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

Ed Speer
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Book Description

May 15, 2003
There's good news for campers--now you can enjoy a good night's sleep suspended off the ground--in hammocks! The book covers how to select a camp site and set up a hammock, how to stay warm, and how to protect the environment. Reviews of suitable hammocks offered by several manufactures are included. Everything needed to make your own hammock is provided.

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About the Author

Ed Speer is an expert on hammock camping.

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: #1,499,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening, but not everything I'd hoped. July 9, 2003
By A Customer
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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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars hammock camping-light on revalations June 17, 2003
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic on Hammock Camping November 7, 2007
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars take heed - your back will thank you! 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good little book for those looking to start out January 17, 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I love reading this book. It helped me improve upon my hammock setup and enjoy camping even more now.
Published 14 months ago by Rob S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great read.
Published on August 8, 2014 by Whitepitbull
3.0 out of 5 stars A little dated, but good reading
This book is a little dated, but it is still a good read. Not much of it really is suited to today. Still, I enjoyed reading through it.
Published on February 3, 2014 by IndyOutdoors
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
A must have for beginner or future Hammock campers.A true how to guide from a guy that's been there and done that. Read more
Published on September 7, 2013 by Emoore
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
This was not in perfect condition, but it was in much better condition than I had expected. It was listed as damaged with shelving wear and tear, but it was in really good... Read more
Published on May 15, 2013 by Adam Spahn
2.0 out of 5 stars Terribly Outdated
I have two good Hammock Camping Books and decided to order Speer's book. I was terribly dissapointed. Read more
Published on April 27, 2013 by Steve P
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent book
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... Read more
Published on February 11, 2013 by IPhone junkie
5.0 out of 5 stars In My Hammock
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. Read more
Published on January 18, 2013 by Bill P
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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. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars How to Hang !!
great book all about hammock camping and the best way to "Hang Out"
when camping in the woods or in hiking situations. Read more
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