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0.8 oz -- 22grams
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0.8 oz -- 22grams
Recently I was interviewed for the Hang Your Own Hang Podcast. A monthly podcast about hammocks and hammock related topics. You can find the episode and links to Itunes and Android versions here: http://www.hyohpodcast.com/ahe/
I really enjoyed the discussion and both Mark and Jonathan had a number of great questions. We talked about a number of topics with a good bit of the background of of AHE. We also spent time talking about fishing one of my favorite pass times both on and off the trail. Leave me a comment about what you thought of the the episode.
Lost of folks have questions about how exactly to adjust how they pack their gear with hammock camping in mind. They find that the few different pieces of gear just don't seem to fit in with how they have been loading their gear for a trip. What should be done with the tarp? Where in the pack does my hammock go? How do I adjust the load distribution?
For the most part your core gear will remain in the same areas and the load distribution should be similar to your old groundling gear. But a few gear pieces like your tarp is probably unique to your set up now. Lets break things down into 6 main categories and discuss what gear goes into those categories and how to organize each.
We will start at the bottom of the pack and work upward from there as that's the best way to load your gear.
Sleeping gear - This will be your bulkiest gear items and the base of your pack as they squish down with weight on top of them. For a hammock camper this will be your quilts or sleeping bag. I also lump in any extra clothing items like a sleeping clothing such as thermal layers, Change of socks - shirt - pants and the like.
Food, fuel and cooking gear - This is the heavy items. Your food and fuel tend to be the densest and heaviest items that go into your pack. They should be loaded against the back and from mid back to shoulder height in side of your pack. I tend to add in my cook kit to this area as well as I need both food and cooking gear at the same time and if in bear country both will need to be hung together out of reach with a Bear Line.
Hammock and Sleep System accessories - Next outward from your food should be your hammock and any sleep system accessories. I pack my hammock and pillow, buff, together in this area to fill in around the food bag, stabilizing it from shifting.
Insulation Clothing - Still in the main compartment of the pack above the food bag and hammock should be room for insulation clothing layers. This is stuff like your puffy jacket, warm hat and other light weight gear that you want access to without digging to the bottom. If you stop for a long break or lunch you may want to layer up with your jacket, hat and gloves in cool weather but you won't want to dig to the bottom of your pack to get them. Keep them near the top for easy access and easy re-packing when you get back on the move.
First Aid, Hydration, miscellaneous accessories - In the top panel pocket of your pack is the perfect place to store things that you may need fast or regular access to while hiking. In this pocket I tend to keep my First Aid Kit, Hydration gear, Rest Room kit, photography gear, knife and fishing gear. These are things that I want to be able to get to without digging into the main compartment of my pack. Occasionally I will also have a snack stored in the top pocket so I don't need to dig to deep in the pack for something to eat along the trail, just remember to unpack any wrappers at camp and bear bag them with the rest of your food.
Tarp and Rain Gear - For hammock campers our shelter is our tarp. It is what keeps the rain, snow and even the sun off our sleep gear night and day. Having it and the gear to set it up handy are important...as well as keeping a wet tarp separated from our insulation and dry clothing. Pack your tarp in the outer pocket of your pack along with any Ridgeline, Guy lines and Stakes. This makes it the first thing out of your pack at camp and the last thing in when your pack up again. I also like to put my rain jacket in that pocket along with my foot pad. On a break the foot pad becomes a sit pad on the log, and should a storm come up while hiking my rain jacket is easy to get to at a moments notice.
Hope that these tips help you with your gear packing and organization for this years trips. If you have any questions at all please leave a comment and we will do the best we can to help you get the most out of your gear and trips.
Paul @ AHE
If you have been following our site, social media feeds and forum posts you may have seen us talking about the Hangs we host. However if your new to the hammock world you might say "Hang?" and who would blame you. It's not a term you see used a lot but basically we are talking about a meet up. A hang is just a hammock campers term for a group get together. It's a social event specifically for hammock camping. It's a chance for hammock campers to get together, camp, discuss gear, and hammock camping technique.
Some hangs are based around car camping so that anyone can attend. Some are based around backpacking trips. But the main idea is to find like minded folks that enjoy a more elevated life in the woods.
We at AHE host a few hangs each year to get local folks in Idaho together. This year we have a number of events planned.
Our Spring Meat and Greet is our big late spring/early summer event....and no we did not misspell Meat. As a car camping event we plan a big Pot Luck dinner. It's a chance for all of us to show our camp cooking skills and share a meal around the fire. Even if it's just a bag of chips everyone is welcome to add to the meal.
See more about our hangs here: Hammock Hangs
So join us for one of our upcoming hangs, everyone is welcome and all events are family friendly.
After a very busy holiday season AHE is finally all caught up on old orders and we are back to our normal production time of 2-4 working days on most orders. We have a good stock pile of materials and we are ready for the spring camping season. On the horizon we have a number of new product ideas and we will be working to introduce new gear all year long. Be sure and check out our New items section on a regular basis as well as follow our social media feeds for whats going on week to week.
If you are just getting interested in hammock camping be sure to check out our line of hammock kits, here's a little teaser video. Check out the full videos and the kits in the Hammock section of the store.
We recently added Instagram to our list of social media outlets. We have been posting photos of gear both in shop and in use in the woods as well as some of the amazing scenery from around Idaho that we run into while out on adventures. Check us out and follow us for regular updates.
Hammock campings small businesses
As more and more people have gotten into hammock camping over the past few years they are often introduced to many new terms. From the unique vocabulary that revolves around suspension systems to the creative names many companies give to their products and more so even to the very definition of those companies’ style of business. Whoopie Sling, Stinger, Mamajamba, and Dynaglide are not everyday terms for most folks. Neither though is Cottage Shop. So what is a cottage shop, how is it different and what does that really matter to a new person looking at hammock camping equipment for the first time?
