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05-09-2013, 05:16 PM
I have never done any true "back country" camping and fishing but, am considering taking the plunge. I am thinking of getting a Hennessy Expedition hammock. Do any of you have any experience with them or any other recommendations?
05-09-2013, 10:11 PM
I too have been contemplating buying one for summer backpacking or just lounging around camp, but can't seem to pull the trigger on one. I have a pretty nice tent and good sleeping pads, but think that a hammock may just fill an additional niche in my gear list.
I did a search here yesterday on "hammocks" and it resulted in lots of threads. A couple of threads were completely dedicated to backcountry hammock camping.
05-10-2013, 09:49 AM
I used to have a Hennessy Expedition hammock but got rid of it. I sleep on my side or stomach and the hammock just would not allow it. I know several people that swear by them.
May 2010 was the Nashville 100 year flood and that night my brother stayed in the Hennessy Expedition hammock and survived the night. If interested here is the link to the Hennessy hammock survival story .
You don't need to read the entire link to get the point. We have both used the Hennessy Hammock and my brothers being the Expedition for two week long trips a year since 2010. We continue to use the same Hammocks and they both are as good as new. Many of my reports show the Hennessy being a big part of our trips.
05-10-2013, 04:38 PM
I have been looking for one as well. I only have experience lounging around camp in a ENO (not sleeping thru the night). One other site to check out that has some good reviews is http://www.warbonnetoutdoors.com/blackbirds.php
although I haven't personally used them.
05-11-2013, 09:33 AM
This forum has discussions on anything and everything to do with Hammocks and discusses the good or bad about various kinds and brands.
05-11-2013, 05:05 PM
I am cheap and sleep either in my ENO or in a byer's or grand trunk $20 hammock and have always been comfortable..
05-12-2013, 10:50 AM
That was a great story about flooding hammocks and brotherly concern
05-13-2013, 09:19 AM
Thanks for all the tips. Once I decide which way to go I will post again.
Mac, that was a great story. Thanks for sharing it.
05-18-2013, 10:40 PM
I'm a hammock camper. Any old hammock will do, but the trick is staying warm. When you sleep in a hammock, the hammock fabric compresses the insulation (your sleeping bag) and basically removes any insulating properties. In order for your back, butt and shoulders/arms to stay warm, you'll need to figure out a way to prevent your insulation from being compressed. There are two ways to do this. You can 1) use closed cell foam or 2) put the insulation outside the hammock. i prefer #2, and I use an underquilt that hangs beneath my hammock and insulates me from my shoulders to my butt.
I will say that the way you insulate the hammock is far more important than which hammock you choose.
05-19-2013, 03:52 PM
I have the Hennessy Ultralight Asym, which I used for the first time last month. It packs really nicely in the backpack and was really easy to set up. I used a foam cell pad and it got down into the low 30's that night. I was pretty warm except for the spots that the pad was not underneath me. I think I prefer a tent but all in all it was a pretty positive experience.
05-29-2013, 10:17 AM
I went with the Skeeter Beeter Pro by Grand Trunk. Mosquitos are pretty bad around my place so, the bug net was a plus. I slept in it two nights in my backyard over the Memorial Day weekend. It will take a little getting used to but, I slept pretty well. You do get some cold spots so, i will have to do a pad or underquilt. I am hoping to do my first back country trip in September. Considering CS 24 on Little River.
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