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Old 05-14-09, 02:14 PM   #1
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Hammocks and the Wind

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?
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not well

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.

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Old 05-14-09, 03:09 PM   #3
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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.
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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.
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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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