I don’t when and how I started hammock camping I think it came from having a cheap camping hammock in a camping box that got setup for the kids whilst camping once.
Hammock camping is so much more versatile than ground dwelling and extremely adaptable to weather conditions.
I started of researching equipment online and looking at various videos on YouTube people where posting about advice and different methods. As I said I started off with a cheap parachute hammock and a Quechua tarp I use whilst camping as an additional shelter.
Through trial, error and research I have found a method that I use regularly.
I found out the hard way that sleeping in a hammock in just a sleeping bag got really cold due to the compression of the sleeping bag underneath me.
I decided that hammock camping was for me and I researched what hammock I was going to buy.
There’s loads out there on the market but I had chose a British made hammock from dd hammocks I really liked the look of the frontier hammock as it had a built in Mosquito net and also has the ability to slide a sleep mat into as I found out just laying a sleep mat into a hammock the mat will always move and you will become exposed to the elements.
The frontline hammock comes with tapes in each end to strap to tree trunks but after some research I wanted to adapt my hammock and install some whoopie slings into it.
The great thing about dd hammocks is the ability to attach their under blanket to the hammock. This item really does give you a warm nest to sleep in.
The underblanket hangs underneath the hammock creating a void holding warm air below you as you sleep.
Whoopie slings make adjusting the ‘hang’ (height) of your hammock super quick and easy and no knots are required. Adjustable length is roughly from 40cm to 180cm per sling giving you plenty of room to choose suitable.
- DD Frontline Hammock (with whoopie slings)
- DD 3m x 3m Tarp
- 8 x lightweight aluminium pegs (4 of which are rigged with 1.5m of 2mm amsteel for use with the tarp worms.
- 1 x guy line for using if setting up a tarp tent).
- 2 x Tree Huggers
- Continious ridge line (made from 2mm amsteel with a soft shackle one end and a prusik knot and soft shackle on the other end.
The only other thing I would really consider is how to deal with rain running down you woopie slings.
The easiest method I have found is attach a small length of line onto the whoopie slings before the hammock.
This will allow rain to follow its course and drip to the floor without getting your hammock wet.
- 3m x 3m tarp
- 2 x trekking poles (or sticks but adjustable treking poles work the best).
- 7 x tent pegs
- 3 x guide lines (or a length of paracord)
There’s a good amount of space inside this you can fit two people and gear inside this configuration.
I could sit and write about how to errect this shelter but it would be easier for you to understand watching this youtube video on how to do it until i get time to get around to making my own ‘howto’ video.
Open Front Tarp Tent
Now the above method is ok if the weather is on your side but if it isn’t then there is a configuration to completely enclose yourself, the Tetra configuration. Now remember a tarp shelter will not be 100% waterproof, you need to think about lay of the land, will water run underneath or down the hill. Thinking about where you pitch this shelter is just as important as what configuration you will use.
This is perfect if the weather is against you. You an completely enclose yourself inside, the door can be a bit fiddly to use but it will serve its purpose on protecting you from the the elements.
Problems with this configuration:
- Can get very hot inside (only really good if major downpour)
- Can condensate very easily if no air flow.
- Access and egress can be a little bit of pain.
You can camp all through the year as long as you are prepared with the correct equipment and setups.
Have a look at some of the equipment available at DD Hammocks