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For most people, the first image that comes to mind on the subject of camping is a tent. Yet recently the advent of the portable hammock has begun to change everything. Simple parachute hammocks that pack down to the size of a grapefruit have created an entirely new niche to the outdoor industry. Camping in a hammock has a great many advantages, mostly comfort and a great nights sleep.
Eagles Nest Outfitters – DoubleNest Hammock, Red/Charcoal ENO – The Quintessential Parachute Hammock From stitching the highest quality most comfortable hammocks in the world from the back of a van, to setting up shop in Asheville, NC; Eagles Nest Outfitters has really set the benchmark when it comes to parachute hammocks. Competitors designs may vary … Continue reading ENO DoubleNest
Demonstration Join Michael McQuilton of MCQBushcraft as he walks through his quick deployment tarp setup. This video was the inspiration for my own method. You can also view some of his recommended products and handmade natural crafts Here.
Snugpak Hammock Cocoon – Overview Anyone who’s spent the night in a hammock is familiar with “cold butt syndrome”. Insulation in traditional sleeping bags is compressed under your body weight, leaving you susceptible to heat loss from convection during the night. In order to combat this, many use an underblanket to wrap the underside of … Continue reading Snugpak Hammock Cocoon | Best Entry Level Hammock Insulation
Overview In most situations the solo backpacker has a few options for shelter. Tarp, bivvy, hammock, tent, or some combination of these. While the tarp may be the tried and true ultimate in simplicity, it leaves much to be desired in protection and insulation. The bivvy bag provides more protection, but is often very compact … Continue reading Snugpak Ionosphere Tent
Overview If you plan on having shelter in the bush, you’re going to need tent stakes. For some, this means taking the time to harvest and process sticks for the job. But if you’re like me, it’s just too much time and effort for my taste. Depending on the terrain you’re in, there may be … Continue reading Vargo Titanium Stakes
Best Outdoor Blanket Modern engineered outdoor blankets can have a couple advantages depending on how they’re used. lightweight, insulative, packable blankets can be a welcome replacement for bulky sleeping bags in warmer temperatures. Especially if you use an underblanket for your hammock, or ground pad in your tent, a full bag can be overkill. The … Continue reading Snugpak Jungle Blanket
Best Backpacking Hammock Arguably the best time to go hammock camping is during warm weather. Yet the bane of 3 season camping is often relentless biting insects, which traditional hammocks offer no protection against. In order to pack a backpacking hammock or camping hammock during bug season you’ll need a net. Aftermarket bug nets are … Continue reading ENO JungleNest
Chinook Guide – Bushcraft Tarp Most backpackers, campers, and bushcrafters pack tarps for the tremendous utility they provide. They’re available in an endless variety of colors, materials, sizes, configurations, and of course prices. Consistent with my “mil-spec” approach, I favor the Chinook Guide for my bushcraft tarp. Chinook Tarp – Features The Chinook is really … Continue reading Chinook Tarp