Hammock camping

A few months ago a friend invited my family to try out kayaking; It ended up that I didn’t actually get on the kayak, as it was smaller and we weren’t sure what the weight limit was. But after watching my siblings enjoy the kayak, I decided to look into buying myself one. While researching them, it came across my mind that it would be cool to take a long trip down a river, and camp on the banks; Then I came across the hammock camping system, which packs down really small, and light weight, and you only need two trees, instead of level ground, that is rock and root free. Thus I became obsessed with researching hammock camping.

Now, while I didn’t end up getting a kayak (yet), I did keep researching hammocks until I learned how to make my own. Then, last week, I finally got the things to make one, here it is:

Alex Taylor's camping hammock with bugnet pic 1

Alex Taylor's camping hammock with bugnet pic 2

As you can see, I also made a bug-net sock, which you slide over the hammock and then cinch to close at the head end (end closest in the first pic), or un-cinch and slide down to open.

It isn’t perfect, but for the first time making one I think it turned out alright.

Before I could make it, I had to learn to sew, which took a couple of hours; during that time I practiced making some stuff sacks, then later in the day I sewed the hammock. The hammock is made from 1.9oz ripstop nylon, and the netting is noseeum mesh. Next I will be making a tarp out of silnylon to cover the hammock, just in case it rains (although here in central Texas we haven’t gotten much rain lately). I have the hammock suspended from 1500 lb webbing straps (that I also sewed), with adjustable buckles on the the ends, and I have 7/64 1600 lb Amsteel loops connected to the buckles. I added a structural ridgeline made frome Amsteel to support the bug-net, and also to provide slack in the hammock (easier to lay sideways for sleeping).

I first started with 4 yards of the 1.9oz ripstop nylon(1.9 oz ripstop nylon), and sewed (using Gutterman MARA 70 thread) a rolled hem on each of the sides. Then I whipped the ends using the first method shown here: http://www.tothewoods.net/HomemadeHammock2.html. I hung it using 1 pair of these: Cinch buckle, two of these: Camp Nano carabiner, 20′ of this: 1500 lb webbing, and about 5′ of this: Amsteel. I will make another post detailing that.

It is really comfortable laying in it, whether in a relaxing or a sleeping position. I will most definitely make more hammocks in the days ahead.

Go enjoy the outdoors,

Alex T.

Links for more info:

Just Jeff’s: http://www.tothewoods.net/

DIY Gear Supply: http://diygearsupply.com/

The Ultimate Hang: http://theultimatehang.com/hammock-camping-101/

Hammock Forums: https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/forum.php

I also got a lot of knowledge from Shug on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/shugemery/featured

I bought everything I needed to make the hammock, bug-net, tarp, and suspension from Kyle at Ripstop by the roll: http://ripstopbytheroll.com/ good prices on the products and also good shipping price (it does take a little while to get to me, but I like supporting small businesses).

And Dutch over at DutchWare has a lot of nice things for hammockers: http://www.dutchwaregear.com/

That’s all folks!


  1. Alex, I was scrolling thru Ray’s face book and saw your posts. Congratulations on this new endeavor. I enjoyed reading all three blogs. Your pictures of Ruidosa make me want to leave tomorrow.

    Thank you for letting the world in on your adventures.
    Elaine Reinhard-Lang


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