Will I be warm in my camping hammock?
When you are hanging in the trees, you are not in touch with the ground but the chill from underneath you, is still not to be underestimated. It doesn’t take much of a breeze for you to notice a certain cooling of the nether regions.
There are a few ways to combat this hammock ‘under-chill’,
- Sleep on your sleeping mat inside your hammock – tricky if you are a wriggler but not impossible
- Invest in an under-quilt – this hangs under your hammock (strange I know) and stops any nasty draughts getting in
- Buy a double layer hammock – this allows you to slide a sleeping mat between the two layers
All good campers know that the ground is a cold place to be.
How comfortable is hammock camping?
A hammock moves to fit your body and gently supports you in a way that the ground is never going to. That said, getting the hang of your hammock and the way that you lie correct is really important.
The position you are trying to avoid is that of a banana, if you sleep banana-fashion, you will end up with cold feet, cramps and a crick in your neck. In order to avoid nighttime banana dramas, make sure you pitch your hammock without too much slack and sleep across it diagonally.
Lots of modern camping hammocks are asymmetrical in design to make diagonal sleeping easier.
"I can honestly say that some of my best camping sleeps have been in my hammock."
How easy is it to hang a hammock?
Hanging a hammock takes as long as it takes you to be satisfied with your efforts.
Some hammocks don’t require any knotting but should you be required to tie yours, make sure that you take instructions with you the first time and get a bit of practice at home.
No matter how many times you hang your hammock, that moment when you first commit your weight to it is a slightly tense one (always hang your hammock at easy sitting height).
I use the method recommended here by Hennessey Hammocks because it is an easy one to remember and undo, but there are lots of options out there.