Category: Instruction

Testing the Garda Hitch

The Garda Hitch is one of many ways folks have used to suspend their hammock. It was adopted from climbers who use this as a simple “pulley/ratcheting” system to haul gear up and not slip. Why Use The Garda Hitch Works with fairly slippery line such as Amsteel Can be used/attached close to the hammock,…
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Hanging A Hammock Indoors

I often get asked how to hang a hammock inside. This is actually very easy to accomplish. I’ve been using large metal eye bolts for years, but there are also hanging kits specifically made for hammocks, including the ENO Hanging Kit.

How to Make A Hammock in 3 Minutes

A quick video to illustrate how to make a hammock in 3 minutes (or less). Materials Needed 1 – 60×126 in Crinkle Taffeta Tablecloth 2 – Continuous rope loops Optional Materials 1 – Gütermann Tera Thread 2 – Zip Ties The tablecloths come pre-hammed on all the edges, so all that needs to be done…
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Life Hack: Smartphone on a Ridgeline

This hack isn’t particularly new—folks have been conjuring up ways to hang their smartphones to a ridgeline ever since smartphones were common enough to be brought camping (after all, who doesn’t want to watch a little late night movie before slipping off to sleep?). This particular method surprised me when I tried it because it…
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Making an Adjustable Hammock Ridgeline with a LoopAlien

Making ridgelines for hammocks is pretty easy: all you need to do is tie a line from end to end on the hammock. However, making the ridgeline adjustable allows you to modify the sag of your hammock incrementally to suit your taste. I have used long Whoopie Sling-style ridgelines, which work fine. This method shows…
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Eureka! Chrysalis Hammock Review

Eureka! Chrysalis Hammock Review Video Overview The Eureka! Chrysalis Hammock was designed by Dave Helsdon of Canada and is currently retailed through Eureka! of Canada and Helsdon Outdoors. It uses a bridge-style design that provides a true head-to-foot flat lay. The wide spreader bars at the head and foot ends keeps the hammock from curling…
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Hammock Suspension with Descender Rings and Garda Hitch

I recently came across a YouTube video (thanks Eric H.!) that shows how to use descender rings and an easy wrap that makes a quick and secure adjustment without any complicated knots. Known to climbers as the Garda Hitch, this technique is used to haul gear upward, as it only slides in one direction. This…
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Simple Hammock Suspension Options using a Continuous Loop

The humble continuous loop. You’ve seen them—they’re nearly ubiquitious on hammocks these days, especially simple, gathered-end hammocks, but also all-in-one hammocks with integrated bug netting. Before you toss that small loop away, I want to describe and show some simple hammock suspension options that take advantage of this little workhorse. Loop Tips (or “Why Use…
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