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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Wade Edward Speer (January 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971859442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971859449
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ed Speer is an expert in hammock camping.

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Not much of it really is suited to today.
Kelly J Kyler
If you are at all curious about hammock camping or buying a camping hammock, but this book.
M. L Strickland
A lot of good suggestions and instructional information.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
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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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By k. thompson on June 17, 2003
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. L Strickland VINE VOICE on November 7, 2007
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By solocanoe on November 23, 2009
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I few years ago, I tried a real hammock of a friends at a camp. My back, my body, my journeys into the wild all improved SO much!

weight in a pack - a tent, a sleeping pad- mine weren't terribly heavy @ 7 pounds, but took a lot of space. My "mosquito jungle hammock (with giant tarp/fly) less than 2 pounds and the size of a one pound coffee can.

easy to use - I never really questioned trying to find a good spot for the tent, just grew up with it. It's so cool to not worry about when or where I'm going to sleep - the author is right! Every night is the same and this book teaches you how to set up anywhere, in any terrain!

Comfort - can't compare/will never go back to a tent/can see why in some countries people sleep in hammocks every night - in their own houses! Infinitely adjustable as to height of both ends for personal comfort (elevated legs after a hard days hike!), flipped over for a great camp chair, never lumpy or bumpy, it's really a revolution.

This book tells it like it is from (probably) the biggest conntributor to the growth of the industry of hammock camping.

I refer to it a lot, don't carry it anymore but did on the first few trips, but certainly review it before a trip. The author's experience of 20,30 years really comes thru and I know I get better at it every trip out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IPhone junkie on February 11, 2013
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The only thing not realized is that even though this book is good for beginners I realized that there are so many better resources on the internet from multiple post and blogs about others have done Inge to make it better and more comfortable.
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