Feb 2, 2013 at 9:02 am #1298757
I've had surgery on my hip, and it's taking a long time to recover.
I now feel able to walk (slowly), but as a side sleeper, finding a comfortable sleeping solution in a camping situation seems impossible.
I've got quite a few pads, but none of them work for me right now. Even my Downmat 7!
What i seem to need is a sleeping pad that allows my hip to drop about 3 or 4" below the rest of my body.
I can't take any pressure on my hip at all.
Any thoughts?Feb 2, 2013 at 9:43 am #1950028
Big Agnes Q-Core is 3.5 inches I think. Layer that on a Neoair?
Or only camp on sand and dig a pit for your hip.
Or train yourself to be a back sleeper.
Or LOTS of single malt before bed.Feb 2, 2013 at 9:48 am #1950030
Not much sand in the Scottish mountains Travis. :-)
The 'digging a pit' idea is good in theory, but usually fails when terrain decides otherwise.
I think i need a 6" pad with a dip for my hip.
I use the single malt technique, but that only works for a few hours.Feb 2, 2013 at 9:50 am #1950032
There's always Maui…Feb 2, 2013 at 9:52 am #1950034
You've lost me Travis?
Is that another pleasure gift?Feb 2, 2013 at 9:57 am #1950036
Sleep on the other hip? Or are you a tosser and turner as well (I am when sleeping on the ground).
Or perhaps a Klymit Intertia X-Lite (http://klymit.com/index.php/products-1/sleeping-pads/inertia-x-lite-orange-short.html) on top of another pad?Feb 2, 2013 at 9:58 am #1950037
I was just suggesting a relocation to Hawaii until your hip heals. I hear they have sand.Feb 2, 2013 at 10:03 am #1950040
Thats a good idea Doug!
Using one of their pads so i can place my hip in a gap might work.Feb 2, 2013 at 10:05 am #1950041
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
Try a hammock. I'm a side sleeper at home, but a hammock is a very different experience and I tend to sleep on my back, although I find no problem sleeping on my side. You can get enough hammock to test for $60-$75 for a quality cottage made hammock or as low as $20 for a crappy factory one. Rig one up in your basement or garage and go for a test drive.
Hammocks spread out the pressure so you don't have the hard spots. Some folk with medical issues have found hammocks so comfortable that they use them at home.
I tried one of the new Big Agnes rigs at REI the other day and was impressed. They are so thick that I think I would want a wide one. I wish they made short and wide.Feb 2, 2013 at 10:07 am #1950043
If the Klymit doesn't work, and depending on how far you wanted to take it, you could see if there are some resourceful people who have the capability of cutting a hole in an air pad and re-sealing it. One guy who comes to mind is Steve Evans of Suluk 46.Feb 2, 2013 at 10:30 am #1950049
I don't find many trees in my hiking area Dale, so that rules hammocks out.
Looking for someone to mod a mat seems like a good idea too.
Thanks for the ideas folks. My sanity is at stake.Feb 2, 2013 at 12:39 pm #1950092
@edhyattLocale: The North
'My sanity is at stake.'
The fragment that remains…..Feb 2, 2013 at 12:58 pm #1950097
@jenmitolLocale: In my dreams....
Try a hemorrhoid pillow:
You can get these inflatable donuts in all kinds of sizes and made of lots of materials. I generally have my patients put it in their pants to hold it in place (for those tossers and turners) to pad the outside part of the hip during side sleeping.
Theyre cheap…pick one up at your local druggist to just try out…after some experimenting with how to secure it to you, or what to do about the rest of you that falls off of it…maybe you can have something custom made.
Good luck!Feb 2, 2013 at 1:03 pm #1950099
I think the proper response is 'wanker'. :-)
That was to my English friend Ednundo.Feb 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm #1950116
@justin_bakerLocale: Santa Rosa, CA
Have you tried digging a hip hole?Feb 2, 2013 at 2:44 pm #1950118
A hemorrhoid pillow! Somehow that seems so …… fitting.
(Hey, someone had to say it….)Feb 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm #1950155
@ouzelLocale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
"A hemorrhoid pillow! Somehow that seems so …… fitting."
Aren't those called suppositories?Feb 2, 2013 at 4:36 pm #1950157
@ouzelLocale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
"I was just suggesting a relocation to Hawaii until your hip heals."
And here I thught you were talking about Wowie.
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