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Black Friday Deals for Outdoor Enthusiasts

There are so many Black Friday deals out there that sifting through them can become a daunting task. So we thought we would make your life a little easier. Check out the best gear deals available!

Amazon

So up until November 17th Amazon does a countdown to Black Friday event. There are lightning deals, and sales available before Black Friday. Below are some killer sales on outdoor gear available this week. On November 17th Amazon will post a doorbusters list that we will add to this post. They will also post a Cyber Monday ad on November 25th. 

Target

Both Target and Walmart always have great deals on electronics so if you are looking for a new camera to document your awesome adventures, check out Target’s DSLR package they are advertising. They also have a deal on the new Go Pro Hero 5

Hobo Hammocks

Obviously we have a killer deal going on for Black Friday. Use code HHFriday on Black Friday for $15 off your order. 

Walmart

Walmart has Fit Bit’s at $50 dollars off making them just under $100. Find them here. They also have a deal on an Ozark Trail Premium Soft Sided Cooler. These soft sided coolers are my favorite to bring camping or to keep in your car for road trips. 

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Dick’s has some great deals on athletic clothing, including $15 off $60. They are also offering up to 50% off select camping gear and cookware. Some of their sale is already live, head over to check it out!

Cabela’s

Cabela’s is having some great sales including, 25% off camp Chef stoves, 30% off camp furniture, and 20% off Keen Footwear. Check out their ad here!

Additional deals

While REI is closed during Black Friday because they want their employees to #optoutside, they have a pre-Black Friday sale that is live now! They are offering up to 30% off plus additional discounts for card members. 

Columbia is known to have some great discounts on doorbusters but they have not released their ad yet, so we will update this post when their ad goes up. 

Field & Stream has an offer for 25% off Yeti Ramblers. Check out their ad here

Mountain Hardware will offer 25% off in stores and online as well as additional sales at Backcountry. We will also link to the Backcountry ad as soon as it is posted. 

There are some awesome Black Friday deals for the outdoor enthusiast. Let us know if there are any awesome deals we are missing. Happy hanging! 

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How to Have the Best Outdoor Thanksgiving

How to Have the Best Outdoor Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has to be one of my favorite holidays. Some of the best people crowd our table and we eat way too much delicious food and laugh way too hard. I’d say the only way the day could get much better is if we spent the time cooking and laughing and eating outside. 

If this is your plan for Thanksgiving, here are some recommendations and tips as well as some delicious recipies, check it out!

Tips

1. If you can make your life easier, do it!

You are not cooking in the comfort of your own home so easy tasks there will be much more difficult while cooking outside. If you can cut corners, bring it already made, or prepare it before, your life will be that much easier. Try store bought pie, boxed stuffing, and canned cranberry sauce. It will still be an awesome outdoor Thanksgiving. 

2. Start early

Leaving yourself plenty of time is never a bad idea. There are lots of unexpected things that can happen while cooking outdoors including the weather. 

3. Assign everyone a piece of the meal

Keep everyone feeling included and make sure the meal gets done by assigning everyone a portion of the meal. Don’t feel like you need to do it all alone!

Recipes

This is just the tip of the iceburg when it comes to Thanksgiving camping recipes. If these aren’t quite what you are looking for (or you are looking for some vegetarian options) Fresh Off The Grid has some excellent recipes. 

Turkey

This for me is always the most intimidating part of cooking Thanksgiving dinner. These recipes make it super simple and promise amazing results! Just remember to leave yourself plenty of time. 

Campfire Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey – 50 Campfires
This recipe is great if you have a large Dutch Oven. If not, check out the recipe below. 

Smoked Turkey – Camp Chef
Throw some wood pellets into your smoker and wait for the delicious result! 

Sides

Easy Potatoes in Foil – Damn Delicious
These look awesome and great to make over the campfire. For more even cooking, try wrapping them in individual serving sizes. 

Spicy Cinnamon & Honey Sweet Roasted Potatoes – Marking My Territory
A delicious take on the classic sweet potatoes. 

Dessert

If you know you are going camping for Thanksgiving, I say make your life easy! Bring a pre-made pie and keep it in your cooler or warm it over the fire. 

Dutch Oven Apple Cobbler – Fresh Off The Grid 
The perfect dutch oven dessert for your Thanksgiving meal! 

Nutella Hot Chocolate – Fresh Off The Grid
Make a pot of this deliciousness and the party will be happy and warm while cooking!

