winter hammock camping

Dream Hammock Freebird Hammock

Mountain Laurel Des. .7oz Cuben Hammock Hex Tarp (10.5'x8.5')

Hammock Gear Phoenix +20F 3/4 UnderQuilt, with M50 & NB2 fabric

That's my Gorilla at the foot of the hammock. This was on a DC UL Backpacking Meetup trip (great group - competent, ambitious. 6 people out in snow at 12F on a 34 mile weekend trip - not for the feint of heart!).

12 deg the first night but no snow and only light winds. Still a resounding success from my perspective. And I wasn't using the tarp.

Temps in the upper teens the second night but more exposed camp with strong winds and blowing snow–had been snowing since mid-afternoon. We were camped on a knob on an exposed ridge (more back-story on this) –the highest place in any direction. IMO significantly worse than the more sheltered 12 degrees on My whole pack for the three day trip with food & fuel was 15 lb.

Details below.


Hammock Setup Oz.
Dream Hammock Freebird UL, 1.0oz fabric, whoopies, 48" tree straps, dutch clips, hardware & acc. 10.5
Hammock Gear Phoenix +20F 3/4 UnderQuilt, with M50 & NB2 fabric (trimmed dimensions) 12.7
Mountain Laurel Des. .7oz Cuben Hammock Hex Tarp (10.5'x8.5'), 10' ridgelines, dutch flyz, 6' tie-outs 8.0
4 Al Y-stakes (58g) 2.0
Total 33.2 (2.08 lb)
Hammock Gear Burrow +20F TopQuilt, with M50 & NB2 fabrics(trimmed dimensions) 15.5 (0.97 lb)
Hammock and All Quilt Totals 48.7 (3.05 lb)
Clothing worn in hammock at +12F (also worn in camp at thesetemps)
Western Mountaineering Flash pants 6.5
Western Mountaineering Hooded Flash jacket 10.0
Total Clothing 16.5 (1.03 lb)

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February 22, 2013 — Brian Fryer