The HydraYak Outdoors Team is all about sleeping in hammocks on our adventures! Why you ask?
Hammocks are lighter, smaller, easier and more comfortable than sleeping on the ground, in a tent. It takes less than 5 minutes to set up, and break down a hammock. Where as with a tent, you have the find the right piece of level ground without obstructions, lay out the footprint/tent, stake it, insert tent poles, add on the rain fly and then set up your sleeping area. Then to break down, reverse the process. There’s always the chance that it has rained and your now packing up a wet tent, rainfly and footprint.
There are certain scenarios where I would prefer a tent, but those are far out numbered by the times I’d prefer a hammock. And this is not a new development, we have been hammock camping for 10 years! I purchased my first hammock in 2005. We have had plenty of time to refine the hammock camping system and I’m going to share this information with you on this page.
Upgrading Your Hammock and Developing a Sleep System
One of the great factors about hammock camping (as if light weigh and ease of use were’t enough) is that you can upgrade your hammock sleep system to fit your needs. I use an REI Flash 18 Bag to organize my Ultra Light Sleep System. Add tree straps to increase weight capacity and make hanging your hammock a breeze. Replace stock carabiners with climbing rated biners. This is great if your a climber, or work with ropes while out on an adventure. Add a rainfly to stay dry. Pack a light weight fleece blanket to line the hammock or cover up with. An inflatable camping mattress like a Therm-a-Rest can be used in the hammock to buffer your tail from the wind/cold. The great thing about developing a sleep system, is that it fits your needs to a “T”… AND, even the most tricked out Ultra Light Sleep System is smaller and lighter than a tent.