Hammock Camping?

5:47 a.m. on May 31, 2019 (EDT)
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i am a newbie. was wondering if people have tried camping hammocks rather than tents? i just read a blogger's explanation and i feel like trying a full hammock camping rather than sleeping in tents.

any one with experience?

6:26 a.m. on May 31, 2019 (EDT)
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Jessica Ann Lee said:

i am a newbie too. was wondering if people have tried camping hammocks rather than tents? i just read a blogger's explanation and i feel like trying a full hammock camping rather than sleeping in tents.

any one with experience?

 Jéssica 

depending on where you hike , yes there are quite a few advantages that hammocks offer. Sleeping is great if your back allows, since you won’t be completely flat. Other advantages are you always have a recliner and a tarp over you for rain and sun block. And during summer you get a breeze under your back also. So yes many nice features come with them. But I would suggest you try one in your back yard 1st.

on a side note and this applys no matter how you camp always look for dead limbs above and trees that are large enough. 

1:47 a.m. on June 2, 2019 (EDT)
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Some people really like them.

My back cannot take a nap in a hammock, much less sleeping all night. 

A lot of places there are no trees.  You can't move around.  Where is my dog going to sleep?  Where is my girl going to sleep?

3:16 p.m. on June 4, 2019 (EDT)
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personally speaking, Hammock is more suitable for short time sleeping! I prefer the tent!

4:20 p.m. on June 4, 2019 (EDT)
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ppine is right, some folks like them, some don't. You have to try to find out which you are.

We set up three last weekend on a family outing and all slept well. Frau Stranger said it was the best night's sleep she's had in months despite windy squalls passing through all night.

5:10 p.m. on June 4, 2019 (EDT)
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for summer, i tend to prefer tents because most of my hiking is in the Northeast. You have to expect relatively unexpected rain and high winds in the mountains, and I think tents deal with that better.

that said, I have taken week-long trips with a hammock and a tarp strung overhead and enjoyed it. the plus/minus depends a bit on whether you sleep well in hammocks or not (some people just don't like it) and on weather.

I have a ENO doublenest hammock and atlas straps; I rigged a generic tarp to save money but would probably spend on a dedicated tarp in the future.

advantages:

-no need to find flat ground or anchor a tent.

-in many places in the East, rangers will tolerate backwoods camping outside the designated areas because it's easier to leave no trace.

-significantly better air circulation than a tent.

-no need for a sleeping pad

-in decent weather, you can use a quilt instead of a sleeping bag

disadvantages:

-can't use them if you don't have adequate places to anchor the hammock or tarp.

-a good hammock, hanging straps and purpose-built tarp aren't much lighter or less expensive than a decent tent.

-no matter how good the tarp is, high winds and vertical rain can make for a long night. 

1:53 a.m. on June 5, 2019 (EDT)
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leadbelly2550 said:

 You have to expect relatively unexpected rain and high winds in the mountains, 

 ??? :)  But if you expect the unexpected, isn't then expected?  And all winds in the mountains are high, by virtue of the elevation which they occur...  But should you encounter a high wind in a low valley, it is probably just me clearing my pipes.

Ed

12:20 p.m. on June 5, 2019 (EDT)
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always wise advise to test a hammock or tent for a couple of nights in your yard.You have to see if its really what you want to use for a shelter....

12:48 p.m. on June 5, 2019 (EDT)
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whomeworry said:

leadbelly2550 said:

 You have to expect relatively unexpected rain and high winds in the mountains, 

 ??? :)  But if you expect the unexpected, isn't then expected?  And all winds in the mountains are high, by virtue of the elevation which they occur...  But should you encounter a high wind in a low valley, it is probably just me clearing my pipes.

Ed

 sorry if i was unclear.  i don't mind hammock and tarp sleeping if it's breezy and a little rainy, which is entirely possible where i hike -even in the mountains, because like any sane person, i'm sleeping in areas that are well below treeline and at least somewhat protected. 25-30 mph and higher, driving rain? not hammock weather for me.  

6:49 p.m. on June 5, 2019 (EDT)
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Andrew:

You were plenty clear, I was just having fun with the literal interpretations of the adjectives used in this context. 

I guess, based on your additional comments, my preference for camping in the alpine zone (at tree line) is yet another indication of my insanity.

Ed

4:05 p.m. on July 23, 2019 (EDT)
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https://www.youtube.com/user/shugemery

I tent and hammock, both have their benefits and I enjoy both but hammock set ups are generally a little heavier due to the need for under insulation.

9:35 a.m. on July 24, 2019 (EDT)
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Jessica have you tested to see if you like it?

9:48 a.m. on July 27, 2019 (EDT)
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Rocking the park! my great nephew Jaxson, 1st hang. 7 yrs old spent the whole nite.

proud of him
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