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How to: Stay dry while hammocking

How to stay dry while hammocking

Hammock Tarps

There are lots of different hammock tarps out there in all different styles, sizes, and materials. Depending on the weather conditions, personal preference, ease of set-up, and weight, there should be a tarp out there that will suit your needs. We will review the most common types of tarps to help you determine which might be best for you.

What size?

This again is up to personal preference, however it is recommended that you purchase a tarp that extends 6-12 inches beyond your hammock length. Remember a hammock will sag when hung so a 10 ft. hammock for example, will only have a length of around 8ft when hung. 

Common Hammock Tarps illustration by Derek Hansen of The Ultimate Hang

Diamond

Each style tarp will have their own pros and cons which we will review below. This tarp style is on the minimal coverage side of the scale. However, when used correctly it provides more than enough coverage from wind and rain while hammocking.

Pros: This style is one of the easiest to set up. There are only two anchor points. When you buy Hobo Hammock’s version the stakes are attached  as well as the ropes so set up is even more simple. Check out our rain fly here

Cons: There is less coverage here, so for more inclement weather it will require a more thoughtful set-up. 

Catenary

Serac Overhang Rain Fly

This tarp style is similar to a rectangular and hexagonal tarp style. However, in order to reduce some weight they have curved cuts along the sides. It provides great coverage and has 4 anchor points. 

Pros: This will be a lighter weight option than the rectangular or hexagonal styles, while still providing great coverage. Serac’s overhang rain fly also pulls tight with the ropes provided so you do not need a ridgeline to hang their tarp. A 4 anchor system allows for a little more versatility with your set up as well. 

Cons: Because of the 4 anchor points, set up will be a little more lengthy. 

Hexagonal

Here is a hexagonal tarp. This style has a curved cut along two sides of the tarp to reduce the amount of fabric. It provides good coverage and has 4 anchor points.

Pros: With the curved cuts they will be a little lighter. There are also more set up options with the 4 anchor point systems.

Cons: There is still a significant amount of fabric with this tarp style. If you are looking for a lightweight option this might not be the best choice. 

Rectangular

Here is a great example of a rectangular tarp style. This tarp style has more coverage than a diamond shape, and has 4 anchor points. 

Pros: You can find lots of tarps in this style which means they will generally be a little cheaper. The additional fabric also provides more coverage from inclement weather. 

Cons: The additional fabric does not vent as well so you may get condensation inside your tarp. With the additional fabric you will also add weight. 

Full Coverage/Winter

Here is an example of a full coverage tarp also called 4-season or winter tarp. This is a great option for winter weather or during very serious storms. It has the most coverage, and generally around 6 anchor points. 

Pros: For winter camping this really is the best option. It easily provides enough coverage so you can keep what warmth you have. 

Cons: With the additional fabric and weight it can be a hassle to carry around in the warmer months. 

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Hammocks are for Lovers

Hammocks are for Lovers

We are about a week from valentines day, so we thought it would be appropriate to post some of our favorite hammocking dates on the blog today. This is one of my favorite holidays because you spend time focusing on the reasons you love the people in your life! So bring your girlfriend, boyfriend, best friend or animal friend and enjoy these hammock date ideas.

1. Hammock camping trip

Make it a long weekend and get away with your love! Enjoy a romantic getaway cuddled up together under the stars. Go to your favorite spot, or try a new place. What better way to spend Valentines day?

2. Random hang

Go to a movie or dinner then after drive around until you find the perfect random spot to hang. Bring along your choice of dessert and enjoy the stars and being with your favorite person. 

3. Hike to the perfect hammock hang

Head out on a hike and enjoy a nice relaxing hang at the end. Hike to see the ocean, a waterfall, or a nice overlook. Take a nap at the top, enjoy the view, eat a picnic, or just enjoy a good conversation at the top. 

4. Cozy hang

Bring lots of blankets and head out into the cold to snuggle your SO at your favorite hammock spot. If allowed, you might make a fire and roast smores as the perfect tasty treat. 

