Last weekend I took my new DD Frontline hammock out for a test run. This is the first time I’ve used a hammock and was not sure how complicated it would all be, it made sense to practice setting-up before going off on a wild camp adventure somewhere and having to learn then.
After wandering about for an hour or so I stopped and brewed up a cuppa tea on my Trangia stove. Very nice it was as well, makes a nice change from lugging around a flask of luke warm tea, and much more fun!
After more aimless walking about I decided to start looking for a likely spot for putting up the hammock.
I finally found a pitch that met all the requirements, i.e. two trees not too far apart and yet, not too close together. The hammock was easy to set-up. The guidance on the DD website had advised learning a couple of complex sounding knots but ended up by admitting the kind of knot you use to tie shoelaces would do just fine. So that it what I used.
Here’s the basic set-up:
Here’s the basic set-up with the mosquito netting:
Here’s the basic set-up with mosquito netting and a tarp for shelter in case of rain (or whatever):
Once the hammock was set-up the next step was get in it. The moment I lay down in the hammock I knew I was going to sleep well on my next wild camp. I could have drifted off there and then, it felt so cosy.
And…a view! I lay back imagining watching sunsets and sunrises, it felt good, it felt comfortable, it felt just right.
I set up the stove and made another cuppa tea, it was great to have a comfy seat on which to relax and enjoy my brew. I watched the still wood and listened to the birds.
Then I packed everything up, took a compass bearing and headed off in the general direction of West Briggs wood and my bicycle.
Hammocks? Love ’em!