The Basics of Hammocking
Look for trees 12 to 15 feet apart, and lash your hammock at about eye level. For maximum comfort at night (and less movement), lie diagonally, with the edge of the hammock supporting your head.
Save the Trees
Minimize tree damage by using nylon or polyester hanging straps at least an inch wide. Never use plastic zip cords or hammer anything into a tree.
Bring a Bag
It may seem attractive to sleep in a hammock without a sleeping bag on a warm night, but don’t be fooled. Cool evening breezes will blow through most hammocks and you’ll want the warmth of your bag — plus a sleep pad to block air from below.
Some hammocking-specific gear will help: The tree-friendly ENO Helios Suspension System ($34), below, makes attaching your shelter easy, and the Roadie Car Stand allows you to string up a hammock at a car camping site when there are no trees nearby ($199).
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