There you have it, how to have the best outdoor thanksgiving! Hopefully you enjoy the holiday whether you spend it indoors or outside. Happy Hanging! 

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10 Books That Inspire Adventure

10 Books That Inspire Adventure

There are few things better than spending time in your hammock relaxing, and reading a good book. With the weather getting colder and the holiday’s approaching you may be spending less and less time outside. So we put together a list of some of our favorite outdoor books to inspire your next adventure. Some are informational, some are inspiring, but we promise all are worth a read. 

The Alchemist

Summary: Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, a shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

Summary: In April 1992 a young man hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 to charity, abandoned his car, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter.  How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.

A Walk in the Woods

Summary: The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some breathtaking terrain–majestic mountains, forests, and lakes. Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy folks he meets along the way. A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors.

Walden

Summary: At Walden Pond, Henry David Thoreau reflected on simpler living in the natural world. By removing himself from the distractions of materialism, Thoreau hoped to not only improve his spiritual life but also gain a better understanding of society.

In Walden, Thoreau condenses his two-year stay into a single year, using the four seasons to symbolize human development. A cycle of life shared by both nature and man. A celebration of personal renewal through self-reliance, independence, and simplicity, composed for all of us living in “quiet desperation,” Walden is eternal.

Endurance

Summary: In August 1914, explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica. He planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling its way through a thousand miles of pack ice, the Endurance became locked in an island of ice. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men.

For ten months the ice-moored Endurance drifted northwest before it was finally crushed between two ice floes. With no options left, Shackleton and a skeleton crew attempted a near-impossible journey over 850 miles of the South Atlantic’s heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization. Their survival, depended on their small lifeboat successfully finding the island of South Georgia.

In Endurance, Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing and miraculous voyage that has defined heroism for the modern age.

Grand Adventures

Summary: So what’s a GRAND ADVENTURE? It is the most life-changing, career-enhancing, personality-forging, fun adventure of your life.

Alastair Humphreys shines a spotlight on the real-life things that get in the way. Stuff like time, money or your other commitments. Grand Adventures is also crammed with hard-won wisdom from people who have actually been there and done that. By boat and boot, car and kayak, bicycle and motorbike. People who had one epic trip then returned to normal life. Or, who got bitten so badly by the bug that they devoted their life to the pursuit of adventure. Young people, old people. Men, women. Mates, couples, families. Extraordinary, inspiring people. People like you.

Saving your pennies, overcoming inertia, generating momentum, getting out the front door. If you want it enough, you can do it.

A River Runs Through It

Summary: Maclean grew up in the western Rocky Mountains in the first decades of the twentieth century. As a young man he worked many summers in logging camps and for the United States Forest Service. The two novellas and short story are based on his own experiences. The experiences of a young man who found that life was only a step from art in its structures and beauty. The beauty he found was in reality, and so he leaves a careful record of what it was like to work in the woods when it was still a world of horse and hand and foot. Populated with drunks, loggers, card sharks, and whores, the stories concern themselves with the complexities of fly fishing, logging, fighting forest fires, playing cribbage, and being a husband, a son, and a father.

Wild

Summary: At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. From the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

No Shortcuts to the Top

Summary: For eighteen years Ed Viesturs pursued climbing’s holy grail. To stand atop the world’s fourteen 8,000-meter peaks, without the aid of bottled oxygen. No Shortcuts to the Top is as much about the man who would become the first American to achieve that goal as it is about his stunning quest. As Viesturs recounts the stories of his most harrowing climbs. He reveals a man torn between the flat, safe world he and his loved ones share and the majestic, deadly places where only he can go.

A preternaturally cautious climber who once turned back 300 feet from the top of Everest but who would not shrink from a peak (Annapurna) known to claim the life of one climber for every two who reached its summit, Viesturs lives by an unyielding motto, “Reaching the summit is optional. Getting down is mandatory.” It is with this philosophy that he vividly describes fatal errors in judgment made by his fellow climbers as well as a few of his own close calls and gallant rescues. And, for the first time, he details his own pivotal and heroic role in the 1996 Everest disaster made famous in Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air. 

In addition to the raw excitement of Viesturs’s odyssey, No Shortcuts to the Top is leavened with many funny moments revealing the camaraderie between climbers. It is more than the first full account of one of the staggering accomplishments of our time; it is a portrait of a brave and devoted family man and his beliefs that shaped this most perilous and magnificent pursuit.

