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Hennessy Hammock's five patented features have made it a legendary piece of adventure gear. It has been the shelter of choice for epic expeditions exploring the full length of the Amazon, Nile and Congo Rivers, up to the Arctic and down into the deepest caves on Earth.

When serious adventurers are planning expeditions into unexplored areas of the world, when months-long medical expeditions trek into the deep jungles of Borneo on missions of mercy, when adventure racers traverse mountains, rivers and jungles surrounded by all kinds of poisonous insects and reptiles, when families send a hammock to their soldier sons or daughters in areas of conflict, they all know that they are getting the adventure gear with a proven reputation for quality and comfort.

Ed Stafford: Walk the Amazon

Ed Stafford Wading PHOTO: KEITH DUCATEL

In April 2008 Ed Stafford set off to become the first man ever to walk the entire 4000 mile length of the Amazon River. Ed was a retired member of the British Special Forces,  He was looking for a challenge. He started on the Pacific coast of Peru, put one foot in the waters of the Pacific, hiked up over the Andes Mountains to find the source of the river and followed it down the other side of the Andes mountains to the jungle floor. Ed outwitted dangerous animals, machete wielding indigenous people and survived injuries, weather, his own fears and emerged from the Amazon Jungle at the mouth of the Amazon river and put his other foot in the Atlantic ocean 860 days later, a Guinness World Record.

Ed talks about his experience getting the hammock he wanted from Tom:

“I’m now using a hammock sleeping system rather than a tent. Hennessy Hammock is a Canadian company that makes an ingenious all-in-one hammock and mosquito net that you enter through a flap in the bottom. Having used the old military hammocks in the past, I love the Hennessy concept. Its hammocks are lighter, quicker to erect and pack up in seconds. You can sprawl around and turn over as much as you like…... Tom has made me a bespoke double-skin version…... All of Hennessy’s hammocks come with the option of the superb Hex Fly, which is an enormous hexagonal waterproof flysheet. It covers the hammock with room to spare, allowing you to cook, administrate and even have meetings with four or five people out of the rain.”

Gordon Brown: The First Descent of the World’s Deadliest River.

Gordon Brown was the first man to kayak the Nile from source to sea, over 3000 miles with one Hennessy Hammock Expedition model in 114 days.

In 2004, Tom met Gordon Brown at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City. Gordon said he needed a Hennessy Hammock to be the first man to kayak the full length of the Nile River. Tom said “No problem, I'd be honored to give you a hammock, especially if he would show one shot of the Hennessy Hammock in the new IMAX movie. He said “No promises, but I’ll see what I can do. His partner Pasquale Scaturro would support him with an inflatable Raft and heavy Imax camera equipment.

Two years later, the Outdoor Retailer exhibitors were all invited to attend the first test screening of the new National Geographic film entitled “Mystery of the Nile, The First Descent of the World’s Deadliest River” at a nearby theater. It was a fascinating documentary about Gordon’s close calls with deadly hippos, man eating crocodiles, a 14 foot anaconda, AK47 toting rebels and killer rapids. Somewhere near the end of the film, my friend Zeuss stands up in the dark audience of the theater and yells as loud as he could to a packed theater of outdoor enthusiasts, “Hey, that’s a Hennessy Hammock”. Wow!, that was a lot of cheap advertising.

Toby Storie-Pugh: “WALK THE CONGO”

Hennessy Hammock is a sponsor of “Walk the Congo” and Toby Storie-Pugh has chosen the Hennessy Hammock Deep Jungle XL to be their only lightweight shelter system for the trek. In 2020, with support of the United Nations, Toby Storie-Pugh, Aline Mugisho, Simone Bazos and Boston Ndoole will set out to walk the complete length of the Congo River, from its source in northeastern Zambia to its triumphal exit into the Atlantic Ocean—a world-first. Crossing through swamps, savannahs, jungles and conflict zones, the team will traverse over 3,000 miles of tough terrain, where they will be challenged by soaring temperatures, severe humidity, life-threatening wildlife and deadly diseases.