Cottage Shop is a term that might make you think of a small village business in Europe hundreds of years go…it did me the first time I heard it. Little cottages in town each with a merchant in it pedaling their goods to travelers. Baked goods, wooden shoes, shiny trinkets, pet rocks and at the edge of town the blacksmith with an anvil by the door. And honestly in many ways it has not changed. None of these shops have big manufacturing facilities and assembly lines out the back door of their cottage. No, instead they all have a back room or a kitchen counter where they put their goods together. Fast forward a few hundred years and a few things have changed. Now with the internet many cottage type businesses don’t have a store front on main street but instead a website. And I think that is where many people in this day and age get confused. Having a website does not define how large of a business or how it inventories goods. Amazon is a website and they have dozens of warehouses’ where they have hundreds of employees boxing and shipping goods all over the world. But many small businesses don’t have that same sort of business model. Cottage shops are generally made up of a few people working to make goods one at a time. They don’t have unlimited resources and don’t tend to have their products produced for them overseas. Instead they make their products one at a time or in small batches.
For hammock equipment this means that each piece of fabric is rolled out and cut, each piece pinned together and sewn individually. A good analogy is to consider your morning breakfast. Think about 2 mornings and the same breakfast, lets say pancakes, sausage and hash browns with a cup of coffee. One morning you stop at the fast food drive up window. You order from a garbled speaker with a digital read out of your order, pull forward, pay at the first window, pull forward, get handed a cup of coffee and a bag and you’re off. Now picture day two where you stop at the local mom and pop diner. You sit at the counter and are greeted by pop who tells you the coffee is a bit old and puts on a fresh pot. He asks you how your day is going and if you caught the game last night. You order your breakfast and rather than someone pulling stuff out of the freezer and microwaving it you hear mom in the back mixing up pancake batter and putting on some hash browns to fry. Pop brings by the fresh hot coffee and the paper. He grabs his cup and tops it off with fresh coffee as well. A few minutes later mom brings your plate full of hot fresh food out and says “Here you are dear, can I bring you anything else”
Now mom and pop certainly took a bit more time from your day. But your food was made fresh, not in a factory and re-heated for you in under 2 minutes. Is one better than the other. I’ll let you ponder that, but think also about which one is made with you in mind.
Cottage made gear goes though the same sort of life as your mom and pop breakfast. Rather than just sitting on a warehouse shelf, when you order from a cottage shop someone has to take your order and turn it into functional gear. They take fabric off the roll, cut it, pin it, sew it and turn it into a finished product, gear for you to use. They think about how that gear will be used, does it need to be durable, light, warm or strong. Does it need to hold up to hundreds of uses. Does your enjoyment of your trip depend on it. Does the safety of the user need to be considered. Just like Pop thinks about how fresh the coffee is because he is going to drink it too, most cottage vendors consider how well their gear will work because they are going to use it themselves.
To me, a cottage shop is different than big businesses in how they function and the service that comes with that. In the hammock camping community the vendors run the range from companies that market goods made in china to shops literally run by 2 people, mom and pop (very literally) for a few. Most though are small businesses that have a handful of employees to help keep things running smooth and minimize wait times.
We have just released our newest line of gear on the earth and everyone should jump over to AHE and check it out.
When starting out with hammocks there is so many options to take in and consider. So many bits and pieces that it can get overwhelming. AHE has decided to help take a bunch of the "what do I need to hang?" out of it. We have put together a basic and step up kit together that gives you all the parts and pieces that you need to actually get out and hang. No more guessing if this piece or that one will work together. We built kits around our most popular and most versatile gear. In the coming weeks we will be building another kit for the next step up which will include a tarp with all the fixings...Guylines and Ridgeline, seam sealed and ready to pitch.
The bonus in buying in a kit like this is the savings and simplicity. $50 - $80 off of piecing all to the gear together your self. Everything you need to hammock camp will come to your door in 1 box ready to hang.
Our New Hanger Kit will get just about anyone up off the ground.
New Hanger KIT CONTAINS:
Gathered end 11 foot double layer hammock.
Ultralight Whoopie Sling Suspension with Adjustable length Ridge line for the perfect sag.
3 Season Partial length Jarbidge Under Quilt with foam foot pad
Removable HUG - Half Bug Net
Sap Sack to store your Tree Straps and Toggles in
Micro Ridge Line Organizer
The Apprentice Hanger kit adds an Owyhee Top Quilt and Cub Pillow to the kit.
Both are available now at: http://bit.ly/1IKAruv
Not only is Arrowhead Equipment the one stop shop for all your hammock camping needs but we are also now a one click stop to get well hung. Add just the New Hanger Kit or the Apprentice Hanger Kit to your cart and your set to hammock camp.
Call the Boss and Tell him your celebrating NationalAHEday2015
Take the national holiday off,
Light up the Camp Stove, Burn some Romen
and order some gear!
Enacted into law on April 27th 1918 by President William Howard Taft, National Arrowhead Equipment Day is celebrated world wide. Taft Loved hammock camping so much and recognized that Arrowhead Equipment should have it's own day set out on the calendar to celebrate all sorts of AHE gear....Quilts that Kick Ass, Tarps, Suspension, Pillows, Cozies, and so much more.
To Celebrate, Taft asked us to share his personal Discount
code at AHE with all of the other Arrowhead Equipment Fans!
Just type NationalAHEday2015 into the coupon code box in
the cart as you checkout and President Taft will take 15% off
your order total today (4-27-15) only.
Any order over $50 qualifies.
President Taft signing National Arrowhead Equipment day into law.
More Details at http://conta.cc/1Kmswlj
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