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk

Summary: Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this sixty-seven-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. By September 1955 she stood atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin, sang “America, the Beautiful,” and proclaimed, “I said I’ll do it, and I’ve done it.”

Grandma Gatewood not only hiked the trail alone, she was the first person to walk it twice and three times. At age seventy-one, she hiked the 2,000-mile Oregon Trail. Gatewood became a hiking celebrity, and appeared on TV with Groucho Marx and Art Linkletter. The public attention she brought to the trail was unprecedented. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, stretches led to bolstered maintenance, and very likely saved the trail from extinction.

Let us know what you think of these 10 great books! Happy hanging friends!

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How to Hang Your Hammock Indoors

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Hanging your Hammock Indoors

With winter right around the corner it is the perfect time to get your indoor hammock set-up ready. There are several ways you can hang your hammock inside, but we will go over three options. 

Hobo Hammocks - Indoor Double Hammock

Option #1: Install hardware into walls

This is a great idea if you have a permanent location you want to hang your hammock, for instance in your bedroom. It will however make two significant holes in your walls. To calculate your best hang, The Ultimate Hang has created a Hammock Hang Calculator. Check it out! He also put together a great post about how to hang your hammock indoors. 

To hang your hammock indoors, just follow these steps:

  1. Find the stud: The easiest way to do this is by using a stud finder. It will beep when you hit the edge of the stud. Then, just measure 3/4″ from the edge of the stud to find the center. You want to be sure you’re in the center of the stud so that the anchor will support your weight. 
  2. Drill into the stud with a 5/16″ drill bit. Go about 3″ deep (or the length of the bolt you are using.)
  3. Use a 9/16″ wrench to tighten the bolt into the stud through your elbow support. 

Option #2: Hammock Stand

This is an excellent option if you are not interested in putting holes in your walls. There are tons of different options out there at a variety of sizes and set up styles. A hammock stand is also great cause you can move it anywhere in your house to hang. Keep it outside in the summer and hang on your patio then move it inside to hammock year round!

Option #3: Use existing area to hang hammock indoors

This option will only work if you have an area suitable to already hang your hammock. For instance an exposed ceiling beam, railing, or post. It is not the easiest option, but it can easily be changed or taken down and it leaves no permanent damage to your walls. 

So there you have it, three ways to set up your hammock indoors. Let us know if you give any of these a try. Happy hanging!

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How to stay warm in a hammock: Part 2 (Sleeping bags & Sleeping pads)

How to Stay Warm in a Hammock: Part 2

So last week we discussed how to stay warm in a hammock using underquilts and topquilts (if you missed last weeks post find it here). Today we are going to determine the pros and cons of staying warm with sleeping bags and sleeping pads. Read on to learn more!

Sleeping Bags

Sleeping bags are an excellent choice for staying warm in your hammock. When choosing which sleeping bag is right for you there are a few things to consider.

First, temperature rating. Every sleeping bag has a recommended temperature rating. For summer camping a 32 degree bag or above should be enough while winter camping requires a bag rated 10 degrees or below. Depending on where you camp and what season, you should choose a sleeping bag with the appropriate temperature rating. 

Next, thing to consider is the type of insulation. There is down, synthetic, or a mix of the both. Down insulation is great for a cold, dry environment. Synthetic is best for wet environments. 

Finally, weight is the last consideration. If you plan on backpacking, you will want to keep the weight of your sleeping bag low. If not, you may want a  heavier bag for additional comfort. 

Hint: You may want to also want to try a sleeping bag liner for additional warmth.

Pros & Cons

  • Pro: There are tons of different options at any price range so you are sure to find exactly what you need.
  • Pro: It requires no set up, it can be very light and portable, and comes together in one bag.
  • Con: Because your weight compresses the insulation on your underside, it does not retain heat well. If you decide on a sleeping bag you may need to add a sleeping pad to your purchase to keep your backside warm.
  • Con: It may not keep you as warm as a topquilt, underquilt set-up.

Sleeping Pads

There are two kinds of sleeping pads. Foam pads and inflatable pads. It largely depends on personal preferences.

Foam pads are very light weight, however they are large and bulky to transport. You can find them almost anywhere for a very low cost. They require no set up and are very durable. One of the best benefits is that unlike the inflatable pads they cannot pop. 

Inflatable pads can be very comfortable. They provide a warm air barrier between you and your hammock. They have some self-inflating options, or you can inflate them yourself. They can either be filled with air or some have insulation as well. 

