These were also the coldest conditions in which I used the mat. On the second night of the hike we had the coldest night in Minnesotain 4 years. I used the MultiMat as I had before on the bottom ofmy hammock undercover, but this time I augmented the insulation with mydown sleeping bag to keep my back warm. The EVA foam was facingup and did a great job of keeping the bag in place all nightlong. Many hammock campers are curious about how much insulationand warmth the pad contributes in this situation, but I didn't have ameans of measuring it.
Afterreturning from Utah, I immediately left on a 4-day backpacking tripalong the Southern end of theSuperior Hiking trail in Northern Minnesota from October 13-16. This trail section varies in altitude from 650 to 1200 ft (200 to 365m). The terrain is forested with granite outcroppings. Temperatures ranged from a high of 60 F (16 C) to a low of 28 F (-2 C)at night. A picture of my hammock set up at the Split Rock Riveris shown at right. Though it cannot be seen in this view, theMultiMat is inside the hammock undercover.
|#1604888 - 08/14/07 Re: Hennessy hammock undercover/pad [Re: ol_mike]|
I use the HH more than any other shelter. For me it is either the HH or Kifaru Tipi. I use the HH for most of the year. I only climb out of the trees during the deep winter. I have the thing rigged up a bit different than most:
8x10 sil tarp over the hammock on its own ridgeline with supershelter system.
You could just use the standard fly. But I just like the extra room. Before I got the super shelter system I used a ground pad inside the hammock with a poncho liner attached to the outside against the underbelly. This way the insulation would not be compressed. You must have something to protect from the infamous cold back. I have heard that those cheap Mylar space blankets help but have never used them in the hammock. The coldest I use the hammock before firing up the Kifaru stove is about the high teens. Below that is doable but tends to be more problematic. Whatever you decide to do The HH if pitched right is very comfortable however there is a learning curve. Sometimes I screwed the pitch and wondered why I even pack the darn thing. But after some readjustments the comfort reminds me. I would also tie some paracord on the ends of the tie offs to defect drips etc that could run down the ropes. Other than that the hammock tends to remain dry. If for some reason it does get damp it dries out faster than any floored tent.
Under pad and cover.
Stock Explorer DLX.
Edited by WoodsWalker (08/14/07)
The other mod I made was to use mitten hooks on the UnderPad asymmetric elastic loops. This allowed me to clip the pad into place without needing to detach the hammock and UnderCover. I simply clipped the pad in place. Simple!