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Oct
7

Oceanfront Camping at State Parks in California, USA

For an inexpensive family vacation with gorgeous scenery, try reserving a spot at a State Park campground near the ocean in California.

A lot of families think of camping in the woods, but beaches are also an option. There are several State Parks in California that offer oceanfront camp sites. Rather than going for a traditional hike in the forest, you can frolic in the waves and spend the afternoon building sandcastles before retiring to your tent.

Moro State Park Campground

In Orange County, California, check out the new Moro State Park Campground. Located between Laguna Beach and Newport Beach in the Crystal Cove State Park, the campground has spectacular ocean views and miles of hiking trails that lead through the coastal brush.

For only $50 to $65 a night, campers can pitch a tent or hook up their RV. The newly built 35-acre park is a bit sparse and edges the often noisy Pacific Coast Highway, but access to the beach is readily available and the picturesque sunsets are breathtaking.

With the recent threat of State Park closures, this $15 million dollar project which took nearly three years is quite a feat.

Campground Amenities

The following details apply to all campers:

  • Check in is at 3:00 p.m.
  • Check out is at 1:00 p.m.
  • Pets are allowed
  • No open fires are allowed, propane only
  • Maximum of 8 people per site
  • Reservations can be made online

Those looking to rough it in a tent need to make sure it can stand without stakes. If you're interested in a bit more comfort, the RV sites offer the following amenities:

  • There is an electricity and water hookup
  • There is no sewer hook-up
  • There is a picnic table on-site
  • Tents are not allowed on RV sites

Hike-In Campsites

For a more secluded camping experience, the park offers three hike-in campsites located on 2,400 acres of undeveloped land. The hike is a strenuous three-mile uphill climb. The campsites are located inland, but the park does include 3.2 miles of beach.

Beach Cottages

Located on the beach in Crystal Cove State Park's Historic District are 14 renovated beach bungalows. The charming area also includes the oceanfront Beachcomber Cafe that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The park also offers an extensive educational program that includes things like plein air painting classes and nature hikes.

Other camping spots in Orange County include Regional Parks and Catalina Island. For a complete list of campgrounds in the Orange County area and to make a reservation, visit ReserveAmerica.com.

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Aug
30

Best Budget Hammocks

Many people have a hard time affording the expensive hammocks out there. They begin searching for cheap hammocks online and are overwhelmed with the offerings. Not every hammock is made the same, and it is difficult to tell if they are looking into trash, or hidden gems. I have taken the time to compile a list of budget hammocks for both camping and hiking so you can easily find the best hammock for your budget right here. Whether you are interested in camping hammock reviews or backpacking hammock reviews, these should help you.

As with most of my other larger review articles, I start with the list first. If you want to see the actual reviews scroll past these links:

The Best Budget Hammocks

1. Farland Lightweight Nylon Parachute Hammock

2. Farland Outdoor Camping Hammock

3. Hukoer Hammock

4. Augymer Double Portable Camping Hammock

5. Mersuii Double Camping Hammock

6. Trofong Double Hammock

7. Richka Double Camping Hammock

8. MalloMe XL Double Parachute Camping Hammock

9. Gold Armour Camping Hammock - XL Double Parachute Hammock

10. Rusee Camping Hammock

There we go, quick list of what we have reviewed below. Looking for the reviews? Read below to find out how I came up with this list.

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Camping Hammock

PictureHammockWeightBuy Now!Rating
Farland Lightweight HammockUnder 2 pounds4.7
Farland Camping HammockUnder 2 pounds4.9
Hukoer Double Camping HammockUnder 2 pounds4.2
Augymer Double Portable Camping HammockUnder 2 pounds4.5
Mersuii Double Camping HammockUnder 2 pounds4.8
Trofong Double HammockUnder 2 pounds4.5
Richka Double Camping HammockUnder 2 pounds4.6
Mallome XL Double Parachute Camping HammockUnder 2 pounds4.4
Gold Armour Double Camping HammockUnder 2 pounds4.2
Rusee Camping HammockUnder 2 pounds4.4

Budget hammocks are a daunting thing to get into. You do not want to get a hammock that is subpar, will not protect you, or keep you comfortable while camping. Where can you save on some money, and increase in other places? It is hard to figure out. The most important things to look for is durability of material during extreme conditions, safety and durability, ease of set up, and proper size. If the hammock checks those boxes it will be a decent hammock on a budget.

