Camping without a tent?

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  1. advantagecp

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    I hiked 1100+ miles of the Appalachian Trail this year, about half with a good tent (Big Agnes Fly Creek II) and half with a good hammock (Warbonnet Blackbird XLC). For me, the hammock was better in every way, but most importantly it is far more comfortable. I am 58. In the hammock I could sleep for hours at a stretch. Not so on the ground or in a shelter. I used a good inflatable sleeping pad, which I transferred to my hammock in lieu of spending extra money on an underquilt. Worked fine.
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  2. ibgary

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    Cool.
    I'm 59 and when my back went out 7 yrs ago i thought my camping days were over. Then my wife bought me a hammock for fathers day. I set it up in the back yard and layed down. About 2 hours later Brooke woke me up. Best sleep id had in months.
    On our next camping trip i took the hammock. Now she has the tent to herself. For me its a combination of, comfort and not being on my hands and knees crawling in and out of a tent. I also love, LOVE, being able to sit under my tarp and watch the rain fall while boiling up a spot of tea. [​IMG]

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  3. HarveyM

    HarveyM Been here awhile

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    In respect to the OP's needs (hope he enjoyed his trip!) the idea of getting a hammock, tarp setup (at some general outdoors store?) for his next day camping trip seems to be a poor way to convert him...
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  4. Al Tuna

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    20 dollar wally world tent, strap to bike, setup, sleep, throw in trash when done.
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  5. ibgary

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    I'm doing a paddling trip on lake Powell in a few months. I'm a hammock guy, but having been there before I remember there being almost no trees. Looking for configuration ideas for my Noah 12 tarp. I want to use that and my wife's cot.
    Thanks

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  6. bnschroder

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    That's clearly the issue in many places out West - no trees. Was just reading a great ride report in Colorado and it struck me how few decent trees there are for hammock camping. Same happened to me on Mt Mitchell on the Blue Ridge - had to find a different campsite to hang my hammock .
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  7. HickOnACrick

    HickOnACrick Groovinator

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    Take a couple trekking poles and string the tarp between them. If your paddle is a break-down, you may be able to break it down and stick the ends into the sand rather than use trekking poles.
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  8. cjclint

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    Perhaps one of these with your Noah tarp over it.
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  9. Drwnite

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    Camping without a tent is loitering :rofl
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  10. HarveyM

    HarveyM Been here awhile

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    You can pitch it 'square' instead of 'diamond' fashion, then pull the lower corners across to get a floor-less 'A' frame tent like structure

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    https://theultimatehang.com/2015/08/05/pitching-options-for-a-square-tarp/

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/23053-Kelty-12x12-Noah-s

    Without trees you (probably) need a couple six to eight foot poles (if you're value conscious you can make collapsing ones from different sized ABS pipes)...
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  11. 04478

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    so I've been told - IMG_20140730_213109.jpg
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