The Boy Scouts in W.V. will be camping on the grounds of the state capitol in Charleston, W.V. this weekend to commemorate the 100th year of Boy Scouting. I delivered my 14 year old son there this evening about 8 p.m. He will be camping with the group of Scouts which will be attending the National B.S. Jamboree in July in Va. at Fort A.P. Hill.
One of the goals this weekend is for the boys who will be attending the Jamboree to become familiar with each other and with the gear they will be camping in at the Jamboree. We attended a meeting a month ago which was to educate us on what to expect, what they should bring and tell us what they will be camping in.
Half of the boys will be in tents with cots, the other half will be in hammocks. At the meeting there was no mention of what model of hammock and how they would be supported. The meeting was to rushed to get an answer. I only knew they said they would have stands to hang them on and that they would be able to lay flat in the hammocks. I was imagining some recreation of Baden Powell's hammock from 100 years ago. Which was a design called a Ashanti hammock. Really just a suspended cot.
This evening I found out that the hammock they will be using is the new Hennesey Expedition Asym Zip hammock. I helped my son set up his hammock and I was telling him that it is different from our hammocks and you enter through a slit in the bottom. It was rather dark and we couldn't find the bottom opening. Eventually we found the side zipper. He of course believed I did not know what I was talking about.
They had 3 or 4 hammock stands set up from which to hang the hammocks.
The stands were each capable of hanging 12 hammocks. The stand was hexagon in shape and made from pipe and 4 feet or so in height.
Each of the six sides were about 12 feet in length. Each vertex was supported by tripod of pipe to the ground. Each vertex also had a pipe leading to a hub in the center supported by 6 pipes to the ground, or 2 tripods , depending upon how you wish to view it. Thus each stand can support 12 hammocks. The hammock suspension was attached at the vertex points and below the pipe.
Sorry I don't have any pictures. Perhaps I can take some pictures of the stands tomorrow. But not sure I would know how to post the pictures here. Or perhaps someone here has seen this type of stand before. I tried doing a search and could not find anything.
I don't know if this is something the Scouts came up with or something Hennesey developed. I suspect it is something Hennesey developed. I found a post to Hennesey patents. But my iMac seems to lack the plug-in s.w. to permit me to view it. Here is a link to the forum post with the link to the Hennesy patent page. Maybe someone here has looked at it before and could comment if this stand design is Hennesey's. Or I may be able to find out tomorrow. The Scout leaders were all quit busy dealing with arriving Scouts this evening.
My son, Jonathan, took a sleeping bag and a Z-rest pad and should be fine this evening. Its supposed to get down to 57 degrees. But tomorrow night the temps are supposed to drop to 38 degrees. So I texted him that I could bring the Yeti UQ for him to use Saturday night if he is not required to switch to the tent or just wants to switch. I think the Scout leaders are wanting the boys to try both arrangements.
So has anyone seen this type of hexagon pipe stand in use before anywhere?