Farland Hammocks

Farland hammocks are a quality designed hammock for a fraction of the cost. They are not a cheap hammock by anymeans, rather an inexpensive hammock. These hammocks are perfect for begginers to the hammock world who are concerned about the prices of name brand hammocks, and have a place in the loadout of an experienced hammock camping as a backup or loaner hammock. Farland offers 2 options. A lightweight nylon parachute hammock, which is ideal for backpacking, and day trips. They also have an outdoor camping hammockwhich is more suited for more rugged adventures. As a bonus you can check out their Lightweight Waterproof Mummy Sleeping Bag to keep you warm on those cold nights.

The Farland lightweight nylon parachute hammock is a perfect hammock to get into hammock camping. It is inexpensive, easy to set up, and can hold up to 250 pounds. It is a spacious hammock, and can work as a double hammock for smaller individuals. It fits well into its compressing bag, and is easy to carry around on backpacking trips and as a spare or backup on more rugged trips.

The Farland outdoor camping hammock is more rugged than the previous one in the list. It comes in several different colors, and has size options for a single hammock or a double hammock. The hammock tree straps are rated at 500-800 pounds, so they are more than sturdy for the largest of campers. All of this in a compact 1.8 pound package! The inexpensive price makes it the perfect entry point hammock for those looking for a cheap hammock.

Hukoer Hammocks

Hukoer Hammocks are a premium product at a budget price. These hammocks are inexpensive and well made. They offer a Double Camping Hammock with 3 color and gear variations. These hammocks are lightweight, but suprisingly resilient. Hukoer also offers a set of Hammock Tree Straps to supplement their hammocks with a higher quality tree strap solution.

The Hukoer Hammock is a doulbe camping hammock with a 550 pound capacity. It was designed for backpacking and camping. it is lightweight, and comes with Hukoer's guarantee. The hammock weight 2.84 pounds, and is easy to carry. If you are looking for an entry level hammock take a look at the Hukoer.

Augymer Hammocks

Augymer has one hammock offering available in the budget hammock category. The Augymer Double Portable Camping Hammock. This hammock is a lightweight hammock designed for for hiking and backpacking. It is made of parachute nylone, and with sturdy, strong construction. It is inexpensive, and an easy lightwiehgt hammock to throw in the back of your pack for a nice hammock camping trip.

The Augymer Hammock is a double camping hammock with a capacity of 600 pounds. It is designed for 2 people, has plenty of extra room, and is easy to transport. It weighs just under 2 pounds, and folds up to under 6.5 inches long. For a budget hammock or a backup hammock, the Augymer Hammock is an excelent choice.

Mersuii Hammocks

Mersuii hammocks are on the upper end of the affordable hammocks available online. They have one offering, the Mersuii Double Camping Hammock. It is a lightweight parachute hammock designed for two people while backpacking or camping. It is lightweight, and easy to pack.

The Mersuii Hammock features a parachute nylone fabric for strength and durability. It can support 500 pounds, and offers a staggering 20 attachment points. It weighs in at a staggeringly low 1.1 pounds, and should be almost unnoticeable in anyone backpacking gear. Bring as your primary, and order a second one as a backup backpacking hammock.

Trofong Hammocks

The Trofong Hammock is an ideal hammock when an enclosed hamping hammock is needed. The Trofong Double Hammock comes equiped with a built in mosquito net. Designed for more adventurous hiking locations the this hammock is bound to keep you safe and warm throughout the night.

The Trofong Hammock is an all in one solution. It comes with everything, including a mosquito net, that you would need to start hammock camping. It is a double hammock, supporting two people, and up to 450 pounds total. It is lightweight, a total weight of 1.43 pounds. So it could very easily be packed into a backpackers pack without much additional weight concerns. This hammock is worth a look if you are interested in areas where a mosquito net is a must.

Richka Hammock

The Richka Hammock is truly in a class of it's own in the inexpensive hammock category. It's main claim to fame is the 70d nylon which it uses. This nylon far outclasses the standard parachute nylon most other hammocks use in durability, and comfort. Richka only has one hammock on offer, the Richka Double Camping Hammock, which has a large weight limit, and supports 3 people.

The Richka Hammock is strong and durable. It is a double hammock, but is large enough to support 3 people, and has a staggering 800 pound weight capacity. This hammock is one of the unsung gems of the hammock world. It is ideal for more rugged camping, and comes with everything you need to start hammock camping at a budget price. It weighs in at under 2 pounds, so it is still easy to transport. Make this one of your main hammocks for comfort and durability alone.

