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Adventure in Northern Norway — Hennessy Hammock Gets Tested In Extreme Cold

At Hennessy Hammock, we’re always interested in hearing how people have put our camping hammock to the test. We’ve heard stories about taking them on jungle expeditions, dangerous treks through the desert, and even on a journey that took over two years to complete. Most of these adventures involved hot, humid conditions and torrential downpours — classic summer camping in many parts of the globe. Because our hammocks are built with bug-proof, yet breathable fabric, you might just assume that they’re only good for warm summer nights. On the contrary — our camping hammocks have been put to the test in some of the coldest conditions. Keep reading to learn more.

Designing the perfect hammock has been a lifelong quest for our founder, Tom Hennessy.  Over the years, our hammocks have evolved as we tried to make them better, lighter, more bug-proof, and more comfortable. Although much of the testing involved taking them on adventures in warm climates, we were happy to hear how one camper used our hammock during a trip to the frigid far-northern area of Harstad, Norway. 

Northern Norway: A Polar Bear’s Dream

If you’ve ever made a trip to Harstad, Norway, then you probably already know that it can get cold — bone-chillingly cold. It was there that Ben Reynolds of the Royal Marines’ Commandos decided to put our camping hammocks to the ultimate test. Would it provide enough shelter from the extreme temperature to sleep safely throughout the night?

During Ben’s test, he encountered everything from freezing rain and sleet to several inches of snow. To make matters worse, the temperature dropped to 0℉, which is plenty cold, but when you factor in the wind chill, it dropped the perceived temperature to -54℉. Fortunately, Ben has his Explorer Ultralite Asym including canopy with undercover and foam insulation to help weather the storm. 

We were pleased to hear that Ben’s experiment concluded that the Hennessy camping hammock and insulation system is capable of supporting a person in extreme weather environments where temperatures are well below freezing. Yet another reason why a Hennessy is the only camping hammock you’ll ever need.

Armed With Plenty of Cold-Weather Features

While investing in one of our insulation systems is a must if you’re going to be traveling to any cold-weather environments, our hammocks are designed with several other features to help keep you safe and dry in adverse conditions. 

Windproof Fabric

Sometimes you can get cold even when there’s a lack of precipitation — it’s called wind, and it can make you start shivering in a matter of minutes. Fortunately, our hammocks are designed with high-density fabrics that deflect wind to help you stay warm and cozy inside.

Waterproof Rainfly

The fastest way to get uncomfortably and dangerously cold is to get wet. Even if you’re in a location that typically doesn’t get that cold, if rain seeps into your sleep space, you’re likely to wake up with a chill. That’s why we’ve created a polyurethane-coated or silicone-impregnated waterproof rainflies to keep you, and your hammock, dry. 

We have several different rainflies available. Order an extra-large one to create enough dry space for multiple people. Rainflies can be tilted at any angle, rolled up, or even removed and used away from your hammock.

Double-Layer Bottom

Many of our hammocks come with the option to add an extra layer of fabric to the bottom. This is helpful for keeping out insects when you’re in a particularly bug-infested place, but it also provides an extra layer of insulation. However, the best way to take advantage of a double-layer bottom is to use it for holding your insulating pad. Sure, you don’t have to put it between the two fabric layers, but doing so helps to ensure your insulation stays right where it’s needed the whole night long. 

Not a Fan of Camping In The Cold? Take Your Hennessy With You

You don’t have to be camping in below-freezing temperatures to appreciate the comfort of a Hennessy hammock. Sometimes you just don’t know where the road will take you and that’s why it’s important to always be prepared. For less than the cost of many tents, you can upgrade to a camping hammock that’s been engineered to keep you safe and comfortable no matter where you end up. 

Interested in learning more about our hammocks? Visit our website for tips and tricks on how to do everything from setting up the rainfly to using your hammock as a chair. We also have specifications on all of our hammocks and a detailed comparison chart so you can determine the one that’s right for you. Ready to plan your next adventure? Don’t be limited by your gear — shop Hennessy Hammocks and order your camping hammock today. 

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Hennessy Hammocks Are Engineered To Go Anywhere — Even Cave Diving in Mexico

When it comes to camping equipment, it seems like there is an unlimited number of options to choose from, and some of it works just fine — if you’re car camping at a local park. However, if you’re about to embark on a true adventure far from home where you have to carry everything on your back and sleeping conditions are unknown, you’re wise to take trusted — and tested — survival gear that is engineered for anything you’re about to encounter. 

The Hennessy survival hammock is one such piece of equipment you shouldn’t be without. Its usefulness and durability were tested once again during a cave diving expedition led by an international team of explorers in 2018. The mission was scheduled as a follow up to one that was done 34 years earlier, and the hope was to explore additional sections of the cave known as Cueva de la Peña Colorada in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Armed with state-of-the-art dive gear and their Hennessy hammocks, the team set off to explore the unknown. Unfortunately, they had to cut their adventure short when sudden flooding in the cave cut them off from their camp, only allowing them to escape once the floodwaters had receded. 

Made For Extreme Adventures

You don’t have to be part of a cave diving expedition to see the value of our survival hammocks — but it does go to show that even the bravest explorers trust Hennessy hammocks enough to include them in their gear. Whether you’re exploring a dense forest, high mountains, or deep caves, our hammocks will provide you with the comfort and safety you need, all while being incredibly light and easy to set up. 

Useful Features

When you’re out in the wild, effective shelter is not only a must for getting the restful sleep you need to continue your journey, it can literally be a life-saver. Here are just a few of the important features you’ll appreciate in our hammocks.

