Hammocks have become the go-to option for hanging in the outdoors. Hammocks are minimum-impact and one of the most environmentally friendly ways to relax in the outdoors as they don’t require ground clearing. By keeping a few tips in mind, you will be able to enjoy a day, or night, of hammocking without disturbing nature or those around you.
Keep these tips in mind:
- Check with the area you are in to make sure the area allows hammocks. As always be respectful and steer clear of private property.
- Pick the right trees. Look for healthy robust trees with thick trunks and no dead branches. Focus on areas absent of vegetation. Avoid disturbing or stepping on roots, moss and lichen.
- Look ahead of time for creatures that are using the tree as a home so you don’t disturb them. If you don’t think this is important, think again…with a hornets nest in mind.
- Always use straps for hanging your hammock. (ROCT Outdoor includes 4 with the 3-N-1 AirFLOW Mesh Hammock!) Do not use rope or cord as it can dig into the bark and damage underlying layers vital to a tree’s survival.
- Stacking not recommended. Though stacked hammock photos might look cool, it is a setup that is hard on trees and possibly painful for all involved if an upper hammocker falls.
- Though tempting to leave a hammock up if you have a sweet spot, it is always recommended to take it down to prevent possible injuries to small children.
- Last but not least, CLEAN UP! Double check that all trash, left over food and gear is packed out with you.