Hammocks are most commonly used for resting or for sleeping. Especially when camping or hiking. Not only are they light to pack, but they are also very comfortable to sleep into. They allow air to pass freely all throughout your body.
However, some people find it hard to tie a hammock, and this is entirely accurate. It's challenging to tie a hammock and make sure that the knot is sturdy enough.
So today, we will be teaching you the most basic information you must know about "how to tie a hammock".
We also included a few facts about hammocks and its other uses.
What You Need To Know About Hammocks
For those of you who don't know, a hammock is that swinging bed you tie to poles or trees when camping. It is usually made out of canvas, netted cord or rope mesh.
It has a thick rope or cord attached to both its ends. These are what you will be tying to poles or trees.
The hammock is originally Hamaca which is the Spanish word for swinging bed or rocking chair. But then just as we mentioned earlier, a hammock cannot only be used as a resting place, it can also be used to serve other purposes.
What Are its Other Uses?
A hammock is very useful for storing things. For instance, you can use your hammock to store your stuff. Even at home. If you have a small room, hanging a hammock and storing your stuff there can be a good space saving technique.
In camping, the hammock can serve as your food stash. You can hang it from the trees to make sure animals won’t touch it. It can also act as an equipment shelf. Again, even at home. This is also an excellent space-saving technique for your garage or toolshed.
Another use is as a makeshift sail. A hammock serves as a good sail because of its lightweight. The material used in making the hammock is light enough to be carried away by the wind. Only tie it vertically on the pole, and the wind will work its magic.
Lastly, it can also be used as a signal flag. A bright colored hammock can be utilized as a signal flag when you are in an emergency asking for help or when you get lost.
You can just drape it over a flat ground with no trees blocking its view from above. Or simply tie its ropes on two trees like a real flag.
Materials You’ll Need
- A sturdy base (can be trees or pillars, depending on your choice)
- Rope (be sure it’s secure, lengthy, and thick. Use the best material you can find)
- Any cutting tool to cut the rope
How To Tie a Hammock: Steps You Need To Take
There are many hurdles in tying a hammock. That’s why you need to take the procedure seriously and follow every detail correctly. Remember, a hammock’s main purpose is to give yourself a breezy and comfortable nap when you’re outdoors.
You wouldn’t want it to fall apart because that can cause severe injuries to yourself.
Step 1: Find a Stable Base
Finding a stable base depends on where you’re going to station your hammock. For starters, if you’re tying a hammock outside, then finding two good tree trunks is the way to go.
A hammock tied between two trees is one of the most iconic things that you’ll immediately imagine when you say the word “hammock.”
If there aren’t any trees around, a stable post or pillar of some sort would be good enough. Be sure that whatever base you’re using won’t bend or snap. Don’t plan on tying the rope on a bar or ledge that doesn’t look sturdy.
Moreover, try to find a good place too. Sleeping isn’t the only activity to do in a hammock. Sometimes, you might just want to enjoy the view or read a book.
So don’t force yourself to find two strong bases to tie it up. Sometimes, it’s better just to install ones at your preferred location instead.
Also, take into consideration that the place should be free of any strong winds or lightning strikes. Remember, safety first!
Step 2: Hanging Your Hammock
Next, you’ll need to start tying your hammock. Foremost, be aware of the static knots and adjustable knots. From the word “static,” these knots are meant to be firm and unmovable. This is because it supports the heavy load which is you in this case with the hammock.
On the other hand, the adjustable knots are meant to be tweaked. These are knots that can’t handle the load but are rather used to adjust tightness.
Step 3: Knowing The Different Tying Techniques
Now that we’re in the most important step, you’ll need to know the various techniques out there in tying your hammock’s strings. The simplest method is known as the Backpacker Hitch. For this, you’ll need a long rope because you’ll be relying on its length.
Simply wrap the rope around your pillar or tree several times. Ideally, you want to wrap it tightly no less than three times. Afterward, wrap it again two times but this time loosely. Be sure it’s loose enough for the rope to go through.
By this step, you should have two holes for the rope to go through. Bend your rope to create a loop. This is similar to that of tying your shoelace. Finally, insert it through the two holes and tighten it up.
If you want a stronger knot, applying the Bowline is the best idea. The bowline is usually used in rescue and other necessary outdoor activities that require tremendous safety.
To do this, create a loop by the middle of your rope with enough extra length to wrap around the pillar. Then, insert the end of the rope through the loop you made.
Afterward, wrap it under the rope and pass it again through the loop and just simply tighten.
Step 4: Using Ridgelines For Adjustment
As we mentioned earlier, there’s also a thing called adjustable knots. Although a hammock can be hung by just static knots like the Bowline and Backpacker Hitch, having an adjustable knot is also good.
This is because you’ll be able to control how your hammock is hung. This is the ridgeline’s purpose as it tries to control the tension on your hammock and its knots.
Since adjustable knots are bad at supporting the weight, you must use a combination of a static and adjustable knot. A good adjustable knot technique would be the Taut-Line Hitch. Be sure to apply one static knot on one end and the adjustable knot on the other.
At The End of The Day
A hammock is very useful in a lot of things. It is also very helpful and efficient if you want to pack light yet smart. If there’s one camping equipment which can serve lots of other purposes, the hammock can be one.
However, be careful when tying your hammock. All these other uses will never happen smoothly if you don’t know how to tie a hammock properly.
Again, make sure that the trees (or poles) you will be tying your hammock to are sturdy enough for the weight it’s going to carry.
Before and after using, check your hammock for damages. If you see any, attend to them immediately to avoid accidents in your next. Always remember, safety comes first.