Instruction Category

April 21, 2015
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Lightweight Hammock Suspension Systems

Even from the earliest days, hangers have been looking for ways to lighten and simplify hammock suspension, particularly for camping and backpacking. Some of the first suspension systems were rope-based, which were thick, bulky, and heavy. I distinctly remember getting a Grand Trunk Nano hammock—the lightest hammock on the market…

April 16, 2015
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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.,…

November 12, 2014
9

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…

September 19, 2014
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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…

September 17, 2014
10

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…

August 2, 2014
40

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…

May 7, 2014
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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…