5. Movie night

Set up your hammock in the backyard, string some lights, and watch your favorite movie together. This is great idea if you have kids and don’t want to pay a babysitter to escape for an evening. 

Still looking for a Valentines gift?

Want to know the best gift to give for valentines day? A double hammock! In a double Hobo Hammock you have plenty of room to snuggle up with your loved one. It comes with hammock straps, and for every purchase made a meal is donated to the homeless. Check out all the color choices here. Use code hhblogfollower for $7 off your order! 

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Types of Hammock Suspension Systems

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Hammock Straps

What is a Hammock Suspension System?

Simply put, your suspension system is whatever you use to keep your hammock off the ground. Suspension systems can range from amazingly simple to amazingly complex.

You have some that are great if you are looking for lightweight, some allow for a larger distance between trees, and some connect everything on a single system. There is no one best system it is just whatever works best for you. You may even notice that some set-ups are better in different conditions. 

Types of Hammock Suspension

For the beginner

Daisy Chain – This is the absolute simplest system out there. It does not require you to tie any knots you simply attach the strap around the tree and clip your carabeener into one of the holes. This one is from Kammock for $22. 

For the intermediate

 Tree straps – This is the type of suspension system you receive when you purchase your Hobo Hammock. They are the next simplest option as they require one knot to attach your hammock to the straps. Check out this video to see how tree straps work. 

This may be the most common way to hang your hammock just because there are so many different variations of this suspension system out there. If you are looking for some light-weight options, check out this great post

 

For the advanced

Great Graphic from The Ultimate Hang

Hammock Ridgeline

So a hammock ridgeline isn’t technically a suspension system, but it is something you may want to add to your current suspension system.

  1. What? A ridgeline runs from one end of your hammock to the other. It can be a fixed length or adjustable. In the graphic above you an see the ridgeline is the straight red line running from one end of the hammock to the other.
  2. Why? A hammock ridgeline is great because it sets the sag in your hammock so you have the most comfortable hang. You can hang things off it or you can hang your bug net over it. 
  3. How? There are tons of different ways to set up your hammock ridgeline. Check out this video or head over to Hammock Forums for some great ideas. 

Single Line Suspension 

So this is definitely the most complicated suspension system of the ones I have listed here. Basically, with a single line suspension you use one line for all your hammock set-up. Using some hammock rope you would attach your hammock to your straps, then build your ridgeline, and then attach the other side of your hammock to your straps. If it is completed successfully, it may be less work than manually adding a ridgeline just because you will not need to tie as many knots. Check out this post for more info. 

What is your current hammock suspension system? Why do you love it? We love to hear from you! Don’t forget to use code hhblogfollower for $7 off your order, and check us out on social media! 

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2018 Hammock Bucket List

2018 Hammock Bucket List

Here is a list of some awesome hammock spots you should try and get to this year! We kept it in the United States, would you guys want a list of places outside the Country? 

Zion National Park, UT

Why it makes the list: It is such a different environment at Zion National Park. If you have ever been to Southern Utah you know how beautiful and different the red rock is. It truly is a must see. Bring your hammock and have an awesome hang. 

When to go: Really honestly go anytime just be aware that there is a significant increase in traffic during the summer months. I headed down around March when there is still a little snow on the red rock and no one in the park and it was glorious! 

Angeles National Forest, CA

Why it makes the list: Get a beautiful view of downtown LA by heading up to Angeles National Forest. I love the idea of getting a gorgeous city landscape view from my hammock away from all the crowds. The view from Mount Wilson Observatory seems to be the best! If you are headed to LA this year, you might give this one a try.

When to go: Head up in the evening to catch the sunset then stay to watch LA light up the horizon. 

Lake Tahoe, CA

Why it makes the list: Crystal blue water and gorgeous granite mountains make this one hard to pass up. Not to mention all there is to do. Plenty of hiking and views if you want to stay off the beaten path. However, there is plenty of great tourist activities too! Catch a ride in a mountain gondola or a hot air balloon, or spend the evening at a nice restaurant. There is something for everyone and seriously, that view is just gorgeous. 

