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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.


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