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Old 05-24-2013, 05:54 PM
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Im worried about my cheap cotton hammock will be a total mess in the woods.

I will be using it in the summer time (not that much rain for the cotton to suck up)

But im still worried

I will ofc cover my camp and hammock spot with one or more tarps.

Should i give it a try and risk a cold night or try fix it somehow by sewing a tarp onto it or something? I will have to do with this setup for the moment kinda trying to get as much for the bucks(teenager budget)
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Do have hammock answers. Do not have grasp of what you're asking.
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What would you guys recommend, and think about my worries and thoughts of improving the hammock with a tarp for example?
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As long as you can place something between your bag and a wet hammock you will be fine. Maybe 2 trashbags
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Are you asking if you should risk sleeping on a wet cotton hammock?
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No, would you think it would be a problem with the small amount of rain, that the fábric is cotton?
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Test your setup in the back yard with a sprinkler. Have you looked at paracord net and ones made from less heavy duty cord?

Got any dairies or farms near by. The used orange hay bale cord is usually free. A crafty person could weave and knot a nice hammock for free.
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No, would you think it would be a problem with the small amount of rain, that the fábric is cotton?
It depends on the temperature and how warm or cold you sleep. Do you have a sleeping pad in the hammock? And underquilt? Are you wearing wool clothes?

I personally wouldn't sleep on a wet cotton hammock anywhere below ~60 degrees, even if I was wearing wool.

If you have 6 bucks, you can go buy 3 yards of this stuff called "1.9 ounce ripstop nylon) that makes an AMAZING hammock from Joanne Fabric, or most other hobby stores. It also dries out a lot quicker than cotton!

If cotton's you're only option, I'd get a big tarp that you're sure some sideways rain won't drench your cotton hammock with.
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If you have to modify a cotton hammock to sleep on it outside, you got the wrong one.
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As a formerly homeless person who slept every night in a hammock in the Florida swamps for 4-1/2 years, I can tell you that mosquitoes can bite through a cotton canvas hammock from below. A better material is 1000-denier nylon. They can't bite through that.
Since my camp was semi-permanent, I had a huge 12x24' tarp rigged up over the hammock and sitting/cooking area. This tarp was the most important item in my camp.
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I'd love to hear some of your survival stories. How you did things, where you got food and such. Ever considering starting a thread to share?

With 4-1/2 years of experience, you certainly have a lot of knowledge to teach.


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As a formerly homeless person who slept every night in a hammock in the Florida swamps for 4-1/2 years, I can tell you that mosquitoes can bite through a cotton canvas hammock from below. A better material is 1000-denier nylon. They can't bite through that.
Since my camp was semi-permanent, I had a huge 12x24' tarp rigged up over the hammock and sitting/cooking area. This tarp was the most important item in my camp.
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I'd love to hear some of your survival stories. How you did things, where you got food and such. Ever considering starting a thread to share?

With 4-1/2 years of experience, you certainly have a lot of knowledge to teach.
Really?
You ought to be careful what you wish for.
Here ya go!: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/222943
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Got any dairies or farms near by. The used orange hay bale cord is usually free. A crafty person could weave and knot a nice hammock for free.
A crafty person could, but a smart person wouldn't. Net hammocks are generally uncomfortable and typically a pain in the butt. Anything and everything that you are wearing that can snag the netting will and it leaves a nice waffle pattern on you.

You can make a nylon hammock for about $10.
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As a formerly homeless person who slept every night in a hammock in the Florida swamps for 4-1/2 years, I can tell you that mosquitoes can bite through a cotton canvas hammock from below. A better material is 1000-denier nylon. They can't bite through that.
Since my camp was semi-permanent, I had a huge 12x24' tarp rigged up over the hammock and sitting/cooking area. This tarp was the most important item in my camp.
as long as you have cover over the hammock you should be fine but a synthetic fabric will dry faster and probably be a bit lighter as well.
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personally I wouldmake a hammock out of 550 paracord just to be sure it will hold up to the weather
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If you're going to go the hammock route, you would be much better off going with a Hennessy hammock or similar. Much better protection from the elements and wildlife/bugs.
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