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The Ship in a Bottle – Toggle Rope Straps

When I was doing some research on toggles, I came across The Ship in a Bottle website and was pleased to find they sold hammock gear. I was intrigued by their unique and innovative hammock suspension system based on a military “Commando” or “Toggle Rope” design: the Toggle Rope hammock straps. At first I dismissed the design because I’m…
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Just Announced – Hammock Bliss Sky Bed

I received a call today from the owner of Hammock Bliss—Dov Frazer—who, with his product manager Mark Gruskin, was in Flagstaff en route to the summer Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City later this week. Dov wanted to show me a new hammock they are debuting at the OR show and plan to put into production…
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Hammock Camping at Boy Scout Camp Geronimo 2012

It’s hard to beat a week out in the piney woods, especially when you tote along a hammock. I’ll have to admit that often I look forward with glee to slipping into my hammock each night. It should come as no surprise that when planning for summer camp I chose to bring along a few…
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Parachute Nylon Hammock Comparison Chart

Parachute nylon hammocks are arguably the most popular types of hammocks in the market today, judging by the variety sold by different manufacturers. The fabric is recognizable based on its “crinkly” appearance. The name is somewhat of a misnomer as real parachute material is thinner, lighter, and has a square ripstop weave. “Parachute nylon” hammocks…
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Hammock Camping Basics

Way back in March of 2009, I drew up an illustration to help people understand the basics of hanging a hammock for camping. It turns out, that simple illustration would kickstart a slew of hammock camping-related illustrations, primarily for the folks at HammockForums.net. I had been a lurker on the forums for a while before dipping…
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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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