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To get better at bushcrafting or for those who really enjoy it, staying the night in the woods is just part of the process. The whole craft is about dirt time, time in the woods and maximizing what you do while you are out there. So its only natural that you sleep out there.
What’s the point of all this fire from sticks and bird nests, if we don’t sit back in the dark and watch the flames crackle. This article is asking the question: Which sleep system is better for bushcrafters?
In this section, we are talking about sleeping in tents or prefabbed shelters created from the woods around you. No matter the situation, this is ground sleeping.
Even if you have your folding saw and create a crude bed of small wood logs, pressed tightly together, that keeps you off the ground. While you may not be sleeping directly on the ground, you will require the same sleep system.
This most often takes a sleeping pad, some level of sleeping bag or tact bivvy and maybe even a small pillow depending on preference. One of the biggest benefits to ground sleeping comes from the fact that you can set a tent up in a field or on a mountain top without any trees to strap it to.
You can also sleep more bodies together which can be beneficial in the cold or when you have small children.
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The beauty of hammock sleeping is the fact that your system can lose considerable bulk and weight.
A traditional tent can be a bulky thing to carry with the poles and the materials, especially for a bigger tent. Aside from your straps and hammock, the only other thing you might pack is a tarp to cover your hammock at night.
This can have huge implications if you are looking to focus more on the tools of bushcrafting and less on sleep system weight.
Bug nets can be very important, depending on where and when you camp. A summer night by the water, without a bug net, can be a nightmare if you aren’t careful.
Both sleep systems have their benefits and you really have to tally those things that are important to you.