Hammock camping 101: How to correctly rig your hammock

Editor’s note: This article was originally written by our friends at OFFGRID. Check out their site for more survival-related tips.

As opposed to sleeping on the ground or in a tent, spending the night in a hammock 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.

If you set up a hammock correctly, it can also be quite comfortable. And, of course, it helps keep you off the ground and away from nocturnal critters, uncomfortable rocks and rainwater.

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We 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:

Everything you need to know to get into your hammock. Infographic: Courtesy of The Ultimate Hang/OFGRID
Everything you need to know to get into your hammock. Infographic: Courtesy of The Ultimate Hang/OFFGRID

For those who want to learn more about hammock camping and more advanced techniques, visit Hansen’s site. It’s packed with good info and guides for this unique form of camping.

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You gotta be sure your hammock is secure. Photo: Courtesy of OFFGRID
You gotta be sure your hammock is secure. Photo: Courtesy of OFFGRID

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.”

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Serac answers many common questions about staying warm in your hammock, rigging your hammock correctly and hammock safety.

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