I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.
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Hi Sophie... It sounds like you're getting better at the idea of the hammock setup and also realizing the benefits of using it. Looking forward to your next report.
The BB material is 1.1 nylon (not the 1.3 waterproof silnylon variety due to the 0.2oz of waterproofing silicone added to the surface during manufacturing). You might add that the ridgeline is actual structural since it keeps the hammock at the perfect tension once it is weight bearing.
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That was an excellent report Sophie.
I started my hammock career in Florida and I know what you mean about the trees. Being inland helps a lot, but the beaches can be tough to find a good hang. There is a good side, when a storm really kicks-up and the wind gets to blowing those trees around, you get a free amusement park ride.
I don't like bugnetting for the same reason you mentioned; the reflection of light. Still, there is a simple solution. Just put your light up against the netting. This doesn't give it the chance to reflect and all (most of it anyway) of the light goes out...where you want it. I don't even think about it anymore, just grab my light and shove it against the netting. Works great.
It may seem counter intuitive, but try hanging it one night with your feet a couple of inches higher than your head. I read in your report that you were always able to get your feet a little lower. There are a few folks that prefer that style of hang, but with your feet a little higher gravity works better for you. Since your torso is the heaviest part of you, if it's higher gravity wants to push it down. If it is already the low point, gravity is kept satisfied and won't work against you. It results in a more comfortable lay, for me anyway. Give it a try and see what you think. Don't get crazy, just a couple of inches higher.
Never worry about that. This is one of the friendliest forums you'll ever find. Heck, we even let Ewker talk about his tents occasionally.The kind folks at hammockforums.net read my report and emailed me to put me straight. I'm kinda nervous knowing that they will be reading this bit to tell you the truth!
Thanks guys, I will try out the knot and the different sleeping position soon. My next camping trip is going to be in those pavilions that have netting, light and a fan (I know, it's not real camping, but sometimes it's nice, especially in 95 F heat)! Has anyone tried using a hammock in them and had any bright ideas? Last time I stole eye hooks from the hanging sign outside (replaced them after of course) but if there aren't any this time I'm a bit worried. The posts are flat against the screen so that's out. The little tables in the corners are about the only other option...
BTW, I would definitely not choose to use the hammock on the ground on the beach, but sadly the only trees were the other side of a body of water
Can you take eyehooks with you? Or if you will have access to something that can be used as a hammer, take a few (at least 4) large nails and drive them into the post at right angles to where you'll be hanging off of them.
sort of looks like that... Autoformat is messing up the alignment a bit.
A free canoe is better than no canoe.
Change font to Courier New for fixed width formatting. I couldn't figure out the diagram or I would have done it for you.
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Alright, rather than try and fiddle more with the spacing and fonts (thanks for the heads up though miksmi) I dusted off an old version of MS Paint in the hopes that it will yield slightly better results. Unfortunately my artistic abilities, or rather lack thereof, may have let me down here.
Using a pair of good, strong 3 or 4" nails pounded into the post so that about 1" of the head remains exposed to tie off to should be strong enough for most people to hang a hammock off of. That is assuming you have something vaguely hammerish to pound them in with, and you don't mind putting 2 holes in said wooden post. Anyway, just a thought since Sophie said she couldn't wrap a strap around the posts in question.
A free canoe is better than no canoe.