Category: Instruction

Hammock tips, illustrations, and reviews.

The Many Uses of a Gear Hammock

Gear hammocks have a lot of utility, depending on their size and material used, including an on-the-go chair, top cover, winter barrier, gear loft, pack cover, and more.

The Becket Hitch for Hammocks

The Becket Hitch has been around for a long time and has been used with hammocks since pre-Columbian days. If you ever visit South America you’ll see this hitch used almost exclusively to hang hammocks. Locally it is simply referred to as the “hammock knot.”

Hennessy Hammock Monsoon Tarp Review

Hennessy Hammock Monsoon Tarp – Silnylon Hennessy Hammock is well-known for their distinctive asymmetric tarp design that come stock with every hammock, but not everyone feels “storm secure” with them. And, there are certainly times when having a larger tarp is preferred. The Monsoon tarp, and its bigger brother the Typhoon, have larger side panels…
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DIY Paracord Throwing Sling Instructions

This little project has very little to do with hammocks, I realize, but it’s a little side project I was working on for a class I’m teaching on the Old Testament. If you like to tinker with paracord, this is a fun and easy project that provides a lot of entertainment in the backyard. If…
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Yukon Outfitters Walkabout Rainfly Review

The Yukon Outfitters Walkabout Rainfly is an amazing bargain. The tarp doesn’t pretend to be anything it isn’t, and yet it surprises in both durability and light weight. If you’re looking for an inexpensive diamond tarp, whether for a new hammock camper or a rising pro hanger, this is a workhorse tarp. Yukon Outfitters Walkabout Rainfly…
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Integrating Hammocks into Parks, Designated Campsites, and Jamborees

In order to protect the natural resources of parks, designated campsites, and even long-term resident summer camps, park managers often contain activity to certain areas to minimize short- and long-term damage. It may not seem like much can happen by a few hours lounging at a park or camp, but even a single hammock—if improperly hung—can dig…
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Integrating Hammock Camping into your Scout Troop

    I’m often asked questions from scout leaders who are trying to integrate hammocks into their troop. I thought I’d share some of my responses to help leaders navigate this new and growing trend in hammock camping. Policies and Practices Some troops feel pressure to create their own policies and safety standards for hammock camping.…
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Lightweight Hammock Suspension Systems

Even from the earliest days, hangers have been looking for ways to lighten and simplify hammock suspension, particularly for camping and backpacking. Some of the first suspension systems were rope-based, which were thick, bulky, and heavy. I distinctly remember getting a Grand Trunk Nano hammock—the lightest hammock on the market at the time—and noticing that…
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