When to go: March to May is the season when Tahoe will be the cheapest, and least crowded. Although the temperatures will only reach the 60’s. 

Havasupi, AZ

Why it makes the list: At the base of the Grand Canyon you will find the beautiful oasis that is Havasu Falls. With the red rock and blue green waters it is a remarkable sight. It is quite the adventure to reach the falls so you will need to come prepared. However, it is so worth it!

When to go: You will definitely need to make plans for this lengthy backpacking trip.You will need to get a permit and reserve a camp spot. Many prefer to go in spring or even late fall to avoid the crowds and hot temperatures.  Check out this post for some more information. 

Moraine Lake, Banff Canada

Why it makes the list: It is said that Moraine Lake is simply breathtaking. You will actually find this lake on the back of the Canadian Dollar Bill. It is a glacially fed lake that appears almost turquoise. I have not yet been to Banff, but this is the top of my list for 2018!

When to visit: The lake actually remains frozen until late May. Late June – August is the time to visit for the best view of the lake. 

Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park

Why it makes the list: It is just one of the best fall views ever. Just look at that, how could it not make the list?!

When to go: Fall! Growing up this was one of my favorite ways to appreciate the beauty of fall. Head up there with a hammock for a truly beautiful hang. Find out more here

Olympic National Park, WA

Why it makes the list: This is one of the most unique National Parks I have visited. It is a massive park with so much to see and so much variation. I think I could go back 10 more times and there would still be more to see. There is beach, rainforest, mountain views and more. Definitely worth a visit this year. 

When to go: Although the summer is crowded, it is such a large park that it wasn’t too much of a bother. Just get going early! 

Clearwater, FL

Why it makes the list: If clear blue water and white sand beaches are your cup of tea, this should definitely be on your list. It is an awesome family beach. Just well taken care of and gorgeous. There are also a lot of lesser known beaches in the area that are less of a tourist destination. Try Caladesi State Park or Honeymoon Island State Park. 

When to go: Probably summer unless you don’t care for the crowds. Just avoid hurricane season! 

Although I can’t go into tons of details about all of these there are so many more I thought of:

  1. St. Simons Island, GA
  2. Glacier National Park
  3. Yosemite National Park
  4. Uinta Mountains, UT
  5. Acadia National Park
  6. Laguna Beach, CA
  7. Redwood State Park, CA
  8. Mt. Rainer National Park

Can you think of others? What is on your hammocking bucket list for 2018? We want to know!

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New Year’s Resolutions for the Outdoor Enthusiast

New Year’s Resolutions for the Outdoor Enthusiast

So maybe you are into making New Year’s Resolutions and maybe you’re not. But personally, I am all for making new goals and trying new things and New Year’s Resolutions are a great way to do that.

It makes me excited to get out and go when I have goals I am achieving. So we put together a list, and maybe something will strike your fancy for a goal for 2018. 

1. Do something new

When it comes to getting outdoors I think we all have our favorite things to do. Mine include hammocking, hiking, backpacking, and canoeing and kayaking when I get the chance. 

You never know what new favorite hobby could be waiting for you if you don’t give something new a try. Have you tried bouldering? Paragliding? Snowshoeing? There are so many fun ways to get outside, give something new a try this year!

2. Explore your hometown

I don’t know about you but sometimes I get so busy living my life I forget about all the awesome things I have to explore in my own hometown. 

I have had this list of hikes I want to do for years and somehow I just never seem to get to them. Adventure doesn’t have to be huge, it can be an afternoon appreciating the beauty right outside your door.

Hammock Time!

3. Find an awesome place to hang

This most certainly had to be on the list for the new year. I am putting together a hammock hanging bucket list for 2018. Check in next week to read the post all about it! Meanwhile, head over to our social media to post your favorite spots from 2017!

4. Volunteer!

Pay it forward this year by helping take care of the places you love to visit! If you are a hiker or biker help with some upkeep on your favorite trails. Are you a runner? Volunteer your time at the next race.

You can even donate some of your used gear to a good cause, or sell your gear and donate the proceeds to your favorite outdoor programs. 

