Staying Dry

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

Hennessy Hammock Hyperlight

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…

NEMO Bugout 9×9 Shelter Review

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Ever since seeing the NEMO® Bugout™ shelter at Trail Days in 2012, I’ve been wanting to get one. The Bugout is a tarp-based shelter with an integrated bug netting that reaches from tarp edge to the ground, creating a roomy,…

Hammock Tarp Coverage Comparison

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Not all tarps are created equal. Indeed, what appears to be one of the simplest pieces of gear, next to a basic gathered-end hammock, tarps end up being one of the most complex. On one end of the spectrum you…

Hammock Camping Basics

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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…

The Truth About Hammock Camping: Claim #1 – Hammocks Are Lighter Than Tents

Hanging a hammock over rocks at camp Geronimo

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…

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…

The Dutch Hook

Did I mention the Dutch Hook was small? I was surprised when I saw it for the first time. Hammock hanger MuseJr was showing off his assortment of DutchWare at a recent group hang in Arizona, explaining how it all…