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DIY Camping Hammocks 101 – Preface


Here are the girls hanging in my 2nd and 3rd attempts at hammocks.

I am a big fan of camping (mayan) hammocks.  I have made 3 already to varying degrees of success.  The girls love them!  I am stepping into the next stage of DIY now and making a few more as well as helping some others make their own.  To that end I am creating a collection of posts that will hopefully chronicle the process.

There are a good number of commercial hammocks, but there is something satisfying about being able to do it yourself (you will see that as a recurring theme for me). There are also some nice books as well as some good online resources about hammock camping which I will link to here.

So why set write it if it already exists?  Well for starters, because I want to. If that is not reason enough, then simply because there is so much info available that it is difficult to know where to start and how to proceed.

I think one of my biggest strengths is my ability to distill useful information and present it in a logical easy to understand format, so that is my goal here.

Books:

Hammock Camping: The Complete Guide to Greater Comfort, Convenience and Freedom

It Begins…

Well I have finally made the leap!  I have no idea what I will write about, but it is a start, and I won’t get anywhere if I don’t start.

DIY Camping Hammocks 101 – Introduction

Hopefully you had a look at the DIY Camping Hammocks 101 – Preface, before coming here, and have spent at least a little time looking over some of the links there. From here on I will assume that you have a working familiarity with hammocks and hammock camping

Hammocks for camping can be broken down into a few parts, some parts are essential, while some are needed only in certain times or are a matter of preference.   Over the next few weeks (okay, maybe months) I will post each section in turn, with details on how to make them yourself and with a few options.  Here are the main parts as I see them.

  1. Hammock
    1. Body
    2. Suspension
      1. Ridgeline
  2. Tarp
  3. Under/Over Quilt
  4. Bug Net
  5. Storage Sacks

I will come back and link these later to the subsequent posts.