Had no weekend plans at the start of the weekend but… the new Hennessy wanted to be tested. Who was I to say no? My son (11), daughter (13) and I managed to hang an Eno, a Travel Hammock, and the Hennessy on Saturday night when the low was 31 degrees. Where we live in New Jersey, there’s a fair amount of light pollution so I couldn’t read the sky well just after dark. My daughter and I checked the weather forecast to see if we needed the tarps. Zero percent chance of precipitation until late the Sunday morning. Satisfied, we walked back outside to a steady rain! The tarps went up.
We did well except my daughter got cold around 3:30 and went inside. I think that was because she loosened her sleeping bag "pod" to read and didn't tighten it again. My son decided to follow since he had to “use the facilities” anyway. I used a tree as a shield (not a target) and stayed out until after daybreak.
The Hennessy was a bit of a challenge. I used a RayWay alpine version quilt for an underquilt with a lightweight bungee on the foot end so the quilt could be moved to enter and then would rebound. That worked well. But the quilt effectively stopped one of the pull out lines from functioning so the hammock was a bit tight around the shoulders and it was hard to get comfortable. Once I did find the right spot, I slept warm with a 20 degree synthetic bag opened as a top quilt. It was also frustrating not to be able to reach out and pull the quilt up the side of the hammock but I guess I should have had more suspension points to deal with this. Had to switch from the regular tarp to the larger tarp that came with the Hennessy as the sides of the quilt were getting damp.
Overall, a good night learning. And, for the first time, the kids actually helped a lot with the set up and take down! They might actually make good hangers!