Leave No Trace
Complimentary Webbing Straps
All of our Hennessy Hammock models are provided with complimentary 42" standard "TreeHugger" webbing straps to protect the tender bark of trees. The smaller the diameter of the tree, the more times the webbing straps go around the tree to spread the load and protect the tree. If you need longer webbing straps for bigger trees, you can upgrade to a longer length for no additional charge.
We say complimentary, but what we really mean is mandatory. We will not sell a Hennessy Hammock without a set of "TreeHugger" webbing straps. We have seen the damage that small diameter ropes can do to a tree. That is why many National and State parks in North America do not want hammocks tied to trees. However, I have met with some of the top Leave No Trace administrators from the U.S. Park Service, National Parks, Department of the Interior and others who agree that Hennessy Hammocks do not damage trees and are a better Leave No Trace shelter than tents. In fact, some of these same federal administrators really like their own Hennessy Hammocks and have written letters of support.
Every Hennessy Hammock Tom has ever sold included free “TreeHugger” webbing straps to protect the tender bark of trees. Because of our example, many companies now supply webbing traps but some still charge for them. When hammock companies refuse to include straps in the price of their product, the purchaser has to decide if they can afford to protect the environment every time they tie up their hammock to two trees. This has to change.
SPECIAL OFFER TO ANY HAMMOCK OWNER WITHOUT WEBBING STRAPS
While we can’t afford to give free webbing straps to anyone who didn’t get free straps from their hammock supplier, we can offer to send two webbing straps to anyone who wants them for a low price. Our main concern is that all hammock users should use webbing straps to prevent tree damage.
Hennessy Hammock is a corporate sponsor of Leave No Trace.
Ask any Leave No Trace Travel Trainer what they think of Hennessy Hammocks. The environmentally friendly design requires no ground leveling, trenching or staking. When you walk away from your campsite, there will be no tent footprint and almost no evidence that you were ever there.
How Hennessy Hammock Supports the Leave No Trace Principles
Plan Ahead and Prepare - Because the Hennessy camping hammock is light and compact, it can be carried as emergency gear on any hike, always ready to be used if an overnight bivouac becomes necessary, providing a warm and safe shelter in the most adverse conditions.
Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces - Avoiding the proliferation of camp sites in pristine areas and the contamination of riparian areas is a goal of LNT. Because a hammock shelter can be sited over rock, gravel, stream beds and rough areas, it's less likely to result in leveled areas and damaged vegetation.
Leave What You Find - Hammock users do not need to dig trenches or move rocks, plants, and other natural objects. Treehugger webbing straps prevent damage to the tender bark of trees.
Be Considerate of Other Visitors - Hammock campers do not need to cluster in crowded camping areas or huts because there is such a range of possibilities for overnighting. Many trail hikers choose to avoid popular camping sites because of noise, crowding, and rodents. The low key colors of Hennessy camping hammocks also lessen visible pollution in pristine areas.
Respect Wildlife - The Hennessy Hammock is a perfect shelter for lying quietly to observe or photograph wildlife. Because it is high above the ground, visibility is much better than from a tent and the rainfly can be arranged to provide a 360 degree view.
Photo by Ramon Faddi