MalloMe Hammocks

The MalloMe Hammock is a perfect budget hammock for larger people, or those wanting more room. They offer the MalloMe XL Double Parachute Camping Hammock which can support a whopping 1000 pounds. There is no real concievable way to overload this hammock.

The MalloMe Hammock is a doubvle camping hammock that when packed down only weighs 1 pound. It is well designed, and can support up to 1000 pounds. That is enough for 2 people, and plenty of gear. This hammock is perfect if you like room, and like to have your gear handy with you inside the hammock.

Gold Armour Hammocks

The Gold Armour Hammock is a great budget friendly hammock. They offer a single hammock, Gold Armour Camping Hammock - XL Double Parachute Hammock. This hammock is an extra large size, and comfortable fits 2 people. It is light weight, and simple to set up.

The Gold Armour Hammock is an amazing inexpensive camping hammock. It is a double hammock, large enough for two, and supports up to 500 pounds. It is 1.5 pounds when packed, so it is great for backpacking, hiking, or rugged hammock camping. Many people would benefit from a hammock like this as their first budget hammock.

Rusee Hammock

The Rusee Hammock is another premium rugged camping hammock, featuring a built in mosquito net. The Rusee Camping Hammock is lightweight, easy to put together, and keeps you safe in mosquito laden areas.

TheRusee Hammock is a great durable budget hammock made for rugged camping. It weighs in at just under 1.5 pounds, and is large enough for 2 people. This is an excelent choice for the budget minded begginer.

Jul
29

Glamping, Eco Friendly Posh Camping in Pembrokeshire, Wales

So how do you fancy a bit of glamping? A bit of what? I hear you ask. Glamping, it's the latest term coined from glamorous camping.

Well, glamorous camping is what you get if you stay in one of the tents in the 200 acre Fforest campsite in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Eco Friendly Campsite and an All Weather Kitchen

The idea behind this eco friendly campsite is to enjoy all the good bits of camping; the fresh air, sleeping under canvas, waking up to birdsong and being part of all the wilderness around you, without all the things that put you off, like cooking in the rain, sleeping on ground sheets and inflatable pillows and being cramped in a little tent. At this campsite, you have the choice of four different types of large canvas tent; dome, nomad, kata and threepi or bell tent, each one used traditionally in a different part of the world.

Our stay there was in the middle of October, so we chose to stay in a dome tent which their website claims is, "a 20 foot diameter geodesic dome, designed for year round living." All the tents have raised wooden flooring and the dome tents are furnished with a large double bed with down duvet, a large outdoor beanbag and a couple of fireside chairs, plenty of storage and best of all, a wood burning stove.

Outside, was an all weather kitchen where you are provided with everything from crockery and cutlery to a tin opener and bottle opener. They supply you with pans, kettle, sieve, chopping board, matches and lots of other stuff. There really isn't any need to bring any kitchen stuff with you. Your cooker is a 2 ring gas burning stove and your fridge is a large cool box with ice blocks, replaced as often as you need from the main lodge. Your kitchen also has a wooden table and bench and on a lovely warm evening, there's a couple of chairs for you to sit out on your decking or you can bring the beanbag out from the tent. The site is huge and the tents are well spaced out, so no one is overlooked.

Log Fire and Breakfast Included

The main lodge is where you get your breakfast which is made with local organic produce and a warm log fire in the morning. Twice a week they have an evening meal, often a barbecue or curry evening and the staff are amazingly friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable about the local area.

However, I suppose there is one drawback. It's the one thing that everyone hates about camping, and the one thing that even this kind of camping can't get round - going to the toilet in the middle of the night.

Well, if you are one of those haters of moonlight toilet treks then you will need to stay in one of the campsite's croglofts. The croglofts are individual living pods based on a small Welsh crofters cottage of the same name. It has all the comforts of beds, running water, electricity, slate floors and a wood burner but it includes a wet room and toilet. You can still enjoy all the benefits of camping, like foraging for wood, cooking and dining outside and feeling cold at night but without having to go out to the loo.

Personally, I think the dome tents are what it's all about. To me, the croglofts are lovely but not really roughing it enough to feel like camping. It's romantic to have no electricity, to sit and talk to each other or read by one of the lanterns supplied to you. To hear the rustling of something under your tent or the owls hooting from a far away tree while you're snuggled under your down duvet watching the flickering flames in your log burner, that's what I call posh camping.

