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Are hammocks practical on the PCT?

Postby soccrosse » Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:24 pm

I just finished the AT, starting the journey with a tarp tent but converted over to a hammock. The hammock provided the most comfortable sleep I have ever had in the outdoors. I am planning a PCT hike next year but from what I have seen it looks like a hammock may not be practical until after the Sierras. Any thoughts would be helpful.
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Postby barbecue » Sat Mar 26, 2011 6:37 am

looks like no one wanted to touch this with a 10 foot pole... I'm bringing my hammock. never have thru hiked though. done a bit of desert hiking, and I expect I'll be going to ground from time to time. Still whenever theres something to hang from, I'm hangin. Hope you have a great hike.
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Postby abela » Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:42 pm

A few folks have thru-hiked the PCT including two or three in 2010. I know of 4 or 5 that are going to try doing it here in 2011, however they are all also prepared to go-to-ground with their gear.

The primary issue is with weight.

When you factor in the weight of a TQ and an UQ it makes it rather illogical to carry that much weight. While there are ways we can get around not using a UQ for most of the trip, in the colder regions they are just about going to be necessary as only the very tough are able to get down into the sub-20's without an UQ - even with a double layer hammock and using a pad.

I gave it a whole lot of consideration and in the end I was just not able to get an acceptable base pack weight - and that was even after having a custom cuben fiber hammock and cuben fiber tarp and cuben fiber TQ/UQ made for me. No matter what I tried I was just not able to get anywhere near my normal 5 pound base weight, so, as much as I love to hang, I gave it up for thru-hiking.
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Postby outpost » Sat Apr 09, 2011 11:41 am

i thrud in 2010, and the two people i camped with with hammocks both regretted it.

one ended up just sleeping on the ground; the other said he had to take a lot of 'lay up' days in the dessert to make sure he had trees.

i've never done it myself, but after seeing people on the trail hating it, i would comfortably say to give it MUCH thought before committing to something so far outside normal... especially if it's your first thru.

...i dont know of anyone who's ever used a hammock on their SECOND pct attempt or thru... and that speaks volumes.
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