Re: Newbie question(s)
The HH Expedition uses a symetrical fly so it does not matter which
end you put it on. It also does not matter which side you place on
top. If it had seams (which it does not) you would make sure the
upper material overlaped the lower material.
If rain is likely just be sure and tie the side tieouts down low but
try not to let them touch the hammock body. Yes it looks like you
are awfully close to the edge of the fly edges but I slept
perfectly dry on mithe during a 3 inch rain. I'm 6 feet tall. If
you are much taller you might have your feet and head closer to the
edge of the fly than I do. A very tall person would need to sleep
less diagonally or choose a different (longer) modle.
I usually guy one side low and the other side almost straight out.
Mainly so I can see better out the high side. When I have both
sides guyed low (expecting rain) I cant see out very well. I always
attach the strechy cord of the hammock to the ring in the fly.
Seems to keep the hammock from closing in on me as much plus reduces
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "eremitike <eremitike@e...>"
> Hi folks,right
> I have an older model HH Expedition that I bought recently and am
> practicing setting it up before my first trip with it. A couple of
> questions have arisen.
> 1. I keep reading about making sure the tarp is installed "the
> way." I take it this means more that just right-side up, but thatthe
> there is a head corner and a foot corner as well? If so, what's
> quick way to tell? When I climb into my hammock and lay downthe
> diagonally, I notice that my head and feet are both barely under
> tarp. Do I need to reverse the tarp, or is there some other issueon
> 2. How far out do most of you folks guy the sides of the hammock
> body? Do you vary it for different conditions? I imagine in rain,
> you would have the tarp guyed down rather low, does this mean that
> you tend to pull the sides of the hammock in as well? Do you ever
> not guy out the sides of the hammock?
> I know these are basic questions, most of which I will figure out
> my own by experimenting. Still I wanted to get some of your inputin
> and suggestions on basic hammocking with the Hennessey.
> Thanks for your time.
> Also, to Shane, I made a pad like yours (closed cell foam, wrapped
> in a Space blanket, wrapped in a Neat Sheet). It took all of about
> 30 minutes (including 5 minutes of begging my wife to set up her
> sewing machine) and it came out great. I tried it for a quick nap
> 60* weather and woke up sweating, so it should be great for cooler
> temps. Thanks for the tip!
What Coy Boy said matches my experience.
I find the HH tarps are just big enough to keep me dry when
I'm in the hammock, but a bit small for other activities.
You can pull the hammock to one side and cook in the cleared
space, but it's not something I'd like to do for two or more
I guess I just got used to an 8 x 8 ft tarp. Anything less
seems tight. So I often substitute the HH tarp with a custom
When using the standard HH tarp, I loop the shock cords (the
body pullout cords) through the tarp rings, then attach them
back to the body rings. So I have a double run of shock cord
between the body and the tarp.
I added mitten hooks to the ends of the shock cords, so it's
easy to clip them onto the body rings. I can also use the
clip to pull the hammock to one side for cooking etc.