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    Good beginners hammock?

    I have been backpacking for several years and have recently decided to give hammocking a try. I am located in NH (just moved from VT) so all/most of my hiking will be in NH, VT, and Maine.

    I am looking at the HH Expedition asym for my first hammock. Is this a good choice for my first hammock? Also, is it worth getting the hex rain fly for additional coverage (The Hennessy silnylon fly 144" x 132"). I am new to this whole hammock thing, so any information would be appreciated.

    oh yah, and I'm a little guy (5'8 140lbs)

    Thanks for any input,
    Jason
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    With your size and weight I would suggest picking up a Ultralight Backpacker model if you are going with a Hennessy. I'm 5'10"and 160 lbs and it fits me great.

    There are many tarp choices you could go with. Check out some of the posts in the tarps forum. The McCat seems to be one of the more popular tarps.

    Your cheapest route would be to make your own hammock and tarp. Check out the homemade gear section of Jeff's site to get some ideas.

    and welcome to the forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jr05 View Post
    I have been backpacking for several years and have recently decided to give hammocking a try. I am located in NH (just moved from VT) so all/most of my hiking will be in NH, VT, and Maine.

    I am looking at the HH Expedition asym for my first hammock. Is this a good choice for my first hammock? Also, is it worth getting the rectangular rain fly for additional coverage (would be aboue $39 to get both the original and the rectangular tarps). I am new to this whole hammock thing, so any information would be appreciated.

    oh yah, and I'm a little guy (5'8 140lbs)

    Thanks for any input,
    Jason

    I've got a Hennessy Expedition that I've never used. Only tested it out in my house to stretch it out some. I've also got 2 Hennessys that I use. I am going to put it on e-bay for around $100 including shipping. Will throw in snakeskins for free. Let me know if your interested. Here's a tarp that is fairly popular around here. I have the 9X9 version. Also known as the 'Neo" tarp.
    Little heavier than most tarps, but nice coverage and price.

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    after the advice and researching a little more, I think I can afford the extra for the Ultralight Backpacker model.

    I have been researching and am thinking about getting the Ultralight Backpacker hammock with a Maccat delux silnylon tarp.

    We get a lot of rain in NE so I think the larger tarp is going to be the way to go. How does this updated setup sound?

    -Jason

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    Quote Originally Posted by jr05 View Post
    after the advice and researching a little more, I think I can afford the extra for the Ultralight Backpacker model.

    I have been researching and am thinking about getting the Ultralight Backpacker hammock with a Maccat delux silnylon tarp.

    We get a lot of rain in NE so I think the larger tarp is going to be the way to go. How does this updated setup sound?

    -Jason
    Sounds like a great set-up to me. You cant go wrong there. Man I recently heard about the suicide of Brad Delp of the group Boston in your neck of the woods. That guy had some pipes.
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    Backpacker with MacCat Deluxe is a pretty popular combo. Be sure you understand how to stay warm underneath before you hit the field.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FanaticFringer View Post
    Sounds like a great set-up to me. You cant go wrong there. Man I recently heard about the suicide of Brad Delp of the group Boston in your neck of the woods. That guy had some pipes.
    Yah, that is crazy, he was a great artist. He lived in Atkinson, NH which is about 10 minutes from where I live. It was quite big news when everybody found out he was dead


    Just Jeff,
    I am assuming you are Just Jeff from the Just Jeff Hammock website. Let me first say; amazing job on the website! I have been researching hammock camping and your website has been incredibly helpful. As for the hammock setup, if you say it will be alright, I will go with it (and the other people agreeing helps too ).

    Thanks for the quick replies everybody, now that I have the base system picked out, i'm off to research exactly what I need to stay warm.

    -Jason

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    Hennessy currently has some clearance model on sale. If you are looking at the ULB check this out:

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    I've got the Expedition ASYM and the sil hex but I'm on a bicycle so the extra weight doesn't bother me much. But if I was humping this stuff on my back I'd go ahead and save up a little more coin and go for the ULTRALITE BACKPACKER A-SYM. Which will be next on my list of stuff to get right after I get a backpack, boots & trekking poles.
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    You could always get the $20 Traveler's Hammock to be sure that you like hammocking. It has no rain fly though.

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