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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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