(This is a quick overview about hammock camping.)
There have been a few things that I wished I mentioned before starting this blog. One of the things I wished I mentioned was our hammocks.
Although hammock camping has gained popularity over the past few years, most people don’t know much about it.
I have been a hammock camper for about 6 years now, and I’m very happy I made the switch.
Here is a list of the Pros and Cons
- Level ground is not needed
- Rocks and roots are no longer a problem
- When its raining I don’t have to worry about waking up in a puddle
- They are comfortable (More on this later)
- They can also double as a chair in camp
- They require trees. So, no desert camping.
- They are MUCH colder than tents. A sleeping pad or under quilt is required. We used a sleeping pad inside our hammocks. I slept comfortably down into the low twenties and less comfortably in the single digits.
- Hammock – Its a hammock…. I’m sure you’ve seen one before. However these hammocks are asymmetrical. Meaning they are meant to be slept in at a slight diagonal to centerline. This helps the user sleep much more flat than usual. I never woke up in the morning with a sore back. I cant say that about tents. Our hammocks also had a built in bug net.
- Rain Tarp – Does the same thing as a rain fly on a tent. keeps the rain out
- Tree Straps – Straps that wrap around the tree without damaging the tree.
Here is a little video I made on trail that shows a good view from inside the hammock. You may notice my head is slightly touching the bug net. That was only because I had the zipper open without moving the bug net out of the way. When the zipper is closed or the netting is rolled back that is not an issue
This is my ” Blocking the wind, yet laying in the sun” setup
Going to sleep while watching the trees
Hammock – Warbonnet Blackbird – Item weight (Whoopie slings): 1 lb. 4 oz.
Rain tarp – Z paks rain tarp with doors – Weight: 9.0 ounces (255 grams)