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Camping Hammocks
Including Hennessey Hammock a portable hammock

Camping hammocks are a lightweight alternative to tents and camping mattresses. Firsthand experience about sleeping in a Hennessey hammock - the portable hammock built for the woods!

Who says its fun to lug around a huge pack with pounds and pounds of stuff through the woods?

No one.

Hammocks are the cure for back aches!

If you love backcountry camping and packing light, then a backpacking hammock is the perfect choice for you. Well… only if you’re camping where there are trees of course!

The most intense campers I know use a hennessey hammock and swear by it. (these people are so intense that they only bring a portable hammock, sleeping bag, knife and a few other odds and ends)!

Here's what my friend Drew has to say about his Hennessy Hammock:

I purchased the Hennessy Hammock Expedition series tent a number of years ago, and through countless adventures its been my constant companion. From Hiking the West Coast Trail, to exploring the jungles of Mexico, surfing in Tofino BC using driftwood logs to hold it up, it has weathered every storm, and kept me comfortable when everyone else is sleeping on rock and roots. Its limitless versatility provides the owner to relax in comfort after a long hike, or ride, set up literally in mere minutes with the barest effort. You can use it as a conventional hammock, or cocoon yourself out of the rain, wind or mosquitoes. Using a thin sleeping foam in the hammock is a definite must, and has to be mentioned, for as you are free floating about the ground, the wind can and will cut through the bottom of the hammock, and you'll freeze without a mat between the tent and your backside. I would recommend this product to anyone who has any interest in the outdoors. - Drew

Hennessy Hammock on Vancouver Island

This picture was taken deep in the mountains on Flora Lake, North of the Nitinat River Valley on Vancouver Island. There were zero spots to put up a conventional tent, so my friends improvised and slept in their ground tent anyways, on a slope on roots and rocks... they were verbally jealous as I gracefully swung above them in my hammock. It sleeps two! and is very comfy with company.

The main Camping hammock is the Hennessy Hammock.

This portable hammock was MADE for camping.

Click on the picture on the right to read reviews or purchase it online.

Concerns you might have about sleeping in the Hennessy Hammock?

· Bugs: These specially made tents have a built in screen that keeps bugs out.

· Rain: This has also been considered! These tents have a built in cover so that if it rains you stay dry.

· Comfortableness: Who hasn’t fallen asleep on a lightly breezy day in a hammock to the sounds of birds singing? If you haven’t… well, then give it a try. If you have, you’ll know that hammocks are comfy. Plus Brazilians are known to often sleep in hammocks. After a long day of hiking or canoeing, a hammock will be a great place to sleep!

· Temperature: Because the breeze can flow under a hammock, they can get a bit cooler than sleeping in a tent, so bring a camping pad for extra warmth if you loose cold, or bring a thicker sleeping bag.

Why camping hammocks are great?

Well, instead of having to bring a sleeping mattress, PLUS a tent, you only have to bring a camping hammock, which is lighter and more fun!

Poisonous creatures. You are safer in a hammock than on the ground if there are poisonous creatures, because you can’t accidentally put your tent on a poisonous animal.

Cool Factor. If you want, you can hang your hammock a great deal off the ground and be ‘extra cool’, when your camping buddies don’t know where you’re sleeping!

You can sleep well on the Hennessey hammock because it’s big enough to sleep diagonally, so you’re not curved in the middle, allowing a good nights rest.

There are many other good hammocks for camping that are made from nylon rope, or even parachute material which is lightweight. These are fair-weather hammocks and are only good if the weather is nice and there are no bugs or, for lounging and relaxing in the afternoon.

Some other articles that you might be interested in:

Camping Tarp - uses for tarps and how to set them up for camping

Camping Sleeping Bag - how to choose the right bag for you

Camping Beds - 11 fantastic camping bed ideas

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