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Hammock Camping: The Basics of Setting Up Your Hammock


Hammock camping is getting more popular again as the winter chills melt into the beginning of spring. For some people, it’s time to plan or even prepare for their next hammocking adventure.

Finding attachment points for your hammock

You’re highly dependent on trees for your outdoor hammock camping. This is one of the most important first steps to your hammock camping. Choosing suitable trees for hammock camping is one of the concerns for the first-timers. And it’s a valid concern, as many people view hammocks as harmful to the trees.

Choosing the right trees to hang your hammock

Hammocks are low-impact camping activity and that the potential of damaging trees is actually minimum. Make sure that you chose trees that are healthy and sturdy. Thick tree diameters are preferable. If the trees bend even slightly because of your weight, then that means it’s a far cry from a suitable spot to hang your hammock. The trees that are suitable for hammock camping would not even budge even when you’re swinging on your hammock. Additionally, make sure that there are no dead branches above. Dead branches can fall anytime and may possibly harm you in the process. Make sure that there is no hazardous wildlife on your trees or around you. If they find your presence threatening, it’s not going to be pretty for you.  

Hammock Camping: The Basics of Setting Up Your Hammock

Don’t hang your hammock too tightly—loosen up!

A lot of first-timers think that getting the hammock as flat as possible is what they should do. This cannot be further from the truth. You need to hang your hammock loosely. Hammocks that are hung too tight would be very uncomfortable to sleep in. It would also give the attachment points, in many cases, the trees, to hold more weight that it should be when the hammock is setup loose.

Pick a tree-friendly strap to help protect the tree bark. Remember that you’re going camping to experience the outdoor—to get closer to nature. Causing harm to the tree bark because of human activities should be one of your first concerns when you’ve decided you’d like hammock camping.

For safety reasons, don’t hang your hammock too high

The folks over at the Ultimate Hang have put it well. For comparison, a chair-height above the ground from the bottom curve of your hammock would be ideal. If you’re hanging your hammock way too high up, it would make it so much more difficult for yourself (and the person you’re sharing your hammock with, if any). Getting up to your hammock should be effortless and getting down should not be a chore as well. moreover, even though the chance of falling is almost non-existent, if you do fall, the impact won’t be hazardous.

Get your hammock camping accessories ready

Some of the hammock camping accessories are among the most important components of hammock camping. Factor in those as well when setting up your hammock. Hang your tarp to protect you from the wind, sun, and rain. Hammock tarp is one of the most essential hammock camping accessories that you must bring. Bring a suitable hammock setup according to the seasons and your own needs.