Hammocks

Got trees? In the wooded backcountry of the Northeast, the appeal of hammock camping is obvious—you can pitch a comfortable, sleep-worthy hammock in far more places than a tent. But hammock camping has its challenges as well, from learning to pitch one appropriately (and with minimal impact) to protecting yourself from rain and weather. For me personally, one of the…

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Lightweight. Low-impact. Usable almost anywhere trees grow. Hammock camping has a lot of advantages over tents and shelters—but what do you need to know before stashing one in your pack and heading for the backcountry? First, you want to make sure that a hammock is right for you, and that you’re comfortable with each piece…

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Trees are everywhere in the Northeast backcountry. Good tent sites are not. Unlock the secrets of hammock camping and you’ll radically expand your choices for overnight sites. Plus you’ll save weight, stay dry, keep the bugs at bay, and enjoy a swinging good time in the process. Today’s backpacking hammocks are marvels of lightweight packability,…

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