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    Senior Member oldsoldier's Avatar
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    First night out with my hennessy

    Well, I FINALLY got a chance to test out my Hennessy hammock, on an overnighter. This past week, I went hiking on a local trail for an overnighter. I have a hennessy expedition asym, with the supplied tarp, and picked up an underpad for it. For upper insulation I took my Kifaru Woobie synthetic blanket.
    Weather; hiking during the day, about 80 degrees. Weather dropped down to mid 40s at night, with a constant breeze (I was on top of a local mountain, so the breeze was pretty steady all night). Overnight, I got a light drizzle, and socked in by fog.
    Impressions; First, finding a site to set up was nice. It was odd to look for a site, not for flatness or lack of rocks & roots, but for two good support trees. Kinda liberating. I found a good stand of old apple trees, from a long abandoned orchard, to hang from. Second, ease of setup was nice as well. The hammock I had set up before, but the underpad, this was my first go. It was straightforward, with no issues. I got the hammock hung, settled in to let it stretch while I read, the re-tightened it before bed. At the last minute, I put the tarp up, to cut down on the breeze. This proved to be good foresight, as it started raining shortly after midnight, & continued until the early morning, about 6-7 hours of light rain & fog.
    Some observations. First & foremost, I noticed, upon awakening, that I had NO SORE SPOTS. Long accustomed to sleeping on tyhe ground, I, as I am sure many of you, have several places that are sore from sleeping on the ground. Well, the lack of them when I awoke sold me instantly on this. I also noticed, however, that, throughout the night, I had slipped into the exact middle of the hammock. Gravity at work, I guess. Not a big deal, as I simply stretched out and went back to sleep. I normally sleep on my side, and I think that this unconcious movement may have caused that. Last thing, I want a new tarp . the tarp supplied covers me fine, but thats about it. I couldnt fit gear, or, worst case, cook under it, if needed. I'll be looking into a new tarp sometime this month. Oh, one more thing; the ridgeline is the perfect place to stash a book
    All in all, I am EXTREMELY happy I made the switch to hammocks. My body thanks me for it, and I , in turn, thank all of you!

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    Senior Member ShakeyLeggs's Avatar
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    Glad you had a good experience. Welcome to the hanging crowd. It only gets better from here.
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    Welcome to the crowd. I now use a cat cut tarp with a 12' ridgeline that is 10' wide. I love the coverage it gives me.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    Welcome to the group. Glad for your input. What kind of underquilt did you get? What kind of lows did you meet up with at night
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    You mentioned a new tarp: go for a MacCat Tarp

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    yep, a big tarp is like hanging under a great big porch when it rains. you can get up & move around the hammock w/ no problem.
    and we know EXSACTLY what you mean about "no sore spots"!!!
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    yep, a big tarp is like hanging under a great big porch when it rains. you can get up & move around the hammock w/ no problem.
    and we know EXSACTLY what you mean about "no sore spots"!!!
    Yea my Blackcat set up with hiking poles really does look like a porch. Now I need to figure out a way to screen it in.
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