I keep on mentioning my hammock in the OT section, but I really want to state my full opinion on them somewhere, and this may be useful to some people, so, I'm posting in the camping section!
I'm an avid camper, canoer (or is that canoeist), hiking, fishing, etc. Just about anything outdoors. And I've hated tents. You track in anything and everything... mud, leaves, sand, you name it. If anyone has gone camping in BAD skeeter country (deep south east Texas comes to mind, or Goose Island) you know there's no way to keep the darn skeeters out when you're coming in and out of the tent.
There's the problem of setting it up on a level place, there's roots and rocks, and you're down on the level of every snake, raccoon, skunk, and god knows what other wildlife. Not to mention how HEAVY it all is. And everybody wakes up aching from sleeping on the ground.
Well, sometime last winter we heard about the Hennessey Hammock
and after a great deal of research, decided to get two. One for my hubby, and one for me.
I cannot begin to tell you how much I love these hammocks, or how much they are worth every single penny.
Last year, we took them on various camping trips, including a trip down the Brazos River. In Sept. they were a little cool in overnight temperatures, because we only had very thin sleeping bags and weren't expecting to get cold.
That problem is resolved with the Super Shelter
Getting the whole thing tied up is a bit fiddly, but unless there's absolutely NO trees, there's always a place to hang, and that's much easier than finding a level spot with no roots, rocks, or other mess.
Imagine, going camping with no mud getting in the tent. NO bugs. No creepy crawlies. No sand! Not waking up aching and sore! I've got a bad back and various aches and pains and waking up not hurting is a novel thing. I ache even when I wake up from my normal bed.... but not in the hammocks!
40 degrees with a stiff wind AND RAIN, and I slept like a baby in a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. Just sat up the hammock with the super shelter and one of those mylar space blankets between the underpad and the bottom of the hammock, and then used the 20 degree sleeping bag as a quilt over me.
I'm more than happy to show off to anyone.. while camping or just here in the metroplex. I've just fallen in love with my hammock