Hammock Camping Basics

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Hammock Camping Basics

Way back in March of 2009, I drew up an illustration to help people understand the basics of hanging a hammock for camping. It turns out, that simple illustration would kickstart a slew of hammock camping-related illustrations, primarily for the folks at HammockForums.net. I had been a lurker on the forums for a while before dipping my toe in the water because I didn’t know if I had anything to add to the conversation. It turns out there were a lot of folks just like me who liked to visualize hammock camping instead of just reading about it. I love clear, informative illustrations, and that’s what I strive for in my own work.

I didn’t expect this first illustration to be groundbreaking — it was a very crude, simple drawing, but it worked. Since posting that first illustration, I’ve updated and created hundreds of illustrations that I published in The Ultimate Hang: An Illustrated Guide To Hammock Camping.

For additional information (and illustrations!) check out my post on Tips on Hammock Camping.


Hammock Camping Basics 101


25 Responses

  1. […] you already know the fundamentals of setting up and sleeping in a hammock, use these tips as a guide when you look at buying your […]

  2. Bill says:

    I love your book.It’s going next to Dan Beards Field and Forest handy book,Lofty’s SAS survival and several outdoor cookbooks.These are my go to books for ideas to keep our camping trips fresh and fun for my younger nephews.

  3. […] trees where I have mine tied up high at the ends and drooping in the middle. Check out this link Hammock Camping 101 | The Ultimate Hang -Joe 07 G650X 09 WR165 02 CR125 03 […]

  4. […] The most exciting new addition to my repertoire was a new Teton Sports Canyon 2100 pack with a dry bag.  That pack worked perfectly for this 3 day journey.  I also had my ComfortLite Sleeping Pad and Pillow in tow from Teton that I used in Kilimanjaro.  As always they performed excellent, were lightweight, comfortable and rugged. To get my hammock set up correctly I utilized a fantastic resource in the website The Ultimate Hang. […]

  5. […] you are more interested in hammock hanging beyond these infographics, feel free to sign up to the Ultimatehang.com for more tips on Hammock camping basics, illustrations as well as […]

  6. Lance Pierson says:

    Would a regular bug net such as the Expedition X Mosquito Net 84″ X 39″ X 66″ work for an eno hammock? Im a little short on money and cI am looking for something a little bit more within my price range.

  7. ian Park says:

    Dear Derek,

    Is it okay to translate the information on the illustration on post on my blog for Korean hammock campers? It’s very hard to find any hammock information in Korean and your illustration covers a lot in very easy way. I think it will help Korean people understand more about the hammock.
    My blog address is blog.naver.com/talkingcat .

    Thank you

    Best regards
    Ian Park.

    • Derek says:

      Is be happy if you wanted to translate the document into Korean. Please send me an email and we can coordinate.

  8. […] need to adjust it a bit, but the right hammock position is about 30 degrees to the horizontal. See https://theultimatehang.com/2012/07/hammock-camping-101/ . As a rough guide you can just make a right angle with your thumb and index and sight it against […]

  9. […] I dove into the world of hammocking, I finally found a way to get a good night’s sleep in the outdoors.  Not only did I have more […]

  10. Shal says:

    Thank you very much for your illustration and other very useful info. One aspect of camping I have not seen addressed about hammock camping is where to put one’s pack and other gear, clothes, food, etc, especially when it is raining and the ground below the hammock is wet. Please advise.

    • Derek says:

      There are several options. I most often just clip my backpack to the end of my hammock. It stays dry under the tarp and is above the ground. It also keeps it accessible when I’m standing. Some folks use mini gear hammocks and sling them next to the main hammock. Some hammocks have voluminous storage inside the hammock, like Warbonnet and Clark Jungle Hammock.

  11. […] diagram also helpfully goes through the basics. First and foremost you want to select the two trees […]

  12. […] is an excellent visual guide to help you successfully hang up your first […]

  13. Roy says:

    I’m using the Bear Butt hammie (which only comes in one size as a double) It’s too wide. When I lay down at an angle the material flops in my face. I am using the calculator correctly I think. If I were to lay right down the center (wrong, I know) the material closes around me like a coffin. When I lay at an angle as you indicate the side material flops into my face and lays on my face. I adjust positions and my shoulders are squeezed into each other. As far as I know, I am following the calculator correctly (15ft, between trees, a bit over 6″ hang points, etc. I’m not using a ridge line. Is that it? should the ridge line FORCE the hammock into the right hang? I didn’t get that impression. I’m obviously not doing something right or the Bear Butt has too much material on the side (but people love them). Any suggestions? Thanks.

    • dejoha says:

      Roy, thanks for your question. You’ve discovered something that I’ve been trying to calculate for some time: the ideal hammock proportions based on occupant size and lay angle. I’m the first to admit I’m no mathematician, but it’s hard to find one who’s as passionate (crazy) as I am about the ideal hammock 🙂 The point is, most hammocks are simply too wide. Manufacturers think it’s great to have a wide hammock, and there are moments when that is ideal: such as laying back transversal in lounger mode. But when you want to lay down, that extra fabric is a nuisance. If the fabric’s width is greater or equal to half it’s length, you’ll have floppy sides. There’s not much you can do to fix that, even with a “perfect” hang. One hack is to put some elastic ribbon in the hem of the fabric to take up the slack. This “Knotty Mod” is a popular solution and can be done to any hammock with a little effort.

      If your hammock is especially wide, like the Bear Butt Hammock, you could almost fold it in half (reduce the width to about 4.5 feet) and then try hanging in it. Use a 30° hang angle. Make sure you place your torso on the overlapped area and your feet on the extra.

      Let me know what you think!

  14. Florian says:

    I thank you. through you i love my hammock now.


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