New Gear To Play With…

AMOK Draumr 3.0 hammock and tarp.

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Recently, I have had to confront the simple fact that I’m getting too old to tote a heavy backpack out into the woods, up the mountains, and deep into the backwoods. At 65 years old, even though I’m surprisingly fit, it’s just too strenuous… And it’s getting really hard to find any other geezers who want to go “roughing it”. I am better served finding someplace that’s an easy walk-in, sticking to the canoe or the kayak, or just plain settling for car camping. All of these mean that I need to be a little bit less worried about total weight. [This really sucks because I had just found a guy on Craigslist who was willing to sell a 3-lb, like-new, Osprey Aether backpack for around $75…. Always check Craigslist if you’re looking for gear.]

Enter the hammock and tarp. It gets you up off the ground, and cuts out fiddling around with a tent. I have heard some really great things about this Norwegian made, AMOK Draumr. It is a horizontal hammock, in that you lay in it back to front, rather than side to side, and it has an integral ‘skeeter-net that is deployable while you are already hanging.IMG_1098

Mine just came yesterday, so the jury is still pretty much out, but the first impressions are pretty good. Give me a couple of weeks to play around with it, and work out the kinks, and I will get a review up.

In the meantime you can check out Shug’s awesome YouTube review of his own unit. He brings a whole new meaning to “rainmaker”.

[ …just for reference: the colors are actually the much darker green seen in the first photo, and that plain, flat black… In the second photo I think the off color probably had to do with the intense blue of the sky yesterday]

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