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    First Hang tonight @ Devils Lake State Park, WI

    My son's Scout troop is camping at Devils Lake State Park near Baraboo, WI. It's one of my favorite places we camp at and I never get tired of the 500 ft' quartzite bluffs.

    The forecast for tonight is Thunderstorms! So I'll likely be setting up in the rain. My hammock is all set wrapped up in its snakeskin for easy assembly. The suspension ropes are still new with only a few hours of backyard hang time, so I think I'll tie them up a tad higher than I did in the yard to accomdate for further "newness" stretching and sag from the rain.

    I'll have my snakeskins cover the tarp prussik knot to protect it from the rain. Do you think I should add a little strip of cloth at each end for a drip line or is that not needed.

    Any other tips for setting up in the rain?

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    It's hard to set up an HH in the rain when the tarp is attached to the hammock as the stock system dictates. You can't hang the tarp first and work under it to hang the hammock. You kind of have to trust the hammock is securely encased by the tarp when you pull off the snake skins. It can be done. I did it for awhile, but when I swapped out my suspension for the webbing/ring buckles I switched to hanging the tarp by itself to the trees.
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    Mmm... I'll just have to work fast to unfurrel so the tarp protects the hammock. Then stake out the tarp first. Also, if its raining hard I'll just wait until it lets up. That should reduce the chance of a drenching. Thanks again, Rev.

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    Baraboo is a beautiful part of Wisconsin. Hopefully the weather won't be to obnoxious for you. I would suggest attaching a drip line just to be safe. You never want to wake up in a pool of water. Good luck.
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    Makes sense. I hope there's a breeze tomorrow to blow away the humidity. We're teaching backpacking techniques to the youinger boys and they'll be lugging their packs up the steep trails. Although the packs will be light, 10-20 pounds, they're not use to having them on their backs.

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    Man as a kid I use to love to go up there and water ski,camp,hike,and all the shows up there. I sure miss that place.

    Have fun take many pictures so you can post them here.

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    Great area .... have a blast. Adversity is our ugly buddy! Get to know him.....
    An absorbent pack towel ...shammy type .... is really good to have for wiping down after set up in the rain.
    If you don't have drip strings take your extra free-hanging suspension and bring it up under the tarp and tie it off at the hammock end on the line as a redundancy factor.
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    Sorry for the delay in posting my results. I have less than a week to wrap stuff at work before I head off to summer camp for a week (Camp Tesomas north of Rhinelander, WI).

    My first night went without a hitch. We drove through the rain storms, and they were nasty storms at that, so I was able to set up dry. It did rain later that evening after we went to bed, but that didn't mater. The first problem I had was finding a place to hang. I had to keep it within the general campsite at the park to be near the troop. And most of the tree in and around the site were older, mature trees with larger trunks. I managed to find one with about a 6" diameter with one of the larger trees (maybe 20" diameter). So I threaded the support rope through the web loops and tied it off onto itself with a taught line hitch. The other end I was able to use the prescribed Hennessy lashing.

    The evening started warm and muggy so I rigged a small O2 Cool Model 1041 fan with some cord on the ridge line. It cooled me off and lessened the effect of the humidity. It spun a little bit on the ridgeline so I had to play with the paracord to make a multipoint harness. For summer camp I知 going rig a leather strap about three inches wide with some snaps on it. The width should ride on the ridgeline and prevent spinning. It will hang by the battery compartment upside down. This will direct the flow right down the length of my body.

    The next morning I awoke with my butt nearly on the ground. The knot and lashings held up so I assume it was the support lines stretching out with their first use. The resulting sag made my sleep a little uncomfortable. Nothing drastic but I was worried that I may not be made of the proper stock to be a hanger.

    So I went about tightening the support ropes to raise the hammock. But it wasn稚 going up any noticeable difference. I could spend much time as we were preparing to head out for our hike up the bluffs.

    Later at diner, I知 sitting at the picnic table trying to figure out what I知 doing wrong. Then it hits me! The tarp is attached to the support ropes and is taught. When I try to tighten the rope the Prussik knots transferred the energy to the tarp which was pulled as tight as it could get while the hammock slung beneath it lose. So all I had to do was loosen the tarp by sliding the Prussik knots towards the center, tighten the hammock to the desired tension, then retighten the tarp by sliding the Prussik knots back out towards the tree. A rookie mistake!

    That night I slept beautifully! My feet were a little low so I slide down a bit to where my body was in line with the centerline instead of being turned. But it was not bad and next time I値l be sure to make my head a little lower.

    I can also see another advantage of hanging your tarp separate from the hammock. I really like the compactness of rolling the tarp and the hammock in a single set of snakeskins and the quick set up and take down. But I think I値l start looking for a replacement tarp, like the OES MacCat Deluxe or similar tarp. I like the idea of 4-5 tie outs per side so you can close off the ends in foul or cold weather. More research!

    Next week I値l be sleeping in it all week at camp. I知 going to set up a tent for my gear and for changing (it痴 a Boy Scout camp so I need to be discreet.) But I値l get lots of practice tweeking the hang and set up.

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    What a great opportunity to learn. Funny how we figure things out and become good problem solvers when out in the "Piney Woods." I camped in that park on the way back from paddling the Boise Brule River in NW Wisconsin about 15 years ago. It was pretty. Good luck with the tarp. Part of the fun of hanging is it is a dynamic event. Always changing, always evolving.
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    Experience really is a great teacher, especially with everyone's gear, physical attributes, and enviornments being so unique.

    It's great you got a chance to give your hammock a try, and shared your experience!

    Please let us know how camp went when you get back. Have a great time!

    Thanks for the trip report!
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