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Tazmanme

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My plan is to camp along the river this year While floating the river’s. I asked for and got a Hammock because most of the beaches are rocks. Any thoughts on that as anybody else slept in them tell me much about it. Read about it some and it seemed consensus was sleeping bags do not do well in those, just curious.
I already camp on the river ,don’t get me wrong usually just in a campground in a tent. But I thought I would like to spend a few nights on some islandsthis year. Advance thanks.
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Don't drink to much moonshine you will get a case of the sways
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Tazmanme

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LOL, that might be the first problem.
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Drink enough moonshine and you can sleep anywhere.

I've never slept in a hammock.. but given the lightweight and versatility I imagine I'll be in one before too long.

I have a small tent I've been using and a roll up mini mattress... you just blow it up enough to not feel rocks. My buddy packs 2 or 3 in his yak dry bag and they work pretty well.Sometime we skip the tent and sleep on those by the fire.

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Eagles nest outfitters.... awesome hammocks... they design some especially for camping... and Thur have some awesome accessories for them
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Did you get a hammock designed to sleep in overnight - as an alternative to a tent, or did you just get a burlap material rope hammock made for your deck?  I've been following the YouTube videos of several serious backpackers recently since I can't hike long distances myself, and some of the backpack hammock, canopy, sleeping bag combos you can get these days are something else.  Lightweight, durable, and designed to repel the weather.
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TCFlyFisher

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I have an ENO hammock but always tented it up when I was out. 
Things I've always heard repeated on the topic:
1) Sleeping pad under your back or else you'll likely get cold.
2) If it rains, you'll need drip lines knotted to your tie-off lines to prevent water from wicking down the lines and soaking you.

I always got the most comfort out of mine by pulling it as tight as possible between two trees at sternum height. Some like theirs swayed when not in use. My weight stretched the fabric enough to make it comfortable for me.
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I have slept in mine a bunch... either a sleeping pad under you or you can under insulate with a folded up blanket... ENO makes complete systems... hammock, tarp, bug net, insulation bag, drip straps, etc.  they can get expensive, but you get what you pay for... I think the lady and I have 4 hammocks... 3 ENO and 1 that she had before me... we keep one in each vehicle and two in our camping gear... I rarely go anywhere without mine... I use it everywhere... camping, kayaking, hiking, traveling... they are addictive... I lost an afternoon of fishing in Canada years ago after hanging mine up on an island after lunch... ended up sleeping for 4 hours in it on the waters edge... best sleep ever.
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I have no experience sleeping in a hammock, but I did sleep in a Holiday Inn Express last night....no, but I have done quite a bit of research myself into hammocks.  One tip that is common among the more experienced hammockers is to set yourself up with a fixed ridge line.  It's basically a rope that attaches to beaners at either end so that the hammock hangs in the shape of a sideways capital "D" with the curved side down.  This will let the hammock hang at a consistent angle regardless of how tight you stretch your straps between the trees.

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2kanzam

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Sleeping/ camping in hammocks have been the best thing that happened to staying in the woods for me... I have some back issues and I sleep better in the hammock than I do anywhere else...even my bed at home.  Being lighter and smaller than a tent is a big plus as well.

Definitely need a sleeping pad under you, or you will get cold, even in warm weather.  Sleeping bags work fine.  I can sleep in mine with a 3/4 length thermarest and a sleeping bag down to very cold temps comfortably as long as a tarp is pulled down low enough to break the wind.... its warmer than being on the ground, where the ground sucks the heat out of you.  I typically just string a tarp over me and wear a bug net over my head.  I treat my hammock with permethrin.  Quick straps make it easy to hang and adjust.

If you sleep kind of at an angle within the hammock it automatically straightens it out, rather than sleeping perfectly inline with it.  It gives you a very flat surface to sleep on.


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Tazmanme

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She got me a grand trunk hammock, I had actually pointed out that Eno ,but it looks like it would be compatible with the Eno products . You don’t really need a pillow with a Hammock do you? I also had Jan at Jans stitches and stuff make me a Hammock for across the bay of the cat,Think cat Floor except straps just on each end, easy to roll up when not in use. Think woman in bikini laying out on your raft as you float down the river. LOL Thinking I will get the Eno bug screen, but just rig my own homemade tarp fly for it ,thank you for the input kind of getting excited for warmer weather !
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I definitely prefer a pillow.  I use a tiny inflatable camp pillow... I think it is intex brand, I love the thing
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I have an ENO and another one, I think it had an elephant on the logo?  Either way they are about the same.  I love sleeping in mine, and when we go camping, the kids fight over who gets to sleep in the other one.  I would recommend it to anyone.

I have used a sleeping bag in mine in chilly weather and have been fine.  It isn't the easiest thing in the world to do and if you are self conscious about looking like a total dingus getting in and out of it, you might not like the sleeping bag option.  Luckily I don't mind looking like a thrashing gorilla getting in and out of bed.  Heat of the summer I do fine sleeping with nothing but a set of sweats.  I think on a few occasions I have actually slept in just shorts it was so warm.
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SlimPickens83

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Hammock camping is my preferred method of camping now. I suggest watching Shug on YouTube. He is an experienced hammock camper with some really good videos for beginners. A few tips include getting the correct hang angle (most perfer 30 degrees), using insulation if temps from below 70ish at night and laying at an angle. Most people hop into a hammock and want to lay with the hammock which creates the "banana effect". By laying at an angle, you can get a much flatter lay which tends to be more comfortable. Most people start out with foam pads as insulation when they first begin which is good at keeping you warm, but the pad tends to shift around and can be hard to stay on. Also, most pads are 25 inches wide or less. Typically the pad does not wrap up around your shoulders which usually means you end up with cold shoulders at night. If you find out you really like sleeping in a hammock and have some money to spend, you can't beat an underquilt from an outfitter such as hammockgear.com. Also check out dutchwaregear.com for all of the different doodads, tarps, guy lines.... Hammocks tend to be more fidgety than tents, but I sleep much better in them than I ever could in a tent. The more experience you have with your setup, the less fidgety and easy things tend to become.
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