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Old 04-16-2013, 09:26 PM
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Robislookin Robislookin is offline
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Summer Hammock Hanging

Of all the threads that I have read about hammock hanging there aren’t very many about summer sleeping. As I am still a novice, if you could even call me that, I would like to know a few things.

I am a hot sleeper and I usually sleep with just a sheet at home. Even during the winter I only use a sheet and a summer weight quilt. Don’t forget that I live in Florida and the coldest it has become in the past 5 yrs. is in the mid 30’s.

So in my environment I will be sleeping in mid 70’s to the mid 80’s during the summer if I stay on local trials. Do I need a sleep cover or maybe an army poncho for those unexpected drops in temp or if I find a micro climate that I am not expecting.

I have 3 lbs. 35 degree sleeping bag. Do I even need to pack this beast or what? I don’t know the answer to this.

When I car camp I just take a sheet. What am I to do…?
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:52 AM
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dsuursoo dsuursoo is offline
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the poncho liner will do perfectly. if it DOES get cold, wrap it around you. if it's hot, it's over the top to keep some warm as insurance against breezes.

the bottom of the hammock will shed a LOT of heat. far more than you'd expect.

i'm a fairly hot sleeper as well, and mid-summer i just keep something lighter over the top mostly to have something to burrow into if the night chills more than expected.

for mid-summer don't bother with a pad underneath. it'll trap heat.
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:15 PM
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nogods nogods is offline
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A hammock is much cooler to sleep in than a tent.

Like you I'm a warm sleeper and generally hate the heat. I moved to western New York from New Orleans because of the weather. My kids joke that I'm the only person they know who keeps the thermostat set at a single digit year round. I wear a kilt hiking in winter.

But even given all that I'm still comfortable sleeping in my hammock on those few hot humid nights when the temps don't dip below 70.
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