14299[Hammock Camping] Re: Will Hennessey Trade With Me?
- Jul 3, 2006"This is a very good point. Maybe I should consider the more durable
hammock at a lower price. Either way I am ok with 1lb 15oz. + 10oz
foam pad. A decent tarp setup is about 2lbs 5oz + a pad."
A couple of additional observations about a Hennesy Hammock. I just
got back from an overnight hike --- btw, with a fellow hammock camper
that I met via this list! We were both initally leery lest the other
one turn out to be an axe murderer ... <grin>. He was great, however,
and it was helpful to learn from someone who's been doing this.
Like me, this guy also has a Hennessy Backpacker A-Sym, though his is
from a few years ago (3 I think?). We set these up close to each
other, and both of us tried crawling into the other persons hammock.
To both of us it looked as if his is roomier inside than mine, and
longer. The Backpacker A-Sym is supposed to be for a person up to
6' tall. I'm 5'10" on a particularly tall day, and he's about an inch
shorter, but a possibility is that my hammock is nevertheless on the
short side of what it should be for me (??). So perhaps mine was
made a little smaller than it should have been, or perhaps in recent
years they've been making them a little smaller, or both myself and
this other Hennesy owner were fooled, or ... space aliens. You can
never discount the possibility that space aliens are involved (keep
that tin foil completely covering your cranium at all times).
I suppose I could consider switching to an HH Explorer Deluxe
(especially if I could convince my wife that she really needs a
hammock tent <grin>), but it's surprisingly heavier at 52 oz rather
than 31 oz. According to the specs this adds 8" of length. But wait,
there's also an Explorer Ultralight, that's just 39 oz and is the same
price as the Explorer Deluxe.
Maybe someone else can comment as to whether a "near to" 6' person
should go with an Explorer versus a Backpacker. Based on my limited
experience and this ~side-by-side comparison I might consider doing
that if I were to start over.
Side question: I just looked at the files section for this group,
thinking perhaps there's something like a list of suggestions for
people starting out as hammock campers. I didn't dig through all the
files there, but at first glance there didn't seem to be anything like
that. Is there such a list somewhere? If not ... !
One point that I learned on this trip that I might suggest for such a
list is to have a small separate plastic bag to keep webbing/strapping
in, as I found out this morning that some trees will leave pitch on
your straps ... stuff like this that I expect experienced hangers know
very well, but isn't obvious to those (like me) just starting out.
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