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Rigging A Tarp For A Hammock – With Hardware

Knots are great and all, but what about hardware options for rigging up a tarp? Well, there are dozens of ways to do this, and I illustrated several ways in my book. When I use a continuous ridge line, I most often use a very simple method using two carabiners and a prusik knot. It’s…
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Rigging A Tarp For A Hammock – No Hardware

I love the simplicity of knots. One maxim my Scoutmaster taught me was that “a good knot is easy to tie and easy to untie.” I’ve tied my share of “bad” knots when I was a Boy Scout, but there are two knots that have stuck with me that I seem to use all the…
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Hammock on the Bayou

Trip Report – Hanging On The Bayou I’ve pitched my hammock in a lot of amazing places over the years, from the rugged Na’ Pali Coast in Kauai to the cliffs of the Grand Canyon, but I have yet to hang over a body of water. So when I saw photos of Ryan and Jamie’s…
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The Truth About Hammock Camping: Claim #2 – Hammocks Are Comfortable

It wouldn’t be honest not to admit that I occasionally have a bad hang in a hammock. Some comfort issues are common enough to become regular complaints among avid hangers. So, without further delay, let’s jump into the next claim. Claim #2: Hammocks are comfortable. The Truth Is: They are, most of the time. But…
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The Truth About Hammock Camping: Claim #1 – Hammocks Are Lighter Than Tents

Are hammocks really that amazing? I thought it would be interesting to do a series and play devil’s advocate by punching through some of the more popular claims about hammocks as they relate to camping. After all, I’ve had my fair share of misery in a hammock: cold butt syndrome, shoulder squeeze, mosquito bites, leg hyperextension,…
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New! DutchWare Stingerz

I love my DutchWare Tarp Flyz, but what I really wanted was a Tarp Flyz with a hook or carabiner so I could attach it directly to my tarp tie-out without any fuss. Wish granted! Dutch is always working on new gadgets, so when I talked with him about the idea, he let me know…
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Rubber Band Tarp Line Tensioners

Nylon-based tarps tend to stretch during the night and when they get wet. This can be a potential problem for small asymmetric tarps because an edge sag could direct water onto your hammock. The solution is to use a tarp line tensioner—an elastic cord (e.g., shock cord or elastic medical tubing) tied to the tarp…
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Re-Threading A Gathered-End Hammock

So, you got that brand-new, gathered-end hammock, but you want to upgrade the suspension? Maybe switch out the heavy “S”-hooks or steel carabiners with a Whoopie Sling or a continuous loop? I don’t know about you, but trying to thread suspension through a gathered-end hammock can be a challenge. Have you tried slowly feeding the…
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