High-Density, Bug-Proof Material

The tightly-woven mesh that makes up our hammocks is incredibly durable. But more importantly, it helps keep you from getting eaten alive by pesky mosquitoes and other potentially-dangerous insects. If you’re traveling to an area that’s known for life-threatening disease-carrying pests, we suggest that you order one of our jungle models. Each one is designed with two layers of highly-durable, bug-proof fabric for double the protection.

Designed For Comfort

Even if you’re going on the adventure of a lifetime, that doesn’t mean you have to be miserable doing it. You may be sleeping in tight quarters, but once inside your tent you’ll have plenty of room to spread out and get comfortable. Standard hammocks having you lying with your legs together and your arms pinned tightly to your side.  However, Hennessy hammocks have a patented asymmetrical shape that makes it feel longer and wider. We’re sure you’ll never experience a better night’s sleep in the wild. 

Incredible Portability

Few extreme adventures allow you to bring unlimited gear. On the contrary, you’re usually carrying everything on your back, making it important to eliminate any unnecessary ounces. If you’ve ever carried a tent with you, you know that many of them are quite heavy and just not a good option for a long-distance hike. If you want a shelter that packs tightly and won’t add much weight to your pack, a Hennessy survival hammock is the way to go. In fact, our hyperlight weighs in at just over a pound and a half! 

Equipped For Cold Weather

Although many adventure-seekers do the majority of their excursions during the heat of the summer, depending on where you’re going, nights can get quite chilly. And, if you’re doing your quests all year round, you’ll likely need something to help you stay warm and comfortable at night. Luckily, we’ve thought of that too. We offer optional insulating pads that are designed to fit your hammock perfectly. You can attach it to the hammock under your sleeping bag, or you can put it between the layers of our double-bottomed hammocks.  

Take a Hennessy Survival Hammock On Your Next Adventure

Whether you’re exploring caves in Mexico or just doing a quick overnight trip a short distance from home, our hammock is the only sleeping gear you’ll ever need. Available in a wide range of sizes and materials, plus plenty of optional features, we encourage you to compare our products and then order the one that’s right for you.

Not sure of the best way to set up a hammock? Visit our website for an abundance of videos and reference material that will help ensure you enjoy every minute with your Hennessy hammock. You can start by referring to our “What to know before you go” page.    

Life is too short to just sit at home. Order your new survival hammock from Hennessy Hammocks and start planning your adventure today!

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Traversing the Congo With Hennessy Hammock

Hennessy Hammock isn’t your ordinary hammock. While it’s the perfect piece of gear for campers looking to get a good night’s sleep on the trail, it’s much more than that. Hennessy Hammock is the ultimate sleeping shelter, used by explorers, backpackers, soldiers, extreme adventure-seekers, and even people involved in disaster-relief efforts. It’s comfort and durability as well as several other key features make it the first choice for those who can’t afford to go with second-best. In today’s post, we’re going to talk about how a small team of people will set out to walk the full length of the Congo River with the help of their Deep Jungle Hennessy hammock. Check out this amazing story and learn more about why you should trust our lightweight hammocks for all of your adventures.


Traversing the Congo — A World-First


This year, a small group of explorers is scheduled to set out to complete something that’s never been done before — to walk the full length of the Congo River from Northeastern Zambia to the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a feat that, if accomplished, will take them on a journey that extends for more than 3,000 miles through dangerous and unforgiving terrain. 


The Congo region of Africa is known to be one of the most dangerous places in the world, filled with violence and political instability, as well as a lack of infrastructure. For those traveling on foot with limited resources, it also means danger from extreme temperatures, threatening wildlife, and deadly diseases. The team that will be embarking on this amazing journey will need to rely on only the best gear, such as their Hennessy hammock, to see them through. 


Throughout the 3,000+ miles of tough terrain, the team dedicated to “walking the Congo” will cross through swaps, savannahs, and jungles. They’ll experience sweltering heat and humidity, rain and wind, and no doubt, extreme exhaustion. Perhaps one of the only ways to make it through such an extreme challenge is to ensure you can get the rest you need, in a shelter that’s safe and secure.     

 

When Your Health and Safety Matter, Choose Hennessy


Our intuitively-designed, lightweight hammocks are made of the highest-quality materials — for when only the best will do to ensure your comfort and safety. Each of our hammocks is made with durable, high-density fabric to keep mosquitoes and other bugs out while you’re safely inside. This is not only important for keeping out nuisance pests, but for keeping you safe from poisonous creatures and disease-carrying insects. 


Not only are our hammocks bug-proof, but they’re wind- and rain-proof as well. Each one comes with a polyurethane-coated rain fly which can be adjusted to any angle or even removed to use elsewhere. There’s no doubt that when you’re dealing with extreme and unpredictable weather, you can always count on your Hennessy hammock to provide the protection you need.


Worried about getting chilly during the night? Because hammocks are suspended in the air, they provide cooling comfort in hot environments, but they can also get a little chilly if the temperature dips at night. That’s why we’ve also included an option to purchase a double-bottomed hammock. The double-layer is perfect for adding an insulated pad for added warmth. Once inside, your lightweight hammock will give you the best night’s sleep that you’ve ever experienced away from home. The secret is in our patented asymmetrical shape that allows you to lay on the diagonal, making your resting place feel longer and wider and exceptionally more comfortable.   


About Hennessy Hammocks


Hennessy hammocks were designed with every attention to detail by a man who has had more than his fair share of adventures. It took many years and over 50 prototypes to create the ultimate, lightweight hammock we sell today. When you choose to purchase a Hennessy, you’ll be investing in the most premium gear, at a less-than premium price. You can find many other lesser-quality products on the market for much more. Whether you’re an extreme adventure-seeker or a backyard camper, there’s no better choice for your comfort and safety than Hennessy Hammock.  


