View Full Version : I was cold: a hammock gear report.

08-04-2005, 16:48
Well, last night I slept outside again for the first time in about a year. My back loves me again! I had to give up sleeping under my desk, due to damage occuring to the hammock (too long for the desk) and hectic end of school stuff. Now, my back is happy again.

Well, for those of you who don't know my set up (sorry- pictures delayed):

Hammock: speer type top entry, based on risk's hammocks. blue ripstop -HomeMade
tarp: large hex tarp (13ft x 10ft) (extremly accurate measuring ;) ) navy coated nylon sealed using thinned silicone -HM
suspension: webbing strap tied to trees/poles using risk's modified speer knot (1.5 inches) black
ridgeline and tieouts: yellow "craft" string. thin, light, a bit stretchy but visible.
hammock tubes: HM offcut of tarp- keeps bugnet closed
bug net: hat netting. black. ducttaped on pockets for shoes etc. HM
insulation: beige-brown fleece poncho HM, 3/4 thermarest-type.
sleeping bag: outerlimits 0 degreeC bag. (red grey and black) synthetic.
pegs/stakes/steaks :) : for some reason the tentpegs decided to go AWOL, so used wooden stakes hammered in.
What I was wearing:

cotton socks. (hindsight- will replace with wool)
thermal bottoms (real ones, not cotton) will use these again
cotton tshirt
pajama bottoms (hindsight- thicker)
thicker top (hindsight- will use fleece sweater instead)
wool beany
(sorry- no wieghts yet.)

Ok, ok, so- the cotton isn't the greatest. that will be fixed hopefully tonight. the coldest part was my feet, shoulders and nose. I wasn't freezing, and it would have been worse to get out of the bag and go inside. (Unlike the lucky married people- I don't have a prewarmed bed to share) The thermarest really messed with the hammock dynamic, I don't like it. I didn't stay on it all night anyway. Sadly, the speer pod project isn't going to happen anytime soon (bar a miracle) but since this is home sleeping (theraputic more than anything- fun aswell) I should be able to get an old sleeping bag to zip around the hammock. (speer peapod style) and ditch the thermarest.

It's winter and windy here- temps almost touched freezing. I didn't die, but comfort was compromised slightly. try again!

A note to anyone looking at making a hammock- get the best stuff you can afford and get. My hammock and (esp) tarp are a lot heavier than others I have seen online. You just CAN'T get silnylon here. sigh. I would order some sort of pod/uquilt, but shipping takes a while, I'm checking out soon, and making your own gear is just so much more fun.

second test is tonight! :jump

08-04-2005, 22:17
wow,how cold does it get in bolivia:cool: neo

08-05-2005, 11:23
Isn't it winter in Bolivia right now?

Just Jeff
08-05-2005, 12:12
It's winter and windy here- temps almost touched freezing.

wow,how cold does it get in bolivia
Um...around freezing? Bet it was windy, too...

Isn't it winter in Bolivia right now?


08-05-2005, 12:22
wow,how cold does it get in bolivia:cool: neo
Depends on where- but La Paz at 13,000 ft will be 28 degrees tonite, actually pretty warm for the altitude in the middle of winter.

08-05-2005, 17:53
well, in the jungle regions, it can be unbearably hot. Up in the mountains it sometimes snows, but it rarely snows during the coldest part of the year (late june, july) because it is so dry. It is colder here than in the city (of cochabamba) at night, but it's up to 25C or so (re, perfect) during the day- you can go around in tshirt and shorts, but still, you have to rug up at night.
winter? yeah. tilt of the earth and all that.

report pending...

08-05-2005, 21:41
attempted more insulation with sleeping bag- ARGH. cant. move. lost that like a needle in a haystack. I really dislike how it restricted my movement. So, got a really large quilt and wrapped it around- hammock hung low- quilt not totaly sealed, but was enough- I think the biggest difference was my clothing. wearing:

thermal bottoms
cotton tshirt
cotton? longer shirt
track pants
fleece jumper (sweatshirt)
cotton socks
wool socks
beany (poly)
extra socks (under neck- pillow)
extra beany (under shoulder)
that's it. I'm trying airfilled bags tonight. and looking into "bag o feathers" garlington system.

happy hanging!