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DIY Wood Gas Stove Instructions

NOTE: I originally posted this on HammockForums.net in January 2011, but it is only accessible by donating members, so I thought I would repost on my blog for easier access. I’m a latecomer when it comes to wood gas stoves, but after building my own version over the 2010 Christmas break, I’ve recently turned into…
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Hoo-Rag Multi-function Head Gear Review

I’ve been using the Hoo-Rag for a few weeks now, but I’ve been using a similar product for years (the Buff) , and I love them. The Hoo-Rag multi-function head gear is useful beyond the easy-on neck warmer: you can bend and twist the microfiber fabric into beanies, balaclavas, head bands, and more. At only…
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Handy Hammock Stand Review

OUTLINE Initial Summary Pros Cons Product Information Product Description Initial Impressions Why This Stand? Where To Use It? Setting Up The Stand (illustration) Recommended Modifications (illustration) Initial Summary Handy Hammock has done an amazing job of simplifying “space-age” technology for the masses. Overall, I like this stand, but it has its limitations. It is similar…
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Seven More Benefits of Sleeping in a Hammock, Outdoors

I recently discovered this fantastic post from David William that spells out “Seven Benefits of Sleeping in a Hammock.” David nails the major benefits and I couldn’t say it any better. I want to highlight one key point: hammocks support the best sleeping positions for the human body. A few people wonder if they can sleep on…
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Video: Using Continuous Ridge Lines with a Tarp

Here are two quick video segments demonstrating continuous ridge lines with a tarp. The first video is a live example of what I illustrated in my book, and elsewhere,  using two carabiners. The second video is a new method that I really like that uses one DutchWare Dutch Hook and one DutchWare Tarp Flyz (or…
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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) rain fly? Hammocks make it…
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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 enjoy early mornings “calling in”…
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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 little easier. Plus, you can…
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