UL under insulation
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Ryan Tucker
(BeartoothTucker) - M
UL under insulation on 04/02/2011 16:07:29 MDT Print View

It isn't uncommon for people to use ponchos, backpacks, etc...to help with ground insulation. Does anyone do this when they hammock instead of an under quilt or light foam mat? Trying to shave weight from the porky 30 ounces most of these hammocks weigh.

Joe L
(heyyou) - MLife

Locale: Cutting brush off of the Arizona Tr
insulation to suit temperature on 04/04/2011 22:18:06 MDT Print View

As a new hanger without an under quilt, I choose foam thickness and width to suit the temperatures that I expect to encounter. Being willing to learn to tie a new knot will reduce your suspension weight.

As I learn more, my hanging gear weight will continue to drop. So far, the comfort and the expansion of good campsites (smooth and level are not needed) is worth the carry weight for me, and I don't really care about what internet posters think about my pack weight.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: UL under insulation on 04/04/2011 22:35:30 MDT Print View

Have a sleeping bag with a zipper at the foot? Check this video for a solution. Right around 6 minutes in.

http://www.youtube.com/user/shugemery#p/u/9/f_R5yH0rNMw

Ryan Tucker
(BeartoothTucker) - M
knots on 04/05/2011 08:16:25 MDT Print View

Any thoughts on what knots would be best to learn for hanging? i.e. What knots and where to tie them? I already see the adjustable straps are over kill, but I don't really know how to tie knots. Though I am willing to learn. :)

I guess I was thinking about taking my normal torso pad, but wondered if anyone used their backpack or poncho like I have used on the ground in the past in the hammock.

Edited by BeartoothTucker on 04/05/2011 08:17:55 MDT.

Corey Downing
(hardcorey) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: UL under insulation on 04/05/2011 08:31:32 MDT Print View

What hammock weighs nearly two pounds that you're taking backpacking?

In any case, I've tucked items under my legs, including my pack. This is a good combination with a short length underquilt.

Kevin Babione
(KBabione) - MLife

Locale: Pennsylvania
Hammock Knots - Marlin Spike Hitch on 04/05/2011 10:49:32 MDT Print View

I use Whoopie Slings with my Speer hammock and connect them to my tree straps using the Marlin Spike Hitch.

It's not so much a knot as it is a technique, but it works quite well. Here's a short video that shows how it works.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: knots on 04/05/2011 17:29:45 MDT Print View

Hennessey method of lashing works and is not a knot.