Pros & Cons

  • Pro: This is the lowest cost way to stay warm-er in your hammock. 
  • Pro: There are many options at many price ranges, so you could spend as much or as little to get what you want.
  • Pro: It works! With a sleeping pad you will be much warmer in your hammock, no question.
  • Con: If you choose the inflatable sleeping pad it may require some set-up. It also may pop and be useless.  
  • Con: If your sleeping pad shifts at night you will be exposed to the cold. You are not as free to move around so you may be less comfortable at night. 
  • Con: It is another thing to bring along, it can add additional weight when backpacking.

Conclusion

  1. Combining any of these 4 sleeping solutions will allow for maximum warmth.
  2. When it comes to sleeping warm in your hammock, everyone is different. You may prefer a different set up, and that’s great! We want to hear what works best for you. 
  3. In general, the underquilt and topquilt set-up should keep you the warmest in your hammock.
  4. Know when not to go out. Even if you are prepared for the conditions, ease into winter hammocking. Be prepared to pack up camp if it gets too cold.

No matter what you choose to stay warm in your hammock, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, underquilt, or topquilt, we hope you enjoy your winter hammocking. Happy hanging!

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How to stay warm in a hammock: Part 1 (Underquilts & Topquilts)

How to stay warm in a Hammock

There are a lot of ways to stay warm in your hammock. In this two part series, we will dive into the options, discuss the pros and cons, and see what might be right for you!

Underquilts

An underquilt is used as insulation for the bottom of your hammock. It is made out of the same material as your sleeping bag but because there is no one compressing the weight of the insulation, it keeps the hammock-er warm. It hangs just underneath the outside of your hammock. 

Types of Underquilts

There are a couple options for types of underquilts. You can get a full length version which will span the entire length of your hammock. There is also the option for a 3/4 length and then a half size. To decide what size is best you need to determine what temperature you like to camp in, how warm or cold you like to sleep, how heavy it can be, and how much you are willing to spend. 

The smaller sizes are best if you don’t mind some areas of your hammock exposed to the cold. If you have a topquilt with a foot pocket, you may think about purchasing a smaller sized underquilt just to save some money. 

Much like sleeping bags, you can also choose either down or synthetic material to fill your quilt. 

Pros & Cons

Pro: More room to get comfortable. You are not restricted to staying in a specific position in your hammock like you might be with a sleeping pad.

Pro: Less layers/claustrophobia. Often times when you add layer after layer to get warm it can start feeling like you are trapped or stuck. In this case, you will only be dealing with one blanket in your hammock with you. 

Pro: Multiple people could sleep in one hammock. Because you are not restricted by the sleeping bag or sleeping pad, you could sleep two people in your hammock. 

Pro: The quilts are very lightweight. It is not much of an inconvenience to bring it along even when backpacking. 

Con: The cost point for these quilts can be quite high especially when you get into the full length down option. Prices typically range from $50-$200+. 

Con: It can be tricky to set up, because it needs to stay close to your body to keep you warm. However, once you get it figured out it is pretty simple.  

Topquilts

A topquilt simply keeps your front side warm in a hammock. Unlike a sleeping bag, it is open and lays on top of you while you sleep. Some have a “foot pocket” which just means the bottom is sewn up a little so your feet are covered on all sides. 

Pros & Cons

Pros: When it comes to down material, things can get pricy. However, quilts can actually be a little cheaper than a sleeping bag for their degree rating. 

Pro: A topquilt is a lot lighter than a sleeping bag because you eliminate an entire side. 

Pro: In terms of comfort, many prefer a topquilt to a sleeping bag. You do not zip yourself in and are easily able to escape for those late night bathroom breaks. 

Cons: Again, this set-up can be expensive, but will hopefully last you a lot of adventures!

So there you have it. How to stay warm in a hammock: Part 1. Check in next week as we go over some other ways to stay warm in your hammock. Happy (& warm) hanging!

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10 Tips for Hammock Camping with Dogs

10 Tips for Hammock Camping with Dogs

We know you want to bring that pup with you everywhere, and hammock camping is no exception. Here are some tips to make hammock camping with dogs an awesome experience.

1. Practice at home!

You will both be more comfortable if you try it before you hit the trail. This is ideal if you are thinking you want your pup to sleep with you in your hammock. It can also be a great opportunity to see how your pup will react to unfamiliar sounds. 

2. Groom before you go

Make sure your pup’s nails are nice and trimmed before you both cuddle up in your hammock. If they are a larger breed sharp nails may easily tear a hole in the hammock. A nice trimmed coat also makes tics or briars easier to find and remove after you return home.

