I’ve had a lot of people ask me why I choose to sleep in a hammock as opposed to a tent when sleeping out in the wild. You’re definitely more exposed in a hammock, but nothing really beats sleeping under the trees and stars. ENO makes hammocks that are tree safe and made to fit pretty much any setup that you have available to you.
I’ve been the proud owner of an ENO DoubleNest hammock for almost a year. It’s great because it acts as a sort of cocoon, so regardless of how much you move about while sleeping, there’s no way you’re ending up on the floor. After a long day of adventuring, especially after long hikes, I’m pretty sure I don’t move much after the first moment my head tucks inside my mummy bag. But it’s nice to have the reassurance that you are tucked safely inside.
For people who are worried about rain protection when sleeping in a hammock ENO makes a range of tarps that you can paired with any hammock to keep you dry in bad weather. Living in California, I don’t have to worry about rain often, but I can imagine that the tarps would be very useful in places that are blessed with a little more moisture.
Hammocks provide you more options on where you can set up camp, as there is no need to worry about flat ground or clearing rocks. Anywhere that you can find two trees you can set up a hammock, and there is nothing nicer than putting your feet after a long day of trekking! ENO hammocks are available at the Eagles Nest Outfitters Inc. website, and most places that sell outdoor gear. I personally got ahold of mine at REI during a Labor Day sale, where they sometimes sell for 30% off.
Safe travels and happy hammocking!
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