I'll take a stab at this and then read below to see what others have
Jim and Marlis,
About your experience with trying to stay warm
in your Hennessy Hammock last night. You wrote "I camped near a
stream back in the hills
> in north central Georgia last night. My guess is that it got into
> fifties or high forties. I used the HH (one of the first ones that
(Great hammock... it will end up working and will keep you warm if
you learn a few tricks.)
, a standard, blue closed cell foam pad from Walmart
From your answer below, you might do better with the Kmart blue pad
because it is much wider... 27 inches wide.
> 18-year old, well used down Marmot bag rated to 20 deg. (I think).
> slept in hiking socks, a t shirt and BDU pants. I've never been
> sensitive to cold but I was unconfortably chilled until I added the
> foam pad to the bag and HH. After I included the pad, I was still
> place I hung off the pad.
I have not found any sleeping bag which is comfortable in an
uninsulated hammock below 65 degrees. The sleeping bag gets really
thin and you will get cold on your back and your hips.
I suppose my questions have to do with whether my
> being chilled was more a function of sleeping in a hammock in
general or of
> my use of a down sleeping bag that's probably lost much of its
I think you will find your bag works great in the hammock; but would
suggest you open all but about a foot down near the end, making it
into a quilt with a box you can put your feet into. The pad will
keep your bottom and back warm. The quilt works for the top. You
are right, anyplace you are not protected by the pad will get cold,
so get a pad wide enough to always be on the pad.
> Should I have expected to have been a little cool in a hammock
> the sleeping bag/mat? Or, am I becoming a wuss in my approaching
I do not think that wanting to be comfortable is being a wuss. You
have all the ingredients (maybe minus a wide enough pad) to be very
comfortable anyplace anywhere. I have used the setup described here
and stayed warm down to about 30 degrees. Any lower and you will
need more insulation... either a second shell under you filled with
some insulation a la Garlington/Taco shell insulator, or a second
thicker pad. With both, I have been rather toasty at 5 degrees with