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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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Trail Days 2012

This was my first time at Trail Days and I had a blast! I must first send out a huge THANK-YOU to the Jacks of Jacks ‘R’ Better who were so generous in inviting me out and hosting me during the trip. It was so great to spend time with them and get to know…
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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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