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    First - NICE JOB!! I like it. Some...

    First - NICE JOB!! I like it.

    Some suggestions though:

    I really think you need the width to do a diagonal sleeping position for a flatter way to lay in it. That might take more width. ...
  2. Nobody else does the duck under for two reasons. ...

    Nobody else does the duck under for two reasons.

    1. Hennessy has a patent on it and enforces said patent.

    2. Most people cannot figure it out.

    FWIW if the weather is buggy zippers add...
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    If you want a look at forces check out the...

    If you want a look at forces check out the threads where somebody was breaking climbing hardware using it for tight rope walking.

    If you are trying a 4x4 I'd look for one cut centered around the...
  4. FWIW The original Hennessy bottom entry did not...

    FWIW The original Hennessy bottom entry did not have velcro. The tension created by the sleeper kept the slot closed. Velcro was added after a lot of pundits whined about the potential problems of...
  5. FWIW The original Hennessy bottom entry did not...

    FWIW The original Hennessy bottom entry did not have velcro. The tension created by the sleeper kept the slot closed. Velcro was added after a lot of pundits whined about the potential problems of...
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    The original post was aimed at the growing number...

    The original post was aimed at the growing number of folks who were cutting pack weight by eliminating soap in favor of dried then rehydrated baby wipes. I thought to point out some of the issues. ...
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    Don't ask us, call or write them and ask. It may...

    Don't ask us, call or write them and ask. It may be their policy but more likely is a glitch in their software. ;-)
  8. FWIW I can remember articles in probably Boy's...

    FWIW I can remember articles in probably Boy's Life in the mid to late 1950's doing a lot of stuff with parachute nylon that was really about using surplus parachutes for camp gear. I do not recall...
  9. I can remember reading Sgt Rocks web page for...

    I can remember reading Sgt Rocks web page for tips back when he was a Hennessy guru. ;-) Didn't he do a big or heavier duty one for you when you were on tour?
  10. yes. Read the book and started haunting Walmart...

    yes. Read the book and started haunting Walmart for $1/yd fabric. Probably build 10-12 hammocks that summer with 4 yds of whatever looked interesting and some 3/8" yacht braid to hang it with.
    ...
  11. People who post YouTube links without comment as...

    People who post YouTube links without comment as an answer should be beheaded as a public service. Putting out a YouTube video does not make anyone anything but somebody with an opinion. You know...
  12. According to his page Hennessy started selling...

    According to his page Hennessy started selling hammocks in 1999. I had an early Hennessy. At that time my buddy bought a Clark and Ed Speers book about knotted end hammocks. Clark claims to go...
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    Those look heavy enough that the knot is not the...

    Those look heavy enough that the knot is not the issue. The problem is that with a proper marlin spike hitch the toggle is in compression. It does not need the shear strength to support the load. ...
  14. Thread: Camouflage

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    You might find it interesting to pitch behind the...

    You might find it interesting to pitch behind the bushes and see what happens with the bushes to break it up.

    If you are going to try for all camo do yourself a favor and take a bright poncho. If...
  15. Depending on how big one makes their bung hole...

    Depending on how big one makes their bung hole about any suspension can be handled. OTOH the Bishop bag does not come off as easily as the double ender again because of the hole size. That is a...
  16. Thanks for the videos. I have been curious about...

    Thanks for the videos. I have been curious about how they worked. A bit of goofyness made it interesting an informing. ;-)
  17. I finally got around to watching you do my...

    I finally got around to watching you do my favorite kind of tripping! Thanks for the great video!
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    What I find with the Hennessy bottom entry is...

    What I find with the Hennessy bottom entry is that I just stick a foot through and the rest sort of follows. A rope to the tree coming in through the slit would give her something to grab and pull...
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    ditto the rev. If she can stand up using the...

    ditto the rev. If she can stand up using the hammock with her feet out the slit then a bottom entry would be her best choice. She has support until she lets go so she can stand then sit into her...
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    It's fun to watch the sniveling. Hennessy was...

    It's fun to watch the sniveling. Hennessy was doing 2 inch straps years ago. AFAIK that was the original tree hugger. I hope they make it national. Use a 4 ft or 6 ft 2 inch strap around the...
  21. Another good one! Thanks!!

    Another good one! Thanks!!
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    Good Show! Glad they found you, hope it sells...

    Good Show! Glad they found you, hope it sells some hammocks. ;-))
  23. While I have sympathy for the young man and his...

    While I have sympathy for the young man and his father I wonder if he was sleeping in the same clothes he cooked and ate in.

    FWIW If the bear population has grown as much as stated it sounds...
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    I'd use the pad, fold the fleece around it and...

    I'd use the pad, fold the fleece around it and use the blanket over me. Fleece over pad lets it breathe a bit so you do not get the body contact condensation.
  25. I too like the bottom entry. If you go that...

