When I was a bit younger, I spent an entire summer sleeping in a hammock, and I don’t think I have ever slept better.
Now while hammocks are often seen as a summer staple, to the survivalist a hammock is one of the ultimate quick set shelters for any season.
Hammocks have been in use for hundreds of years, if not more, and for good reason!
In Central and South America, where the hammock is said to have originated, they gained in popularity because of their ability to provide safety from disease transmission, insect stings, or animal bites. By suspending their beds above ground, inhabitants were better protected from snakes, biting ants, and other harmful creatures.
Hammocks were introduced to Europe by Christopher Columbus,when he brought several of them back to Spain from islands in the present day Bahamas.
While keeping your butt off the ground and away from all of the creepy crawlies that come out at night is a major benefit to the hammock, it’s not the only one.
When people go camping they tend to pull out their big tent, and spend hours cursing while trying to put them together…( I’ve had first hand experience with this) In fact, the smallest tent that I’ve been able to find is a “scout type tent” that still weighs in at around 3 lbs, and is still quite bulky.
That tent won’t fit inside my pack at all, but I’ve got a nylon hammock that only weighs a couple of ounces and fits in my pocket.
When your on the trail or bugging out, weight is a huge issue, and in my opinion the hammock takes the cake when it comes to shelter..
I’m not the only one that thinks this either.
My buddy Craig Caudill shot a video with his Hennessy Hammock that I think you should check out right now:
Even if you already have a hammock, Craig shows a few tips that can help make your night in the open that much more comfortable.
If you don’t have a hammock, I really think you should grab one.
After watching this video and talking to Craig, I’m planning on replacing my pocket sized hammock with one of these from Hennessy, they are a little more expensive but much more durable.
Check it out, they are offering $23.00 off the normal price and including free shipping
What do you think, is a hammock the way to go?