3 Essential Tips for Hanging Hammocks

There’s nothing quite as peaceful and relaxing as floating in the breeze from the comfort of a hammock. With a travel hammock from ENO, Grand Trunk, or local hammock makers Geaux Hammock, you can take that comfort anywhere you please. While these hammocks are simple to set up, there are a few things that you can do to make hanging hammocks easier and more efficient.

Ditch the hanging kit

Bring your own cordage or webbing rather than rely on manufactured hanging kit or straps. It’s not that those hanging kits don’t work well. They’re great, in fact. However, you can often save money and weight by using cordage or webbing alone, and they also provide more versatility.

You’re not going to find two trees at the perfect distance to hang your hammock every time you want to hang your hammock. Sometimes the anchor points will be a hair too close, or a hair too far apart. While hammock hanging kits accommodate different distances, cordage lets you dial in the perfect placement every time. We sell accessory cord, flat webbing, and nylon webbing by the foot or the spool here at Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters.

Keep in mind that wider straps help protect trees. Thin cord focuses all of the weight from a hammock on a smaller surface area, which tends to cut into tree bark, whereas wider webbing spreads the weight out and keeps trees safe.

Of course, if you opt for using your own rope, cordage, or webbing you need to know a couple of basic knots.

Learn the overhand loop and marlin spike hitch

These two simple knots are quick and easy, and they make hanging your hammock a cinch. Your overhand loop knot allows you to attach your webbing or rope to the tree.

Simply make a loop at one end of your cordage, wrap the rope around the tree, thread the opposite end through the loop, and pull tight. At this point you need to know the marlin spike hitch.

The marlin spike hitch can be tied at any point in a rope, and it comes undone with the tug of a rope. This is what you will use to attach your hammock to your cordage.

You can use a toggle to keep your hitch intact or feed your hammock hook or carabiner through the hitch, and tighten the knot. When you’re done with your hammock, remove your carabiner and pull on one end of the rope to remove the knot.

Bring a sling… or two

You can find an adequate place to hang a hammock 9 times out of 10 in the Ozarks. It’s rare to be unable to find two trees close enough to hang a hammock. However, if trees are sparse – or you’re trying to hang a hammock from a  large tree with a thick trunk- a sling can give you that little bit of extra length that you need.

Climbing slings are essentially a loop of webbing with heavily reinforced bartack for extra strength. It’s a good idea to have a couple of slings handy, just in case your hanging straps come up short.


Stop by and see us at Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters. We have a great selection of travel hammocks, as well as everything you need to customize your hammock set up!

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