Hammock

Questions, answers, tips & tricks for newbies and veterans alike
indy
Posts: 5
Joined: Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:30 am

Hammock

Postby indy » Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:02 pm

I have a nice backpacking hammock that I love to sleep in. I was wondering if the playa dust would damage it or if its just going to be dirty.

User avatar
Elderberry
Moderator
Posts: 13748
Joined: Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:00 pm
Burning Since: 2007
Camp Name: Mudskipper Cafe
Location: Palm Springs
Contact:

Re: Hammock

Postby Elderberry » Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:09 pm

As long as you wash it when you get back, it should be OK.

JK
JK
Image
http://www.mudskippercafe.com
When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle.
Then I realised that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.

BeanTown
Posts: 4
Joined: Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:24 am
Location: Reno

Postby BeanTown » Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:00 pm

I also have a backpacking hammock that i was curious about. How would you suggest hanging it? Can you drive wooden posts into the playa?

User avatar
Dr. Pyro
Posts: 4227
Joined: Tue Sep 02, 2003 8:11 am
Burning Since: 1999
Camp Name: Barbie Death Camp & Wine Bistro
Location: Newcastle, CA
Contact:

Postby Dr. Pyro » Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:12 pm

If they're deep enough, sure. A better bet would be to hammer them in, and next to them hammer in three-foot long pieces of rebar and attach (I recommend duct tape) the wooded stakes to the rebar. Double reinforcement and you are good to go.

indy
Posts: 5
Joined: Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:30 am

Postby indy » Tue Feb 15, 2011 7:59 pm

I was thinking something similar to this and then putting holes in the base where I could secure it with rebar.
http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Hammock-Stand/

User avatar
unjonharley
Posts: 10140
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2003 11:05 am
Burning Since: 2001
Camp Name: Elliot's naked bycycel repair
Location: Salem Or.
Contact:

Postby unjonharley » Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:36 pm

indy wrote:I was thinking something similar to this and then putting holes in the base where I could secure it with rebar.
http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Hammock-Stand/


That would do it..

Hamocked in 01.. tryed to do it with just stakes and t fence post.. Had a hell of a time..The torque from the hamock is unbelivable..

Is your s a Hennsee??

User avatar
Elderberry
Moderator
Posts: 13748
Joined: Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:00 pm
Burning Since: 2007
Camp Name: Mudskipper Cafe
Location: Palm Springs
Contact:

Postby Elderberry » Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:39 pm

indy wrote:I was thinking something similar to this and then putting holes in the base where I could secure it with rebar.
http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Hammock-Stand/


Yup, looks like a plan.

JK
JK
Image
http://www.mudskippercafe.com
When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle.
Then I realised that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.

indy
Posts: 5
Joined: Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:30 am

Postby indy » Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:33 am

No its a clark jungle north american

User avatar
unjonharley
Posts: 10140
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2003 11:05 am
Burning Since: 2001
Camp Name: Elliot's naked bycycel repair
Location: Salem Or.
Contact:

Postby unjonharley » Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:44 am

The best part of the hammock was the cover I used..

This was my first year at BM.. The wind and dust was realy bad that year..

To keep the dust off the bed and me (being outside 24/7) I riged a cover..

I run a rope and painters tarp above the bed and down to the ground.. This made a large pup tent.. Then I put camp gear on the edge of the tarp to hold the bottom out and away.. I was able to enter and exit by sliding the tarp along the rope.. Then some of those plastic clamps to close the ends.. The canvase painters tarp let in the light and air and kept the dirt out..

The next few years I have slept in a streacher type canvas cot under a shelter.. Tryed different shelters.. Last year I removed the seats and moved into the VW van.. This year I'm building a bed platform and gear storage into the van with a small sun shelter..

wraith
Posts: 192
Joined: Fri Apr 16, 2010 1:22 am
Burning Since: 2010
Contact:

Postby wraith » Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:37 am

I'm going back and forth this year between sleeping in the back of the truck and setting up a hammock. May just do both.

User avatar
unjonharley
Posts: 10140
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2003 11:05 am
Burning Since: 2001
Camp Name: Elliot's naked bycycel repair
Location: Salem Or.
Contact:

Postby unjonharley » Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:47 am

wraith wrote:I'm going back and forth this year between sleeping in the back of the truck and setting up a hammock. May just do both.


Don't know about going both ways with hamocks :D :D

Might bring a hammock for day people watching..