We offer many different hammocks, all with similar design and patented features. The main differences are size, weight of fabrics, ropes and webbing. Check out our selection of hammocks or visit our hammock comparison page to find the one that’s right for you. Read more

Hammock Camping at Joshua Tree National Park

When people think of camping, they usually picture a camping spot on the side of a lake beneath a thick pine forest. You know — like in all of the movies? While a nice lakeside camping spot is without a doubt a nice place to hang your hammock, there are plenty more unique places that you can visit. Joshua Tree National Park is one of the most unique places in the country to camp. In fact, this “desert oasis” has somewhat of a cult following in the camping community.

Joshua Tree National Park is a unique desert environment where two major, yet different, desert ecosystems meet. What makes this national park so unique is that it has a high concentration of trees that can only be found in two parts of the world — a small portion of the Southwestern United States and Jerusalem. The Joshua Tree, for which the park is so aptly named for, is a slow-growing tree that is incredibly unique. 

Sadly, you can’t hang a camping hammock from these protected trees, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sleep in your Hennessy Hammock ultralight backpacking hammock while visiting. Continue reading to learn more about this magnificent national park and how our durable hammocks can help you explore it.  

Joshua Tree National Park: General Information

If you have never camped in the desert, there is no better place to experience it the first time than in Joshua Tree National Park. Located where the Colorado and Mojave ecosystems collide, the vast desert of Joshua Tree National Park is littered with beautiful Joshua Trees and grand rock formations. The real catch, however, is the stargazing. Located over 100 miles east of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park is not subjected to light pollution — meaning that millions of stars in the sky are visible where they might not be elsewhere. 

So if you want to see stars like you have likely never seen before, we urge you to pack up your camping hammock and set your GPS for Joshua Tree National Park.

What to Do

While one might think that there isn’t much to do in the desert, there is. Much like any other national park, you will find plenty of opportunities to backpack, bike, hike, climb, and ride horses. However, Joshua Tree National park does have plenty of things that you are unlikely to find at other national parks — solitude and isolation. While a large number of people visit the park each year, there is a large number of backcountry roads and trails that keep people spread out within the park. 

So what are you waiting for? Visit Joshua Tree National Park, get lost (figuratively), and experience stargazing like you never have before from the comfort of your Hennessy Hammock. 

Fees

  • Entrance: $15–$30
  • Campgrounds: $15–$20

Campsite Availability

At Joshua Tree National Park, there is no shortage of campground options. With over 500 campgrounds in the park, you are sure to find the spot that you are looking for. While campsites are open year-round, it is extremely difficult to get a campsite between September and May. That said, if you plan ahead and reserve a campground online up to six months in advance, you can rest assured that there will be a spot for you!

Climate

Being a desert, Joshua Tree National Park has a generally warm and dry climate. Because of this, camping is most popular during the spring and fall months while the average high is 85 degrees Fahrenheit. In the peak of summer, average highs can be over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, making hiking biking and other outdoor activities less comfortable. 

Hammock Camping in Joshua Tree National Park

Earlier in this blog post you may have noticed that we said the Joshua Trees are protected and therefore you are unable to hang a hammock from them. So why would you bring your hammock to Joshua Tree National Park?

While it might seem like there is no way to hang your camping hammock in the park, there are a few creative ways that you can do so. Below, we have listed a few of our favorites. 

Hammock Stand

The use of camping hammocks is permitted within the campgrounds. While you might not be able to use a Joshua Tree due to their extremely shallow root system, you can use a hammock stand. Being that most of Joshua Tree National Park’s camping spots are accessible by car, you can simply pack up your backyard stand and bring it with you. 

Rock Set Up

Joshua Trees might be unstable, but there still might be a place for you to hang your hammock for an afternoon nap. Throughout the park there are many rock formations that are formidable places to hang a hammock. Just be sure to test the strength of your anchor points before laying in the hammock.

Ground Set Up

Wait, ground set up with a camping hammock? Well, if you have a Hennessy Hammock ultralight backpacking hammock you can!

As the most versatile camping hammock in the world, our camping hammocks are designed to be set up anywhere — including the ground. To learn more about setting your Hennessy Hammock camping hammock on the ground, we urge you to check out our examples and tutorials!

Recommended Gear

As always, each adventure can be made better with the use of specially-tailored gear and accessories. For your trip to Joshua Tree national Park, it is no different. Below, we have made a list of some gear that we think might benefit you while on your trip to the desert. 

Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System

While nobody ever wants to assume that the worst will happen, sometimes accidents are inevitable. Getting lost in the desert is not uncommon when people venture off of the trail. Unlike getting lost in a different environment, access to water might be hard to come by — and access to clean, drinkable water is even more difficult to find. 

The Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System is a small, portable water filtration system that is rated at 0.1 micron absolute — meaning that it can take dirty water and make it incredibly clean and drinkable. Additionally, the filter will last for up to 100,000 gallons of filtration, meaning that you will likely never need to replace it. Learn more about this unique emergency tool today

Vargo Titanium Tent Stake

If you are planning on setting up your camping hammock on the ground, you’ll want to bring a few tent stakes with you when you visit the desert. The Vargo Titanium Tent Stake comes in a six-pack and is incredibly durable. Safely secure your camping hammock today by ordering your Vargo Titanium Tent Stakes.

Shop Hennessy Hammock Today!

If you are planning on visiting Joshua Tree national Park, there is no better way to do so than to camp under the stars in your Hennessy Hammock. As the most versatile camping hammock in the world, our hammocks are built to be set up in multiple ways — ensuring that you never spend a night uncomfortable. 

