Re: My Simple Hammock Hints...And My Underquilt Problem....
- 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?
--- In email@example.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
> 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
> sit, stand, cook, change, etc. It also fits inside the snakeskins
> I dont have to take the tarp off to wrap up the hammock in the
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> shock-cord at points along the hammock.....Ill keep you posted!