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Old 09-26-06, 02:06 AM   #1
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Hennessy Hammock as hanging A-frame tent?

Ok, this post is intended for my fellow Hennessy Hammock users:

I know that a newer rain fly is available that is hexagonal. But I've been thinking..... Is it possible to pull the fly all the way down to the ground, and have the edge run along the ground? From the sides, therefore, it would look like a normal A-frame tent, albeit much taller.

I'm thinking this would cut down on a lot of wind whipping under the hammock itself.

So, to be clear, a much larger fly, which goes all the way to the ground on both sides, but still leaves hammock suspended in mid-air, even if it's only 12 inches off the ground.

What do you hammockers think of this idea?
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You mean a completely different fly, maybe a large sili nylon fly?
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If the new Hex-fly Hennessy offers doesn't reach the ground, a different fly would be alright. Does the Hex-fly reach the ground?

Edit: The Hex fly does reach the ground. I just spotted this on the website:
"The hex fly can be pulled down all the way to the ground around the hammock for protection during storms or spread out to provide a 120 sq. ft. sunshade. It can also be pitched between two hammocks to provide a work or cooking marquee."

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I must have the old fly it isn't coming down to the ground even if the hammock were pretty much worm height.
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Yeah, the old fly has two tie-down points, the new hex fly has 4 tie-down points.
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There may be two issues here;
  1. rain protection during a storm
  2. heat loss from the bottom of the hammock.

I've never had a wet night, even in Wales where the rain was horizonal at times. So I'd say that the standard fly works well except for extreme conditions. Also, I use the snakeskins and that might be out with the larger fly.

The heat loss issue is around both ambient temperatures and wind speed. Here in Canada we call that windchill. To solve that you need to reduce the amount of heat you lose from your body. I use a reflective pad, and under extreme conditions, a cocoon of my own making. You can see a picture on my stealth camping journal. Hennessy also have a similar, but much prettier system. In my cocoon I'm good to around 5 C.
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