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ENO Vesta Synthetic Top Quilt Review

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ENO Vesta Synthetic Top Quilt Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) has continued to build on their line of hammock insulation options with the introduction of the Vesta synthetic top quilt. I reviewed their down-filled Blaze under quilt and Ignitor top quilts last…

Speed Cinch Stakes Review

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Speed Cinch Stakes There’s a new stake on the market that offers something unique: a no-knot tie-off and cinching mechanism built in to the stake itself. I almost passed up the opportunity to test The Speed Cinch Stakes because on first…

Indoor Hammock Hanging Kits and Tips

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Photo courtesy A Beautiful Mess As the weather begins to cool for the Northern Hemisphere, it’s time to look for ways to extend the hanging season by hanging indoors (unless, like me, you already hang indoors anyway). Getting an Indoor…

2014 Hammock Holiday Gift Guide

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As our family readies for the holidays, I thought it would be fun to put together a post on some hammock-related gift ideas based on my own recommendations (e.g., these are not sponsored posts For The Beginner Whether for yourself or…

Using Stakes and Snow Anchors

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Using Stakes and Snow Anchors I’m often out working with the Boy Scouts teaching the finer points of bushcraft. One skill that seems so simple, and yet fundamental to shelter building, is how to stake out and set guy lines…

Down and Synthetic Bootie/Sock Comparison Chart

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On my recent camping trip with my son, he complained about having cold feet. This isn’t the first time he’s had trouble keeping his feet warm, so I thought I would look into investing in some down- or synthetic-filled sleeping…

First Look: The Two-Person Clark Vertex Hammock

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Using the Clark Vertex Hammock at Boy Scout Camp This year, Boy Scout camp was exhausting (wait? Isn’t it every year?). Mornings began around 4:45 AM as we jumped in the pool for Polar Bear swims or the Tenderfoot Run…

Hammock Water Breaks and Drip Lines

Make sure that your water break or drip line is protected under your tarp!

Hammock Water Breaks and Drip Lines Any exposed portion of your tarp or hammock suspension can convey water during a rain storm (or other precipitation). Using a water break or drip line will help prevent water from seeping down your…

Rigging a No-sag Hennessy Hammock Tarp

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My first camping hammock was the Hennessy Expedition Asym. It was the hammock that converted me to staying off the ground when I went camping. However, I was often frustrated that I couldn’t keep the stock tarp taut, particularly when…

The Truth About Hammock Camping: Claim #5: hammocks make you pee more in the night

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Every once in a while, I’ve had the annoying discomfort of needing to relieve myself in the middle of the night when I am toasty warm, snuggled up in my hammock. It’s happened regularly enough, in fact, that I wondered…