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Hi guys, first time writer long time reader. I used to use a small tent then some one said "try a hammock", so I thought mmk and looked around on Youtube and came across Hammockforums.com, an awesome site so a long story shortened I came then found amtcgear.com.au grabbed a DD Hammock and tarp + a few other bits and I'll never sleep on the ground again. Any one else tried hammocks for touring?
Sorry to sound like a killjoy but if it is at all possible I won't sleep under a tree with a trunk or limb diameter of more than about three or four inches.
The risk of being hit or crushed is low but I've seen too many big trees and limbs come crashing down, sometimes for no apparent reason.
It may be an irrational fear but a careful overhead assessment and avoiding dangerous burnt or dead trees just doesn't comfort me enough to sleep under a big tree, especially in windy conditions or rain after a dry period.
I love the bush, spent large sections of my life working and playing in it, but I'll camp in a clearing or light scrub any day in preference to taller timber.
I think it's a common thing with Australian Eucalypts at least to occasionally "shed" branches.... I don't know common this is with other species of trees in the parts of the world where a lot of people who champion hammocks tend to use them.
Would be curious on others input.
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Aren't they all hammock zealots on hammockforums?
Yes, I have considered a Hennessy hammock but even the hyperlight is barely much lighter than a tent, and since I don't find sleeping on the ground uncomfortable there is no reward for the inconvenience of not being able to find a tree. No, two trees. And the right distance apart. And not widowmakers.
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Yep, often in response to drought.
It reduces levels of transpiration (water loss) and overall nutrient and water requirements.
Not an irrational fear at all in the Australian bush environment. Far too few take account of this, and it is tragic every now and then when there is a fatality. If there are large trees around I always look up when assessing the best place to erect my tent.
Also re. hammocks, the slumped sleeping position would play all sorts of havoc with my back. No thanks I reckon a lot of the hammock fans have not discovered the 'bed at home' comfort of the Exped mattress.
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I personally love sleeping in hammocks, had one at home for several years instead of a bed...
Deal breaker for me was that I like to go to places where there aren't any trees so all in all a tent or bivy seemed like a better idea...
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I tried touring with a hammock and found that the slightly curved sleeping position was irritatingly similar to the curved position I had when cycling. In the last days of the tour I ended up rigging it up as a mosquito net from my bike so I could enjoy lying flat on the ground. I also found it difficult to sleep on slightly cool nights. The sensation of sleeping on your back with cool draft coming underneath made me feel like a magicians assistant who is levitating over some nasty swords or something. I did a bit of research and found out how people got around this by having some sort of thermal base inside the hammock ... but then if you have to start adding stuff like this you might as well get yourself a regular tent. Also I found it a bit of a struggle to get in and out of a sleeping bag while in the hammock .... trying to lay out a thin wool cloth under the sleeping bag wouldn't make things easier. I was riding along mostly sealed roads and I found myself in a bit of catch 22 situation at times. The good locations for rigging up the hammock (ie places that had trees a little bit out of the way from the road so you get a bit of privacy) were difficult to get a loaded touring bike to (I am talking about the nsw/qld border coastal area so things can get a bit jungley when you go off-road) and similarly good locations you could get the bike to weren't the best for hanging the hammock.
That said, the advantages are that you are off the ground so if its wet or muddy or crawling with bugs or snakes, you have no problems (at least until you step out of the hammock). Wouldn't like to try sleeping in one that has a bit of wind driving the rain, but the hennessy hammock tarp is good enough to survive a mild downpour (provided you set it up carefully). Also there is no need to hunt for a relatively flat place to camp. Once I even slept over a small running stream with two trees either side. I still use it from time to time in the not so cool months when I do overnighters or short trips ... but usually only in places with camping spots I am already familiar with. If I am working with too many unknown variables (weather? trees? privacy? etc) I prefer to use a regular tent since in my experience they are more adaptable and versatile in the places I tend to tour.
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