Hennessy Safari Hammock
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I'm made of earth!
The Safari looks like a hanging palace. I don't need more space in my hammock, but then again, if I were to try that Safari, I might not want to get back in my Explorer.
I do really want to get a hex fly though!
Two questions on hammocks
1. What do you do when you don't have any trees or posts or whatever to hang it on?.
2. Can a couple sleep in any of these hammocks?
In answer to question 1, it only once happened that I could not find suitable trees at an acceptable distance in 10 years of bike camping. I carry one tent pole on the frame of the bike to use to make the hammock a bivy. It's not as comfortable on the ground.
In answer to question 2, although Canadians have a reputation as being close and loving, I'd say that if it was sleep that was on your mind;no. Otherwise using a hammock is easier than standing in a canoe <insert wink here>.
A little off topic, do you put camoflague over your bike when stealth camping? Perhaps something similar to the fly on the hammock?
I don't bother camoing the bike, I lay it down and put it under the hex fly if necessary. Those damn Schwalbe tires have reflectors on the sidewalls so I sometimes cover them with black plastic bags.
In the places I camp, there is a lot of ground cover, so I usually don't need to worry. I've been known go out to a road or trail nearby and shine a flashlight in to see if anything reflects.
I was stealth camping near Bristol, England a few years ago. I was going along an old rail trail and about every mile or so was an old 19th century bridge running into a ravine space. Some of the portals had ruins in them, but I chose a wooded one for my hammock.
It must have been a festival that night because revellers walked along the trail and fired fireworks into the portals. I was asleep when the first one went off and I just about fouled myself! I lay in the hammock planning what to do before the next barrage. I decided to use a decoy. I walked up well away from by hammock and turned on a blinking LED light from my bike. It waved around in the wind on a tree branch to attract the attention of the pyromaniacs. I didn't sleep much though, until I heard the cop sirens. They cleared out soon after.
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I too carry a pole (leki) with me on trips to convert the hammock into a bivy. I worry about how it will perform when there's a downpour though.
Last year my daughter (then 12) and I were in our own hammocks when a fierce thunderstorm blew by (raining sideways). Somehow she had become disoriented and ended up with her sleeping on the netting. I calmed her down, and the two of us settled into my safari deluxe for the remainder of the night. We did manage to sleep, although I think she slept better than I did.
BTW - we did test the maximum weight capacity of the hammock that night.