Aha! This may have been part of my problem last night. I had it hanging way high between two far-apart trees. I had no room to move around inside. I was a Hennessy sandwich: bug net, me, hammock. Like I said in an earlier post, the ridgeline was in my face.
OK, next time, trees closer together, hammock lower. No getting strangled in the ridgline.
How about..... this may be crazy.... pitching it so low it really is almost on the ground, and putting a ThermaRest or Big Agnes on the ground under it, just like in a tent? The ground actually does provide some warmth, in the "bridge freezes before road" mechanism.
Would that be crazy? I guess trying it once isn't. I might try that.
Sent: Tue, April 20, 2010 6:36:26 PM
Subject: RE: [Hammock Camping] Back with questions
I have one of the largest Hennessy hammocks. The first time I set it
up, I used two trees that were close enough together so that the ends
of the hammock just about touched the trees and the hammock ridgeline
was at about eye level. (I'm 5'8".) When I got into it, it cleared the
ground by about 8", and I had a great couple of nights in it. I love
the thing for summer camping in the Catskills and Adirondacks.
My problem seems to be getting it hung HIGH enough so I don't drag my
butt on the ground! If the trees are farther apart than the length of
the hammock, I can't get enough "altitude". Is there a secret formula?
How high do I need to tie it off to keep from sleeping on the ground?
LOL! I really want to use my hammock all summer this year and could
use some help.
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