Category: Instruction

Splicing A Continuous Loop by Sight

Yes, you can (and probably should) meticulously measure your buries the official way (PDF), but once you get the hang of it, splicing by sight is a simple, straightforward process. My “fid” of choice is a simple teflon-covered telephone wire. I find it so much better than a stiff fid (i.e., a thick needle), not only…
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Indoor Hammock Hanging Kits and Tips

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 Hammock If you have multiple hammocks, or are thinking of buying a hammock just for indoors, I highly recommend getting…
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The Utility of Indoor Hammock Sleeping. Especially with Kids.

Last night my sons invited me to bunk in their room—I have hammock hooks installed there, so I obliged. My sons are in bunk beds and my hammock crosses the room diagonally, with one end close to the top bunk. Around 1 AM I was awakened to the sound of retching. Oh, the sound! It…
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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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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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