5. Get out of your comfort zone

Push yourself to do something this year that you wouldn’t do last year. Climb that route you wouldn’t last year, jump off that cliff you wouldn’t last year, ski the run you were afraid of last year, or run a marathon. Just keep pushing yourself!

6. Travel to one new place

I love to travel and see new things, but some years are just tough. You don’t have the money, or you have a new baby, or you’re going to school, but if you set your sights on one new place I think you can do it. 

Maybe this year it’s a cheap cruise to Mexico, or maybe you can finally make your dream vacation a reality, but either way see one new place this year!

7. Leave the camera and phone at home

Or at least in the car, cause you know, you just never know. But really I have been meaning to do this forever. Go on an adventure and experience every moment for you. You might just be inspired the second the screens aren’t there to distract you.

8. Get outside daily

If you sit in an office all day this is an especially good goal for you. Just take 15 minutes and walk around. Get your blood flowing and think about something else for a short while. 

If you don’t work in an office still try and get outside daily! Go on a morning or evening walk. Or a bike ride. It’s pretty crazy how much less important some things seem after a good walk. 

9. Visit a new National Park

Honestly, this is one of my favorite goals I set for myself every year. I love seeing the beauty in this country. Visiting a National Park can get a little overwhelming with the amount of visitors they get.

My favorite thing to do is find a trail that highlights the beauty of the park and go at a time that not many other people are there. I have great memories of the Grand Canyon at sunset, Yosemite’s Half Dome in March, picnic lunch at Crater Lake, and Angel’s Landing in Zion just as the snow is starting to melt off the red rock. 

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The difference we made this year

The difference we’ve made this year

We’ve always known we have awesome customers but seriously, we can’t believe the math! Over the past two years we have been able to do so much to help the homeless population, and it is all thanks to your support. 

For those of you who are new around here, for every purchase you make at Hobo Hammocks, a meal is donated to the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake to help the homeless population. There is more information about this process here. Or watch the short video below with founder, Jake Anderson explaining our Mission.  

Over the past two years we have donated close to 5,300 meals to the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake. That means that we have fed one person three meals a day for close to 5 years. Or, one person one meal a day for 14 years. 14 years?! Again, we cannot understate how much we appreciate your support of our mission. 

What to expect in 2018

We want to continue to provide this amount of support to the homeless population in 2018. With your help, I know we can! We will continue to offer an awesome product at a great price and hopefully continue to find customers who care about our mission as much as we know you do. 

We wish you all the best in the new year, and want to thank you again for the difference you made this year!

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How to save weight and stay warm while backpacking

Save weight & Stay warm

This is any backpackers biggest struggle come cooler temperatures. How to keep your pack light, but make sure you have all the gear you need so you’re not freezing all night.

Making these decisions can be all about personal preference as well. A seasoned backpacker learns how to pack from years of experience. It will take some time to determine what is worth packing for you. We do have some general tips for you though! 

The four essentials

To save the most weight, you need to make sure the four biggest items you pack are as light as possible. 

  1. Sleeping Bag – Especially in cooler temperatures, where you need a more bulky bag, this can be quite the weight in your pack. Down material is the lightest option, so the best for watching your weight, but it is also the most expensive. 
  2. Hammock – Because camping hammocks are so lightweight, these are a great option if you are trying to save weight. 
  3. Pack – This will likely be the heaviest thing you bring. To bring this weight down you can consider purchasing a smaller pack, or a frameless pack. 
  4. Pad or Underquilt/Overquilt – If you are looking to stay warm while hammock camping, an underquilt and topquilt are your best bet although they may be heavier than 

Smaller tips

Change your clothes before bed – After hiking all day, your clothes will be saturated with sweat, snow, rain or just the humidity in the air. To stay warm at night change into your dry pair of clothes. Keep the wet pair with you in your sleeping bag to dry them off as much as possible during the night. 

Think through every item in your pack – There may be areas that don’t initially think you can save weight, that you actually can. For example, can you make your toothbrush any smaller? Are you using an alcohol stove?

