Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Hamburg, PA
    Hammock
    HH Explorer Classic
    Tarp
    HH Hex
    Insulation
    Poncho Liner TQ
    Suspension
    Rings and Biners
    Posts
    53

    Always something new to learn.

    I finally got my hammock out for an over night trip, in fact two nights, at Locust Lake in PA. I found it a bit fiddly to set up, but was pleased with the result, at least for the first night.



    There's the HH Expedition set up. The rings and carabiners really speeds up the process.



    The first night i went with just my poncho liner. I laid on half and threw the rest over me. i was able to turn like i normally do and switch between sides and back and slept comfortably with minor fidgeting with the blanket. i was so comfortable in the morning i did something i never do when camping. I stayed in bed and hung out. On the ground i always pop up and start trying to make my back stop hurting.



    Here's one of 3 winged vampires laying an ambush for me on the bug netting.



    Red Tailed Hawk that was hanging around our campsite. Here it is perched on a tree 15 feet from my hammock.

    And now for what i learned. Apparently my comfort level is about 60 degrees. The first night i was SUPER comfortable with just the poncho liner. It never got below 60. The second night, after some drinking at a local bar, i woke up sweat on top and shivering uncontrollably. I figured i didn't have the poncho liner under me right, so i adjusted it and went back to sleep only to wake up half an hour later in the same condition. I stubbornly continued this pattern until a 6am bio outing. On returning i put my walmart blue pad in the hammock and jumped in with my poncho liner. Fell right to sleep and was quite comfortably warm. The night time low went down to 56 degrees. I did, however, wake up with a back ache because the pad didn't let me lay on my side comfortably.


    my lessons:

    Don't be stubborn, be comfortable.

    Listen when your body says it's cold and do something about it.

    Get an under quilt, it may be difficult to use on the Hennessy, but it's better than a back ache.


    My thoughts on the Hennessy:

    Comfortable

    The velcro opening seems odd, but works nicely.

    The tarp is too small if you're not mega concerned with weight. I didn't get wet, but i had no where to change and had to WORRY about getting wet.

    It's a HELL of a lot better than a tent.

    Time for a 2QZQ mod. It'd be nice to unzip it to reach out rather than having to hop out through the bottom.

  2. #2
    Dutch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Reinholds, PA
    Hammock
    Bridgeskin
    Tarp
    DIY Blackcat
    Insulation
    DIY Quilts
    Suspension
    Whoopie sling
    Posts
    5,264
    Images
    196
    nice name. Couple of us are meeting at 501 shelter this Saturday around 4pm. Think about coming it is always a good time.
    Peace Dutch
    GA>ME 2003


    http://dutchwaregear.com

    Visit Dutchwaregear on facebook (and like it)

    8th Annual Mt Rogers Winter Hang Spreadsheet

  3. #3
    Senior Member TheHangingTechy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Florida
    Hammock
    ENO double
    Suspension
    Whoopie&TreeStraps
    Posts
    155
    Images
    25
    Nice write up, i'm looking to get a Hennessey myself. How do you feel the velcro is to use in and out?

    I'm still deciding between the ultra lite backpacker zip or classic.
    Last edited by TheHangingTechy; 08-01-2011 at 17:46. Reason: Answered obvious question by reading posters bio

  4. #4
    mbiraman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    West Kootenays,BC,Canada
    Hammock
    Warbonnet BB DL 1.1 & Lite Owl
    Tarp
    Black MacCat Del.
    Insulation
    Yeti 3,4 & HRQ/HGB
    Suspension
    webbing/whoopie
    Posts
    4,372
    Images
    7
    If i;m not mistaken i think the Nest UQ by Jacks r Better was made for the Hennessy. 2QZQ is a popular mod for hennessy's. A bigger tarp is easy to get.
    " The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it."

    “The measure of your life will not be in what you accumulate, but in what you give away.” ~Wayne Dyer

    www.birchsidecustomwoodwork.com

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Hamburg, PA
    Hammock
    HH Explorer Classic
    Tarp
    HH Hex
    Insulation
    Poncho Liner TQ
    Suspension
    Rings and Biners
    Posts
    53
    Dutch: I work all day on saturdays or i'd probably stop up

    TheHangingTechy: It was easy to get in and out of when hanging at about butt height. it sealed nicely once in, but was a pain to get sealed well when i got out due to having to grab both sides and line them up, then press them shut.

    mbiraman: i bought it with the 2QZQ mod in mind, but refused to alter it in any way, whether tarp or zipper mod, before trying it as it was first. now i can say to my wife "i know from experience," instead of "i know from anecdote." might be easier to explain another three or four hundred

  6. #6
    dragon360's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Toronto, ON
    Hammock
    WBBB/TR, DIY, HH, SB DL, GT UL
    Tarp
    ID/OES/WB/WL
    Insulation
    HG/WB/Go-Lite/WB
    Suspension
    Whoopie/Straps/DW
    Posts
    6,296
    Images
    1
    I found my Expedition took some tweaking and still does. But I know a zipper mod will fix a lot of my 'tweaking'. Nothing like getting out to gain that necessary experience.
    The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering. - St. Augustine

    Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
    - Bob Marley

  7. #7
    Senior Member Raul Perez's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Long Island, NY
    Hammock
    1.1 Blackbird or Traveler SL
    Tarp
    OES Deluxe Cuben
    Insulation
    Yeti - all seasons
    Suspension
    Dynaglide Whoopies
    Posts
    2,363
    Images
    49
    Good write up... I think the alcohol had something to do with your comfort the last night. Something to consider.
    "If you give a monkey a gun and he shoots someone, you dont blame the monkey"

    The end of the world is not coming in December, it is happening now in my living room. - TFC Rick

    http://watermonkey.net/

    Youtube Channel:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/RaulPerez1?feature=mhee

  8. #8
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Hamburg, PA
    Hammock
    HH Explorer Classic
    Tarp
    HH Hex
    Insulation
    Poncho Liner TQ
    Suspension
    Rings and Biners
    Posts
    53
    Raul: makes sense. Increased capillary diameter plus heat sucking air on the back led me near to hypothermia i think. Plus some good ol' PA Dutch stubbornness.

  9. #9
    MAD777's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    South Florida
    Hammock
    DIY, WBBB & Switchback
    Tarp
    HG cuben,OES Spinn
    Insulation
    DIY down 3/4 UQ/TQ
    Suspension
    Dynaglide & Dutch
    Posts
    8,589
    Images
    39
    Quote Originally Posted by LilDutchBoy View Post
    ... i was so comfortable in the morning i did something i never do when camping. I stayed in bed and hung out. On the ground i always pop up and start trying to make my back stop hurting.
    Now that you are in a hammock, you can say "goodbye" to those long mileage days
    Mike
    "Life is a Project!"

  10. #10
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    hershey, PA
    Hammock
    Warbonnet
    Tarp
    Zpacks Cuben
    Insulation
    Cottage Down
    Suspension
    webbing/buckle
    Posts
    1,190
    Images
    51
    cool photo of the hawk. welcome to hanging in PA!

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •