6864My Simple Hammock Hints...And My Underquilt Problem....
- Sep 29, 2004Hello all...just thought Id post a couple things that I do with my
Hennessy Hammock, to make life in a hammock a tad bit easier....
1. I have placed a wrap of silver duct tape on the "foot" end of the
hammock main line. Since I have snakeskins for the hammock, this
allows me to determine right away (without unravelling the
snakeskins) which end of the hammock is which.
2. I use 2 small carabiners hung inside the hammock on the ridge
line. This allows me to hang my flashlight(s), socks, etc and
easilly unhook them, or slide them up and down the ridgeline. The
hammock comes with 2 clasps but I find they are too small to work
3. I purchased an oversized Hex shaped fly for the hammock. The fly
is made by Hennessy and fits on any of the hammocks. It is
considerably larger than the standard fly that comes with the
hammock (Expedition Asym Model). It allows enough room underneath to
sit, stand, cook, change, etc. It also fits inside the snakeskins so
I dont have to take the tarp off to wrap up the hammock in the skins.
4. I replaced all of the guy-lines on the fly with reflective guy-
lines (bought 50 feet for 5 bucks). I was always walking into the
guy-lines and pulling them out of the ground, especially at night.
5. I bought 2 expandable poles (10 bucks each) that allow me to
raise one side or the center of each side of the fly. It provides a
better view out of the hammock and creates a sort of awning.
6. I measured the exact center of the hammock and marked it with a
wrap of silver duct tape. I then placed a line level on that mark so
I can determine right away if the hammock is level or not. I leave
the level on the hammock, even when I wrap it up in the snakeskins.
7. I have tied a prusic knot on the end of each side of the hammock
(main line). This allows me to hang a carabiner or two from each
knot, and hang all my gear. I can slide the knot up or down the
mainline, and either underneath or outside of the fly.
8. The Hex fly I purchased has a number of tie-out points on it. It
makes it difficult to find which loop goes where. I colour coded the
2 main tie-outs with...you guessed it....silver duct tape. This
allows me to quickly find the points of the fly that I need to
attach to the fly-tensioners.
9. I have pre-tied several knots in the shock-corded anti-sway lines
from the hammock. This allows me to quickly adjust the angle at
which I stake out the lines (making the hammock fuller, or more
swayish- if that is a word...)
10. I use a small piece of an old plastic tarp as a ground cover
underneath the hammock. It is about 2 feet by 2 feet and provides
just enough room to stand on and get in and out of the hammock.
These are all things that took no more than about 15 minutes total
to put together. I personally find that they all make the hammock
experience even more enjoyable and easy.
Just thought I'd share....
Oh ya, regarding my home-made underquilt....Well I didn't need it
for this past trip as the temperatures never got below 10 degrees
Celsius (weird for Ontario). Also I had a tough time rigging up a
suspension system for underneath. I think the problem was that the
underquilt was square and the hammock is not. I think I will try
cutting the fleece to fit the hammock's shape and suspending it with
shock-cord at points along the hammock.....Ill keep you posted!
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