You can bring one item that serves a lot of purposes. For instance a bandana can serve as a headband, a pot holder, a tourniquet, or a towel for dishes. Rather than a bulky pack cover, insulate the inside of your bag with a garbage bag. 

Water – Water is one of the biggest weights you will carry. Try to drink as much as possible when you fill up your water and only carry a liter of water with you on the trail. 

Clothing – Cotton is absorbent so it will get stinky, and is useless in the cold, we recommend you leave the cotton items at home! Merino wool is a great material for your shirts and socks. For warmth, wear a base layer with a fleece pullover and a lightweight down jacket. You could also think about bringing a lightweight waterproof rain jacket. However, don’t get carried away bringing more clothes than you need. It takes up space, and adds weight to your pack. 

There are some great articles out there all about this subject, check out a few we loved. This one from man makes fire, and this one from green belly. 

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Hobo Hammocks: the stuff we’re made of

The Stuff We’re Made Of

All included!

So here is a run down of exactly what we are made of and, more importantly, why it matters! We create our hammocks with the hammock-er in mind. Each piece of our hammock is chosen for a very specific reason, now read on to find out why.

Straight Gate Carabiners, are pretty standard carabiners that simply do their job. They are strong, and very easy to use. They easily open, and close automatically when released. As they are made of steel, which is very durable and will keep you hanging just as high as you dare to hang. 

Size, specifically Double Hammock size. So size of hammock is a big factor that differentiates hammock companies. At Hobo Hammocks we want you to be the most comfortable in your hobo hammock, so we made sure you have plenty of room. Our hammocks measure 10ft x 6.5ft.  

Parachute Nylon is a popular fabric used in camping hammocks, and for a great reason. It is a very strong fabric, ours has a load capacity of 540 lbs. It also has a nice stretch to it and a soft texture which allows you to feel exceptionally comfortable in your hammock. 

Stuff Pouch, this is a very convenient part of your Hobo Hammock. You never need to worry about losing your stuff pouch because it is attached to your hammock. You can easily fit your hammock, and tree straps for your carrying ease. 

Tree Straps, are included in your purchase of a Hobo Hammock. Each tree strap is 10 ft long so there is no restrictions on where you hang. 

Red and Orange Hammock
Hammock Straps

The Extras

So there you have it, that’s the stuff we’re made of. In addition to this we also offer a lifetime warranty on your hammock and we donate a portion of your purchase to the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake to help feed and provide lodging to the homeless. Happy hanging in your Hobo Hammock! (Don’t forget, use code hhblogfollower for $7 off your order)

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Best Stocking Stuffers Under $30

December is right around the corner and the Holiday craziness is quickly approaching! Whether you have all your gifts taken care of, or you haven’t started (totally me), we have you covered with the best stocking stuffers for everyone on your list. 

Best Stocking Stuffers Under $30

For the Dog Lover

  1. Musher’s Secret Paw Protection Wax – Keep those paws looking and feeling great with this paw protection wax. ($12.25)
  2. Pocket Pet First Aid Kit – Feel more confident on the trail and at camp with this pocket pet first aid kit. ($12.00)
  3. Collapsible Dog Bowl – Easy to bring with you, lightweight, and collapsible. The perfect bowl for your adventure buddy. ($9.99)
  4. Walking Harness – Reduce the strain on your pets neck and ($19.95)

For the Hammock Lover

  1. Hobo Hammock Shirt – This is an awesome stocking stuffer (for only $10) to show your Hobo Hammock love. 
  2. Extra Hang Straps – For those that have shown some serious love to their hang straps, get them a new pair. ($10)
  3. Indoor Hang Kit – Hammock all year round with the indoor hammock hang kit. ($10)
  4. Rain Fly – Just barely over our $30 mark, this fly is a necessity for any serious hammock camper. ($39)
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Rain Shield Hammock Rain Fly

