4 things to consider for hammock camping


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GREAT OUTDOORS – For many outdoor enthusiasts, camping is synonymous with tents. After all, tents have been around for centuries. They have a proven track record of portability and protection from the elements.

But more and more campers are turning to a simpler option: the camping hammock. Hammocks are easy to transport, simple to set up and can be extremely comfortable. And modern camping hammocks offer many of the features of your favorite tent, including mosquito nets and rain flies.

A big advantage of a hammock is that it frees you from the constraints of the terrain. Because it’s suspended, you won’t have to worry about rough terrain anymore. You can sleep comfortably on a steep hill or soar over the slush. And while it’s true that hammocks require anchor points, it’s usually easier to find two trees than it is to find flat ground big enough to accommodate your tent.

As for sleeping in a tent, the great advancements in camping mattress technology haven’t changed the fact that the ground is always unforgiving. Grim roots and boulders often materialize in the middle of the night to inflict misery on unsuspecting campers. A hammock allows you to stay above these nuisances.

One thing to note is that the sturdier and more feature-rich your hammock, the heavier it will be. It probably seems obvious, but some people may be surprised to learn that there isn’t a substantial difference in weight between a fully accessorized hammock and a four-person tent.

Tree protection straps are one of the accessories that add weight, but they are definitely recommended. These wide straps distribute the load over a wider area, minimizing damage to the tree bark. There are several brands selling these straps including Grand Truck Goods and Ticket to the Moon. Both cost around $ 20.

For those who are considering camping in a hammock for the first time, here are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing a hammock:

If you’ve ever jumped into a daytime hammock on the beach, you’ve probably laid down in it parallel to the hammock. It’s fine for an afternoon nap, but less so for a night’s sleep. Many camping hammocks are asymmetrical to allow you to sleep diagonally for maximum comfort.

As a general rule, the longer and wider a hammock, the more comfortable it will be. Experiment with different shapes and sizes to find the one that works best for you.

Camping hammocks can get quite heavy once you add accessories. If you’re using yours for campsites that don’t require a long hike, that’s okay. But if you’re planning to venture into a more intense hike, you’ll want to be judicious about the weight and consider an ultralight sling.

Sleeping in a hammock can be a freezing experience if you are not prepared. To protect themselves from the cold, many campers simply place a foam pad in the hammock. Some hammocks even have a special compartment that allows you to slip a cushion inside. A final option is a comforter, which hangs under your hammock and provides warmth.

So what are the best camping hammocks? It certainly depends on your specific needs. On the more affordable side, there are options like the Grand Trunk Double and the Hamock Bliss Double. Both of these hammocks are of high quality and cost less than $ 60.

If you’re looking for a more luxurious option, you can’t go wrong with the Warbonnet Blackbird. It is widely considered to be one of the most comfortable hammocks on the market. Another competitor is the Hennessy Expedition Asym. These hammocks come with a lot of bonus features, which push up their price to more than double that of the cheap hammocks mentioned above.

Whether you decide to go with a lightweight daytime hammock or a furnished camping option, this is definitely a fun way to bring new dynamics to your next adventure.


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About the Author: Grant Olsen —————————–

Grant Olsen joined the KSL.com team of contributors in 2012. He covers outdoor adventures, travel, product reviews, and other cool stuff. He is also the author of the book “Rhino Trouble”. You can contact him at grantorrin@gmail.com.

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