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Hennessy Hammock

While I’ve known for years that hammocks are popular with a subset of backpackers and adventure racers, I’d never had the opportunity to try one out until today when I happened to walk by the Hennessy Hammock booth here at OR. When I was offered the chance to see how it works I eagerly climbed right in.

For any of you who’ve never been in a hammock before because you think it will be awkward to get inside or uncomfortable, fear not! It was simple: just duck under the suspended hammock, stand up inside, sit down, and lie down a bit diagonally with your feet inside. The hammock does all the work, even closing the bottom opening for you once you’re lying down. Once inside, I didn’t want to get out. It was fun and comfortable! I felt like a kid in my own tree house. I started wondering if I could be a hammock person too, or at least an occasional hammock person.

“I don’t worry about people trying them,” designer and founder Tom Hennessy told me. “When people try it, I know I’ve already sold it. Maybe not today, but next time they lay on the ground they’ll be thinking of me.”

Hennessy says he does no advertising because the “people on the trail are my salespeople.” He’s even received cell phone calls from other backpackers wanting to order a hammock while out on the trail.

Having finally tried a hammock, I now understand why people are drawn to this low impact shelter, especialy lightweight enthusiasts. With the new Hennessy Hyperlite they’ve got the weight down to 24 ounces, “but we can get down further,” said Hennessy.

For information on the Hyperlite Backpacker A-sym and other 2007 tents and shelters, read the ongoing 2007 Tents and Shelters Preview in the blog.

You'll also find an article on the revolutionary MSR Reactor stove system, “the fastest-boiling, most fuel-efficient windproof stove system available.”.


I think a hammock would be fine, provided you have a place to use it. It really depends on where you're going.

I saw this special on one of the Discovery channels about jungle survival. The host of the show was a Special Ops guy who could rig a hammock with a tarp over the top to protect from rain and a mosquito net to protect from, well everything else.

That could come in handy if you like to camp in say, the Everglades, where creepy crawlies are year-round.

I've been hammock camping for years, bought a byer, is rigged for "skeeters" and have a tarp to use with it. Wouldn't sleep on the ground or carry a tent again...great for hiking or any where your going to stay "overnight" outdoors. 3 season weather of course!..

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