Rigging A Tarp For A Hammock – With Hardware

Knots are great and all, but what about hardware options for rigging up a tarp? Well, there are dozens of ways to do this, and I illustrated several ways in my book. When I use a continuous ridge line, I most often use a very simple method using two carabiners and a prusik knot. It’s… Continue reading Rigging A Tarp For A Hammock – With Hardware

Hammock on the Bayou

Trip Report – Hanging On The Bayou I’ve pitched my hammock in a lot of amazing places over the years, from the rugged Na’ Pali Coast in Kauai to the cliffs of the Grand Canyon, but I have yet to hang over a body of water. So when I saw photos of Ryan and Jamie’s… Continue reading Hammock on the Bayou

The Truth About Hammock Camping: Claim #2 – Hammocks Are Comfortable

It wouldn’t be honest not to admit that I occasionally have a bad hang in a hammock. Some comfort issues are common enough to become regular complaints among avid hangers. So, without further delay, let’s jump into the next claim. Claim #2: Hammocks are comfortable. The Truth Is: They are, most of the time. But… Continue reading The Truth About Hammock Camping: Claim #2 – Hammocks Are Comfortable

The Truth About Hammock Camping: Claim #1 – Hammocks Are Lighter Than Tents

Are hammocks really that amazing? I thought it would be interesting to do a series and play devil’s advocate by punching through some of the more popular claims about hammocks as they relate to camping. After all, I’ve had my fair share of misery in a hammock: cold butt syndrome, shoulder squeeze, mosquito bites, leg hyperextension,… Continue reading The Truth About Hammock Camping: Claim #1 – Hammocks Are Lighter Than Tents

Rubber Band Tarp Line Tensioners

Nylon-based tarps tend to stretch during the night and when they get wet. This can be a potential problem for small asymmetric tarps because an edge sag could direct water onto your hammock. The solution is to use a tarp line tensioner—an elastic cord (e.g., shock cord or elastic medical tubing) tied to the tarp… Continue reading Rubber Band Tarp Line Tensioners