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View Poll Results: My preferred go-to-ground setup when there's no place to hang is:
Use hammock as ground bivy 5 22.73%
Use alternate, separate bivy or UL tent carried for this scenario 5 22.73%
Use a mat/pad/debris along with already carried tarp 11 50.00%
Other, I'll explain in thread 1 4.55%
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:07 AM
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Going to ground when there's no place to hang hammock

What method of ground camping do (would) you use when there's no place to hang? [Consider this scenario in the context of a night or two in the midst of a hammock camping backpacking trip.]

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Old 08-08-2012, 10:19 AM
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most of the time i'll just use the a pad and tarp if i'm hammocking and forced to ground-sleep.

sometimes, if i'm with someone else, it's hit the tent depending on gear load/who i'm with. which is to say, how big the tent is. 2-person is pretty cozy.

i've yet to try using the hammock in a ground-hang configuration.
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Old 08-09-2012, 07:56 PM
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Going to ground is pretty common when hammock camping.

It is one of the main reasons I use a foam pad rather than an underquilt in my hammock and why I pack a rectangular tarp rather than one of those way-cool hanger specials.

And my bug net is not integrated with the hammock, so it's pretty handy when I'm forced to the ground.

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Old 08-11-2012, 10:20 AM
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Landofrath Landofrath is offline
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I have never had to go to the ground here in Oregon. But if I was going somewhere where I thought it was likely to happen I would probably just opt to bring a tent instead.
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Old 08-19-2012, 03:10 PM
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My hammock has a mosquito netintegral to it and I use treking poles so I have set up the hammock on the ground over a pad. My tarp is large and separate from the hammock. If no mosquitos, I will set up on the pad,under the tarp, without the hammock.
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:54 AM
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This past weekend was my first try at hammocking overnight (since my first try when I was 16) and I planned a fallback setup which I did end up falling back to.

I had guessed wrong about the under-insulation and woke up shivering in the wee hours, so I reconfigured the tarp into a quick flying diamond. I had been using my mat as part of the under-insulation, so it was handy enough to put on top of the hammock after I'd laid that down as a ground cloth. I would just have dropped the mat onto the ground, but as it is inflatable I wanted to protect it as much as possible since getting warm again was my primary concern.
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:26 PM
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My trip into Titicome Basin in Wy. Last fall the majority of the time we camped above tree line so we carried a 3 person tent then split it up between us for weight control.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:37 PM
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In October I borrowed a Warbonnet Blackbird to see if Hanging was for me, and it is. I just purchased a 1.1 double layer WBBB and a MamaJamba tarp to go with it. I was very tempted to get the Yeti underquilt as well, but this purchase was already a lot of money and I've collected a variety of pads over the years.

Two things besides $$ swung my decision to forgo the UQ, at least for now:

1) The pad will come in handy if I have to go to ground.

2) I really like the chair sleeves I have with a couple of my pads. I know that hammocks are good for sitting in, but it's literally tied to trees and I don't want to cook from it. I like having the chair for relaxing in prime spots around camp and also taking comfy breaks at nice views along the trail.

If I have to go to ground I doubt I'll use the hammock unless I need the bug protection, but I usually backpack in early spring & late fall.
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