An alternative way to spend the night in the great outdoors!!!
My friend has a similar (newer) set up to this ,I was never convinced on the whole hammock concept . However whilst on a recent walk looking for a nice flat, clear site that’d suit a tent….I found nothing.
Whilst browsing the classifieds of an outdoors forum I found these up for sale at a bargain price. Older versions but never used.
DD Travel Hammock
DD Multicam Tarp
The advantages of a Hammock are the fact your off the ground, can be pitched over rough terrain or even on a slope. Disadvantages are slightly longer set up time ( this will improve over time) , the sleeping position may not suit everyone and … the need for trees!!!!
Dependant on weather it could be Tarp first then Hammock, Hammock then Tarp or even just the Hammock on its own.
Tonight was just a trial set up, seeing what goes where. Plenty of room for improvement, fine tuning the set up to make it easier and faster. At one point it had more lines set up than a British Telecom exchange.
The Travel Hammock has a built in mosquito/ midge net. A second layer in the base to allow a sleep mat or under blanket to be inserted and a waterproof base that means the hammock can be used as a bivi if ground dwelling.
Hammock set up
Net lifter with stick ‘spreader’
The newest version comes with small poles as standard , but the spreader loops are designed to take sticks. These are attached to the tree either end but can be put onto the ridge line of the tarp if using one.
Looking forward to trying it on an overnighter to see how I take to it. Never know you may see it for sale……at a bargain price.
Will report back after I’ve survived my first night with this setup.
Fly: 40D/230T Siliconized nylon ripstop fabric
Fly: HH 2000mm
Inner Tent: High density nylon mesh
Floor: PU Coated nylon with HH 4000mm
Guys: 11 supplied with glow in dark line locks
Weights: Tarp 710g, Nest 418g, Pegs 116g = Total 1244g
A lightweight shelter that can be erected with the use of a walking pole or an adjustable tarp/tent pole. It even has a loop so it can be pitched from the branch off a tree!! Basically an outer and an inner, the inner taking up half the floor space giving plenty of room for storage or cooking in the remainder.
The inner has a ‘bathtub floor’ with netting to keep the bugs out. This is attached to the outer pegging points and to a hook at the peak of the shelter……simple.
The outer is made from siliconised nylon ripstop fabric, light and strong. The corners have a stiffening band giving a box like construction ensuring the outer is kept low to the ground, minimising draughts.
Attach a light here
Best thing about this is the weigh….1224kgms ( excluding pole).
I’ll update as I put this to use, hopefully soon.
See a video by the stockist ‘Bob’ for further details. Or visit his site HERE
Took the Sil out for a walk today. An ideal haven for a coffee stop away from the elements.
Carried out a wee modification, seen it on the Internet. The 4 main pegging points are loops at the end of the adjustable webbing. However with these being flat they need to be twisted when pegging down. Simple fix, some triangular loops threaded onto the webbing allowing a straight even pull.
Messing about with the Bivi and Tarp, practicing different set ups. Giving enough shelter to get changed or cook in if the weather turns bad. Whilst they could be set up separately I think it’s ideal to have everything close at hand.
Guy lines,Tarp,sleep mat,bivi,sleeping bag and walking poles…..home from home.
Bivi and sleep mat.
Set up 1
A good set up giving enough room to sit up and cook
Set up 2
Not so handy, should have pitched further back towards to foot of bivi. Just meant a longer crawl to bed.
Set up 3
My favourite. Found by accident as I moved things about!! Sits well round the hoop of bivi with enough room to cook/get changed…..plus the doors close,ha. Doors closed,tied back or pegged out.
With my urge to try and cut down on my kit weight, in addition to my newly acquired bivi I’ve now added a tarp. A versatile and simple bit of kit that can be set up in a variety of configurations.
It’s from Alpkit and is the Rig 3.5 Solo version.
Spec as follows……
Open dimensions 2.4 m x 1.4 m
stuff sac): 270 g
Stuffed size: 8 x 10 x 14 cm
33d sil PU Cordura – Lightweight and strong
16 Re-inforced attachment points – 4 lifters, 12 edge tie downs
Stuff sack included
This brings my sleeping arrangements to 1kg or there about’s, shaving almost 1kg off my original tent weight.
Whether a shelter from wind or rain,to cook under or protect your gear from the elements the Tarp is a great addition.
With the setting up of the Tarp there’s a few basic knots that are worth learning ( I had to), these make setting up, adjusting and dismantling easy.
The Prusik knot and the Bowline knot.
The Prusik allowing adjustment to line tension by sliding and the Bowline as a fixing loop.
A few quick examples I tried, with use of walking poles as support.
That’s me all set for another wee adventure. 😃
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