For the Adventurer

  1. What Happens at Camp Stays at Camp Shirt – Don’t forget to add this to your list from North Face for ($25.00)
  2. Yaktrax Traction Cleats – These are awesome for walking around the City in icy conditions or maneuvering icy, snowy trails.  ($16.38)
  3. Microfiber Towel –  These are great for backpacking and travel. They are quick drying and super light which makes carrying them along easy. ($13.35)
  4. Tenacious Tape – This tape is great for jacket, backpack, and tent repairs!($4.52)

For just about anyone

  1. 30 oz. YETI Rambler – Score this awesome tumbler for anyone on your list. ($29.99)
  2. Smartwool Unisex Socks – My favorite cold weather outdoor socks hands down. ($18.95)
  3. Seasonal CLIF Bars – Am I the only one who is just finding out about these now? They have Iced Gingerbread, Hot Chocolate, and Spiced Pumpkin Pie and all will be added to my stocking this year. (12/$20.30)
  4. Adventure Enamel Mug – Great for the early mornings by the campfire. ($11.95)

So there you have it, the best stocking stuffers under $30 for anyone on your list. What is your favorite thing to get in your stocking? Happy Hanging, holiday style!

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2017 Gift Guide for the Outdoor Junkie

Here is a gift guide that is perfect for anyone who likes spending time outside. We think you will find something for any outdoor lover on your list. Check it out and let us know what you think!

1. Camera Backpack

Lowepro Photo Sport BP 200 AW II

This is a great gift for an outdoor lover. Especially one with a love for photography. Lowepro has tons of backpack options so you are sure to find the perfect one for your outdoor photographer. 

2. Hobo Hammock

Army Hammock
(DOUBLE) Green and Brown Hammock – Survivor

Hammocks are an awesome gift for someone who loves the outdoors. This double hammock will give you plenty of room and the hanging straps are included! For Black Friday you can purchase this hammock for only $44 with code HHFriday.

3. Guide Book

A guide book is a great gift for an outdoor adventurer. Secrets of the National Parks is great for those interested in getting beyond the crowded attractions in our National Parks. (You could also give this guide with an annual National Parks Pass). You might also consider The Ultimate Hang: An Illustrated Guide To Hammock Camping for those new to hammocking. 

4. A Camp Stove or Cooking Set

A propane stove is such a convenient way to prepare meals while camping. If you do not currently have one with your camping gear, I highly recommend it! You might also consider this smaller option. In regards to cookware, check out this set

5. An Outdoor Subscription Box

Cairn Monthly Subscription Box Example

There are tons of outdoor subscription boxes out there all at various prices. Cairn is a great option at $29.95/month. If you are looking for camp food, Fireside Provisions will tailor your meals to your adventure. Little Hiker is a box specifically tailored to your littles. It includes an item for you, snack items, and something to help your littles explore. 

6. A Book

Books are awesome to bring camping, or backpacking. A few weeks ago we put together a blog post full of our favorite outdoor related books. If you are looking for recommendations check out that post

7. Camp Kettle/Coffee Pot

For those outdoor adventurers who can’t go without their tea or coffee, get them a pot for the road! Here is an awesome coffee press you might consider. 

8. Shoes to take you places!

  1. Snowshoes – These are so much fun and you can find them pretty decently priced. There are even some adorable kids versions so the whole family can enjoy the snow. (You could also give these snow goggles). 
  2. Camping Slippers – Slip these on and snuggle into your sleeping bag to keep your feet extra toasty. 
  3. Running Shoes – A nice pair of running shoes and this cool flashlight would make the perfect gift for the sporty outdoorsman. 
  4. Hiking Shoes – Every outdoor person needs a good pair of hiking shoes, preferably waterproof. Check out this pair.

9. Solar Charger

Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Solar Kit

Going for a long adventure without a power source? Bring along this awesome solar charger and never worry about loosing power. 

10. Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

This is an awesome gift for anyone really. I use my waterproof bluetooth speaker what seems like daily. Great for music in the shower, or bring it camping without worrying about the elements ruining it. 

Hopefully you found something on this gift guide that peaked your interest. We here at Hobo Hammocks hope you have the best Thanksgiving and Holiday season. Happy Hanging!