How to Hang a Hammock and Ideal Angle You Need to Know

Did you bought a hammock and thinking about how to hang a hammock Comfortably? If you have been hammocking for a while, already know about hanging it correctly, then this post may look silly.

If you don't know how to hang the hammock, then these tips provide you more ideas and perfect your skills. Let's discuss how to properly hang a hammock and see how we can permanently replace tent for sleeping.

Hammocks are less bulky compared to tents, and they are typically made of parachute fabric which may use ripstop techniques to improve durability. There are a lot of hammocks out there, and I'm not discussing each and every hammock, my primary focus is how to use travel hammocks when backpacking.

Hammock Stands:

hammock stands

stands for hammocks

A simple way to hang a hammock is to use portable hammock stands, the flip side of using stands are they are heavy you may not likely carry it when backpacking. So, with that in mind let’s talk about the ideal angle that you can hang a hammock.

Hanging a Hammock General Guidelines.

  • Need about 18in of loaded hang from butt to ground.
  • Should have about 40in suspension length on each side.
  • Need to maintain 108inch ridgeline.

Now if you achieved this and the anchor points for the hammock are around 5.75 feet high, you can get the "ideal" 30 degrees hang angle.

So, you just need to make sure that each strap should be capable of holding your weight individually. Let's learn few knots that allow you to adjust the length of the hang.

Hammock Hanging Knots

To fully discover the joy of hammock camping over tents you need to learn few knots. The bowline knot is a pretty simple knot, and it's easy to tie.

You'll have a perfect wrap, so you're not going to slip or fall. Now let's checkout few things to consider when hanging a hammock to tree.

hammock bowline knot

Bowline knot for hammocks

Let me explain, take your rope and keep it between the index finger and middle finger and wrap it around so that you'll have a perfect loop and it comes out little bit extra slope little slack, now go underneath it and pull so that you'll have a perfect bowline knot.

How to Hang a Hammock to Trees

Once you got your hammock, you'll need to figure out how to attach it to the trees. If hammock comes with straps next, it's easy, you can swing them around trees and tie it up and attach your hammock.

Slap straps may stretch so make sure that they are rated to hold your weight, and you may not want a rude awakening in the middle of the night.

Here is what I'd check when setting up Hammock to tree

  • Setup hammock for maximum exposure to the wind.
  • Make sure that the trees don't have dead or broken branches
  • Nice to have at least 15 feet Spread
  • Keep your Hammock away from the fire

Now we know how to hang a hammock to tree let’s talk about how to use whoopie slings or tree straps for hanging a hammock.

Hammock Whoopie Slings

Whoopie slings are lightweight and reduce your weight by 80% over conventional hammock setups. Installation is pretty easy.

First, you'll need to loop a fixed eye through hammock end, second, you'll need to feed whoopie sling through fixed eye loop, and last, you'll just need to tighten and test before using the hammock.

Whoopie slings are weight savers they weigh tiny and are super strong. But they do require a learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, you'll wonder why you used anything else.

Moreover, they can either attach to your tree straps by using a carabiner, S-clip, or marlin spike and toggle. You have to ensure that these are rated to hold the weight.

Try Hanging Hammock in your Backyard

You've to figure out how to use the hammock in your backyard before even taking into the woods. Hang it somewhere and use it for a couple of nights and see if you can comfortably fit in and sleep and also check if the hammock can withstand if you co-sleep with your partner.

hanging Hammock in your Backyard

Hammock in Backyard

But I haven't found a good solution to sleeping in the hammock for two, and you end up on top of each other. You could try out getting double bridge hammock to rest with your partner.

In short:

I would recommend hammocks since overall, they are more suited for the outdoors, particularly when backpacking because they appropriate choice for outdoor sleeping.

If you need to shave off the weight of a rope of length of the webbing of pack weight, I'd recommend using whoopie slings or regular hammock tree straps. Hope that helps, don’t forget to leave your comments and thoughts

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