So what are you waiting for? Get your Hennessy hammock today and book your camping spot in Joshua Tree National Park tomorrow. Shop now!

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Hennessy Hammock Makes It Down the World’s Deadliest River

Adventure-seekers know that having the right gear can make all the difference. If you’re an avid outdoor enthusiast who likes to go backpacking or take extended overnight trips, you’ll want to make sure that the gear you choose will hold up to extreme weather conditions and take plenty of abuse. And luckily for you, there are plenty of choices on the market — but how do you know which to choose? There’s one group of people who put their trust in the premium waterproof hammocks from Hennessy to provide shelter for their party as they traveled in a first-ever expedition down the full length of the Nile. Check out this amazing story, and if our waterproof hammocks were good enough for them, chances are, you can put your trust in them as well. 


In 2004, Gordan Brown led a team of explorers on a 3,250-mile kayak trip down the full length of the Nile. The complete adventure was filmed and sometime after their trip, the video they took was turned into a National Geographic Film titled “Mystery of the Nile, The First Descent on the World’s Deadliest River.” Starting at the river’s source in Ethiopia and ending where it empties the Mediterranean Sea, the complete trip took 114 days. Crossing the many miles of dangerous territory was surely a life-changing accomplishment — one that was made possible with the help of lightweight, bug-proof, Hennessy hammocks.


Not Your Ordinary Sleep Shelter


Designed by an avid outdoorsman who created over 50 prototypes before he perfected his hammock, Hennessy hammocks aren’t your average hammock. Even premium light-weight tents can’t compete. So, what is it about them that makes our waterproof hammocks so special? There are many reasons why outdoor enthusiasts love their Hennessy hammock. We’ll cover a few of the most popular reasons that likely also helped Gordon and his crew on their adventure of a lifetime.


Durable, Bug-Proof Material


Whether you’re spending almost four months in the hot and often humid environment of Africa, or you’re just heading out for a weekend camping trip an hour from home, campers of all kinds appreciate our durable, bug-proof material. Most places on earth are host to some kind of winged-insects and other creepy-crawlies. Make sure your nighttime shelter is safe and free of pests with our high-density fabric that will keep out every mosquito and even the smallest gnat. 


Some lesser-quality hammocks and tents fall victim to rugged terrain and general wear and tear. Not Hennessy hammocks — they’re built to last, year after year. If you want to learn more about them and what our customers have put them through, check out our video testimonials. They’ll make a believer in you!  


Quick Setup and Disassembly


When you’re out in the wild, you have better things to do than to spend hours each day setting up and breaking down camp. That’s why we designed our waterproof hammocks with simplicity in mind. In just a few simple steps, you can have your hammock set up and ready to go. Visit our “how-to” page for details on how to set up your hammock and a short video from founder Tom Hennessy.   


Sometimes a change in plans or a looming threat makes being able to take down your camp quickly just as important as being able to set it up in a short time. That’s why all of our hammocks feature Snake Skins — our version of an instant stuff sack that collapses and stores your hammock in as quickly as 30 seconds. What’s even better, unlike most tents, you can do it without even having your hammock touch the ground, keeping it clean and free of dirt and mud. Check out our page on Snake Skins to see how they work. 


Waterproof Rainfly


There’s nothing worse than waking up in a wet tent — except maybe having to pack up that tent and carry it (and the added water-weight) to your next destination. With your waterproof Hennessy hammock, you won’t have to worry about that. Each of our hammocks is equipped with a generous-sized polyurethane-coated rain fly that may be tilted to any angle, rolled up, or even removed and used separately. Our rain flies are made to keep you comfortable and dry, but if you need additional dry space to work or socialize in, simply upgrade to one of our Hex Double-wide rain flies.   


Hennessy Hammocks For All Of Life’s Adventures


Chances are you aren’t going to be planning a trip down the Nile anytime soon, but doesn’t it give you peace of mind knowing that you can buy the same quality gear used by Gordan Brown and his team? The best thing is, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg. For less than the cost of many tents, you can purchase a Hennessy tent and customize it with just the features you need. Visit our website to learn more about our waterproof hammocks and to compare models to find the right one for you. 


Do you have questions about our hammocks or their many features? Visit our page with frequently asked questions or contact us and we’ll be happy to respond as quickly as possible.   Summer adventure season is right around the corner. Be prepared for wherever life takes you — choose the last sleeping shelter you’ll ever need, choose a camping hammock from Hennessy!

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Hennessy Hammock Vs. The Amazon

Adventure comes in many forms. Some people enjoy driving a couple of hours from their house and setting up camp next to their vehicle. Others choose to plan a multi-day trip that involves backpacking into the wilderness and away from society. And then there are those like Ed Stafford. In April 2008, Ed set off to become the first man to ever walk the entire length of the Amazon — a mind-boggling 4,000-mile trip fraught with danger around every corner. In the end, not only did Ed complete his mission, he did so using a Hennessy hammock rather than a traditional tent. Keep reading to learn more about Ed’s adventures in the Amazon and why our survival hammocks are perfect for trekking through the deep jungle or anywhere your feet take you.

A First-Ever Expedition

In 2008, Ed Stafford set out on an expedition to be the first man to walk the entire length of the Amazon river. When people think of the Amazon, it conjures ideas of vast miles of dense jungles, wild animals, and dangerous waters, but that’s only a few of the many life-threatening encounters Ed experienced during his journey. He walked in uncharted territory, surviving injury, attacks by indigenous people, and the extreme South American weather for an astonishing 860 days.

