An Introduction to Hammock Hanging

Well, it’s not really an introduction, per se. It’s more like an introduction to an introduction. How about we call it a book review?

The Ultimate Hang - An Illustrated Guide To Hammock Camping, written and illustrated by Derek Hansen

The Ultimate Hang – An Illustrated Guide To Hammock Camping, written and illustrated by Derek Hansen

I’ll just jump right in.

This is the best book I’ve found on hammock hanging – bar none. Heck, it’s more than a book – it’s a veritable cornucopia of resourceful information. A must have for any hammock hanger or hammock hanger wanna be.

The book is called “The Ultimate Hang: An Illustrated Guide to Hammock Camping” by Derek Hansen. And it has everything you ever wanted to know about using a hammock and then some.

What I like most about the book is that it’s short, to the point and easy to read. Not that I can’t handle more technical stuff or longer books, but who’s got time for it?

I’m the kind of guy that won’t read long birthday cards, so you can be sure I won’t waste my time on a book that takes too long to get to the point.

But don’t worry if you’re into that geeky, technical stuff. What’s great about Hansen’s book is that it has ALL the technical data you could ever want; calculations on how it hangs, measuring forces, different knots and fasteners and even a complete DIY section.

And like the title suggests, it’s illustrated. That’s right, tons of great and humorous illustrations.

Hennessy Hammock

This is my Hennessy Hammock Ultralite A-Sym

The topics covered include site selection, how to hang it, different types of hammocks, staying dry, staying warm and staying bug free.

Throughout the book you’ll also find QR codes you can scan for more info, great websites and even a “hammock hang calculator.”

Who knew a book could be so helpful and informative. In fact, the appendix alone is worth more than the price of the book itself. Seriously, I learned more in 130 pages than I did in four years of college. Don’t tell my folks.

You can learn more about this book and how to order it by visiting

And just for the record. I am not an affiliate or in any way paid for my stellar opinion of this book. It simply made a huge difference for me and I’d like to pass that onto other hammock hangers – or people looking at it as a possibility.

Are you a hammock hanger too? I’d love to hear about your experiences with hammocks, what you like about ’em, what you don’t like and what’s your favorite hammock. Please comment below.

See ya’ on the trail

2 thoughts on “An Introduction to Hammock Hanging

  1. Yes, Tim, and it was…the best night’s sleep I’ve had outdoors – ever. I’d still like to do more “field testing” in different seasons and through different types of weather to see how it performs first hand and to figure out the best way to set it up for comfort on a cold or rainy night. I’d hate to have to figure this stuff out on the trail. Anyway, I can’t wait to hear about your experience with hammocking. Thanks for dropping by!

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