Illustration Instruction
November 22, 2012

Hammock Camping À La Carte – Hammock Comparison Chart

Where hammocks really shine (outside of their comfort, of course) is their modularity. Nearly every component is upgradeable or can be exchanged for other options. You can pick-and-choose and mix-and-match pieces to create your own “perfect” system. Want a roomier bug net? Lighter suspension system? How about a bigger (or smaller)…

Illustration Instruction
November 19, 2012

Hammock Camping during Hunting Season

Fall is a great time to go out hammock camping: the cool, refreshing air, devoid of biting insects, is inviting (yeah! no bug net!). Plus, seeing the vibrant foliage and listening to bugling elk in the meadow is breathtaking. Several of my Boy Scouts are talented hunters and we often…

Illustration Instruction Workshop
November 17, 2012

Convert A Hammock Stuff Sack Into A Bishop Bag

A majority of hammocks used for camping and backpacking have a simple, gathered-end design and come with a handy stuff sack sewn on one side, right in the middle. These little sacks are convenient because the storage sack is always attached, easy to find, and it makes packing up a…

Illustration Instruction Rig A Tarp
November 8, 2012

Wrapping Tarp Guyline to Eliminate Tangles

I hate tangled guylines. When it’s time to pack my tarp, I take special care to wrap each guyline so it is ready to deploy. One advantage of coiling up guyline is that it helps avoid tangles in the line and unintentional knotting. In some wind storms, I’ve had my…

Instruction Rig A Tarp
October 24, 2012

Pitching the Grand Trunk Funky Forest Tarp for Harsh Weather

It’s fall in Flagstaff, Arizona and that means cool 20°F (-7°C) nights and bone-chilling wind. Lots of wind. Battling the elements, including wind, is one of the challenges for all-season hammock camping. Wind can strip heat away from a hammock through convection. This time of year, it’s a good idea…

Illustration Instruction Rig A Tarp Staying Dry
September 26, 2012

Choosing A Tarp for a Hammock

NOTE: I’ve updated this article from the original that I published on in 2010. Along with “Hike Your Own Hike,” it’s equally important to “Pick Your Own Pitch” and “Choose Your Own Tarp.” Just as there are as many hammock options to choose from, there are equally as many…