Why Hennessy Hammock?

Let’s say you’re Ed Stafford and you’re about to embark on a life-changing journey down the Amazon. There are only a handful of items you can take with you, and each item you choose could make a life-or-death difference. So, why on such a momentous excursion would you choose to take a Hennessy hammock instead of a tent?

Easy To Carry 

If you’ve ever been on a backpacking trip where you had to carry everything you were taking with you on your back, you know that every ounce counts. Even carrying your tent and food a few miles on an overnight trip can be exhausting, let alone on a several-thousand mile trip through the jungle. That’s why it’s important to make sure your sleeping quarters are made of ultra-light materials for the least amount of weight possible. Less weight means less risk of injury, and you can travel farther and use less energy to do it. 

Hennessy offers many different sizes and styles of hammocks — from our hyperlite hammock weighing a mere 1 pound, 12 ounces to our deep jungle edition, weighing only 14 ounces more. Many standard tents weigh two to three times as much and aren’t equipped with all of the features that our survival hammocks have.

Easy Set-Up and Take Down

After an exhausting day of hiking, the last thing you want to do is have to spend an hour setting up camp. In fact, being able to put up your camp in a matter of minutes could literally save your life if you happen to be in an environment that becomes even more dangerous when the sun goes down. That’s why many adventure-seekers choose Hennessy hammocks for a fast and easy setup that will provide you with instant shelter when you need it. 

Comfort

We’ve spent many years improving upon the design of our hammocks and one thing we wanted to make sure of is its comfort. It’s patented asymmetrical shape makes the hammock feel longer, providing exceptional comfort when laying on a diagonal. We’ve also addressed one common complaint about hammocks — losing your balance while entering. Ours is the first hammock that does not cause you to lose your balance while entering. Our patented "never-tip" center balance design eliminates instability by allowing you to enter from the center instead of from the side. 

Durability

When you’re going on a 2+ year hike through rugged terrain where you’ll be subjected to torrential downpours, blazing hot sun, mosquitos and more, you have to make sure that your gear can withstand the conditions. Our hammocks are made with high-density, tightly-woven fabrics that won’t rip, tear, or stretch, providing you with comfortable, consistent support, night after night. 

Our suspension ropes are also of the highest quality. We’ve made them six times stronger than the rated weight limit. For greater rope span, we also have the option to upgrade to longer webbing straps. These wider straps attach to the end of the ropes and provide more span when you need it. The standard 42” webbing straps work for most situations, but we also have 72” and 96” options that wrap around trees up to 32 feet.    

Jungle-Worthy Features     

Compared to just doing some light camping in the local National Forest, if you’re camping in the Amazonian jungle, there are some life-saving features that our hammocks have that will certainly come in handy. 

Bug-Proof

First, all of our hammocks are bug-proof. We can make this bold claim because of our tightly-woven fabric and patented design which keeps your hammock tightly closed whether you’re in it or not. Keep in mind that bugs in your backyard are annoying, but bugs in the South American jungle can be poisonous or carry life-threatening diseases, so keeping them out of your camping hammock is vital for your health. Want to make extra sure that you won’t be eaten alive by mosquitos at night? Choose one of our jungle models created with two layers of highly-durable, bug-proof fabric.   

Water-Proof

Water can be a good thing when you’re thirsty or need to wash the sweat from your face, but you don’t want to be exposed to the elements when you’re sleeping at night. Each of our camping hammocks come with a polyurethane-coated waterproof rainfly that can be tilted at any angle or removed and used separately. 

Shop Hennessy Hammock For All Of Your Adventures

You don’t have to be planning a trip to the Amazon to appreciate the quality and features of our survival hammocks. Whether your idea of camping is heading to the local state park for an easy weekend getaway, or you’re more of an extreme adventure-seeker, your Hennessy hammock is the most important piece of gear you’ll never want to do without. Shop our website and order yours today. 

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Hammock Camping at Glacier National Park

Are you interested in planning a backcountry trip that will leave you forgetting about civilization within a few short days? If so, there are few experiences more wild than planning a trip to Glacier National Park in Montana.

Glacier National Park is a beautiful spectacle of nature. The large, carved valleys that once held prehistoric glaciers and the untouched natural space leaves visitors with a glimpse to the past. 

As outdoor enthusiasts, here at Hennessy Hammock, we see Glacier National Park as one of the last pure wildernesses in North America. Because of this, we also believe Glacier National Park to be one of the best places to set out on a long trip with your ultralight backpacking hammock.

In today’s blog post, we are going to discuss more information about Glacier National Park and how you can get the most out of it on your next camping hammock adventure. 

Glacier National Park: General Information

Part of what makes Glacier National Park so wild is the fact that it is far away from any major population centers. Located in Northern Montana on the Canadian border, Glacier National Park is relatively hard to get to without flying. Unless you are a resident of Montana or Idaho, that is. 

Featuring sharp, jagged peaks, glacial lakes, and thick forest, Glacier National Park is the backcountry adventurers’ dream. Unlike most places in the United States, a backcountry backpacking trip could result in not seeing other people for days at a time. 

What to Do

While people who visit Glacier National Park generally have a hankering for outdoor adventure that involves using streams and lakes to shower for days at a time, there is something for everyone at Glacier National Park. Whether you are spending time at the elegant Lake Mcdonald Lodge or outdoors in your camping hammock, activities like ranger-led tours, backcountry hiking, boating, fishing, skiing, and more are all close by. 

Visit the St. Mary Valley, Goat Haunt, North Fork, and lake McDonald areas of the park for a quick day trip or for multiple nights. Whatever the experience is that you’re looking for, there is a place to find it in Glacier National Park. Heck, the chance to see mountain goats up close is reason enough to visit. 

