Eureka! Chrysalis Hammock Review

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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.…

Hammock Suspension with Descender Rings and Garda Hitch

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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…

First Look – Hammock Bliss Sky Bed Bug Free and XL Rain Fly

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Dov Frazer, owner and “Chief Relaxation Officer” at Hammock Bliss, had a stopover in Flagstaff and invited me for another “first look” at some gear he debuted at the recent OR show in Salt Lake City: the Sky Bed Bug…

Simple Hammock Suspension Options using a Continuous Loop

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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…

Weaving a Mayan Hammock

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 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…

Backpacking Mount Timpanogos

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Mount Timpanogos is the second highest peak in the Wasatch Range in northern Utah, and arguably the most popular in the region. The granite mountain dominates the skyline with a 5,269 ft (1,606 m) prominence and a peak elevation of 11,752…

Tips on Hammock Camping with Kids

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Camping with kids has its own set of struggles and stresses, but it doesn’t need to be avoided, just planned for. There are a lot of articles available that talk about camping with kids, such as when is too early,…

Backpacking the Oak Grove Trail

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I was looking for a little diversion while visiting my family in Southern Utah this summer. On a whim, we picked the Oak Grove Trail in the Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness, a scenic trail that climbs the East face of…

Backpacking the Sycamore Rim Trail

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The Sycamore Rim Trail is a 12.5 mile1 (20 km) loop that skirts Sycamore Canyon, the second largest canyon in Arizona, after the Grand Canyon, and is arguably just as stunning and visually impressive in its own way. In its…

NEMO Bugout 9×9 Shelter Review

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Ever since seeing the NEMO® Bugout™ shelter at Trail Days in 2012, I’ve been wanting to get one. The Bugout is a tarp-based shelter with an integrated bug netting that reaches from tarp edge to the ground, creating a roomy,…