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How to hang a hammock when camping

The United States Army issued jungle hammocks, both sand fly and rain proof, during World War II and the Vietnam War. On the high seas, sailors realized the functionality of the hammock and it served as the perfect form of bedding on the ships. At present, hammock camping is a booming recreational trend in the United States. Most hammocks nowadays still resemble the old, traditional ones, but with more modern conveniences and accessories.

Hammock camping in the wilderness is a unique experience, and there are so many beautiful camping sites to explore in the United States. Some of the best national parks for hammock camping include Acadia National Park in Maine, White Mountain National Forest located in New Hampshire, and Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland.

There is an overwhelming range of hammocks available on the market in various sizes and manufactured with different types of materials. Most hammocks manufactured for camping are designed with gathered ends and a significant amount of curve or deep sag. If you are new to this unique way of sleeping or relaxing, you may want to learn about how to hang a hammock when camping.

Types of camping hammocks

There are many different types of camping hammocks available on the market. Parachute hammocks are typically wider and longer than the standard ones, and the double design offers more space. These hammocks also tend to be fairly lightweight and very durable. The mosquito net is not included and should be purchased as an extra accessory.

Jungle hammocks are designed with a rain tarp and mosquito net. Some people may find it less enjoyable to have the net all the time. This type of hammock is specifically made for adventurers and hikers who camp more regularly.

Ultra lightweight hammocks are perfect for climbing, backpacking, trekking, and hiking as they will hardly add weight to the travel pack. If space and weight is an important factor, then this hammock is a good choice.

Jungle camping hammocks are specially made for long-term use and are without a doubt the most durable for trekking expeditions. Accessories are available in stores, such as rain tarps and mosquito nets. The jungle camping pack is typically heavier than the parachute hammock.

Camping hammock tents look incredible, are different than the rest, and offer a good night’s sleep.  The bottom of the hammock offers a flat surface to sleep on with comfort. The multipurpose hammock weighs significantly more than a parachute hammock.

Things to consider when purchasing a camping hammock

Most camping hammocks include rain tarps and mosquito nets. The integrated bug net takes up less room in your backpack if you buy it separately. If you sleep in heavy rainfall areas, a rain tarp is crucial. The sheet should be much bigger then the hammock to protect you from rain and wind. By attaching the tarp to the ground, you can stay dry even if the rain comes with a gust of wind from the sides.

The weight of a camping hammock is an important consideration if you plan on climbing, hiking, or trekking. The weight is usually determined by the hammock’s fabric and the accessories.

The dimensions of the hammock are important. A person’s length should be taken into consideration to ensure comfort when resting.  A two-person hammock is always more comfortable even if you are single. Extra width will not make you feel claustrophobic.

Most camping hammocks include suspension systems. If you have to buy the carabiners and straps, you may want to obtain longer ones.

When you are determining what strength the hammock should have, you have to take your own bodyweight into consideration.  Confirm your weight with the backpack hammock’s maximum weight capacity. Overloading a camping hammock is not recommended, as this may reduce the lifespan of it.

How to hang a hammock when camping

It is important to know how to hang a hammock when camping. When hanging a camping hammock, the distance between the two objects, height of attachment points, and ridgeline length (distance between the ends of the hammock) will determine the final outcome.

Back in the old days, hikers and campers used rope to hang their hammocks. Rope becomes heavy and stretchy if it gets wet. The whoopie suspension system is a lightweight design and easy to adjust. The line is incredibly thin and made of Amsteel (also referred to as synthetic steel) for extra strong support. The middle part of the line stretches and provides adjustability.

Webbing straps are flat, long, and typically one to two inches in width. The wide straps can be tied around trees without harming the bark. Webbing straps usually come with a set of carabiners. Nails and screws can harm trees and should be avoided. Look for solid trees between thirteen and seventeen feet apart from one another to hang your hammock.

The recommended hang angle that the suspension line makes with the ground is around thirty degrees. Webbing straps allow you to adjust the hammock after set-up. The distance from hammock to ground should be somewhere between six and twelve feet. Wrap the strap around the tree and pull it to tighten. Clip the carabiners to the loops in the chain and onto both ends of the hammock.

Hammock accessories for every season

One can easily be surprised with an unexpected rain shower in summer. A gear list for the warmer months can include a tarp, blanket, suspension system, and hammock. During fall the temperatures will drop and you may want to consider an under quilt and sleeping bag.

To keep your body warm during winter in the camping hammock, you will want an over quilt, sleeping bag, under quilt, extra socks, warm woolen hat, and tarp. Springtime can still be cold in some regions and it may be best to pack a tarp, bug net, sleeping pad and bag, and suspension system.

Conclusion

Hammock camping in the wilderness is a unique experience. Outdoor enthusiasts get the perfect opportunity to connect with nature when sleeping or relaxing in a camping hammock. It is important to know how to hang a hammock when camping before you go out in the wilderness.

Temperatures in the mountains can fall and bodies of water always have the possibility of mosquitos and bugs. For your safety, consider the environment when you get ready for hammock camping.

By |2018-07-12T10:21:39+00:00July 15th, 2018|Categories: Backpacking Guide|Comments Off on How to hang a hammock when camping

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