Fees

  • Entrance: $20–$35
  • Campgrounds: Year-round
  • Wilderness camping: Permit access only

Campsite Availability

Most national parks do not have the accommodations that Glacier National Park has. With five hotels and lodges scattered throughout the park, people who are not keen to sleeping outdoors have an opportunity to sleep comfortably inside — not to mention that a night at the lodge is perfect for the exhausted adventurer coming back out of the woods from their hammock camping trip. In addition to lodges and hotels, Glacier National Park also has 13 car accessible campgrounds that are a perfect place to pitch your tent or hang your camping hammock. 

While some people might want to sleep in a bed or a car-access campground, there are those who crave something more wild. Accessible by the over 700 miles of hiking trails found in the park, there are a number of backcountry campgrounds. Space is limited in the backcountry, however, and permits must be obtained in order to be able to use them. Learn more about backcountry permits for your next hammock camping trip

Climate

The Continental Divide runs through the center of Glacier National Park, creating two unique climates. To the west, the Pacific Maritime climate features heavy precipitation and moderate temperatures. To the east, the Arctic Continental climate features dry winds and limited precipitation. 

Winters in the park are quite cold and snowy — with major thoroughfares like Going-to-the-sun Road being closed for the winter and a good portion of spring. Summers, however, are quite warm during most days with temperatures becoming brisk at night.   

Hammock Camping in Glacier National Park

Are you interested in planning a backcountry trip with your ultralight backpacking hammock? If so, there may not be a better place in the world to do so than at Glacier National Park. Featuring over 700 miles of trails, both developed and primitive, you can really “get lost” in total nature immersion. 

When packing your gear, make sure that you have insulation, a rain cover, and bug netting for your camping hammock. While in most cases you will have predictable weather and bugs will be minimal, things can change at a moment's notice in the backcountry. Also be sure to have a plan, and communicate said plan to someone who is not going into the backcountry prior to departing. 

Recommended Gear

Whether you are an experienced backcountry traveler or someone new to camping entirely, it is important to make sure you have the proper gear. Sure, it might be forecast to be sunny and warm for the entirety of the trip, but that is no reason to leave your rain fly and rain coat at home. Aside from the obvious items that you should bring with you, there are a few extra items that you could benefit from bringing. Learn more below. 

Evernew Ultralight Mug Pot 32oz

When you are spending time in the backcountry — and especially if you’ll be covering large distances — it is important to pack with a priority on quality rather than quantity. With pots, pans, and cooking tools it is no different.

Rather than carrying a heavy set of pots and pans, carry the Evernew Ultralight Mug Pot. As a titanium container, it is light and can be used to cook, eat, and boil water — essentially everything that you’ll need while out on the trail. Learn more about this must-have backcountry tool today

Fly Tensioner Set

When it comes to camping hammocks, it is important to always have replacement parts — especially fly tensioners. 

The Rianfly’s main purpose is to stay tight while covering you and your belongings. In doing so, it allows gravity to effortlessly shed the rain from the fly. If a tensioner breaks while in the backcountry, your camping hammock will no longer function to the best of its abilities. Keeping extra tensioners is a safe way to keep your camping hammock functioning optimally. 

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Hammock Camping at Yosemite National Park

When people think of national parks, the first two images that usually pop into their heads are the Grand Canyon in Arizona and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Half Dome, along with being a natural icon, is a world-class tourist destination that everyone should visit during their lifetime. That said, Half Dome is just one small part of the expansive Yosemite National Park. 

While some people think of visiting a national park as taking a day trip to drive through it and stopping at scenic overviews for pictures along the way, the best way to truly experience the Yosemite Valley is to plan a camping trip. Featuring hundreds of miles of trails and countless historical locations, Yosemite National Park is a great place to spend a week or more camping — especially if hammock camping is something that you’re interested in.

At Hennessy Hammock, we have designed the most comfortable, durable, and functional portable camping hammock of all time. Designed to handle the jungles of Southeast Asia, the deserts of the Southwestern United States, the boreal forests of Northern Canada, and just about any other extreme location, a Hennessy Hammock camping hammock is built to handle whatever you throw at it. 

Continue reading as we discuss hammock camping in Yosemite National Park, as well as how our ultralight backpacking hammocks can take you farther on your next adventure.  

Yosemite National Park: General Information

Yosemite National Park is one of the most accessible national parks in the country — but don't be confused — there are still plenty of wild things to do there. Featuring wild outdoor activities like rafting, horseback riding, backpacking, climbing, biking, and more, there is something for every outdoor enthusiast within the confines of the park. Heck, the park even has amenities like spas, luxury hotels, and private cabins for those who like the finer things in life. Learn more about the park today by visiting the National Park Service website.

What to Do

When you are planning on visiting Yosemite National Park, be sure to first check the National parks Service website to see if there are any closures or restrictions. In doing so, you won’t have to travel all the way to the park before learning the trail that you were most excited for has been closed for maintenance. 

Offering activities for the rugged outdoorsman and the city slicker, Yosemite National Park has a diverse variety of activities available. For some, the best activity might be a ranger-led interpretive program. For others, a two-week backpacking trip might seem like a better alternative. Luckily, both are options. Browse all of the activities offered at Yosemite National Park today

Fees

  • Entrance: $15–$300
  • Campgrounds: $5–$50
  • Wilderness camping: Inquire with park

Campsite Availability

Yosemite National Park is a very large park, meaning that different campsites are open at different times of the year. That said, unless there are mid-season closures or restrictions, they all are open within predetermined dates. Learn more about each campsite and when they are open by visiting the National Park Service site

Climate

Yosemite National Park covers nearly 1,200 square miles in the Sierra Nevada mountains with elevations ranging from 2,000 feet above sea level to 13,000 feet in elevation. Because of this, there are a number of microclimates within the ecosystem. When planning a camping hammock trip, be sure to consider what time of year it is and the location within the park that you intend to visit. In doing so, you will be able to better prepare. Learn more about the average temperature and precipitation of each month. 

