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Ultralight Summer Sleeping Solutions

Here are two ultralight tent alternatives I’ve used over the years:

The Hennessy Hammock is a great tent alternative for warm weather. Because there is so much airflow around the body the hammock is not a good idea in cooler weather. It is very comfortable and with no need to carry tent poles or a sleeping pad it is a very lightweight way to go.

Hennessy Hammock

Hennessy Hammock

Perhaps the lightest tentless shelter is just to sleep under a poncho or small tarp. Again not something you would want to do in the dead of winter. This is my favorite way to sleep when sleeping outdoors alone (my wife will not even enter into a conversation about the possibility of doing this with her along). I love the simplicity of this setup and the feeling of really sleeping outdoors. And yes, sometimes things do crawl in there with you.




  1. April 12, 2010 at 3:00 am

    i’m currently looking for shelter ideas. both these seem good. problem is out west you can’t count on there being any trees to attach your rope or cord to. i also haven’t slept in a hammock in many, many years. but as i recall it was super comfy.


  2. velohobo
    April 12, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Both of these sleeping solutions are freezing cold and can be pretty unpleasant in the rain. Also in a campground around others, offer very little privacy…but they are very light.

    I’m really enjoying the Big Agnes Seedhouse.


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