Extreme survival: top 9 tips on using your hammock correctly
Want to enjoy a cozy sleep close to nature? A hammock is your answer and we show how you can get the most of one.
With a hammock, the goal is to create a minimum-impact camping shelter for yourself. Hammocks require no ground leveling, trenching or staking.
Just by employing a tree-friendly suspension system, you can easily fix a sturdy and secure hammock without affecting the natural environment.
The smaller your camping footprint, the less likely you are to impact plants or wildlife.
Here, we share 9 awesome tips for using your hammock correctly, safely and responsibly.
Tip 1: Use tree-saver straps
◆ Choose wide nylon / polyester webbing straps.
◆ This minimizes girdling and damage to the bark and cambium layer.
◆ Never use anything made from a non-tree-friendly material, e.g. plastic zip cords.
◆ Never hammer or screw anything into trees.
Tip 2: Build hammock 200 feet from any water source
◆ Set up your hammock camp at least 200 feet from any water source.
◆ These riparian areas provide unique plant habitats and are significant in soil stabilization.
Tip 3: Look for an established campsite as you can
◆ Look for a pre-existing campsite to set up your hammock.
◆ Good campsites are found, not made, so altering a site is not necessary.
◆ Large hammocking groups should split into smaller groups to prevent unnecessary disturbance.
◆ Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.
Tip 4: Never hang your hammock from dead trees
◆ Don't hang your hammock from dead trees.
◆ You could injure yourself and affect the area around you if the trees were to fall or break.
◆ Even if you choose trees that look alive, check around you for dead branches or fruit that might fall.
Tip 5: Research your local camp regulation
◆ Check with the local government regulations to ensure the area allows hammocks.
◆ Florida state parks, for instance, prohibit hanging hammocks.
Tip 6: Check for hidden hazardous or delicate wildlife
◆ Ideal hammocking trees should be alive, have thick trunks, and have little or no ground cover between them.
◆ Carefully check for hidden hazardous or delicate wildlife, e.g. insect nests or poisonous plants.
◆ Avoid stepping on roots and lichen, or you will slip easily.
Tip 7: Hang your hammock no more than 18 inches high
◆ Hang your hammock no more than 18 inches off the ground to prevent accidents.
◆ This also avoids damage to higher branches.
◆ Hang the hammock from the thickest part of the tree trunk for maximum safety.
Tip 8: Break down your hammock whenever you leave
◆ Take down your hammock whenever you leave your campsite.
◆ This prevents animals or small children from getting tangled up in it.
Tip 9: Leave no trace in your campsite
◆ When you are about to leave, be sure to pack everything up.
◆ Inspect your campsite and surrounding area for anything left behind.
◆ Be sure all trash is packed up and taken with you.
◆ Leave the spot just the way you found it.
We hope the above-mentioned tips are useful. Protect nature and enjoy it!
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