Hammock Camping in Yosemite National Park

If you have ever considered going on a backpacking trip, you have likely heard about the Pacific Crest Trail and the John Muir Trail. As two of the most iconic thru-hiking trails in the country, countless people flock each year to the Yosemite Valley to try and experience even small sections of the trails. That said, if you strike out trying to get a permit for either of those trails, there are still plenty of other trail systems in the valley that you would enjoy trekking with your ultralight backpacking hammock. 

Depending on the time of year that you are visiting the park, the weather could be very warm or very cold — making it extremely important to do your research. In the summer, campers might be able to sleep in their camping hammocks under the stars — with no need for a rainfly. Other times, however, a camper might want to carry insulation for their camping hammock to avoid a cold, sleepless night in the rain or snow. Before packing up your ultralight camping hammock, be sure to check the weather forecast and pack accordingly. 

Recommended Gear

The best part about camping with an ultralight backpacking hammock is that they are fully adaptable to meet any need that might arise. Are you going to be camping in a place without trees? Simply set up your camping hammock on the ground using a hiking pole like a bivouac bag. Are you going to be hiking long distances? Then opt for a lighter model or strip the weight by exchanging your rain fly. With a camping hammock, the opportunities and adaptations are limitless. Below, we have listed a few of our favorite camping accessories for our ultralight backpacking hammocks. 

SnakeSkins

When you are planning on hiking upwards of 10 miles per day, every second counts — meaning that cooking breakfast and camping hammock tear down should be quick — getting you on the trail faster. The SnakeSkins are an instant stuff sack for your Hennessy Hammock camping hammock that allows you to take it down and pack it away in seconds. 

With an average takedown time of 30 seconds, the SnakeSkins are the perfect stuff sack to get you on the trail faster. Learn more about SnakeSkins today

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Hammock Camping at Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is a beautiful protected space on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. Since being designated a protected area in 1897, Olympic National Park has been visited by millions of people from all over the world.

What makes Olympic National Park so unique is its humid climate and beautiful trees — something that all hammock campers can appreciate. At Hennessy Hammock, we believe that portable camping hammocks like ours are an invaluable camping essential that can help you explore natural areas like Olympic National Park more efficiently. Continue learning as we discuss this beautiful national park and the countless opportunities it can provide when hammock camping. 

Olympic National Park: General Information

Before you start to plan your trip to the most beautiful national park in the Pacific Northwest, be sure to visit the National Park Service website to see if there are any restrictions or closures that might interfere with your travel plans. In doing so, you can avoid any unforeseen issues that could potentially derail your adventure. 

What to Do

At Olympic National Park, there is no shortage of activities to participate in. You can backpack for days at a time or experience many day hikes from your car. You can kayak Lake Pateros or you can swim and cliff jump in The Narrows Swimming Hole. In short, there is an adventure worthy of embarking on out there for everyone to enjoy. 

Fees

  • Entrance: $15–$200

  • Campgrounds: $15–$22

  • Wilderness Camping: $8 per night (not including $6 permit fee)


Campsite Availability

There are a number of different types of campsites in Olympic National Park. That said, campsites are available all year-round. Cost may vary between dispersed camping sites and backcountry camping sites. 

Climate

As a camper, it is important to consider the climate prior to packing for your trip — and Olympic National Park has a climate that most are not used to. Being a high-elevation coastal park, Olympic National Park can see temperatures as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer in high elevations — meaning that warm clothing and sleeping insulation should never be forgotten. Additionally, it rains hard and often in the park during the summer — meaning that you should prioritize the use of waterproof, water-resistant, and fast-drying clothes and equipment. 

Hammock Camping in Olympic National Park

While Olympic National Park is a great place for anyone to camp, it is especially great for those who prefer to bring their ultralight camping hammock with them on their adventure. Hammock camping, at its core, is a way to camp comfortably in a functional hanging tent — keeping you warm and dry while also keeping you off of the cold, hard ground. 

In the Pacific Northwest, keeping your camping spot and gear dry is incredibly important. The heavy moisture in the air can make the temperature feel cooler than it really is while keeping the ground soaked for a long time after rain falls. Because of this, a camping hammock becomes a great outdoor sleeping solution.

Hanging high off of the cold, hard ground, camping hammocks do not subject their user to laying in moisture. Additionally, camping hammocks have excellent rainfly systems that protect the user from rain and blowing wind. In short, an ultralight backpacking hammock like ours here at Hennessy Hammock, can comfortably protect you from all sides. 

Recommended Gear

Aside from your durable Hennessy Hammock, there are a few other gear items that you might want to consider bringing along on your journey. Below, we have listed a few of our favorite camping accessories that will make your trip more enjoyable. 

The Monsoon Rainfly, 30D Silnylon

If you are going to be camping in a rainy environment, it makes sense to bring along the best rainfly possible. The Monsoon Rainfly is a modified shock corded asymmetrical fly that has detachable “blast panels” that create a fully-enclosed, watertight space. 

