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PostPosted: April 29th, 2010, 8:46 am 
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I got a Hennessey Hammock and wanted to try it out, so I did an overnighter at Wigeon Slough, at the south end of Pitt Lake.
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The beast - ready to rock.
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There's still snow up there.
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Wigeon is nice - this time of year. In summer it's packed with yahoos, being a scant hour from downtown, but it's a nice spot.

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PostPosted: April 29th, 2010, 8:52 am 
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There's lots of wildlife - hummingbirds, otters, owls, cranes.
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The hammock performed like a champ - I was very comfortable and dry as a bone despite torrential rain all night - nice.
Its easier and faster to set up than a tent, and most important - you don't need a flat spot. I'll still take the tent, but for quickie/bivy/overnight stuff,its just what the Dr ordered. My back has been giving me trouble lately - but sleeping in one of these will be a huge releif. There's lots of places I've wanted to stay overnight but simply couldnt find a decent fl;at spot for a tent - the shoreline along the mid-BC coast is often very steep.
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I survive another trip.
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PostPosted: April 29th, 2010, 9:22 pm 
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Hey Tom, Thanks for the TR.

Widgeon is one place that we haven't been to yet.

I've always liked the packability and pitching options for a hammock. Just a little too bivy like for me.
I'll stick to my cushy Exped mat in my Wanderer 4. :lol:

Keep those TR's coming.
Canoeheadted.


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PostPosted: June 19th, 2010, 12:47 pm 
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I sold the hammock along with kayak package - it's too much of a hassle to get into, although very comfortable.

I'm looking for a good air-mattress/thermal pad.

You recommend that one?

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PostPosted: June 19th, 2010, 8:38 pm 
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Hey Tom, I'll guarantee that this pad is comfy. It's very pricey as well.

I've never been a fan of less expensive alternatives, but you can get self inflating open cell pads for very little nowadays.
I'm very leery of product failure while out on one of my trips so I always went with a Thermarest before our Exped mats.

You'll have lots of room now for a bulkier pad. Just carry a repair kit (and know how to use it) and be prepared for more bulk and weight with a less expensive mat.

Hope this helps, Canoeheadted.


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