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    Rainy camping trip with Hennessy Hammocks report

    Just finished a short backpacking trip on Pennsylvania's Black Forest Trail. Stayed only one night but the three Hennessy Hammocks we used kept all of us dry through a rainy overnight. The rain was light and lasted most of the night. The hammocks we used were two Ultralight Explorers and one Scout; all with the small stock tarps. The Scout was used by a young 12 year old boy who likes camping and it was his first night in a hammock. In the morning he gave his verdict: "sleeping in a hammock is way more comfortable than in a tent." (I already knew that!)

    I have used my Ultralight Explorer now for about four and a half years and it still looks new. I do want to buy some longer tree straps though. We used some large trees and longer straps would have been nice.

    -Daniel

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    Great hammocks. I have a deep jungle xl and have only use the bigger tarps. I had the UL explorer tarp out today and Iím goin with that next trip. Super simple. Have you looked into replacing the stock cordage suspension with continuous loops? Then you can get the 15í poly straps with Dutch beetle buckles. Iíve tried them all and this is a great setup. Glad ya guys stayed dry.

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    Thank you for the report. What did you use for insulation?
    I often use my stock Backpacker UL I bought new somewhere between 2006 to 2008 - many years/nights and still one of my favorites.
    For bottom insulation I used a gossamer gear 30X36" CCF pad for about 10 years then BillyBob on this site talked me into getting the Super Shelter which I am very pleased with

    P.S. I don't know the Black Forest area, but I camp in the Kinzua Dam/Warren area every July - The Chautauqua gorge area was one of my camping areas back in the 60's. I love that country.
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    oldpappy,

    We all used Thermarest pads. Mine was the newest; a 2007 NeoAir. The others had self inflating pads with the foam inside. The Black Forest Trail is about 100 miles east of Warren.
    -Daniel

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    Thanks. Enjoy that Pennsylvania spring weather.
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    This thread is a little old, but, I have had problems with my Deep Jungle XL twice on raining nights. Last night, I ended up sleeping in a bowl of water. The rainfly somehow leaked and the sleeping pad slot collected all the rain water. It was a miserable night. I'm using the regular rainfly but am really considering an upgraded one. My fiance slept in her 4 season explorer and stayed mostly dry except for where the rainfly was touching the insect net and rain slowly dripped in on her. I've heard that you can completely collapse the rain fly to cocoon yourself, that just didn't seem possible. Overall, miserable night in the woods. I'm not a fan of the a-sym rainfly, it seems if it's not put up perfectly, you are going to get wet.

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    I have stayed dry with the small Hennessy rainfly. Have you checked the taped seams? My rainfly is now almost 7 years old and I noticed a little bit of water coming through my last trip. I found that the tape has been separating from the seam. I pulled on the tape and it all came off easily. I bought some seam sealer and put that on the seam. Now just need to get out again on a rainy night and keep my fingers crossed on my seam sealing job.

    You can always buy another tarp, and if you do from another manufacturer, then you can string it up separately. Please keep us updated.

    -Daniel

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