- Jul 22, 2017 at 9:05 pm #3480804
Kevin BabioneBPL Member
REI told me that today was National Hammock Day. My daughter just graduated from the University of Vermont and they posted this photo on their FB page:
The first thing that jumped into my mind was: “Not with my peeing technique”!!! I’ve been using hammocks for all of my backpacking trips for six years now. As I’ve become “less young” I find that I have to answer nature’s call several times a night – especially after hiking all day. Getting out of my hammock, putting on my boots, and walking to a nearby tree or bush in the middle of the night was cumbersome so I discovered that I could simply roll to one side (always the same side) and pee out of my hammock onto the ground. That worked pretty well for me until one night when I kicked my boot from the “entry” side of my hammock to the “pee” side. I woke up to find a very wet (and frozen because it was about 17 degrees) boot. Since then I’ve happily used a pee bottle.
Anyway, this forum doesn’t get much activity and I thought a post on National Hammock Day would make someone smile.Jul 22, 2017 at 9:13 pm #3480805
So glad I still sleep through the night. Bottom entry on the Hennessy hammocks also afforded an evacuation point.Jul 22, 2017 at 10:20 pm #3480810
Franco DarioliBPL Member
“Bottom entry on the Hennessy hammocks also afforded an evacuation point“.
( in Latin to evacuate meant to empty the bowels)Jul 23, 2017 at 9:01 am #3480849
I know.Jul 23, 2017 at 9:03 am #3480850
Like the guy on the radio always says about the contests: Void where prohibited.Jul 23, 2017 at 9:04 am #3480851
REI has a very good price on a Emo Sub 7. I’ve been thinking about pulling the trigger. I already have a tarp that will work hammock or ground.Jul 23, 2017 at 1:02 pm #3480882
Kevin BabioneBPL Member
Thanks Ken – You’re always good for a laugh.
MJH – Once you try a hammock you’re not likely to go back to the ground unless you’re backpacking where you can’t hang. I’m in Pennsylvania and I can hammock anywhere. A couple of my buddies, safely behind their sil-nylon fortress, call my hammock a “bear burrito.” I’d still much prefer to see something coming and know what it is…Jul 24, 2017 at 8:05 am #3480984
If you recall, you gave me some advice about hiking the Allegheny Front Trail and while on that I realized how useful a hammock would be. The campsites along the Red Mosh part of the trail basically didn’t have any flat space that wasn’t right next to the trail. I don’t like that just for privacy reasons, in addition to a desire to follow the rule about being a certain distance from water and the trail. A hammock would have made it easy.
But probably it will be next year before I can make a transition. I’ve spent too much on gear this year already and I don’t think I’ll be able to get out before it gets cold. I’d rather see if I like it before I buy an underquilt and other cold weather accessories.
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