    I too like the bottom entry. If you go that route a zipper mod might be in your future to get access to the head end for stuff. Don't need full length but some of us find access to a peak bag and...
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    I'd give me about 30 seconds after I rolled into...

    I'd give me about 30 seconds after I rolled into the hammock. Takes about that long to snuggle in and take a good deep breath. Then it's lights out. ;-)
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    It would be best practice to either cut with a...

    It would be best practice to either cut with a hot knife or heat seal the cut ends anyway.
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    Good one. Thanks for posting it!

    Good one. Thanks for posting it!
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    The first hammock I slept in was a net hammock. ...

    The first hammock I slept in was a net hammock. The first one I camped in was my buddy's Hennessy Explorer bottom entry after he bought a Clark. Used a 2 lb Marmot down bag. First night got me...
  30. Nothing there than cannot be done with 1" strap. ...

    Nothing there than cannot be done with 1" strap. OTOH the damage to the tree will be higher and probably not visible. The issue is the load on the inner cambium layer just under the bark where sap...
  31. Thread: Podcast

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    Poll: Check out: thetrailshow.com ;-)

    Check out:

    thetrailshow.com

    ;-)
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    I would think the braided cover would be fine for...

    I would think the braided cover would be fine for grabbing the water. The core will not matter. Try it. ;-)
  33. Thread: Podcast

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    Poll: FWIW I like the idea. Below are some random...

    FWIW I like the idea. Below are some random thoughts.


    Based on some other podcasts I check, monthly makes a lot more sense than weekly. Subject matter will last longer. It seems reasonable to...
  34. FWIW a slippery half hitch as a keeper is such...

    FWIW a slippery half hitch as a keeper is such cheap insurance I really do not see why anyone would not do it. If you don't need it the knot serves as a way to bundle excess strap and comes right...
  35. FWIW I would consider getting a second ridge pole...

    FWIW I would consider getting a second ridge pole and using the tree as the common point with two tripods and pole coming off the tree. That lets the head ends be together while the feet are spread...
  36. Looks like typical Canadian Shield country. ...

    Looks like typical Canadian Shield country. Wherever I found trees to hang from there were more trees to tie my tarp to. Take some extra line to make longer tie outs and you will be fine. Wire...
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    There is a cadre of folks who will push to lower...

    There is a cadre of folks who will push to lower whatever the set standard is.

    They kind of have a case in that the issue is load/unit area so for a small tree a wider strap provides more area...
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    Worth pointing out that Nylon is more susceptible...

    Worth pointing out that Nylon is more susceptible to UV damage than polyester. Neither is good for long term use in the sun. Most hikers back packers will not get enough time in to have a problem...
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    The short answer is that the best way to deal...

    The short answer is that the best way to deal with any Hennessy suspension is to tie the existing ropes to something and go from there. If you go to mucking about under the hood you are asking for...
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    Why not start with looking at Gary over at...

    Why not start with looking at Gary over at readystrap? He does a lot heavier stuff if you need it.

    www.readystrap.com

    If you are going to go whoopees with a setup like that you should be...
  41. I also wonder about your stitch length. They...

    I also wonder about your stitch length. They look a bit too close in the green fabric.
  42. Yes but. If you put the cinch buckle on using...

    Yes but. If you put the cinch buckle on using the existing suspension lines to attach the buckle. That assumes the buckle wiill handle the rope on the hammock and that depends on the hammock. You...
  43. If it was my hammock I'd tie in a descender ring...

    If it was my hammock I'd tie in a descender ring just past the attachment point for the tarp. Clove hitch with a half hitch stopper and 6 inches or so of tail as a drip guide. Do it on each end. ...
  44. My impression has long been that overstuffing...

    My impression has long been that overstuffing compensated for loft loss with accumulated dampness and dirt in the down common with extended tripping.

    At least part of the problem is the amount...
  45. If you are worried about the sil tarp make or buy...

    If you are worried about the sil tarp make or buy one made out of polyurethane coated nylon. The lighter coating will be fine with reasonable care. The heavy weight coating will be fine for...
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    We played with it 20 years ago. I really do not...

    We played with it 20 years ago. I really do not remember the details but it will let you get some of the floppy out of the sides. I recall it only took an inch or two to make a big difference.
    ...
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    You are right. Whoopee's are unnatural spawn of...

    You are right. Whoopee's are unnatural spawn of the devil. Give them away and get straps. ;-))
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    Assuming it is sil nylon it is subject to some...

    Assuming it is sil nylon it is subject to some stretch. Look up tarp tensioners and you will be into information overload. Essentially let the ridge sag and put some elastic in the tie outs.
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    neat. I used to use a lower tech approach. Blue...

    neat. I used to use a lower tech approach. Blue tarp lashed to closet rod tied to the canoe racks on the roof. Just remember to take it down before moving the vehicle. ;-))
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    wow! guess baxter does not have crampons. ;-)) ...

    wow! guess baxter does not have crampons. ;-)) Great video. Thanks for making it!!
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