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Just Hangin’ Around. An Aerial View of Hammock Backpacking. Why Leave the Ground?. Often more comfortable than tents. LNT-friendly by providing less impact. No compressing soil. No clearing vegetation. Things are left the way you found them. Tarp can be setup independently if needed.

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Just hangin around

Just Hangin’ Around

An Aerial View of

Hammock Backpacking


Why leave the ground
Why Leave the Ground?

  • Often more comfortable than tents.

  • LNT-friendly by providing less impact.

    • No compressing soil.

    • No clearing vegetation.

    • Things are left the way you found them.

  • Tarp can be setup independently if needed.

  • Dual-purpose shelter and camp seat.



Why leave the ground1
Why Leave the Ground?

  • Typically easier to setup and cleaner to take down.

  • Great for uneven and rough terrain.

  • Highly customizable to suit your needs or the needs of the environment.



Problems leaving the ground
Problems Leaving the Ground

  • Not really geared towards multiple users.

  • Can require more tweaking to achieve the “perfect” setup.

  • Can get cold quickly if you’re not prepared.


Why would i stay on the ground
Why Would I Stay on the Ground?

  • Camping above tree line or in the desert.

  • Sharing your shelter with someone else.

  • Warmer without additional precautions.

  • Desire a fully enclosed shelter.


Problems with staying on the ground
Problems With Staying on the Ground

  • Not LNT-friendly.

  • Can be dirty to pack away.

  • Typically more bulky.

  • Need to find the “perfect” site to avoid rocks and sticks damaging tent floor, water runoff, etc.

  • Can be hot and muggy.


Not your grandpa s hammock
Not Your Grandpa’s Hammock

  • Modern backpacking hammocks are small and lightweight.

  • More advanced materials and design than “recreational” hammocks.


Won t i fall out
Won’t I Fall Out?

  • Only if you’re really talented. ;-)


Inside the backpacking hammock
Inside the Backpacking Hammock

  • Typically made from light or ultralight silnylon.

  • May have permanent or removable netting.

  • Typically have storage areas or loops.

  • May have a structural or non-structural ridgeline.

  • May be single or double layer.


Inside the backpacking hammock1
Inside the Backpacking Hammock

  • Gathered end

    • Hennessy

  • Sewn channel

    • Switchback

  • Bridge

    • JRB Bear Bridge




Site selection
Site Selection

  • Pick trees 12-15’ apart that are 6-8” in diameter minimum.

  • Don’t pick the tallest trees.

  • Look up for widowmakers.

  • Try to pick a location that will naturally protect you from wind/rain.

  • Optional

    • Pick site based on view

    • Pick site based on stealth


Suspension methods
Suspension Methods

  • Notes About Using Rope/Line

    • Can cut into tree if attached directly.

    • Knots degrade rope strength (up to 50%) and can be difficult to untie.


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Suspension Methods

  • Webbing straps

    • Safer for the tree by distributing load.

    • Eliminate/reduce the need for knots.

  • Strap Options

    • Eno Slap Straps

    • Python straps

    • DIY


Suspension attachment methods
Suspension Attachment Methods

  • Carabiners

  • Descender rings

  • Toggles

Demo Time!


Get your sag on
Get Your Sag On!

  • Hang the suspension to create about a 30° angle for a proper sag.

  • Too little sag will create too tight of a hammock.

  • Too much sag will turn your hammock into a banana.

  • Neither will be comfortable.


Get your sag on1
Get Your Sag On!

  • Structural ridgeline will set the sag so it’s repeatable every time.

  • An adjustable ridgeline can help while you’re in the learning phase or provide the ability to change the sag down the road.


Tweaking the setup
Tweaking The Setup

  • Use tie-outs to provide a roomier feel.

  • Use ridgeline for clothing, lighting, etc.

  • Try positioning head/feet slightly higher if you struggle getting level.

  • Adjust height above ground based on comfort.


Keepin it warm
Keepin’ It Warm

  • Convection loss is your biggest enemy.

  • Keeping the wind off your back will eliminate CBS and make your time much more enjoyable.


Insulation options
Insulation Options

  • WeatherShield

  • SuperShelter

  • Underquilt/top quilt

    • Three-quarter

    • Full-length

  • Sleeping bag

  • Foam pads (open or closed-cell)

  • Emergency blanket


Insulation options1
Insulation Options

  • Hammock sock

  • Lightweight blankets

  • Natural materials

    • Leaves

    • Pine straw

    • Other vegetation

Demo Time!



Don t blame it on the rain
Don’t Blame it on the Rain

  • A quality tarp can greatly increase your comfort level.

  • Multiple tarps to choose from may be helpful depending on your needs.

  • Buy a tarp that provides flexibility beyond simply covering the hammock.







Dude where are my trees
Dude! Where Are My Trees?

  • If you find yourself above tree line, in the desert, or w/o suitable trees you can still use your hammock.

  • Hiking poles and other objects can support ends like a tree.

  • Being prepared with a pad can make the journey back to ground more palatable.





Where do i learn more
Where Do I Learn More?

* All illustrations used by permission of Derek Hansen.

http://www.hammockforums.net

http://www.youtube.comSearch for ‘shug hammock’

Read the “The Ultimate Hang”* and visit http://www.theultimatehang.com