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April 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 163

Tent camping may be fun, but its disadvantages lead vacationers and backpackers to another form of camping-the one that uses hammocks instead of the usual ground-erected tents. If you have a garden hammock, it can be used for hammock camping. You only have to modify it. Hammocks offer a more versatile camping shelter than ordinary tents.

Hammock tents are the convenient alternative to ordinary tents as long as they are put up properly. A fitting hammock tent would be more comfortable than those that sit on the ground. The setup looks simple, but it can offer a temporary shelter in the woods for campers. Hammock tents can actually turn out to be a nice place to lie down, because they are more comfortable. There are a few versions of hammock tents available.

The hanging tents look vulnerable. They are vulnerable if you do not tie the ends right. But if the end straps are tied to sturdy tree trunks, the hammock should hang fine. Just do not hang the hammock too high, that it will become difficult to climb in.

For some people, sleeping in the hammock can be discomforting, especially because the tiny space restricts movement. For other people, it's a better option than having a tent that sits on a stony or damp ground. When you are out there camping, you really don't have much of a choice. Some people say that hammocks reduce back discomfort, which you will probably get from lying on uneven ground.

The very nice thing about these tents is that they are suspended about two or three feet from the ground. This means that you will not have to worry about lying on wet ground. You can also avoid crawling insects or slugs.

Setting up a hammock tent can be a worthwhile activity, but you have to choose the right location for it. Novice campers may be troubled, but there is no need to be. If you are going to a national park, you can inquire about the designated camping sites. A hammock allows you to camp deep in the woods or on rugged mountainsides. You can almost camp anywhere, but avoid camping near lakes or springs. Find a spot where there are no bugs and flying insects. A windy place would be nice, because insects do not stay in that area. However, winds can bring chills at night.

Not everything is good about hammocks, though. These tents can be difficult to put up if there are no sturdy structures in the area. Even in a forest, it can be a challenge to find trees spaced far enough for you to put up a hammock between. These tents are also vulnerable to strong winds.

Setting up these tents is quite easy. You need a hammock, strong ropes and a fly. When you are looking for a campsite, you have to look carefully. Find two trees with enough distance for your height. The trees should have robust trunks measuring around 8 inches in diameter or 25 inches around. Make sure that you tie the ropes to the trees firmly. Set up the fly over the tent for cover.

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