Hammock Hiker

Today I experienced shameful, materialistic happiness. I could’ve just stayed there.

The road to testing out our first hammocks wasn’t without struggle. Firstly, we needed to browse pages and pages of different kind of types and colors and other sort of attributes of superficial nature. I’m a red/orange/yellow kind of gal but this time I accepted something a little more down to earth.

Once the hammocks arrived, we headed out into the woods for a testdrive without taking a look inside the pouch. After all, it said on the website that it contained all necessary items! But lo and behold, there were no ropes to tie the hammock to a tree. So with sunken shoulders we marched back home. After a few clicks, two sets of Treehuggers were on their way. A weekend went by with other activities so we ddn’t have to dwell on the situation. So now they’re been tested and I give the whole package 5/5.

1. Make sure you get all the necessary items. If you plan to spend the night in a hammock, you need the hammock itself, ropes to secure the thing to trees, a bugnet and something to protect you from the rain. Not to mention something to function as insulation.

Our solution wasn’t the easiest because we thought we had everything. The bugnet is sown into the hammock and has a zipper for access. We don’t have a rain tarp yet but we’ll probably using our old tent’s cover as such. That solves the issue with one hammock so we still need to figure out what to do with the second one.

2. Secure everything safely and in a tree-friendly fashion.

Treehuggers, I think, is a pretty global name for those wider straps you usually get. You can also use truck beds as long as they have loops on each end. You don’t want to fall to the ground in the middle of the night.

3. Consider the weight and height of the occupant.

Both can be found from the package. If memory serves, you should add 30 cm to the person’s height and carrying capacity is usually clearly marked. The tougher the better. As a very small person, this isn’t a problem for me, any cheap model works. Even Heikki, being over 180 cm tall, fit inside nicely.

4. Try to sleep somewhat diagonally. This way your back rests straight.

5. Insulate from underneath. A sleeping bag flattens against your back. So use a foam pad or get an under quilt.

6. Enjoy. The gentle sway in the breeze makes you sleepy pretty quickly and I personally felt very safe in my hammock home.

I wanted to stay in for a nap and Heikki told me to let our bosses know that he can’t make it to work in the morning. Needless to say, we were sold. Fingers crossed, maybe we get a chance to actually spend a night or two in our new homes away from home.


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