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Discussion in 'Outdoor Gear, Survival Equipment & More' started by uluapark, Jun 12, 2015.

  1. gsx-rboy750


    Jul 3, 2014
    I found a peapod restricted movement and forced me into taco mode. Best thing I did was buy a cheap used underquilt which worked great and I bought a winter down UQ and made a summer syntethic one.
  2. Burncycle


    Jan 3, 2005
    Hmm, good point. May reconsider
  3. verysimple


    Apr 4, 2012
  4. LostViking

    LostViking Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2009
    10x10 from BCUSA,

    First Pitch,
  5. Jamesh Bond

    Jamesh Bond

    Jan 14, 2007
    To you hammock guys:

    How do you avoid the problem of numb knees ?

    I went to south america for two weeks. We were told to bring hammocks. So we did. The skinny, americanized kind. My legs went numb and my knees hurt so bad from locking, i opted for sleeping on the floor with three inch spiders crawling around.

    It wasnt until the second week that a native gave me a TRUE hammock, like they actually use there. The wide kind where you sleep diagonal, almost flat across it, instead of parallel to the hammock, with your back bowed down and knees locked.

    I have never slept so well in my life.

    So, yeah, how do you guys do it ???

    I would LOVE to make hammock camping work !

  6. uluapark


    Aug 10, 2013
    Confucius say" man who sleep in hammock in jungle, suffer lots" get a light tent, snakes cant snuggle up. and in SA they are everywhere.
  7. Wapiti


    Sep 25, 1999
    I also use a Warbonnet Blackbird hammock, or a MSR Hubba.
    Have been switching between these for about 6 yrs now, maybe a bit longer on the Hubba.
    Very happy with both. Very light, versatile (pitched the Hubba without poles, and just the fly and ground cloth in diff situations), with some room. And bug proof; important where I work and play.

    Prior to that I used a long discontinued tent called a Walrus 1.0. Loved it.

  8. cschol


    Jan 6, 2013
    That camp looks familiar.
    Possibility in the bighorns? Can't tell if there is a creek in the background.
  9. basb


    Apr 27, 2010
    Great thread.
    My go to shelter for the forest since this spring is a cuben fibre tarp. Stil working on the inner. Used a 82 gram sea to summit net this may in south of Sweden but it is kind of a nuisance if you can't tie it up high.
    Thinking if getting a MLD Superlight bivy or a slightly heavier semi bug net inner tent.
    For camping in sheltered areas like the woods nothing beats a tarp imo.
    It's wonderful to actually have some sense of connection to nature, that's reason we go out there isn't it?

    A guy from Belgium took a solo tarp and bivy up the mountains of Greenland.

    As for hammocks: most camping hammocks like DD, Hennessey, ENO, etc are wide enough to sleep over the diagonal. If you sleep banana-style you will indeed have a bad night. Another thing to increase comfort is to use some insulation in the bottom to prevent cold-butt-syndrome from convection if temperatures drop.

    MLD Grace duo in cuben with sea to summit bug net:[​IMG]

    Tarptent Notch in the Swedish mountains:
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2015
  10. mtwarden


    Sep 27, 2009
    my recently acquired Zpack 7x9' cuben tarp, a svelte 7.9 oz w/ guys and stakes

  11. tjunderwood1994


    Aug 23, 2015

    Also I use a tent cover off of my old eureka tent, for wet weather.
    Pendleton wool blanket.
  12. bradleybuckman

    bradleybuckman Basic Member Basic Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Lately, my shelter of choice has been an Etowah Silnylon 8' x 10' tarp. This has been my main set up, and I've found it super easy and fast, as well as good for most weather conditions. I've been considering going with a smaller and lighter weight tarp on some trips, but I've been unable to figure out how to make it work with my Ti Goat Ptarmigan bivy. I've tried it several times in different seasons, and I always wake up with the outside of my sleeping bag covered with condensation from the bivy.

    [​IMG]SAM_0111 by Bradley Buckman, on Flickr

    The GoLite Shangri-La 3 tent can be made quite a bit lighter and more compact by leaving the nest at home and just using the fly and pole. I haven't used mine in quite some time, but I'm considering getting it out a few times this year if I can figure out a way to replace the pole with my trekking poles to further reduce the weight and size.

    [​IMG]1966885_10201309174283598_308010033_n by Bradley Buckman, on Flickr
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2016
  13. LostViking

    LostViking Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2009
    From Thanksgiving Weekend,

    Taken this morning around 07:30, temp +9F. Again, this was an impromptu set-up. And to be honest, I wasn't in the best of moods when I did it. Set it up with around 15-20 MPH winds and light rain. So I just threw something together to spend some time with a departed friend.

    The tripod and chair were already built.

    Again a very tough versatile piece of kit. I see a Multicam version in my future.

    Chair used as anchor point,

    Solar Lighting,

    Climate control system working,
  14. leghog


    Aug 10, 2013
    I use an Australian S-59 Shelter (aka Aussie Hootchie) I picked up in the early 90s and a piece of tyvek for the ground. 17 ounces for the shelter and about 3.5 ounces for the tyvek.
  15. h minus

    h minus

    Dec 19, 2014
    U.S.G.I. poncho is what I use to make my hooch. I like it because it serves double duty. It can be used as a mobile shelter in the poncho mode, or stationary shelter in the hooch mode. Lots of gromets allow multiple hooch configurations to match the weather, and rolls up light and small.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2016
  16. thanakrit


    Dec 6, 2014
    Sea To Summit The Specialist Duo
    Product Specifications
    29 oz (total) / 22.3 (oz shelter) 5.1 oz (poles) / 2.3 oz (pegs)/846g (total) / 633g shelter) 146g (poles) / 67g (pegs)
    23 sq ft / 2.14m2 (floor area) - 8.2 sq ft / .76m2 (vestibule area)



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