Looking Into Camping With A Hammock

I’ve been toying with this idea for a while now; I’ve researched the pros and cons to this new venture.  I will primarily be using this during the spring/summer months in Texas.  From what I can gather I will be needing the following supplies: bug net and a protective rain fly, adequate suspension and straps. My wife and I do routinely share a tent with kids, and it seems that most hammocks are limited to single occupancy; so that can become an issue.

For the trips were I would be going by myself, it seems like it could be a great option.  Everything I have read suggests that leaving the tent behind and switching to a hammock isn’t sacrificing any comfort.  “Hammock camping is more comfortable, more enjoyable and even easier to setup and take down, without the sacrifices often associated with ultralight or minimalist gear.” – Trek Light Gear  From varies articles it seems that sleeping in a hammock really boils down to technique.  Unlike sleeping in a sleeping bag on the ground, hammocks have a way of moving.   There are differences in hang height, distances between anchor points, and the angle of the hang can influence the shape and lay of the hammock bed.  

I’ve found a couple of common problems that I will need to address:

  1. Ankle Strain
  2. Cold Butt Syndrome
  3. Calf Pressure
  4. Shoulder Squeeze
  5. Leg Hyper extension
  6. etc.

But with a little care this should still be a fun adventure; I’ll post more as I venture through this new frontier. 

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