7/29/2012

Week 31

Weather: Temps 70-85, winds calm, 1-5 mph, Spotty showers throughout night, Heavy rain starting at 4 a.m.

Gear: ENO Singlenest hammock, Snugpak sleeping bag, tarp prototype

Comments:  Last night started really warm, but cooled down due to rain that started as  on and off sprinkles through out the night, then turned to a heavy continuous downpour.  I was able to test out the tarp I was talking about last week, and it worked really well. The only problem with it is that its one of those heavy, bulky poly tarps. I hope to get some material to make a better tarp out of it soon, but until then I am stuck with a poly tarp.

Ive also taken off the ridgeline on my hammock. As much as I love the organization it offers, being able to have all the stuff I need in the morning hanging in a bag just above me while I sleep, I just wasn't able to get comfortable with the sag, even if I did lay diagonally. So for now, I just hang a bag off my whoopie slings at the head end of the hammock and throw everything in there.

Its been 7 weeks since I treated the hammock with permetherin, and its still going strong. It was only supposed to last 5 weeks, but I have yet to have any problems with the bugs. I'm hoping now that all I need to do is treat it at the beginning of each summer, and forget about it.

7/22/2012

Week 30

Weather: Wind 5-10 mph, temps mid 70s, very humid

Gear: ENO Singlenest hammock, home made suspension, tarp- a prototype of a new design 

Comments:  Alright guys, first a want to apologize about these last couple of crazy weeks. I left last Saturday for a week long camping trip and was unable to post on Sunday. I should be back on schedule now though, the crazy part of my summer is over and I'll be able to post every week again.

Anyway, last night was a great day to sleep. It was hot and humid, but it was very comfortable to just sit on top of my bag and fall into a deep sleep. It didn't rain as I had expected, so I didn't really need the tarp because it just made it hat much hotter to the point where it was almost uncomfortable, but it was still a nice night.

I have also been brewing up a new tarp design... its currently in the very early prototype stage, but it will be awesome when its finished. As much as I love my Kelty Noah's 12 tarp, It can be a pain in the butt to set up and take down due to its massive size. What I was looking for was a small tarp that is personalized to my specific gear use. It is so personalized, I am certain it will be only applicable to my hammock, but you could also apply the idea to you own, and make the measurements the way you need them.

Essentially, this tarp does no have a tree to tree ridge line, but rather a strap to strap suspension (like hennesy stock tarps) This attachment will be made with a little bit of shock cord that will strap around the toggles on my marlins spice hitch, just like my whoopie slings would. The corners of the tarp will also have shock corded tie out points. The idea behind the shock cord is that when you sit in you hammock, the tarp will not sag as it would with non-stretchy lines, but rather re tighten itself, just like self tension guyouts. I will also add velcro around the whole perimeter of the tarp so I can close it off where and when needed.

7/08/2012

Week 28

Weather: Temps 70-76 degrees, winds 1 mph, no precipitation

Gear: ENO Singlenest Hammock, DIY Suspension

Comments: Well, after three weeks I'm finally back at it. I did actually get a few chances to sleep in the hammock during the time I was at camp, So really I didn't miss anything.

Last night was wonderful. You'll notice that I didn't put a sleeping bag in with my gear... thats because the humidity level was hovering in the 70s, and a long sleeve shirt and pants worked just fine.  It was actually fairly uncomfortable to sleep when its that humid and there isn't any wind, but the air flow around the hammock helped alot for keeping me cool.

I think I mentioned before that I treated my hammock with permetherin, and I am happy to say it works like a charm. It repels the mosquitos and kills the ticks. I found two dead ticks on it one day at camp, and had no mosquito bites while I was in it.  I would highly suggest using this if you don't all ready and are having problems with bugs.