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The Ultimate Hang: An Illustrated Guide To Hammock Camping Paperback – October 27, 2011
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About the Author
Derek Hansen is a lightweight backpacker, Scoutmaster, and "hammock enthusiast" who enjoyed his first hammock hang at age 14 at a Boy Scout high adventure base. When he’s not out testing outdoor gear, he enjoys reading and spending time with his family.
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Top Customer Reviews
The Basics- The book starts off with the authors first hammock experience and some terminology related to hammock camping. The pros/cons of hammocks and tents are discussed which helps decide if it is something that will work for you. Basic Gear, Tree Selection, Anchor Points, Suspension Lines, Weather and Bug Protection, Staying Warm, and Getting Comfortable are addressed briefly. These points also serve as a bit of an outline for the rest of the book where these points will be covered again in more detail. There are also a couple of great illustrations with bullet points showing the right and wrong way to hang.
Sight Selection- The next section deals with some aspects, not all of which are specific to hammock camping, but serves as great general advise. Lighting safety, Bear/Animals, Widowmakers, Choosing trees, Wind, and the principles of "Leave No Trace" camping are discussed.
Mechanics of Hanging- The book helped me a lot here. I had watched numerous videos and read a lot of different things on the internet on just how to hang the hammock. Different knots, methods, and accessories used had me confused.Read more ›
Here's a quick overview:
Wonder what whoopie slings are or how to use them? Do you clip your hammock to your straps using carabiners and wonder why others use toggle handles and complicated knot tying methods? This book breaks all of this down and more. Learn about Dutch clips and buckles; learn some basic knots that will serve you well. Learn some basic things to look for when selecting a spot to hang your hammock. Learn the pros and cons of structural ridgelines, of non-structural ridgelines, of tarp tying and more. And learn it all in a way that urges you to practice leave-no-trace camping ethics and that focuses in large part on safety.
If you're an old pro, catch up on some of the latest technology out there that has been applied to hammock camping. See what opportunities and materials are out there that could help you lighten your load or sleep more comfortably.
Additionally, I was impressed to learn that the author provided his own illustrations. They're cartoonish, but simple to understand and they contribute a visual element to the book that might otherwise be hard to follow.
I'd call it the premier book (at last that I've read) on hammock camping. I'd also recommend that if you're trying to share the joys of hammock camping with a friend, this book and an inexpensive Grand Trunk Ultralight hammock (under $15) would make a great gift.
As the subtitle states "an illustrated guide" that clearly shows the basics, and more, for those interested in understanding the pleasures of hammock hanging.
Fun and easy.
As a hanger, I smiled at the instructive and sometimes amusing illustrations.
Extensive list of suppliers and links to videos in back of book.
The Ultimate Hang offers a lot of information and ideas that I never tried , Yes , you can teach an old dog new tricks.
Hammock camping is progress in the works and as time moves along so does better ways to use the hammock for camping and items associated with it's use.
If you are thinking of lighting up your backpack by using a hammock then this is the book for you to read before you do anything. It will simplify your decision on which hammock and how to use it for camping.
I strongly suggest that anyone interested in hammocks reads it , you will not waste a single minute of your time and find it useful , interesting and informative.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Been hammock camping for years and still refer back to this book. Seems like I learn something every time I read through it.Published 2 days ago by BigE
Easy read, great info and resources for beginnig hang transistion.Published 12 days ago by Squirrel
The Ultimate Hang is the best of 4 books I have on the topic by far. Should not have bothered with the others after reading this one completely. Read morePublished 13 days ago by JESSE I.
Nicely written book with lot's of concise information. Once I got started I didn't want to put it down! I learned a lot of tips and tricks.Published 16 days ago by Pastor Rick
For someone new to hammocks, this is a good introduction. Another reviewer stated all the information in the book could be obtained elsewhere. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Fred Walker
Great information - tons of things that I hadn't even thought of when I purchased my hammock for backpacking! Read morePublished 17 days ago by rra104
Good read, even for seasoned hangers. Some tricks and tips that are useful. Hang multiple hammocks, where and how to hang and the familiar leave no trace, for those scouters.Published 18 days ago by Henry Rendleman