3. Keep them close

There are several ways you can keep your pup close at night. You could keep them in your hammock with you with their leash around your hand. Another strategy is to tie a long lead to the tree nearest you, or to your hammock ridgeline. 

4. See them at night

Use this cool light to keep tabs on your pup during the night. Simply attach it to their collar so you can easily see them. 

5. Find a suitable campsite

If your pup is sleeping with you in the hammock you want to make sure exiting and entering the hammock is as easy as possible. Hang your hammock low to the ground.  It is also important you find strong, sturdy trees to hang your hammock to hold the additional weight. 

Make sure the campsite is as flat as possible. Any slopes may make it more difficult for your pup to get in and out of the hammock. If your pup sleeps on the ground slopes can also cause water to pool and leave you with one wet dog!

6. Come prepared

Just like you, your pup should have their own first aid kit. You should also come prepared with poop bags, and portable food and water bowls. 

7. Identification Tags

Your pup should have up to date vaccines and ID tags. Make sure your contact information is on the tag. It can also be a good idea to attach information such as which campsite you are staying at and an emergency contact number in case you don’t have service. 

8. Check out these accessories

  1. Dog Tent – If you and your pup don’t quite fit in your hammock, try a dog tent!
  2. Puppy Coat – For the colder weather try a coat to keep your pup warm. 
  3. Puppy Sleeping bag –  A sleeping bag or pad may be just what you need to keep your pup comfy and warm.
  4. Dog Cooling Bandana – For warmer weather bring something like this to keep them nice and cool.

9. Make sure dogs are allowed

Check with local rangers or online before you head out to your campsite that your pup is allowed. 

10. If possible, bring extra towels or blankets

Depending on where you are camping, it may be smart to bring an extra towel or blanket. Who knows what your pup may find or get into during your trip. If his bed or himself get wet or smelly you’ll be glad you brought these along!

Hopefully you will enjoy hammock camping with dogs if you follow these tips. Happy hanging!

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Tips for Hammock Camping with Kids

Hammock camping with kids can definitely be tricky. Check out these tips below and also check out this post from The Ultimate Hang for more great information about hammock camping with kids. 

1. Prepare Before

Set up the tent or hammock and do a test run with your kids. Talk about camping, read books, answer questions, or get them excited about it with this awesome felt activity wall.

2. Educate Them

There are so many things to discuss and explore while in the great outdoors. Download a constellation app or print off some constellation charts (check out this awesome post) and bring them with you. Or, learn about wildlife in the area and scout for tracks together. There are so many possibilities, just choose something you are passionate about and share your passion with them! 

3. Helpful Supplies

There are so so many helpful supplies out there for camping with kids. Here are just a few we thought were awesome. 

  1. Glow Sticks – These are great for so many things! They are the perfect amount of light for the tent/hammock if you have a little who is afraid of the dark. Or, put them in water bottles and play glow in the dark bowling! Other game options: ring toss, hopscotch, or tic-tac-toe!
  2. Portable High Chair – Speaking from experience, this would be an awesome thing to have at camp. There are tons of different options, but I like this one because it folds up to a normal camp chair so it won’t take up tons of room in the car.
  3. Sunscreen with insect repellent – It can be such an ordeal to get the kids sunscreened and then spray that nasty smelling bug spray on them. Try this sunscreen with insect repellent in it. 
  4. First Aid Kit – This is an absolute necessity when camping with kids. We keep a large first aid kit in our car with everything we could need, then a smaller waterproof one with us for little cuts and scrapes. 

4. Hammock Set-up

When hammock camping with kids, the hammock set-up can be especially important. The hammock should be secure, and low enough to the ground that the child can easily get in and out of it. For everyone’s comfort, and for warmth, it is important that everyone sleeps in their own hammock. However, you can set up the hammocks close together so the child hopefully doesn’t feel too far away from you.

5. Staying Warm

It can be difficult to keep all the warm layers in place with young kids. You might try the sleeping bag cocoon method with them – zip the sleeping bag around the hammock so it acts as an under quilt and over quilt. You can also try placing the sleeping pad inside the sleeping bag so it doesn’t move around as much. Another trick is to use quilt clips. They are an easy way to keep your under quilt from moving around in the night.

6. Involve Them

Help them build lasting memories by keeping them involved! Ask them to help set up the hammock or tent, help cook dinner, roast smores, and anything else you might be doing. 

