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Rigging A Tarp With DutchWare Stingerz

One of my favorite hardware options for rigging a hammock tarp is the DutchWare Stingerz™. These titanium clips weight a scant 0.25 oz. (7 g.) for the pair and are easy to use on any tarp. I drew this diagram to show how I use Stingerz in the field. I splice or tie one end of…
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Portable Hammock Pipe Stand

UPDATE: For more information on portable hammock stands, check out my guest post on Section Hiker. The hammock pipe stand has been around for a while. I believe Speer was the first to build one back in 2004. The Jacks from Jacks ‘R’ Better built a similar pipe stand for their displays out of 2…
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Rigging A Tarp With Dutch Hooks

A friend of mine, Sgt. Rock, asked if I would throw together an illustration showing an alternate method for using DutchWare Dutch Hooks on tarps. This is a very simple method that is lightweight and quick to set-up. You can use this as either two end-only ridge line tie-outs or with a continuous ridge line.…
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Tips For Pitch-Perfect Hammock Camping

The humble hammock has been around for thousands of years, and it is still used today in parts of the world as a primary sleeping accommodation. Yet many people I speak with think hammocks are “uncomfortable,” or it will hurt their back,” or  “they’re great for summer lounging only,” or “it’s too easy to fall…
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Pitching A Tarp With Dutch Hooks and Prusik Knots

My friend Sgt. Rock asked if I would illustrate how to use the Dutch Hook and a Prusik knot. This illustration shows end-only tie outs for the ridge line, but you could easily use a full-length ridge line with Dutch Hooks if you desire. The only change would be to attach one Dutch Hook to…
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How To Sleep In A Brazilian Hammock

People in South American have a tradition of sleeping in hammocks that dates back thousands of years. The traditional Mayan or Brazilian[1. I use the terms “Mayan,” “Brazilian,” or “traditional” to refer to any hammock that has a gathered-end design. There are distinct differences in gathered-end hammocks in terms of materials or fabrics used, but…
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Tarp or Hammock Pull-Out Modification

I’ve been loving my new tarp pull outs, although I have yet to use them on my tarp. I’ve found that these work great with a hammockto pull out the sides. This works especially good on extra-wide hammocks (e.g., “doubles”) or those with floppy side rails. Not only does this create larger shoulder and head…
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No Sew, Head and Bug Net Pull-Out for Hammocks

Here’s a little tip and technique on how to increase the head room in your hammock, especially for gathered-end hammocks with integrated bug nets, such as the Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter series, Hammock Bliss No-See-Um No More, and the Byer Moskito Traveller, to name a few. This side tie-out also works great for any hammock…
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