Touring - Hammocks and the Wind
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05-14-09, 03:14 PM
Last night I was out with my dog and it got pretty windy. I started to wonder how hammocks fair in windy conditions. I have never used a hammock and don't know much about them. Do they have tie downs so that the wind doesn't shake you? If not, does the wind rock you like a baby in a cradle?
Dan The Man
05-14-09, 03:25 PM
The hammock itself is fine; it's the rain fly over top of it that gets picked up like a sail. And cold air blowing under your butt sucks heat away like sleeping on ice. Above 30 mph winds you are probably better off sleeping on the ground.
Really important to check for widow makers in the trees that you set up in. I only use the fly when its raining or looks like it, and use a heavyer tarp than most. This settup survived a night of forty+ mph gusts with rain, but it was not fun. All ten tiedowns were needed that night.
Once another wind storm kicked up overnight and I just rode it out, it was like an amusement park ride. My friends rainfly on his tent was torn up a bit, but we all lived.
The only thing that will get me out of the hammock and on the ground is a lightning storm. I pack a small tent as well as the hammock, cause I like flexibility.
05-14-09, 09:13 PM
I never thought about the wind sucking the heat away, good to know. I saw the video on Hennessey's website on how to get into the hammock, but how do you get into your sleeping bag? I have a Mountain Hardware Ultralamina that has 2 1/3 zippers. I would guess that I would need to get into the bag first, then hop on over to the hammock to get in. Maybe a bag with a full zipper I could lay in the hammock first then shimmy my way into it.
05-14-09, 10:51 PM
Getting in the bag takes a little practice, but isn't a big deal. Other than the cold factor, the wind is fun. If you hang your tent in line with the wind, it minimizes the issue.
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