Mar 13, 2012 at 7:43 am #1287042
@leslerLocale: right here, right now
i'm in the process of transitioning
how many of you no longer own a tarp and/or tent after having made the switch?
leslieMar 13, 2012 at 7:53 am #1852940
@cvcassLocale: State of Jefferson
I have and use both hammocks and tents, some locations just aren't suitable for hammocking.
I prefer to hang whenever possible but some of my favorite places don't have any trees at all.Mar 13, 2012 at 6:13 pm #1853297
I've kept my tents and tarps – I find that I need to supply a lot of my buddies with gear and that they don't all enjoy hammocks as much as I do.
I live in Pennsylvania – no shortage of trees anywhere, but there are still people who feel more comfortable in a tent then wrapped up in a "bear burrito."Mar 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm #1853333
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
Can't hang (legally) in FL state parks, so I spend more nights on the ground than in the trees.Mar 13, 2012 at 11:39 pm #1853472
+1Mar 14, 2012 at 5:05 am #1853509
@flriderLocale: The Southeast
Also here in FL. If I want to go to a state park (common with the wife), well…
Also, "dynamic stress testing" of hammocks is fun and all, but definitely not something that you want to do in a front-country campground. The wife and I camp together at least a few weekends a year, so, yeah.
Besides, she doesn't want to give up the air mattress when we car camp–about the only way I'll get her out in the piney woods. Not complaining, but it means that we still stay in a tent when we go on trips together.Mar 15, 2012 at 1:10 pm #1854311
+2Mar 20, 2012 at 10:29 am #1856585
I actually just got the last bit of gear needed for hanging yesterday and I am not only not considering getting rid of any of my tarps/tents, I'm looking at snagging a lighter tarptent for those pesky "no hang" areas. Not to mention my full double walled backpacking tent (stupid heavy) is the only way to get some friends to try it.Mar 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm #1856811
@leighbLocale: Northeast Texas Pineywoods
I'll echo Chris' thoughts exactly.Mar 23, 2012 at 3:28 pm #1858376
@pda123Locale: Eastern Mass
You need your tarp with the hammock. If no trees, use hiking poles to set up hannock on the ground (for bug protection. Just need a small ground sheet.Apr 17, 2012 at 10:09 am #1868138
@kryoshiftLocale: North Texas
I don't have a tent anymore, but I do have my hammock's tarp to pitch on the ground if I really want/have to.May 17, 2012 at 8:42 am #1878594
Well I gave my old Golite lair 2 away. I have a very nice tarp with my hammock, so I can go to the ground if needed. However I don't carry a foam pad anymore so going to the ground makes for a long, painful night.
But if I knew from the start that I was going to be constantly about the tree line, I would just use my tarp, pads and quilt. Tarps are great. But where I play the tree line is about 9500', and I never get above 10K', so it is no big deal to drop down a bit and find a couple trees to hang between. Besides, I don't really like the thunder & lightning theatrics up on a bald mountain top.Jun 6, 2012 at 7:39 pm #1884725
I just disposed my tent and bought a new hammock here http://www.mexicanhammocks.com.au/. It was really great!Jun 6, 2012 at 7:42 pm #1884727
Mexican hammocks are really great and durable. if you bought your hammocks there, it will surely lasts for so long. I bought mine last two years ago, and I am still using it until now.Aug 29, 2012 at 8:27 pm #1907440
@phatpackerLocale: Central coast California
if you go out in rainy conditions you need a tarp anyway just carry a ground cloth and use the hammock tarp like you would any other and your good to go. Plan your camps near water and you find trees. It is a rarity to not have trees by water. That said I still own both because my wife prefers the psycological boundry of a tent so sometimes when she goes I need the tent.Sep 26, 2012 at 8:59 pm #1916002
I own 10 hammocks. ENO's, Grand Trunks, Hennessy Hammock, Warbonnet's. I have a tent that I never use. I don't really enjoy tent camping (I spent 8 years in the marines doing that). Tent camping usually requires more gear and hard to get comfortable. In the area I live in it is very temperate weather and doesn't get too cold. However bug nets are a must if you want to get any sort of sleep. Honestly Grand Trunk's and ENO's have very similar offerings. Grand Trunk does have one of the most reasonable mosquito hammocks if your looking for a bargain. Hennessy Hammock's due come with tarps although I personally like Warbonnet's offering the best. I have the Warbonnet Blackbird and RidgeRunner and by far are the best hammocks I've slept in. For cold weather you will need an underquilt and a tarp for rainy conditions. I have reviews of all of these hammocks on my website (www.blackscoutsurvival.com).
When weight is a concern or I just want to rough it I'll rig up a British Army Basha with 550 cord.Oct 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm #1918925
Folks seem to make a choice between a hammock and a tent. I think a hammock is a substitute for a mattress, not to a tent.
Behold, a hammock in a tent:
Detail of suspension line going through tent mosquito netting, no scissors needed:
Yeah, tent has it's virtues but this is probably not very practical. And actually I'm using a hammock mostly because of simplicity and nice views. But I had to test this anyway, maybe someday it will be useful…Oct 8, 2012 at 5:25 am #1919092
From an overall weight perspective, you've got to be able to achieve better results with a tarp overhead and a full net enclosure. Carrying a tent AND a hammock really seems to be overkill…Nov 4, 2012 at 11:02 am #1926321
@kat_pLocale: Pacific Coast
I still own both, but I prefer to hang whenever possible, including in the snow.
I would not sell your ground setup, unless you have to.Nov 4, 2012 at 11:46 am #1926326
@meldLocale: The here and now.
+1Dec 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm #1936159
@breymanLocale: Rocky Mountains
I still own both – a Fly Creek UL2 for those very rare instances when I go to ground for a trip. Honestly, though, I hang absolutely every time I can. The tent is only for emergency trip backup.Jan 12, 2013 at 3:39 am #1943089
@simply_lightLocale: Midwest, US
I like to hang, but I also like to go to ground. So, I do it about half and half. Of course when the family comes, it is tent all the way.Dec 5, 2013 at 5:38 pm #2051286
@jedi5150Locale: Central CA
I'd love to try a hammock, just to see what all the fuss is about, but unfortunately I never backpack without my dog. Dogs make backpacking so much more enjoyable IMHO, almost like having a (little) person to enjoy the experience with, since my family isn't into it.Dec 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm #2051289
I know folks who hammock with their dogs. At least one even has their dog in their hammock with them (and I'm talking a golden here, not some tiny dog).Dec 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm #2051291
@kat_pLocale: Pacific Coast
Hammocks are great with dogs. They can sleep right under you and do better when not closed in by a tent.
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