So, in this day and age we all have to be very aware of the impact that our outdoor activities have on nature. Hammocking is a perfect example of low impact shelter/camping. Tent hammocks offer total coverage, while traditional hammocks do the job of keeping you off the ground sleeping comfortable.
The smaller that your “footprint” is on nature then the better off we all are. Keeping that footprint small, however, can be an issue for larger families or camping/hiking groups. In this article we’ll talk about how to Hammock Responsibly and keep the impact to a minimum.
Hammock camping can be a truly awesome experience, but only if you’re doing it the right ways; safely and responsibly.
List of Responsible Hammocking Tips
–Keep your Hammock at least 200 feet from water sources in order to preserve communities and unique habitats that could be disrupted by your presence.
–Don’t alter the trees that you hang your hammock from. Never hammer or screw anything into the trees. Always use “tree saver” hammock straps t suspend your camping hammock.
-No need to re-invent the wheel when it comes to campsites. In fact, the best campsite already exist and not created. You just have to located them. Split large groups up into smaller ones and set up campsites in different, but nearby locations. Camp in areas that are sparsely populated with vegetation.
–Be aware of dead trees. Your hammock and your weight could pull them down causing injury. Check for dead branches and large fruits, etc that could fall and injure. NEVER camp under a coconut tree!
–Some managed camp sites do not allow hanging hammocks. Did you know that Florida State Parks don’t allow hammock camping or suspending hammocks?
–Don’t place your hammock near sensitive plant life. Find two, strong, thick-trunked trees to hang your hammock and avoid those that are on wet ground. Hang your hammock at least 18″ off the ground.
-When you leave the campsite, take down the hammock so that kids and animals don’t get tangled and trapped in your hammock.
-As with any camping excursion, always clean up your camp site when you leave it. Leave no sign that you were there except the camp site itself…so that others can use it well and responsibly themselves.
With a dedicated and mindful camping trip you can truly enjoy your hammock to it’s fullest. The idea here is to keep people camping responsibly and safely with their hammocks for a long time coming. Take care of you, yours and the great outdoors!