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We recently came across this useful infographic from Derek Hansen at TheUltimateHang.com. It does a nice job of conveying the basics of hammock rigging for those who don’t have prior experience. It’s really not that complicated, and it requires minimal gear, so it’s perfect for those who want to travel light. Check it out:
As opposed to sleeping on the ground or in a tent, hammocks can have a number of advantages. Hammocks are often lighter and more compact than tents, they’re relatively easy to set up (assuming your location permits), and they generally cost less than tents as well. If you set up a hammock correctly, they can also be quite comfortable. And, of course, they help keep you off the ground and away from nocturnal critters, uncomfortable rocks, and rain water.
For those who want to learn more about hammock camping and more advanced techniques, visit Derek Hansen’s web site at TheUltimateHang.com. It’s packed with good info and guides for this unique form of camping.
Serac, a leading manufacturer of camping hammocks, also offers some useful tips and tricks on their blog. Click here to read Serac's “Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Hammock Camping”. The company's blog entry answers many common questions about staying warm in your hammock, rigging your hammock correctly, and hammock safety.