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The Ultimate Hang: An Illustrated Guide To Hammock Camping Paperback – October 27, 2011
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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 ›
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.
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.
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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If you are thinking about becoming a hammock camper, you NEED to read this book. It will cover everything you need to know about anything to do with hammock camping. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Lunchbox
If you are new to hammock camping, start with this book. After publication, the author seems to have converted to using the Becket Hitch, which I highly recommend learning before... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
A really interesting book. Very informative regarding hammock camping. Tons of really good info. I am going to try hammock style camping in the near future. Read morePublished 10 days ago by John, Dunedin, Fla
I'd recommend this to anyone wanting to begin hammock camping. I liked the illustrations, but I wish there were more information on knot tying. Very informative.Published 10 days ago by Terri Heath
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Great book for anyone looking to get into hammock camping. Learn the ins and outs before dropping a small fortune on gear.Published 24 days ago by D.Desautels
Best source of information for anyone who wants to get into hammock camping. Derek proves a wealth of information in an easy to read and understand format with excellent... Read morePublished 25 days ago by The Marksman