Guide To Hammock Camping

Introduction

So you’re considering the idea of hammock camping, but don’t quite understand how it all works. You have probably said to yourself, “There’s no way I could sleep in a hammock for an entire night. It hurts my back just thinking about it!” The solution to this issue lies in the approach. When done correctly, hammock camping offers levels of comfort that will make all of your friends jealous. 

Hammock Systems

The Hammock Setup

It is very easy to make a great hammock uncomfortable if it is not set up properly. By following these simple guidelines, you can be sure to get a good night’s rest.

  • Attach your tree huggers at the same height on both ends. 
  • Tension the unloaded hammock to a 30 degree angle. 

30 degree hammock angle

  • Verify both ends of the hammock are at the same height.

Precipitation

You have looked at the forecast for the weekend. Rain. Its going to rain. Great, just great. Now you're hammock camping weekend is ruined... or is it? All you need to keep out that sky water is a nice rain fly! Now, there are many styles of tarps out there that offer varying degrees of protection from the elements. Lucky for you Beezer Gear has the solution to your dilema.

Wildcat Hammock Fly This rain fly is a full length, catenary-cut tarp that will keep your beezer dry during a downpour. 

Warmth

Don't let a little bit of cold weather discourage you from camping out in your hammock! All you need is an underquilt to insulate you from the cold.

Q: What is an underquilt and why do I need one?

A: Think of an Underquilt as a sleeping bag that runs under your hammock to provide insulation from below.

Q: How is using an underquilt different from hammock camping in a sleeping bag?

A: Sleeping bags gain their insulation through the loft of the bag. When you use a sleeping bag your weight compresses the bag, significantly reducing the thermal benefits of your fancy sleeping bag. Underquilts run underneath the hammock, preventing material compression and preserving insulating properties.