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Hammock Camping: The Ultimate Hang

An overview of hammock camping.
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Derek Hansen

on 7 July 2015

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Transcript of Hammock Camping: The Ultimate Hang

Hammock
Hammocks
= Awesome!
History
The Basics
Perfect Pitch
Staying Dry
Staying Warm
Staying Bug-Free
Bug Net
Under Quilt
Tarp
Tree Straps
Winter
EVEN IN THE
No Trees?
NO PROBLEM
GREAT FOR
Groups
Hammock Camping
PRESENTATION BY
Derek Hansen
TheUltimateHang.com
In 1830, Riverboat captain Joshua John Ward adapted the navy hammock to be more "breathable" and more like a Western-style bed. These spreader bar rope hammocks are known as the Pawleys Island Rope Hammocks.
Perfect Pitch
Staying Dry
Staying Warm
30° Hang Angle
Site Selection
Leave No Trace
Drip Lines
Weather Shield
Hammock Socks
Pads
Sleeping Bag
Top Quilt
Insulated Hammock "Socks"
Bug Free
Permethrin
Double-layer Fabric
Timing
(and comfortable)
West Clear Creek, Arizona
The infamous spreader bar "rope" hammock.
PHOTO BY TE-WA/MIKE STIVERS
Large vestibule for incredible gear storage.
A-Frame tarps provide
excellent snow shedding.
Leave No Trace
Boy Scout National Jamboree.
PHOTO BY TIM FLANNERY
Joshua Tree National Park
PHOTO BY TIM FLANNERY
Joshua Tree National Park
Hammock as a ground bivy.
Backpacking Stand (Handy Hammock)
Plan Ahead and Prepare
Know before you go and anticipate the conditions.
Everyone gets their own private sleeping area but can still share a shelter and friendly proximity
Great for Camporees!
Scouts can build their own hammock village
Site selection
Snow cave and wind screen.
Rock anchors.
Grand Canyon Indian Garden Campground
Beach camping at Lake Powell
3-Person Hammock Stand.
The Ultimate Hang!
+
Camping
Tree-saving straps.
Camp over durable surfaces.
No compacted soil or "burned" vegetation.
Campsites are found, not made.
Choose your view.
Unlimited options.
No need to find a level, clear site.
Float above rocks, roots, and critters.
More possibilities.
Get creative!
Man-made supports.
Indian Garden, Grand Canyon
Vehicle anchor points.
Bunk bed style and share a tarp!
Hang side-by-side for couples.
Disperse your impact.
Hammocks were adapted and used aboard ship from the 1500s until the Korean War (1950s). They were then adapted to suit the jungle environments of Vietnam.
Other cultures used hammocks for conveyances and bedding, including the Zulu and Ashanti. Boy Scout founder, Robert Baden-Powell, promoted this shelter style in his book, Scouting for Boys.
Tippy!
(Coming full circle.)
By the 1800s, Hammocks were being more widely adopted by the gentry.
Hammock Camping 101
1. Get a good sag.
2. Lay on the diagonal.
Gear color
Staying
Other Resources
Q&A
OVERVIEW
HISTORY
TODAY
LEAVE NO TRACE
WINTER
NO TREES?
GROUPS
THE BASICS
OTHER RESOURCES
DEMOS & Q&A
Modern Hammocks
Blending the traditional Mayan design with modern innovations.
Rain protection
Quick-connecting, easy adjusting suspension
Mosquito netting
Insulation options
High-tech fabrics (light, durable, fast-drying, UV stable, mildew-resistant, etc.)
Accessories!
Christopher Columbus discovered the hammock.
The Mayan Hammock.
No spreader bars, nice sag, low center of gravity.
TRADITIONAL
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