Jul
15

How to Choose the Right Hammock Online

Choose From Rope, Quilted, Portable, Camping and Chair-Style

Either hanging between two perfectly placed trees or from a stand or pole, the classic rope or quilted hammock is the perfect addition to a shady spot in the backyard. Campers also use lightweight, easily portable hammocks to take on camping and backpacking trips. For an armchair-like feel, an avid outdoor reader may prefer to sit up and swing in a hammock chair. And, finally, portable folding hammocks with a self-contained stand make a restful swaying snooze available anywhere.

The following hammocks will fit most needs and budgets; and each one is available online.

Quilted Beach Hammock for Extra Cushioning

With its deep azure and subtle tan colors, the Quilted Beach Hammock by Pawley’s Island creates a cool, beach-like ambiance in even the most land-locked backyard. Manufactured with two layers of a mildew-resistant, synthetic fabric made to feel like cotton, the hammock has a cushioned fiberfill insert. The hammock is 13 feet long and 55 inches wide, has oak spreader bars, and includes hardware rated to hold up to 450 pounds.

Lightweight Mosquito-Free Camping Hammock

From a compact 17-ounce, 9-inch-by-10-inch stuff sack, the Mosquito-Free Hammock Bliss unfolds to become bug-barring nylon hammock with a built-in zippered screen, perfect for camping, backpacking, or the backyard. The hammock’s large bed measures 118 by 57 inches and hangs from nylon rope attached to its four corners. Weight limit: 350 pounds. Flip the hammock over when you don’t need the screen for bug protection.

Classic Rope Hammock with a Colorful Twist

The jazzy Family Sized Rainbow Rope Hammock takes a break from white and delivers red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet colored rope. The vibrant rope is made of mildew resistant synthetic fibers and is threaded through solid oak spreader bars. All hanging hardware is included. Size: 60 by 84 inches.

A Portable Hammock that Goes Anywhere

L.L. Bean’s Folding Camp Hammock includes both a nylon/polyester hammock and a steel-tube stand that fold together into a carrying bag. Weighing just over 30 pounds, the green-and-white striped camp hammock measures 25 inches high by 40 inches wide by 95 inches long. For extra sturdiness, the hammock bed attaches to four points on the frame, which includes a mesh shelf to keep belongings off the ground. Pillow included.

Hanging Hammock Chair Lets Users Sit Upright

Sit up and swing in the Ultimate Hanging Air Chair. Available in burgundy, forest green, or natural off white, the chair fits anyone up to 250 pounds in an ergonomically designed chair with four spreader bars and a footrest. Use the included main hanging rope to dangle the chair from a sturdy tree or purchase a chair stand.

To swing safely in a hammock, follow the manufacturer’s directions carefully, paying special consideration to weight limits and hanging requirements. Classic hammocks require sturdy trees or specially made hammock stands or poles to provide adequate support.

Jul
1

Hammock Camping in Nadi Bay Fiji

Author G3NADMIN    Category Hammock     Tags
Nadi Bay is an excellent and affordable gateway to the tropical paradise of Fiji, replete with possibilities in a small area, and close to the airport.The daily Air Pacific flight from Los Angeles to Nadi airport awakens me at 5:30a.m. Although I am never really sure if the plane is before or after the rooster, I don't mind as the expansive beach beckons and the earlier the better in these latitudes. Fresh coconut juice will be available, and the sunrise at Wailoaloa Beach, like the sunset is, spectacular.

Anything else in between is a bonus, and there are a lot of them here. Fiji has such an intoxicating effect that even being roused by the sound of a very low jet could not be in the slightest way irritating, and I haven't even been introduced to the local Kava yet.Escaping to Fiji from my

Nadi Bay Hammock

Rope Hammock

native New Zealand winter, I've found a place to stay within a sanctuary of excellently priced accommodation, mostly situated on the beach. There is a pool, a bar, great food and an assortment of outdoor furniture of which a hammock under coconut trees is a central piece. It is a very welcoming setting and one that begins on arrival at the airport (20 minutes away) with the friendly "Bula", or "Hello" in Fijian. You will hear it a lot. You may also find yourself saying "Vinaka", "Thank you", a lot to the local people for their warm smiles, and Vinaka for the paradise you have stumbled into.

