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:
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!