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Old 03-03-2009, 07:20 AM
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Take a hammock day hiking

I’ve been backpacking with a hammock for about 2 years now and I love the comfort! Now I’ve started throwing a hammock in my daypack or when going rail-trail biking. Why didn’t I start this sooner! I have a little Ticket to the Moon Compact Hammock that weighs in at about a pound. (DIY hammocks can weight even less.) I found that it allows me to go further because I know I can take a fantastic “comfort break” for as long as I want. I rest, watch squirrels, read a book, or listen to mp3 player in total comfort and then hike or bike back to my truck. For us aging baby boomers, this is a real plus!

This weekend I went for an afternoon hike. It was about 32 degrees at our local state forest when I started out. I took my usual daypack supplies and added my hammock and my Oware pad. This added 23 oz. to my pack. I hiked down to the old iron furnace, threw up the hammock for a chair and put the pad in for insulation. I made a hot lunch and a mug of hot chocolate while sitting in total comfort by a beautiful little stream. During lunch I put on my down jacket that was stuffed in my pack and then later laid back in hammock and put my feet up. I had to stop myself from falling asleep. Can’t really remember ever being that comfortable on a day hike in freezing temps before I started hiking with a hammock.

Low cost, low weight hammocks are easy to make or can often be found on sale at local outfitters or online. Be careful though, if you hike with a hammock you may do more sleeping than hiking. Boomers, you are forewarned!
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Old 12-17-2009, 12:48 AM
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I'd just be worried I'd get too comfortable and end up falling asleep and wake up when it's dark! I guess you'd have to set an alarm just to be safe. Great idea though. My day hikes always seem rushed so I never think about stopping to enjoy myself enough.
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:14 AM
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I've been doing the same for the last two years. I like to take a mid-hike nap, or just relax and listen to nature while enjoying the comfort of the hammock.
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I've enjoyed doing this too. It's so fast and easy to use. And very relaxing.

It allows me to sit and lay without much concern for what's beneath me.

It's nice to look straight up into the trees and sky and ponder things.

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I have a double ENO and I'm looking for lighter/smaller. Not for sleeping, mostly to be used as described by the previous posters. Suggestions ??
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Old 10-13-2014, 07:27 PM
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Have you considered a Warbonnet Outdoors Traveler?

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Old 10-14-2014, 02:35 AM
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Hammock chair

Might want to check out an Arrowhead Equipment Bushman. Perfect hammock "chair"
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Old 10-14-2014, 07:15 AM
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Thanks for the tip. I'm checking it out. At 15oz for the 1.1 material it definitely deserves a look.
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