It's my first time to Fiji, and I'm happy to have arrived via Air New Zealand, one of only two airlines flying out due to the volcanic ash cloud that limited aviation at the time. The locals occasionally greet me with "Kia Ora" followed by "All Blacks", a broad smile and amazement that I will not be at home for the rugby world cup. They are a rugby-mad nation and it leaves them perplexed to hear that I like the idea of watching it from here, with them. One of the All Blacks comes from a village nearhere, so that makes more sense to me, right now.The Nadi Bay area is a very nice entry point to Fiji, and the longer you can stay the better, for many possibilities abound.

There are after all 333 islands in Fiji. If time is limited however, Nadi Bay serves as a great appetizer for a taste of things to come, or brief insight into Fiji. There is the freedom to explore activities and lounge on outdoor furniture without going far, talking a walk suffused with the scent of frangipani.This is a no worries situation, you are free to wander. On Sunday you may go to Lovo night, a must-do, traditional Fijian underground cooked food at Bamboo. Across the road at Smugglers Cove there is fire and knife dancing, a must-see as the finale ends on the beach by the water, and is a spectacular sight.

Be prepared to hear a lot of laughter; the locals are spirited people and there are many happy visitors. The environment is uplifting. The laughter may increase in the evening as you pass a Kava session, accompanied by guitar or ukulele playing or both, and much singing where you will see friends you have made the day before.Wailoaloa means black water, and although the water here is not as clear as further out in the islands, like the air, it is a perfect temperature and you may find it hard to get out. The beach is also close to excellent surf spots including Cloudbreak, the world famous Tavarua surf break in the Mamanuca islands, which can be accessed by boat in less than an hour. Kelly Slater and other pro surfers were there a few weeks ago, when conditions conspired to deliver the best surf in a decade.The swells in this region are good at the best of times, and there is an abundance of boat operators going there, as well as a sea plane.

The hammock will always be waiting for you. It's a perfectly sensible spot to sip on a pina colada, mango nectar or Vonu (the local Nadi brew), gaze out to sea, and really getinto the zone of island time. If you need to add a soundtrack, it is a fitting place to hear Jack Johnson, Eddie Vedder playing ukulele, or hear many of the talented music that this region in the Pacific inspires. Towards sundown, watch the Nadi Bay Canoe Club, based here glide out in their outrigger canoes, or paddle boarding.Just be mindful of the odd flying volleyball, and an urge to go horse riding on the beach. Be prepared for an increase in both local and international Facebook friends, and a verystrong desire to delay your return flights out of here. When the locals say, "You are welcome" here, they really do mean it. In the meantime, just have your camera ready forthe sunset.

May
2

Best Camping Hammock in 2017

Are you planning a camping trip and want to try using a hammock instead of a tent? Tired of the endless information available on the web? Then you have come to the right place. Hammock camping has changed my life, and after this guide I hope it changes yours.

Hammock camping is an amazing experience, but novice and expert alike have trouble finding the right products, and all the information available for them. I have gone over the best camping hammocks out there, and put together this list for you.

I have already gone over the specifics of the hammocks, and can show you which hammock would be ideal for the type of camping you plan on doing. Size, material, and cost are all considerations.

Alright well let’s get to it. For those of you who just want the list I am going to link the products first with my highest recommended hammock at the top of the list:

The Best Hammocks for Camping

1. Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Classic

2. Clark NX-270 Four-Season Hammock Tent

3. Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock with Carabiners

4. Eno Eagles Nest Outfitters – DoubleNest Hammock

5. Kammok Roo Hammock

6. Hammock Bliss Double – XL Portable Hammock

7. Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge

8. Grand Trunk Nano Hammock

9. Lost Valley Premium Camping Hammock

10. Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock

There you have it, a quick and dirty list of the best hammocks for camping. Read below for the reviews of these hammocks, and how I came up with this list!

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Camping Hammock with rainfly

PictureHammockWeightBuy Now!Rating
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Classic41 OZ4.8
Clark NX-270 Four-Season Hammock Tent60 OZ5.0
Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock with Carabiners20 OZ4.8
Eno Eagles Nest Outfitters – DoubleNest Hammock20 OZ4.9
Kammok Roo Hammock24 OZ4.8
Hammock Bliss Double – XL Portable Hammock22 OZ4.5
Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge68 OZ4.6
Grand Trunk Nano Hammock7 OZ4.4
Lost Valley Premium Camping Hammock57.6 OZ4.2
Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock12 OZ4.4

How to choose the best hammock for camping

There are multiple things I take into consideration when I pick a hammock for any activity. The type of hammock, Material, Size, Maximum Weight, Hammock Tree Straps, Insulation, Accessories, and ease of use. So, let’s get right into it.

