temporary under insulation
This is for you newbies who are trying to find a temporary substitute for an under quilt. I managed to squeeze the price of a HH Expedition out of our limited budget recently, but canít afford an under quilt yet. I tried various things we had around the house, but nothing seemed to quite work, always seemed to have a cold spot or two. I have a Hammock Bliss Double that was my first hammock. I was watching Tom Hennessyís video on their Super Shelter and was seized with an inspiration. I dug out the spare hammock and hung it under the Hennessy like an under cover. I just larks headed it to the underside of the whipping on the upper hammock. I had an old rectangular synthetic sleeping bag with a broken zipper kicking around also. I laid it out flat on the floor and folded it in half perpendicular to the center line, then again the opposite way giving me a four layer thick rectangle. wide enough to span both shoulders and long enough to cover from neck to ankles. I put it between the two hammocks and adjusted the hang of the bottom one so it holds the folded sleeping bag against me when laying in the Hennessy. It took a bit of fiddeling to get the tension right on the bottom hammock, but it works great down to about 50. I also spread a Mylar space blanket between the sleeping bag and the bottom of the Hennessy which seems to add to the warmth. once set up everything but the extra sleeping bag fits in the H stuff bag. Itís not for ultra lite back packing but works great indoors or car camping. If you donít have a spare hammock laying around just make one like a gathered end hammock out of any material you can scrounge up.