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Hammock Camping: The Complete Guide to Greater Comfort, Convenience and Freedom Paperback – May 15, 2003

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Ed Speer is an expert on hammock camping.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Speer Hammocks (May 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971859442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971859449
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,431,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ed Speers, the author and ulta-experienced outdoor adventurer, does a lot of things right in this book. He has obviously learned how to make and use a hammock in the wilderness and this expertise has led him to create a few of his own innovations in hammock camping. Like many wilderness junkies that decide to write a book or two, Speers is at his best when describing his own experiences. There's no lack of such experiences in this book, since Speers often includes personal journal entries or remembered stories to provide examples of the points he is trying to convey. These events are perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of the book and leave the reader with the desire to visit the wide array of places the author describes. Mr. Speers is obviously trying to convince the reader to use a hammock rather than a tent and his personal examples are often chosen to show how those experiences were made possible by his use of his hammock. This expertise pays off in the author's own innovations in hammock making and usage, including the interesting "Pea Pod" concept of staying warm even in cold temperatures. Ed properly devotes a beefy chapter to the concepts and methods of staying warm in a hammock, which is the biggestl challenge facing the hammock user. This provides an excellent application of Speers' long and varied experiences in his hammocks, since the reader can feel confident that they can make their own hammock comfortably warm in cooler temperatures, yet also feel reassured that they can retreat to the ground if faced with even colder conditions than expected.
The author's intent to convert the reader into a hammock lover is a bit overdone at times, though.
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After finishing Hammock Camping my advice is as follows. Go and check out Ed Speer's website and read all what is there and save your money. All the info that is in the book that is worth anything is posted on the site. A good book for those just staring out.
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Ed Speer is a pioneer in the art of hammock camping in the United States. When he wrote this book, there were few hammock campers. Only a few people promoted hammock camping and there were only two or three manufacturers. I know, because I searched for anything and everything I could find on hammocks and hammock camping.

I first got interested in hammocks when traveling to equatorial South America where they are used extensively for sleeping. They are a great idea! In this country about the only camping hammock was the old WWII Jungle Hammock, which you can still buy at the Army Surplus Store.

Ed manufactures his own line of hammocks, but in this book and on his web site, he gives complete instructions on how to build your own hammock. It is obvious that his goal is to promote hammock camping. It must have worked because there are now over 21 manufacturers of camping hammocks and the number is rapidly growing!

You can't show me a better book on the topic, because I don't there is another book available on this topic. The closest is Ray Jardine's book on ultralight camping, but he is decidedly not a promoter of hammocks.

The advantages of hammock camping are so great that I will probably never do any tent camping again. Ed Speer's book taught me a lot. His advice on cold weather hammocking is particularly useful. I do mostly winter hammock camping.

If you are at all curious about hammock camping or buying a camping hammock, but this book. It is solid information.
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By Emoore on September 7, 2013
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A must have for beginner or future Hammock campers.A true how to guide from a guy that's been there and done that. If your looking to get into Hammock camping or want to improve your skills this is THE book.
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I found this book after learning of it on hammock forums .net. This book contains a lot of information helpful to those beginning to venture into the world hammock camping. It's a great companion for hammock forums .net
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This book is a compliation of the knowledge gathered during the many years Ed has used hammocks for wilderness travel. It is a mixture of practical information on staying warm, choosing the right campsite, attaching the hammock to trees as well as anecdotal reports of hammock camping in action. One of the most useful chapters is the one on making your own hammock.
This is one of those books that you can read numerous times and still glean more information with each reading. Once you switch from your tent to a hammock, you'll never go back!
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Great resource for the how, what, where, why, etc of hammock camping. I picked up a second hand sewing machine and had my first hammock finished in a weekend. My son made one at the same time. Not ready for winter weather yet, but have used it down to 40 deg. I slept just fine!
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The book arrived in excellent condition, and sooner than expected.
I started reading right away, I just could not put it down. The little side notes within each chapter was great as it was from contributors. A lot of good suggestions and instructional information. I highly recommend this book for people just starting out in hammocks as I am.
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