Hammock Type

Hammocks come in 3 main varieties, the one you choose depends on its intended use.

Ultralight Hammocks are the lightest hammocks, and are made to be super compact. These are best for hiking trips, or hard to reach camping spots. Ultralight hammocks sacrifice comfort for weight reduction.

Parachute Hammocks are usually made of durable and weather resistant nylon. These are ideal for extended outings where moisture is a concern. They breathe easily, and are still semi compact. These would be ideal for several nights in a row, and are a bit more comfortable than Ultralight Hammocks.

Expedition Hammocks are made with the heaviest and most high end products. They are usually heavy weight, and made to withstand the worst that mother nature can throw at you. These hammocks are ideal for extended camping trips, and hammock camping in more extreme locations.

Material

Most hammocks are made of cotton or nylon composites. They both have different benefits.

Nylon hammocks are your ultralight and parachute hammocks. They are much lighter and have decent wear protection, but don’t offer much in protection other than keeping you dry and keeping the wind off you.

Cotton hammocks are bulkier, and look better, but they are more difficult to transport. Properly seasoned cotton will not leak, but will need to be air dried after the camping trip or mildew may become an issue.

Hammock Size

Hammocks come in many different sizes. The length and width affects load, and carrying capacity. A single hammock is thinner than a double hammock because it is meant for one person. A double hammock can accommodate two people, or be roomy for one person. Taller people should look for hammocks that are 8 feet in length or greater.

Maximum Weight

The maximum weight of a hammock is important. A hammock can only support its maximum weight load. So, before hammock camping it is important to recognize your weight, your partners weight, and any gear you plan on taking into your hammock’s weight. Do not overload a hammock as even if it works the straps may give, or you may wake up smacking into the ground through a torn hammock.

Hammock Tree Straps

It is important that you understand the type of hammock tree straps your hammock has, and how to use them. Make sure at home you test the hammock suspension system, and all parts are included.

More versatile suspension systems include more spots for anchoring attachments, and will provide better options for where to place your hammock.

It may be worthwhile to purchase aftermarket hammock tree straps to provide the most versatility in your camping site. Planning is everything, so consider your site carefully before leaving unprepared.

Insulation

Insulation is an important factor when considering a hammock. Most nylon hammocks are great for warm months, but provide little protection during winter months. There are aftermarket blankets available that drape inside and outside your hammock to provide better insulation and warmth during winter months.

Cotton hammocks on the other hand are often warmer by default. So it is worth checking out your hammock and planning your camping trip so you can have the proper level of insulation.

Accessories

Hammocks can come with several different accessories. A rainfly is probably what comes to mind right away. These go over your hammock, and attach to the ground and your anchor points. Keeping dry is important while hammock camping.

If you plan on camping in a more humid area it may be worthwhile to look for or purchase a mosquito net. This will save you from being devoured by the annoying insects throughout the night, and in some more remote areas save you from serious disease.

Ease of Use

I include ease of use because some hammocks appear to have been made by evil mad scientist/engineers. Hammocks must be easy enough to set up that you will actually take them out with you when you go camping.

Always test set up before you leave for your trip, and take notes of any difficulties you have. It is important to have a safe trip, but a frustration free trip is just as important.

Camping Hammock Reviews

Our top 10!

Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asum Classic

My favorite pick is the Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Classic. It features an integrated mosquito net and rainfly. It is an expedition hammock, so it is heavy. But it comes with premium materials, so it will last even the harshest mother nature has! This is a must buy.

Clark NX-270 Four-Season Hammock Tent

One of the best all-season hammocks for camping, the Clark NX-270 Four-Season Hammock Tent outperforms many other models. It is made to support wet and cold environments. This model is quiet expensive, but it is also the best hammock available out there. This is a one purchase and your done product!

Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock with Carabiners

The Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock with Carabiners is an affordable hammock that is light, and built for 2 people. It is extra roomy if used alone. It comes with all the accessories you need, so purchase this and set it up all in one go!

Eno Eagles Nest Outfitters – DoubleNest Hammock

ENO hammocks are one of the iconic hammock brands. These are name brand hammocks, and you can expect the best from ENO. The Eno Eagles Nest Outfitters – DoubleNest Hammock is our favorite lightweight double hammock on the market. It is perfect for hiking to a remote campsite, and large enough for two.

