Join us at ScoutCircle.org Sunday, September 8th 9-10PM EST to discuss hammock camping with our guest Derek Hansen the author of ‘The Ultimate Hang’.
ScoutCircle is a live presentation followed by a live question and answer period. Be sure to tune in!
Derek Hansen is a lightweight backpacker, Scoutmaster, and “hammock enthusiast” who enjoyed his first hammock hang at age 14 at the BSA Beaver High Adventure base in Utah. The hammock he used then was a compact net style that was strung up in an “Ewok Village” constructed from log platforms lashed up high in the pines. Derek rediscovered the wonders hammock camping 16 years later in Virginia, and has been avoiding the ground ever since.
Serendipitously, it was Scouting that brought Derek back to hammock camping. Being asked to be a Scoutmaster while living in Virginia, Derek began buying gear he remembered using as a youth: a five-pound external frame pack, a five-pound two-man tent, a five-pound synthetic-fill sleeping bag, and a thin closed-cell foam sleeping pad. It didn’t take many trips to realize this was a heavy, uncomfortable way to explore the outdoors. Derek’s quest for comfort and lighter gear led him to his first official camping hammock—the Hennessy Expedition Asym. He has since tried nearly all de facto camping hammocks on the market (those with integrated bug netting and tarps), but he most often uses basic, gathered-end hammocks for their simplicity, lighter weight, and modularity.