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jimtanker
2006-08-10, 23:21
Blackbishop came down here with my hammock that he had graciously hemmed for me. What a super job he did too. I threw my gear together so we could go out on a day hike(so we thought).

Here are a few pics of us getting ready:
http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i282/jimtanker/keithready.jpg

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i282/jimtanker/jimbopack.jpg

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i282/jimtanker/3guyspacking.jpg


And here are some pictures of my system as packed:

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i282/jimtanker/meside.jpg

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i282/jimtanker/mefront.jpg

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i282/jimtanker/meback.jpg

jimtanker
2006-08-10, 23:24
We hiked through a training area for Fort Bragg that is at the end of the block. Just a little hike to find a spot to set up camp. After we found a suitable place to set up I dropped my pack.

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i282/jimtanker/setup1.jpg

Then undo the straps.

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i282/jimtanker/setup2.jpg

Roll everything out. (Everything that I have is in stuff sacks, except the sleeping bag which is just lying there. I'm going to go to mesh bags and will be able to find what I want, when I want. My stuff for purifying water and my water bottle are on the outside pockets of the pack and my rain poncho is in the little green bag on the back of the pack for easy access.)

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i282/jimtanker/setup3.jpg

And hang the hammock.

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i282/jimtanker/setup4.jpg

Lay around in your hammock and enjoy.

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i282/jimtanker/menhammock.jpg

jimtanker
2006-08-10, 23:25
Mosquitoes a problem?? No problem.
Hang a ridgeline, secure the ends of the netting.(I used these velcro straps that I found at wallyworld)

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i282/jimtanker/nettingend.jpg

And use tiny little binder clips to secure the rolled bottom.

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i282/jimtanker/nettingbinder.jpg

Then enjoy your bug free life.

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i282/jimtanker/mennetting.jpg


Now for "the rest of the story."

I kind of got us a little turned around. I claim "creative navigation" to try out our gear on a night hike. Hey! You have to try out all of your gear in all kinds of situations right?


The only thing that I see that I need to work on for my system is getting the bug netting right. It was way too low, even though none of the netting was anywhere near me. I'm going to get some more netting and extend it so that I can secure the ends up where the caribineers are and get the ridgeline up about another 6 inches. That should give me plenty of room.

Other than that, the pack rode quite well and was very comfortable. I had 18 pounds in the pack at this time. I'm going to progressively go up to around 30 pounds if I feel comfortable doing it. I dont ever plan on carying that much weight but I might need to some day.

Just Jeff
2006-08-11, 02:09
I kind of got us a little turned around. I claim "creative navigation" to try out our gear on a night hike.

Naviguesser.

Pretty impressive system. Two things I can think of that might help the bug net:
1 - Put a shockcord/larkshead on the supports and hang the bugnet from that instead of laying it on the ridgeline. You'll be able to adjust the bug net height independently of your structural ridgeline and it'll be tighter all around so the folds won't sag in on you. Or...
2 - Just increase the hammock sag. Then you'll be laying farther from your ridgeline so the bug net will be farther away. Have to make sure you have enough width on the bug net to still cover you, though.

Looks like you might want some load lifter straps once you start adding weight. Unless that's just the pad hanging so far away from your shoulders...if there's no weight up there it might not make a difference.

I really like that system! Well done.

SGT Rock
2006-08-11, 09:44
I was going to mention some load lifters but you beat me to it. I would also consider one more set of straps on the vertical plain to contain your load. In my experience a longer, more narrow load works best.

I also thought the same thing about a ridge-line for your net as soon as I saw it. That would be the trick to consider.

Last thing (and this is just personal preference) you may want to consider a hip belt for rock scrambling and traversing blow downs, makes load control easier.

Turk
2006-08-11, 19:00
Nice system tank. Speedy no doubt. Perhaps a little wide? Catch on any branches in narrow sections? Also one comment/question...



Roll everything out. (Everything that I have is in stuff sacks, except the sleeping bag which is just lying there. I'm going to go to mesh bags and will be able to find what I want, when I want. My stuff for purifying water and my water bottle are on the outside pockets of the pack and my rain poncho is in the little green bag on the back of the pack for easy access.)

Looking at that picture I immediately thought. ... hmm cool, like that magic
trick where the guy unfurls & throws down a bedsheet and voila, it becomes
a fully set table with glass and dinnerware. But then my next thought was .
...wait a minute.. what if its raining? Do you have any plans/tricks for
a speedy rainproof setup? I see the sleeping bag was just out and exposed
there when you unroll the pack. Perhaps some way to roll it all up so that
the rainfly protected the gear while putting up the hammock with all the
gear in it?

jimtanker
2006-08-11, 19:56
When raining the tarp, which I keep on the top or back, would be set up first and separate.

As with most projects, its a work in progress. Untill, that is, I do my ROCK test. Going to try to take a week off this fall b4 I start my trainup to go to Trashcanistan.

JAK
2006-08-11, 21:14
Hey, judging by your son's face you're doing great. Can't beat that eh.

I like how the hamock all pops out ready to go. That's important. Probably not as important as a parachute. I don't know. Haven't done either. I have packed spinnakers so they don't get tangled. I've slept in them also, but I wouldn't jump out of a plane with one. :biggrin:

You might try rolling the hammock up tight from both ends, so you end up with two cylinders tight together, then pack them vertically in your pack, kind of like two scuba tanks. This might be too stiff, but it might be more stable also. I really think you could try some weight on the straps in front so the shoulder straps can be loser. That works for me. Start with just a couple of heavy waterbottles maybe. Also maybe the front strap that goes around your side should aim lower and wider. Just some ideas to try.