Kammok Roo Hammock

The Kammok Roo Hammock is a great choice for beginners. It is a lightweight hammock, and is easy to carry. It does not come with any additional accessories, but they can be added with ease.

Hammock Bliss Double – XL Portable Hammock

The Hammock Bliss Double – XL Portable Hammock is on our list because it is the easiest to use. It is super wide, and comes with 100 inches of cord to set it up. It’s ease of use comes with a smaller price tag, but you also lose additional features. Purchase rainfly’s separately for this one.

Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge

The versatile Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge is a hybrid hammock design. It can be used as a tent or a hammock for camping. It includes a pair of arch poles which raise the attached mosquito net to appear more tent like. This also comes with a detachable rainfly, and is a perfect option for multiple applications.

Grand Trunk Nano Hammock

The Grand Trunk Nano Hammock weighs and impressive 7 ounces, and is one of the best ultralight hammocks on the market. If your camping site is difficult to get to, or requires hiking in, then this is the hammock for you!

Lost Valley Premium Camping Hammock

The Lost Valley Premium Camping Hammock is great for beginners as it is a bundle that includes everything you need. Rainfly, Mosquito net, and hammock tree straps are included. It is easy to set up, and takes less than 3 minutes.

Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock

The Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock is another example of a perfect camping hammock for a beginner. It is lightweight and inexpensive, but not very durable. This would be a great hammock for established camping sites.

There are many options, but the hammocks I have listed here are my best hammocks for camping. Don’t take my word for it, check out the other reviews for these hammocks. They are all great for their own uses, so be sure to read around, but you should be confident you purchased a great hammock if you choose one of these.

May
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At Home Standalone Hammock

Many people like to use hammocks, but are unsure of how to use them at home. Hammock stands are great if you want something to use your camping hammock on, but there are much more comfortable products out there specifically made for your home. Standalone hammock are usually heavy cotton hammocks with a stand. All in one units if you will. You do not need hammock tree straps to go with a stand alone hammock, in fact one purchase gets everything you need.

But where to start? Simply searching

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hammocks will get wildly differing results. So I have gone through standalone hammocks and found my favorites. My decision is based solely on a seasonal at home hammock that you can leave up for hours on end.

Portable Standalone Hammock This hammock is more portable than others, but it makes up for it with one of the most comfortable and versatile cotton hammocks made. This is a double hammock, so it is great for two people. Set up the stand inside or outside, and have a comfortable place to sleep for two. The hammock can be taken down and stored inside easily for stormy nights, or during the off season.

Vivere Standalone Hammock Made of heavy duty cotton, and a sturdy steel stand, this double hammock is great for more permanent solutions, but is easy to take apart and store in the included carrying bag. The hammock features a 9 foot long foot print, and it is plenty wide enough for 2 adults. It’s 450 pound capacity is sure to keep the material intact, even during the crazies of uses. Storage, durability, and all in one. You cant go wrong here.

Algoma Rope Stand Alone Hammock If you live in a warmer client this hammock is for you! Featuring a rope hammock that can breathe, a hammock pad, a pillow, and the stand! This hammock is sure to impress. It is a single hammock, but it will make up for that with it’s breeze rope lower, and comfortable, breathable padded top. Relaxing in the sun is what this hammock was made for.

Standalone Hammock Chair No hammock list would be complete without at least one hammock chair. This Stand Alone Hammock Chair features a nest design. It will hold 265 pouds, and is perfect for snuggling up with your favorite book. It is easy take down with a steel frame, and has a smaller footprint than the standard stand-alone hammock.

It does not matter what type of hammock you prefer. If you like hammocks getting one for your house is an amazing idea. It is simple to set up a stand alone hammock, and simple to take one down during the offseason. Gain the benefits of a hammock at home today

Apr
28

How to view the Solar Eclipse while camping

On August 21st 2017 the first solar eclipse will be occurring, and be viewable throughout the United States. Many hotels are already booked in the path of totality as people scramble to see this once in a lifetime phenomenon. So, what is the best way to see the eclipse in the path of totality now? Camping of course!

Most campgrounds that allow reservations are booked completely up, but there are plenty of first come first server, and rural camping spots that you can get to. I am not going to go over everyone in this article since the path of totality goes over many states, counties, and cities. The best way to find these rural sites is to look up Bureau of Land Management land along the path of totality. You can also look up state and county parks along the path as well.

