The Beauty of Hammocks
Wow, what can I say, I am an official convert. Having had the luxury of sleeping in my ENO hammock a couple of times and then having had to switch back to the ground and my bivvy, all I can say is wow!! I am sold, no tossing and turning; no sore back; no sore shoulders; and no waking to tingling numbness in my arms.
These things really rock and I now find each night as I begin my search for campsites, my goal becomes can I set up a hammock. I was paddling through some estuaries two nights ago, thinking ok, no way am I going to get a hammock setup when then it magically appeared. At first, all I saw was a plastic chair. I glided past and said, no, this is a sign. Quickly turning the boat around I found a beautiful little spot of dry land and immediately scoped it out for hanging trees. A few minutes later, the hammock was hung with bug netting up and a tarp for rain protection.
I admit, I am a total newbie at this and am learning more things each time. For instance, that night I did not string my tarp correctly and thus got my feat a little wet during the rain. No biggie, just something to improve upon as I go. I have also been reading up on adjustable suspension which allows you to get an even better hang without consistently retying knots. As of now, I am so in love with this style that my tent is getting shipped back for storage and I am looking for a used Clark hammock (NX-150, NA or NA 200) because of its enhanced weather protection.
Acquiring one of these will allow me to send my bivy sack back to storage, thus dramatically simplifying my gear kit and really freeing up some space in the yak. Space is always an issue and with this crazy weather I find I am having to keep my dry suit with me, never knowing when I will have to put it back on. When it is off, I am finding space being tight, so I am really excited about getting rid of some gear.
For me, a good nights sleep is really a powerful thing and as I approach the 2000 mile mark on this leg of my Odyssey, I am finding my once comfortable NEO pad no longer doing the trick. Hammocks are now my officially my preferred sleeping method.