The Congo is the “rape capital” of the world. The most dangerous place on earth to be a woman. Since war erupted in 1998, over 5.4 million people have died and hundreds of thousands of women and girls have been raped. Through TV, traditional and social media, the expedition will strive to raise awareness of the hopes and dreams of Congolese women and girls, as well as their vital role in their country’s future. Walk The Congo aims to organize a global community supporting Congolese peace and development and help shift the narrative from death and despair, to strength and solutions.


PROBABLY THE ONLY HAMMOCK NORTH OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE:
a Review by Ben Reynolds of the Royal Marines Commandos

It’s indisputable. Hennessy Hammocks could well be the best in the world. Light, durable, comfortable and excellently engineered, perfect for warmer areas of the world, right? Well, you will have seen from the Hennessy Hammock website that ever evolving design solutions are attempting to expand the boundaries of the hammock inhabitable world, from calm low lying areas and comfortable lower latitudes, to where the silent killer reigns supreme…. cold. So, it was with Hennessy Hammock’s Explorer Ultralite Asym, along with elements of the insulated SuperShelter that I found myself in Northern Norway in order to test whether the cold can be defeated by this intruder from the tropics.

The system was tested above the Arctic Circle in the area of 68º 33’ 37.12’’N by 16º 58’.54’’E, east of Harstad, Norway. Initially mild temperatures prevailed, fluctuating around freezing, which resulted in freezing rain, sleet and snow. Though this is not the extreme cold that was later encountered, it was far more testing due to the freeze-thaw effect and moisture content of the air which accentuated the cold. Minimum temperature encountered was - 18ºC (0ºF) still air and estimated at -30ºC (-54ºF) with wind chill. Maximum precipitation encountered was 7.5cm (3 inches) of snow in 6 hrs.

The arctic environment demands often bulky extra equipment and the insulation system is victim to this. The system however, is still light, comfortable, robust and flexible. Flexibility will always be the beauty of the system - it can be used outdoors or indoors, in the arctic or the jungle and anywhere in between; in that is it’s greatest strength.

The test consisted of an Explorer Ultralite Asym including canopy with undercover and foam insulation. A sleeping bag with a comfort rating of -10ºC (-54ºF) was used throughout.

The Hennessy Hammock insulation system is capable of supporting a lone traveller in extreme cold weather environments down to -12ºC (10ºF) in the format tested. This figure will also be reduced by: (1) adding insulation to the Under Cover e.g. spare clothing/suitable vegetation, (2) use of the Over Cover, and (3) a solution to cooking which would also heat the living space.

This report is purely the opinion of the author in a personal capacity and in no way reflects the opinion of the Royal Marines Commandos or the wider British Armed Forces who played no part whatsoever in the review.

Huaulta Cave Diving Expedition 2018 using Hennessy Hammock Leaf at Cueva de la Pena Colorada

In 1984, a team of cave divers led by Dr. Bill Stone of the U.S. Deep Caving Team explored a remote resurgence in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. This world-renowned cave is known as Cueva de la Peña Colorada.

The team successfully explored roughly 5km into the mountain, requiring them to tackle several water-filled cave passages which can only be explored by cave divers until they were stopped in Sump VII. This sump quickly reached a depth of over 50m, due to the diving equipment available at the time they quickly hit the logistical limits and were forced to return.

On their return in 2018, sudden flooding led to 6 of the team members fleeing the rising water levels to a known dry area in the cave, the Whacking Great Chamber. They were forced to wait for 69 hours in their wetsuits, cut off from their camp without food, sleeping gear and with no communications to the surface. Finally, the water levels dropped enough to allow their retreat, happily all cavers escaped without injury. The same could not be said for the camping gear, including the Hennessy Hammocks, as most of it was never to be seen again. 

For more info about their expedition: https://www.beyondthesump.org/return-to-the-pena-colorada-2018/

Photo by Chris Jewell of Connor Roe, Gareth Davies and Josh Bratchley


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