Once you find a spot it is time to plan your trip. Make sure you bring all your camping essentials, including your hammock. I feel a hammock is ideal for viewing the Solar Eclipse specifically. It will get you off the ground, looking up, and cradle you in a comfortable position.

Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

The alternative is looking straight up for several minutes, crooking your neck at an odd angle, and likely giving up on watching the whole thing.

I do have a couple of specialty recommendations for your hammock though. It is difficult to see through trees and shrubbery if you are looking at the solar eclipse. So, make sure you have long and sturdy hammock straps that will pull you away from the canopy above. I recommend the Eno Atlas Straps since they are 9 feet long each, and can support up to 400 pounds.

The atlas straps also have 30 different anchor points. So, while you are trying to figure out a custom configuration to give yourself the best view of the solar eclipse you have many options available to suspend your hammock. These straps will also last for years to come, and would be a perfect addition to your standard hammock gear.

For the hammock itself I would recommend the ENO DoubleNest Hammock This hammock is large enough for 2 people, but made to be extra comfortable for just one. It is easy to set up, and carries in a compression bag. Attaching it with the ENO Atlas Straps is a breeze as the products are developed for each other. The weight limit on this hammock is 400 pounds, and it comes with plenty of accessories to make sure you have the best hammock experience out there.

Now that you have your hammock and accessories taken care of it is important that you consider viewing safety. It is still dangerous to look directly into the sun and you will need to take care to either make a punch card, or purchase some commemorative Eclipse Viewing Glasses.

I have searched around and managed to find a set of glasses that comes with a commemorative poster. It comes in a 5 pack so get with your friends, and view in style! Eclipse Glasses. Here is the product. They are lightweight, inexpensive, collectible, and properly protective. These will protect your eyesight while allowing you to witness history!

The next problem you need to overcome is your camera. I am sure you are going to be taking photos and possible video. But the sun will wash out your photos even during the Eclipse. So you need a filter that can allow your device to take a good photo.

I found a Solar Filter Sheet available for cameras, telescopes, and binoculars. This is a custom solution. Using tape you attach this to your device. It will allow the camera to take photos without washing out. You need to make sure to tape all edges though. If you are using a phone or smaller device it is fine to cut the filter to size. This filter also allows you to view the sun safely through a telescope. Remember that any unfiltered viewing of the sun is dangerous to your eyes and can cause severe and permanent damage. You can attack this filter directly over the front of your telescope and it will work the same as the camera, it will filter out some of the light, allowing for safe viewing. The filter can be taped on, but again all edges must have tape to prevent light from entering from around the outside of the filter.

Anyways those are the specialty items I could think of for experiencing the Solar Eclipse this coming August. Remember safety must come first when viewing the sun, but you can easily enjoy this rare phenomenon first hand if you follow the proper safety steps.

So start planning now, and check out our other guides on hammocks, straps, and set ups so you are prepared prior to your trip.

Apr
22

How to setup an Eno Hammock

I wanted to get you guys more videos and information on the setup and take down of hammocks. Since ENO hammocks are some of the most popular hammocks on the market right now, I figured I would include a video specifically for them.

This youtube video by GearTestTv shows how to use the Eno Atlas Suspension System to hang a hammock between two trees. It shows how to install the Eno hammock straps, and how to adjust them properly.

The video then goes on to explain how to attach the Eno Hammock to the Eno Straps, and how to properly adjust and use the hammock. It then goes through how to properly take down, roll up, and store your Eno hammock.

And there you have it folks, simple, straight forward, and easy to remember. Always make sure you know how to use your equipment before taking a trip by practicing at home. Learning how to install a hammock properly in the field is waiting for disaster. Murphy's law exists for a reason! Stay safe guys, and get out into nature!

Apr
22

How To Install Hammock Tree Straps

Hammocks are a great addition to any camping or hiking trip. They get you off the ground, provide you a more comfortable environment, and have a smaller footprint than traditional tent camping. Hammocks seem pretty straight forward, you strap it to two trees and enjoy! Unfortunately, there is more to it.

Hammocks must bear the weight of the user, stand up to high winds, and stay in place while attached to the trees. So it is important that you install the hammock tree straps properly. The guys over at DFOHome have made a simple youtube guide on how to install hammock tree straps. I recommend you give the video a quick view before starting your hammock adventure.

And there you have it. Now you can properly install your tree straps, and have confidence that your hammock will work properly while on your outdoor adventure. Stay safe, and Get Outdoors!

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