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Do you want to build a hammock?

So, Aaron bought a very nice four season hammock system (integrated bug net, tarp, insulation pockets, bivvy cover, kitchen sink) and used it during last week’s overnighter. He liked it a lot, so it got me thinking…

I spent the last year or two of my Scouting adventures primarily hammock camping.  Back then we weren’t concerned about weight, so we used El Cheapo fist-sized nylon mesh hammocks and enormous poly fill sleeping bags covered by plastic tarps we secured by tying a string around a rock in the plastic, and staked them to the ground with sharpened twigs.  It worked.

Here are a couple great sites devoted to hammock camping and DIY hammocks:

http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/670-My-Take-On-DIY-Hennessy-Hammock-A-Tutorial

http://www.tothewoods.net/HomemadeHammock.html

Give them some page hits, and try out their designs.  It’s super cheap if you have access to a sewing machine, a hardware store, and a few yards of ripstop nylon.

I’ll be testing out this first foray into hammock camping in more than 30 years…tonight!

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