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August 21, 2013

First Look – Hammock Bliss Sky Bed Bug Free and XL Rain Fly

Dov Frazer, owner and “Chief Relaxation Officer” at Hammock Bliss, had a stopover in Flagstaff and invited me for another “first look” at some gear he debuted at the recent OR show in Salt Lake City: the Sky Bed Bug Free and the XL Rain Fly. The Sky Bed Bug…

July 26, 2013

Weaving a Mayan Hammock

 Weaving a Mayan Hammock–Video Overview Introduction References Materials Needed The Netting Needle The Loom Loading the Loom Loading the Netting Needle The Edge “Crochet” The Triple Weave The Clew Introduction The Mayan hammock is arguably the most comfortable gathered-end hammock available anywhere, and is notable for being the descendent of…

February 15, 2013

The Truth About Hammock Camping: Claim #3 – Hammocks are quick and easy to set up

Is a hammock faster and easier to set up than, say, a backpacking tent? Some claim you can set up a hammock tent in under a minute, but there are “pop-up” tents that erect even faster, so which is really the true speed demon? Claim #3: Hammocks are quick and easy…

February 4, 2013

DIY Jacks “R” Better Weather Shield

For the past few winters, I’ve been playing with “non-traditional” insulation options for extending my hammock camping in cold weather: vapor barriers, hammock socks, and top and bottom covers. This season I spent a lot of time designing and testing a hammock sock, but I was so irritated by the…

January 7, 2013

2013 Hammock Camping Resolutions (Bucket List)

I’ve been mulling this over for a few days and I’ve decided to publish it as a motivator for myself. I figure that I can accomplish my resolutions (e.g., lose weight, spend more quality time with family, de-stress, get out more, etc.) with a little more backpacking and hammock camping.…

August 15, 2012

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…

July 29, 2012

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…