Born to weather the tropical storms of Tahiti and the alpine rainforests of New Zealand, this heavy-duty camping hammock rainfly is sure to keep you and your gear dry — regardless of the weather conditions thrown at you. Learn more about the Hennessy Hammock Monsoon Fly today

Camping Hammock Insulation

At Hennessy Hammock, we have worked for decades to design a camping hammock capable of four-season use. One of the ways that we learned to do so is to never skimp out on insulation. Hennessy Hammock insulation systems attach below the hammock, creating an insulated barrier beneath you while your hammock insulates the space above you. 

With easy assembly and comfortable use, camping hammock insulation systems are a must-have accessory when visiting Olympic National Park. Learn more about our camping hammock insulation products today.

HH20 AutoMagic Water Collector & Rainfly Tensioner System

HH20 Automagic Water Collectors are an innovative water collection tool that helps collect water naturally from your camping hammock’s fly as you sleep. Simply attach the water collectors to the “O” rings on your rainy and let gravity collect the water safely in a jug below.

With the humid, stormy climate of Olympic National Park, a water collection tool is easy to use and invaluable. Learn more about the HH20 AutoMagic Water Collector & Rainfly Tensioner today

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Hammock Camping at Grand Teton National Park

If you have ever seen a framed portrait of sharp mountains rising out of the prairie below, it is more than likely that you were looking at a picture of the Teton Mountains in Grand Teton National Park. If that picture also features a herd of bison or a sage grouse, it was most definitely Grand Teton National Park.

At Hennessy Hammock, we love images like the iconic photos of the Teton Range because they illustrate just how wild the world still is. And as explorers and adventurers ourselves, we have designed and manufactured functional camping hammocks that help other outdoor enthusiasts explore the places they love — places like Grand Teton National Park.

Join us as we talk more about Grand Teton National Park, the activities that the park provides, and how our ultralight backpacking hammocks can help you explore it. 

Grand Teton National Park: General Information

Grand Teton National Park is located in Northwestern Wyoming, just south of Yellowstone National Park. Because it is so close to Yellowstone, it often does not get the recognition that it deserves as one of the most beautiful places in the United States. In reality, Grand Teton National Park might have just as much to offer as Yellowstone — well, without the geysers and hot springs, that is. 

When you visit Grand Teton National Park, you’ll have a long list of activities and places to visit to choose from. Regardless of what you choose to do, you will be fully immersed in both nature and natural history. 

What to Do

Like Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park has no shortage of activities to participate in and places to go. Featuring guided ranger programs, scenic drives, backcountry camping, biking, climbing, and other adventure sports, you could spend days in the park participating in fun activities. 

Another great thing about Grand Teton National Park is that you can visit it year-round and still have plenty of activities to choose from. In the summer, paddling, biking, climbing, and hiking is available on hundreds of miles of trails and river. In winter, snowshoeing and skiing allow you to explore the solitude of the snowy park. So when you plan your trip, plan ahead — because the sheer number of activities that you can participate in might overwhelm you. 

Fees

  • Entrance: $20–$30
  • Campgrounds: Year-round
  • Wilderness camping: Permit access only

Campsite Availability

Camping at Grand Teton National Park is one of the most sought-after activities. For some, they prefer to camp in a car-access campground where they can still wake up immersed in nature. Others, however, wish to make their camping trip a little more extreme. For car campers, there are six beautiful campgrounds to choose from scattered throughout the park. For those who prefer something a little bit more extreme like camping in the backcountry, you will need to get a permit. 

Backcountry camping is incredibly exciting. You walk out into nature — isolating yourself — and time seems to run slower. While many people might see the appeal of backcountry camping, they usually think of having to carry their heavy tent, only to set it up and sleep uncomfortably on the ground in the middle of nowhere. But at Hennessy Hammock, we say that you don’t have to sleep uncomfortably in the backcountry ever again. Check out our ultralight backpacking hammocks today

Climate

When planning your trip to Grand Teton National Park, you’ll want to consider what time of year that you will visit so that you have a general idea of how to pack. In the summer months, the average daily temperature is 77°F. During the spring, temperatures typically range from a low of 22°F to a high of 49°F.

While winter travel to the park is not as common as visitor travel in the spring and summer months, there are still plenty of people who do it. Keep in mind that you’ll want to pack warm though. During winter months, you can expect an average temperature of around 28°F.

Last, but not least, you’ll want to consider the elevation that you intend on camping at, as temperatures drop 4°F for every 1,000 feet in elevation gain.

Hammock Camping in Grand Teton National Park

If you plan on camping in the backcountry, we strongly suggest that you bring along an ultralight backpacking hammock from Hennessy Hammock. Not only are our camping hammocks comfortable — keeping you off of the cold, hard ground, but they are also extremely light. Traveling easier and sleeping better can help you adventure farther! 

Within the park, there are a large number of backpacking routes that you can choose from — all of which vary in distance and elevation change. Because of this, you can tailor a trip to meet your needs and desires. Consider checking out the Teton Crest Trail to see what your hammock camping trip could be like.

Recommended Gear

Before you head out on your adventure, be sure to check out our online store to find great outdoor gear for your trip. From camping hammocks to replacement parts, accessories, outdoor cooking solutions, and more, you are sure to find something for your gear bag. 

HEX Rainfly

At Hennessy hammock, we manufacture all of our camping hammocks to protect you from the elements. We also do it with a calculated amount of materials so that you can save space in your pack while carrying less weight. That said, sometimes a larger, heavier rainfly can be helpful in the backcountry. 

The Hex Rainfly is a large camping hammock cover that can protect you in all weather situations. That said, it can also be used in a number of other ways as a sun shield during the day or a community rain cover that you and your friends can use to hide from the storm. Find your favorite color rainfly today

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