Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Gear Talk

Hammocks

Andrew explained something to me this week that I think most Americans don't know. And it's all about hammocks. In the U.S., we sleep on mattresses.In beds, bunks, futons, or on the floor, we expect mattresses wherever we travel. But that's not the case for all travelers worldwide. V-team is equipped with Hammocks. They brought their own beds.

(Pix: Andrew hanging in his ultra light)
Some of us think only of hammocks as being on beaches, or hanging between trees, or high up on a mountain climber's ledge. But, hammocks are an international means of sleep. Many traveler's hostiles and homes across the world, have guest rooms have 'hooks' on the wall, installed during construction, specifically for guests to hang their hammocks.

In their Brazil host home, Evan and Christian are sleeping on mattresses, and Andrew is suspended over them in his hammock. In the different places they will live across the world, sometimes all three will be dangling from the walls. Many of their homebases will have hammock hooks for the guys to sling up their beds.

For their global trip, each of the guys is equipped with their own ultra-light travel hammock. Their portable sleepers weigh around 18-ounces and are made of super thin nylon, like parachute material. Travel hammocks like theirs support up to 400 pounds and quickly collapse into a self-stowing sack the size of a softball.

According to Andrew, they are comfortable and the material 'breathes' well. He says he stays pretty cool in a hot climate, and doesn't get as sweaty as he would if he were wrapped in sheets -- which prevents getting chilled, too. People have asked, "How do you roll over?" He says it kind of folds around you, like a cocoon, so it's not really easy to flip out of it. And that's saying something because, yes, he does turn over and flip around -- and kick. Ask any of his brothers. :)

He sent a couple of pictures so you can see how it works.
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Andrew's ultralight travel hammock. And, a hammock hook that can be flipped-up and stowed-away behind a flap in the wall after use.
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So, I guess you could say V-Team is good with hanging from the walls. But we already suspected as much.
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Got Hammock Questions?
Or, do a web-search on "ultra light travel hammocks."
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~KjL
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1 comment:

Eric said...

Hello! I saw you at my school in Currais Novos - Brazil. I think you are doing a great work around the world because just God can save us and change our lives!

And He did it to you! You play very well and I will often visit your blog!

P.S: Sorry if I didn't write very well because the english isn't my natural language!