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Re: My Simple Hammock Hints...And My Underquilt Problem....

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  • JackWMyers
    Just out of curiosity, where all did you post this? I ve seen it on Whiteblaze, Hiking HQ, Yahoo, and Backpacking Lightweight. Anywhere else? Are there some
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 30, 2004
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      Just out of curiosity, where all did you post this? I've seen it on
      Whiteblaze, Hiking HQ, Yahoo, and Backpacking Lightweight. Anywhere
      else? Are there some other good resources?

      Smee

      --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "Steve" <selms@c...> wrote:
      > Hello 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
      > properly.
      >
      > 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....
      >
      > Enjoy!
      >
      > 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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