Bringing me up to 88.1oz or 5.5LBs.
To the ground you only have to worry about conductive heat loss. In a hammock you contend with convection, making your under insulation much more important.
It's been too long since my heat transfer classes, but basically convection is some LARGE factor more efficient at removing heat than conduction. In a hammock you're 20*F bag - compressed under you - wouldn't even keep you warm at 40*F. You'd feel warm on top, and cold underneath.
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NoMike- You will be very cold if you do not bring at least a closed cell foam pad to put under you. Convective heat loss is greatly exaggerated in a hammock compared to sleeping on the ground. On the ground you mostly have conductive heat loss which is much less.
Seriously, if you are not bringing a UQ, a ccf pad is the minimum requirement to stay even remotely warm while sleeping.
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I'm old enough to know better then to argue with experience, so I'll be looking at picking up a mat before heading out (budget and time not going to permit underquilt thoughts).
Found a pair of trees in the yard to test hang in the yard. Not great trees (pine and a maple). View also sucks as its behind the garage, but it will work. Going to be 0'C or -1'C tonight, so we'll see how the setup works (without a mat until I can get to town).
Have a safe and fun trip. I look forward to seeing the video.
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