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How to Set Up & Use a Hammock - Hammocking

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Why Hammock? How to choose a Site? How to Setup? If your new to Hammocks, we're here to help! This guide will help you make the right choices for a dry, warm nights sleep in a Hammock.
Comments (13)
13 Friday, 15 May 2015 17:11
Ashley Cawley
Hi Pat, no I don't have to sleep side-ways, some people to prefer to sleep diagonally in the hammock but I don't tend to.
12 Thursday, 14 May 2015 17:29
Pat Ramsey
Hi Ashley; thanks for the video.
Your setup with the bug netting seems to preclude sleeping a bit sideways for a more level position. Is this true?

11 Tuesday, 31 December 2013 20:50
Ashley Cawley
Hi steffen, yes you can do that although I would say watch-out that the ridge-line coming under the tarp doesn't wick rain down the line and underneath your Tarp, it can happen in sustained torrential down-pours.
10 Saturday, 07 December 2013 20:29
Hi there, would you use the ridge line from your tarp to hang mozzi net?
many thanks great info on hear guys
9 Wednesday, 13 February 2013 09:35
Mark Osland
This is really tempting me to take the plunge and get a hammock!!!
What would be your recommendation? I plan to get a dd hammock but which one.....I like the idea of being able to use it on the ground as well but not sure how bad the breathability issues are with the travel version!
Would I be better off with a frontline and just take a small groundsheet to use on the ground????
8 Sunday, 15 January 2012 16:52
Ashley Cawley
Hi Simon, set it taut and go from there :) I've just returned from the woods where about 4-5 of my mates and I camped out in Hammocks, it's a bit each to their own (personal preference) you'll find what's right for you if you experiment.
7 Friday, 13 January 2012 17:49
Simon Taylor
Hi - like the video. Here's a question some say you need a bit of sag in your hammock, others say have it taut?? I'm just getting into hammocking - any views?
Thanks for a great website - very helpful and informative,
6 Sunday, 23 October 2011 21:06
Simon Raeburn
The frontline is the best choice if you don't intend to use it on the ground (the base of the travel is waterproof to act as a groundsheet). In the winter when there are no midges to worry about you can sleep in between both base layers to give an extra element of comfort.
5 Sunday, 16 October 2011 15:09
Ashley Cawley
@John - My whole hammock setup would be covered by a Tarp above, so my Rucksack and boots would be underneath the hammock nice and dry. I don't worry about the security of my rucksack underneath my hammock - If I thought it was a possibility I was in a place where my kit was going to be nicked overnight I wouldn't camp there! As simple as that.
4 Friday, 14 October 2011 12:16
John V.
Hi, I'd like to know where you put your bagpack or your shoes while sleeping in hammock to prevent them against rain of theft. Thanks.
3 Thursday, 31 March 2011 13:50
Ashley Cawley
That's great to hear Mark, I am still using a DD Travel Hammock myself. Thanks for the comment :)
2 Thursday, 31 March 2011 08:47
Mark Massey
This is the video that convinced me that the DD travel hammock was the best for me (though I still like the footbox idea on the Warbonnet Blackbird). It is also what led me to the Natural bushcraft site. Thanks
1 Friday, 12 November 2010 01:48
Which model of hammock from DD is this ? The travel model ? (

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