May 12, 4 min read backpacking camping hammock hiking ultra light. Parachute hammocks have become a popular trend in the hiking, backpacking, and camping communities. If you frequent any outdoor themed Instagram accounts you've probably seen countless photos of hammocks overlooking breathtaking landscapes and been inspired to bring a hammock on your next adventure. Whether you are looking to ditch your tent for a full hammock setup or just bring a hammock hiking to enjoy a relaxing view, this guide to hammock camping has everything you need to set up the perfect backcountry hang.
These days it seems like there are s of companies making backpacking hammocks. The number of options can be overwhelming.
Many of them make great hammocks, but we want to avoid cheap knock offs that use inferior materials and construction. We look for a few important markers of quality when selecting a hammock. First, we examine the seems to make sure they are triple stitched for strength, durability, and safety. Second, we look at the weight the hammock is rated to safely support. Third, if we are going to be backpacking or hiking with the hammock we look at how much it weighs, more expensive fabrics will be lightweight, durable and very strong.
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Fourth, we look at reviews online and from trusted blogs and outdoor publications. And lastly, we look at cost and value. For example, does the hammock include the straps for hanging or do those cost extra more on tree straps next. The included tree straps and carabiners make setup a snap and it has held up to some serious abuse on our backpacking and hiking adventures. Best of all the price won't use your gear budget for the year like some hammocks of similar quality.
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They make hanging between any suitable trees quick and easy and because they are flat protect the tree's bark better than rope. First time hammock campers often hang their hammock with little slack thinking this will be more comfortable.
However, hanging it loose with slack in the middle actually makes the hammock easier to sit and lay in more on laying in your hammock below. You should also aim to keep the hammock lower to the ground. A low hung hammock is better because you can reach your belongings on the ground without getting up and if you accidentally fall out of the hammock you won't get hurt. Your camping hammock probably has an attached stuff sack that everything conveniently packs into. While your hammock is hung this stuff sack becomes the perfect spot to keep your water bottle, headlamp, snacks, and more.
Try a 30 degree angle as a starting point and adjust as to whatever feels most comfortable, this will allow you to lay flat while relaxing or sleeping. At an angle, you can even sleep on your side one of our favorite ways to sleep in our hammock. You can add some warmth by laying a sleeping pad in your hammock. Mummy shaped sleeping pads work best, or you can grab a hammock specific sleeping pad with hammock wings. When camping in a tent the temperature inside is warmed by your body heat.
What do you need? From there, all I needed to bring to the table was my pillow, trusty sleeping bag and some form of insulation — which can be in the form of a camping mat or an under quilt. I highly recommend the mosquito net and rain tarp. As soon as winter ends and the humidity increases, the flies and mosquitoes come out, making the net a necessity. I decided to show Rachael some quick and easy gems of the Blue Mountains and first took her to Lincoln Rock to soak in the meandering valleys of the mountains. Pro-tip, duck left of the main viewing rock and hook around a few metres to find the hidden cave.
This would usually be my go-to sunset spot, but setting up the hammocks before dark was on the cards.
Next up was Minne Ha Ha Falls. Just a 20 minute drive away and an easy 20 minute approach, this cute two tiered waterfall sports a gorgeous swimming hole and the perfect set of trees to sling up a hammock and kick back. We had more plans for another waterfall walk, but relaxing here and swimming felt like a much better option. With sunset approaching, we peeled ourselves out of the hammock and made our way to our campsite.
Along the way, we hit a quick pit stop by the Hydro Majestic Pavillion to check out the insane clouds and sun rays peeking through into the valley. Finally at the campsite, it was time to set up the Ticket to the Moon hammocks and teach Rachael all the quick tips. Too loose, and your body will curve too much, causing some back and joint discomfort. A correctly hung hammock will have a natural curve — aim to have the straps hang at 30 degrees from a horizontal level line once loaded with weight.
A curve in the sweet spot paired with a good sleeping angle will result in a comfortable and sound sleep for the night. Reposition your body diagonally a 30 degree angle to the centre line of the hammock. With your head and feet resting on opposite sides of the hammock, your body will work with the hanging tension and naturally level out.
As the sun rose on that crisp Sunday morning I awoke slowly and naturally to the breeze gently rocking me and birds chirping a few metres away. Especially in these summer months, I urge you all to give hammock camping a go.