:idea: :idea: How about a Hammock Hotel.. Set up yurt style.. Foot of the hammock to the center pole, head to outside support pole.. Pup tent dust cover each make a privat room.. :idea: :idea:

User avatar
gypsy68
Posts: 104
Joined: Mon Apr 19, 2004 8:40 pm
Burning Since: 2004
Location: Portland, OR

Postby gypsy68 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:18 am

I have a portable hammock, that folds up like a camp chair. You just unfold the base, hook on the hammock and you are ready to go. Because it's so easy to take down and set up (about 2 minutes) I am able to fold it up and stick it in my tent when I leave camp.

robotland
Posts: 3795
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2003 8:29 am
Location: Kalamazoo

Postby robotland » Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:40 am

Be prepared for Ass Freeze! Having nothing underneath you leaves your aft section vulnerable to chilly playa night! Lay diagonally to keep your spine flat, and do performance drills to get your ingress/egress time down....
For rigging the hammock, try persuading some campmates with roof racks on their cars to park one hammock-length apart, or just bring a dome.
My fave is the big Brazilian model available from Gander Mountain and similar places...wait 'til they're on sale, though.
Howdy From Kalamazoo

User avatar
Bob
Posts: 6762
Joined: Wed Sep 03, 2003 10:00 am
Burning Since: 1986
Camp Name: Royaneh
Location: San Francisco
Contact:

Postby Bob » Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:06 am

I've used a cheap fleece blanket or a foam camping pad over the hammock netting for sleeping at night. It's a balancing act, usually gravity works in your favor, sometimes not. Spring clips might help. Avoid sharp objects under the hammock.

Used to hang it from an ad-hoc shade frame made from 1-1/2" aluminum pipe and scaffold clamps. Been camping light lately, would probably try to hang it from pairs of poles lashed like A-frames.

Or something like this.

Image
Amazing desert structures & stuff: http://sites.google.com/site/potatotrap/

"Let us say I suggest you may be human." -- Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam

indy
Posts: 5
Joined: Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:30 am

Postby indy » Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:01 am

With a good underquilt or pad the cold would not be much of a problem. :D Thanks for all the great ideas guys!

backburner
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri May 27, 2011 4:04 am

Postby backburner » Fri May 27, 2011 4:53 am

Here is a good link I found that shows you how to hang a hammock in the dessert. You can edit this model to remove hardware as well using carabiners and rope. Cheap, light, and effective. Great for the burn. http://www.wikihow.com/Pitch-a-Hammock-Without-Trees
"You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself."

User avatar
lucky420
Posts: 6888
Joined: Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:47 am
Burning Since: I'm not sure
Camp Name: Dye with Dignity
Location: Reno, NV

Postby lucky420 » Fri May 27, 2011 10:42 am

we brought our home hammock last year (frame and all). It was a nice place to chill during the day under the party shade tent.

User avatar
MyDearFriend
Posts: 3637
Joined: Sat Nov 06, 2010 5:22 am
Burning Since: 2011
Camp Name: Barbie Death Camp THIRTEENTH BARBIE
Location: Washington, DC

Postby MyDearFriend » Fri May 27, 2011 12:06 pm

I bought the hammock AntiM recommended, and I love it.

My kids keep setting it up in the living room :roll: because it is so comfortable and so easy to use.
"You can be whoever you want to be, and sometimes people laugh and sometimes they clap, and mostly and beautifully they don't really care."

wraith
Posts: 192
Joined: Fri Apr 16, 2010 1:22 am
Burning Since: 2010
Contact:

Free-standing Hammocks

Postby wraith » Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:02 pm

So, since search and I are having no luck together, and Google just wants to sell me hammock chairs, I'll just make a thread.

I've seen a lot of pictures of hammocks on the playa, but few with good detail of what they're hanging from! What are folks using as supports out there? I'm a big guy, both in height and weight, so the usual collapsible frame hammocks are either too short or too flimsy for me to trust for an afternoon, much less a week in the desert.

Right now, I'm considering a couple options :

First, a single 4x4 post at each end, guyed with lines to ensure 4-direction stability.

Second, the same setup with a 2" conduit pole rather than a wooden post.

Third, a dual tripod setup with conduit flattened and bolted together at the top, with a hook-and-eye bolt and chain setup to keep the legs from splaying out in gusts.

Anyone with any experience in the matter willing to save me some time and prototyping? :D

User avatar
Bob
Posts: 6762
Joined: Wed Sep 03, 2003 10:00 am
Burning Since: 1986
Camp Name: Royaneh
Location: San Francisco
Contact:

Postby Bob » Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:04 pm

Amazing desert structures & stuff: http://sites.google.com/site/potatotrap/

"Let us say I suggest you may be human." -- Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam

User avatar
Elderberry
Moderator
Posts: 13748
Joined: Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:00 pm
Burning Since: 2007
Camp Name: Mudskipper Cafe
Location: Palm Springs
Contact:

Postby Elderberry » Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:56 am

I saw a nice one at Costco the other day. (hammock, that is)
JK
Image
http://www.mudskippercafe.com
When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle.
Then I realised that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.

wraith
Posts: 192
Joined: Fri Apr 16, 2010 1:22 am
Burning Since: 2010
Contact:

Postby wraith » Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:32 am

Outsearched by a couch. I should give up now. :lol:

Bluemandrew
Posts: 230
Joined: Sun Aug 31, 2008 10:55 pm

Postby Bluemandrew » Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:31 pm

http://www.bweebweebwee.com/tensegrity/

We built one of these last year, only used 4x4s and a parachute as the shade.

Hung three of these hammocks
http://www.hammocksrada.com/product.php?id_product=16

Held a half a dozen people easily.

I'm sure you could adapt the system to be smaller. Probably won't fit in a backpack though


Return to “Q & A Tips and Tricks”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: cassiepea, eldergeekaz and 4 guests