Category: Illustration

Using Stakes and Snow Anchors

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 and anchors. Natural anchors like shrubs or trees make it easy to set secure guy…
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First Look: The Two-Person Clark Vertex Hammock

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 around camp, and ended at 10 PM (or later) with evening campfires and Cat Eye…
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Hammock Water Breaks and Drip Lines

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 suspension line and soaking your hammock. (Hammock Water Breaks and Drip Lines Video) In my…
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DIY Lightweight Recycled Tube Bug Net

I originally drew this illustration back in 2008[1. The revised instructions were posted to HammockForums.net in 2010] after making a hammock and bivy-style bug net from an inexpensive Mombasa bug net (or similar cot-style mosquito net). This project was an attempt at a low-cost, easy-to-make tube-style net that I could use both for lightweight backpacking with…
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Hammock Zipper Location: How Do You Spin?

Think the hammock zipper location is inconsequential? Think again. Where the zipper is sewn can make a big difference in ingress and egress on a hammock. When I sleep in a hammock, I most often lay in a diagonal with my feet shifted to the right of center and my head shifted left of center.…
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Rigging a No-sag Hennessy Hammock Tarp

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 I got in the hammock. I could make everything look amazing and beautiful on the…
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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 the original hammock discovered by…
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DIY Insulated Hood Pattern

I’ve made a lot of these insulated hoods with varying styles of construction. This is a really easy do-it-yourself (DIY) project, especially if you can use pieces from a fleece blanket that already has a nice hem that can work as a channel for a draw cord. I love DIY projects that are simple to…
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