The Gift that Keeps you Hanging!

By now, you all should have received your hammocks in the mail. These are just my way of saying thanks for the many awesome memories and trips to the BWCA. I've been into making my own gear and this is a project I wanted to take on. I am no expert and some of the stitching is amateur at best, but whatever. I also know hammock camping isn't for everyone, so use it how you wish, alright.

I'll try my best to give you an overview of the project and walk you through some things, but I might recommend some youtube videos that explain it better.

The Finished Product

Each hammock should come similar to this. The stuff sack is double ended which helps attach it to the tree, set up, and take down everything up pretty quickly. When its set up, I just leave the stuff sack attached to the rig at one end of the hammock.

I've also included a zippered pouch so you can store your two tree straps and everything together. Its a tight squeeze, so just be careful. I tried to reinforce all the stitching, but this is my first go at it.



Tying a Marlin Spike Hitch

In order to attach the hammock to the tree straps, you'll need to tie a Marlin Spike Hitch. Its simple, but its kinda hard to explain. Something to youtube. You'll need to tie one on both straps.

UNDOING THE HITCH: Simply pull on the metal toggle out and the hitch should release.



Hanging the Hammock

Once your tree straps are on the tree and you've created your marlin spike hitches on each end, you're ready to start hanging your hammock. Start by opening one end of the double ended stuff sack and pull out the adjustable suspension line, AKA Whoopiesling.


Structural Ridge Line, Gear Loft and Soft Shackle

Structural Ridge Line and Gear Loft

That silver line running between the two metal rings is called a structural ridge line. This helps keep the hammock at a perfect, or fixed, sag. It is removable, but I recommend leaving it on.

Also, if you want to lay flatter, try laying in the hammock at an angle. It helps quite a bit.

Attached to the ridge line is the gear loft using small S binders and Presuik Knots. Presuilk knots also work off tension. So again, the more tension - the tighter they hold. These knots allows the gear loft to slide along the ridge line.


I haven't decided if I want to start making more of these to sell. So test them out. See what you think. Let me know how they hold up. If something gives or rips out on you, I can try to repair it.