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Discussion in 'Recreational Tree Climbing' started by benjo75, Aug 15, 2017.

  1. benjo75

    benjo75 ArboristSite Operative

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    I've been thinking about getting in to tree camping some this fall. I enjoy camping anyway, why not sleep a little higher than normal. I've been researching different hammocks. The Portaledge is a bit more than I want to spend for no more than I will probably be using it for now. The New Tribe Treeboat looks nice and comfortable. But they don't make the net or rain fly anymore so that leaves them out for me. I don't intended to camp in the rain but I do want a screen and rain fly. Mainly for dew and mosquitos. I called New Tribe and they didn't seem interested in starting to make the net and rainfly in the future.

    I do like the idea of a single attachment point since it will open up camping to virtually any tree I want to climb. The hammocks that have to be tied at both ends such as my Eno hammock drastically decrease the trees I could camp in and seem longer to set up.

    I have recently ran across the Bat Hammock by Mosquito Hammock. It has a single attachment point. It has spreader bars so I'm not all cramped up like in my Eno hammock. Also has gear loops. And it appears to lay flatter than the Eno. It also has a screen and rain fly. Weighs about 5 lbs. Costs $160. The net is $60 and the rain fly is $60. That's not too bad. Shipping is $60. That seems a bit steep. I can ship a climbing saddle that's heavier that clear across the country for $20. If it wasn't for the overpriced shipping I would probably go ahead and order this one. I could drive there for less than $60.

    Anyone have any experience with any of these? Thanks for the advice, Ben.
     
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    ropensaddle Feel Lucky

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    I thought about it for deer season lol
     
  3. benjo75

    benjo75 ArboristSite Operative

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    Me too! I hunt from a tree lounge anyway. No telling how many deer I've missed by being asleep. I continually jerk and wake up about 30 minutes after dark wondering where I'm at. It would be nice to just lay there in the bed under a blanket nice and warm and wait for them to come to you.
     
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    Ah and now for a perimeter alarm that wont spook the deer but wake you :rolleyes:
     
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    Del_ Life is but a song we sing.

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    Look into the Blackbird War Bonnet hammock camping system.

    I've spent 10 days river camping in one a few times and many more shorter stays.
     
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    benjo75 ArboristSite Operative

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    Thanks Del. I'll look into them tonight. Pretty comfortable? I'm bad about liking to sleep on my side. So far I haven't found a hammock that I can do that in very well.
     
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    Del_ Life is but a song we sing.

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    I've got the double layer with bug netting and a waterproof cover. It is comfortable. With the bug netting you can hear the mosquitoes buzzing but they can't get to you. Any that would happen to get in while you are entering or exiting are easy to kill as they have no where to get away. You really should try one out before buying as the complete set up is about $300. and if you can't sleep in one that would be a shame. The whole set up would fit in a two liter bottle.
     
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    Look into a Tentsile tree tent. It’s nothing like a conventional hammock. I’m a side sleeper as well and sleep like a baby in my Connect model.
     
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    I'll check them out. Thanks.
     
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    Big Red Oaks 4 me Fun with flying wood chips

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    I hunt from treestands, and I've "dozed-off" a few times, but never fell out. When I was in college, I did fall out of the top bunk onto a cement floor, which woke me up in a very bad way. :)
     
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    I hunt from a TreeLounge. I can sleep in it all day. No chance of falling out either.
     
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    A friend of a friend was a Truffle collector one of the best spots was an attraction to wild boars so he got into the above ground sleeping I don't know if it was excess of the brown liquid but he relates he woke up surrounded by papa boar & 8 piglets snuffling him, the tipping out of his hammock & the milli second of contact with the ground didn't awaken him
     
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    I'm a side sleeper and have a Lawson hammock. It is two point attachment but meets your other criteria with mosquito net and fly. I haven't tried it in the treetops yet, but it's on the bucket list this year. You might take a look. It stays flatter than most as it is rectangular and has a spreader bar at each end.
     
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    I'll check it out. Thanks.
     
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    Ted Jenkins Firewood by TJ

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    I see nothing wrong with sleeping a little higher off the ground by 6'' or 60'. I am not sure why or is it just to do something different. I camp at one of my projects two to four months a year. When camping I want to be comfortable, dry, bug resistant, critter resistant, and warm in the winter. The summers are not hot at all in the evening. I was tent camping a few years back when a cougar started hassling me. The bears stand around and watch me, but never have come to push their weight around at me. However there could be a first time. I ran into to one awhile back by accident, but he or she just turned around and tumbled down the hill. My solution was to build a portable shelter that a bear or cougar could not penetrate in a few moments. Hopefully giving me at least a minute or two to arm myself. I would not expect to be continually attacked, but maybe a mother might think I am in the way. Even in the summer I have had 6'' of snow fall and several times in the summer a inch or so of rain. Then the wind comes up out of nowhere which makes cooking a hot meal really difficult. My shelter can easily be loaded up in or on a pickup or stashed in the bushes. If I fold my bedding towards the back I can sit up next to my portable stove while frying some eggs or burgers. The one pictured was my first and now have a few for company. Thanks
     

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