I came across this DAKY SubZero Waterproof Socks on instagram and after a little research on there website I thought these might be good to wear with the Armaskin anti blister socks in a pair of trail runners.
Waterproof Socks Review
I don’t when and how I started hammock camping I think it came from having a cheap camping hammock in a camping box that got setup for the kids whilst camping once.
Hammock camping is so much more versatile than ground dwelling and extremely adaptable to weather conditions.
I started of researching equipment online and looking at various videos on YouTube people where posting about advice and different methods. As I said I started off with a cheap parachute hammock and a Quechua tarp I use whilst camping as an additional shelter.
Through trial, error and research I have found a method that I use regularly.
I found out the hard way that sleeping in a hammock in just a sleeping bag got really cold due to the compression of the sleeping bag underneath me.
I decided that hammock camping was for me and I researched what hammock I was going to buy.
There’s loads out there on the market but I had chose a British made hammock from dd hammocks I really liked the look of the frontier hammock as it had a built in Mosquito net and also has the ability to slide a sleep mat into as I found out just laying a sleep mat into a hammock the mat will always move and you will become exposed to the elements.
The frontline hammock comes with tapes in each end to strap to tree trunks but after some research I wanted to adapt my hammock and install some whoopie slings into it.
The great thing about dd hammocks is the ability to attach their under blanket to the hammock. This item really does give you a warm nest to sleep in.
The underblanket hangs underneath the hammock creating a void holding warm air below you as you sleep.
The only other thing I would really consider is how to deal with rain running down you woopie slings.
The easiest method I have found is attach a small length of line onto the whoopie slings before the hammock.
This will allow rain to follow its course and drip to the floor without getting your hammock wet.
There’s a good amount of space inside this you can fit two people and gear inside this configuration.
I could sit and write about how to errect this shelter but it would be easier for you to understand watching this youtube video on how to do it until i get time to get around to making my own ‘howto’ video.
Now the above method is ok if the weather is on your side but if it isn’t then there is a configuration to completely enclose yourself, the Tetra configuration. Now remember a tarp shelter will not be 100% waterproof, you need to think about lay of the land, will water run underneath or down the hill. Thinking about where you pitch this shelter is just as important as what configuration you will use.
This is perfect if the weather is against you. You an completely enclose yourself inside, the door can be a bit fiddly to use but it will serve its purpose on protecting you from the the elements.
Problems with this configuration:
You can camp all through the year as long as you are prepared with the correct equipment and setups.
Have a look at some of the equipment available at DD Hammocks
We where told be the media and the met office that we would get snow but no one really believed that we would be hit has hard as what we where.
We just can’t cope with more than a cups worth of snow in the uk. The first day we had a little then second it really came down and on the back of the beast from the East was storm Emma that really helped put East Anglia out of action.
I finally found a day to head out and enjoy the white stuff covering the ground. I love the snow and the cold weather, I would love to live up North where proper winters stay for the whole winter.
So after offering two of my three days off to help at work as people couldn’t get into work to crew ambulances I decided to head out for the day with the hound.
I’d planned a 8km circular hike where I could stop off in some woods to have lunch.
I have cold weather gear but neve really needed to use it in the UK but today I decided to break out the Swedish Army Surplus cold weather mittens. I’ve had these for a while and I used to have a pair I used for snowboarding years ago so decided to give these ago.
These a not a light weight pair of mittens but they work well to keep the inner mittens dry and warm from the wind. With a good length they go half way up lower arm and have cord on them that goes around your wrists to secure them when you have to take them off to use your hands.
I had my day pack packed with my usual bits and headed off with my sticks through the snow.
Lunch was planned to be the left overs from last nights Barszcz (beetroot soup with wild mushroom ravioli).
Now I was going to light my stove using a ferro rod but I had misplaced it so had to go old school and use a piece of flint and a steel striker I really was hoping this wouldn’t fail.
I was pretty impressed managed to get a coal in the char cloth first time and managed to get a flame in the Birch bark tinder easily.
Stove is a generic Chinese wood gas stove that I have really come to love as it packs down small and is really efficient but the only downfall is the need to keep topping it up with fuel regularly.
It was so quiet and peaceful no one was about. I collected some more Birch bark to replace the tinder I had used and sat and had my soup.
Out of the two stoves I’ve been using recently I would say this I prefer as it is so efficient but the little bush box is really compact.
Within a day the snow had gone and I thought I would need to wait until this Christmas before I see it again when I plan to head up to Northern Sweden for a week.