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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Revised 2012 edition (October 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466263687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466263680
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (509 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Ultimate Hang by Derek Hansen is the best book I found when I got interested in exploring this increasingly popular method of camping. I found that it contained all the essential information I needed to makes sense of all the aspects associated with buying and using a hammock that many veteran tent campers may not be familiar with. The book is a short and enjoyable read that really gave me a clear understanding of the selection and use of a camping hammock. Here are a few of the things this book covered.

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.
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Looking forward to handing this book to friends and strangers who ask questions about "that very cool flying tent" when van camping. Or recommending to backpackers when on the trail and they ask about my rig.

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.
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I've gradually gotten more and more interested in hammock camping. Gave this book to a friend, who more or less got me into it. He loves it. Gave one to my brother along with a hammock. He's gone from reluctant to enthusiastic. I was so envious of the gifts I gave them that I bought the book on my e-reader. I can't say enough good about it.

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.
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I bought this for my kindle and it has been invaluable for enjoying my hammock, in fact i am now a full time hanger. I would recommend getting the physical book rather than the kindle for the diagrams, and you can take it with when you go out in weather.
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I have camped in Hammock's for at lease 55 years and probably longer then that if the truth was known. Plus I own ( and use ) 6 of them ( Not all of them at the same time ) from the basic to the top of the line ones.
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.
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