Hopefully these tips come in handy the next time you go hammock camping with your kids. Happy hanging! 

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Fall Hammock Camping Essentials

Fall is my favorite time of year. You can finally go outside without sweating to death, you get to drink apple cider, pick pumpkins, enjoy campfires, and it is the most beautiful time of year to go camping! Here in Utah the leaves change so fast you really have to take advantage of getting outside while you can. (Check out this cool fall foliage prediction map to figure out when the leaves will change in your area.) Here is a list of things you’ll need, and won’t need, for fall hammock camping.

Make sure you add this to your fall hammock camping list! It will keep you dry in the case of a predicted or unpredicted storm. It is also a great way to keep you a little warmer as the temperatures begin to drop. The rain fly will insulate your heat and block any wind. 

One of the biggest bothers of summer camping is finally gone! There will definitely be less bugs during your fall hammock camping so sub your Skeeto Shield Hammock with a good ol’ regular Double Hobo Hammock. 

Bring: A Sleeping Pad or Underquilt

As the temperatures get colder, heat insulation will become more important while hammock camping. A light sleeping pad or underquilt should suffice for this time of year (depending on your location.) As you get closer to the freezing point you may need to add additional layers like a top quilt, as well as additional layers of clothing. 

Bring: A pillow

Aside from the additional comfort a pillow provides, it is also a way to keep your head warm! It provides an additional layer between the outside of your hammock and your head which insulates your heat. 

Don’t: Camp in a basin or open area

It’s not a good idea to camp at too low an elevation as the cold will pool in basins of low elevation. At too high an elevation the tree density may decrease exposing you to the wind. It is best to look for a mid elevation area with lots of tree cover for warmth. 

There you have it, your fall hammock camping essentials! We hope you enjoy your fall. Let us know if we are missing anything from our list. Also, you should head over to our website to register for a free survival knife. Check it out here. Happy hanging and happy fall!

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Hammock hanging guide: for beginners

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Hammock Hanging Guide: For Beginners

I think one of my biggest fears before I purchased a Hobo Hammock was that the set up would be too difficult for me. I am not strong, I know nothing about knots, and my ability to eye a straight line is sub-par. When it came down to it, me being responsible for hanging something that was supposed to hold me up all night was just a little frightening. Have no fear! Trust me when I say if I can do it, you can do it. Hopefully this hammock hanging guide will answer any questions you might have and give you the confidence to hang that hammock!

On our website we have some amazing videos and some really helpful diagrams about how to hang your Hobo Hammock. You can check those out here. I thought it might be nice to run through how to hang your hammock and give some advice for all those out there that might be afraid to give it a try. 

The Breakdown

  1. Loop one end of the tree strap through the other. Cinch around the tree.
  2. Use the hammock knot to attach the carabeener to the tree strap. 
  3. Repeat with opposite side
  4. Hang! 

Really, it is that simple. There are some other considerations you can make for your own comfort and to protect the tree. For instance, you want a nice sag in your hammock. It reduces the tension on the tree which reduces the damage to the tree. If you pull your hammock tight you will also find it is less comfortable. You are looking for about a 30 degree angle between the ground and the line of your tree straps. 

How to Hang | Hammock Knot

The Knot

For sure the knot is the hardest part. But that’s also awesome because once you have the knot down the rest is easy! Here is a diagram that describes exactly what you need to do to make the knot. I may or may not have printed out this diagram and brought it with me (totally did) the first time I went camping with my Hobo Hammock. Then everything else is really, really easy. Promise. 

Tips & Tricks

  1. Comfort is different for everyone – I think the biggest tip I could give is that no person is going to get comfortable the same way. If you set it up and you aren’t comfortable, or you are hanging on the ground, try again! Practice a few times and I think you will find what works best for you. 
  2. Hammock Ridgeline Cord – Some people like to use a hammock ridgeline cord. Basically you attach a strong cord from one side of your hammock to the other. Some people say it makes their hammocking experience better because it controls the sag of their hammock. There is lots more information out there about it. Check out this video for more explanation. 
  3. The Hammock Hang Calculator – For more specific questions like how high to hang your tree straps, or a specific measurement for indoor hanging, check out the hammock hang calculator from The Ultimate Hang. It is a really cool tool!

Does it seem a little less scary now? Give it a few tries and each time it becomes less intimidating and you learn more about how you prefer to hang. Did we forget any tips or tricks in our hammock hanging guide? Tell us below! Happy hanging folks!