Salt Lake City, Utah: This year at the Winter Outdoor Retailer show ENO Hammocks unveiled their newest (and our favorite) product, the Double Nest Hammock branded with the Leave No Trace logo. It is perfect for people who want to relax responsibly in the outdoors. ENO is a partner of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and has done a lot to promote responsible hammocking in the outdoors. We appreciate both their support and their efforts to encourage people to minimize their impacts in the outdoors.
Below are some tips and trick from ENO and Leave No Trace on how to hammock responsibly.
· As long as there are two sturdy and thick trees to anchor your hammock to, you can hammock almost anywhere.
· Hammocks allow you to camp 200 feet away from water sources because you can sleep on the side of hill. This is one of the biggest advantages of hammock camping. At Leave No Trace we encourage people to camp 200 feet from water, trails, and other campsites to avoid polluting water sources and disturbing other visitors.
· Never hammer or screw anything into tree to anchor your hammock.
· Protect the tree bark by using thick straps that will distribute the pressure evenly from the weight of the hammock.
· Always research the land management agencies rules and regulations about hammock use. Some places with sparse tree cover or fragile trees may not allow hammocks.
· Always take down your hammock if you are not using it. Wildlife like deer or elk can become tangled in it.
· Take care not to damage the roots of the tree when you are entering and exiting your hammock.
· Always attach your hammock to the thickest part of the tree to keep from bending of damaging the tree.
Look for an update from Leave No Trace and ENO when the new hammock is out on the market.
Thanks for reading and remember to be like Bigfoot and Leave No Trace! Enjoy your naps, overnights under the stars, and relaxing in your hammock.
Pat and TJ
Leave No Trace’s Patrick and Theresa Beezley are part of the 2015 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, Coleman, Hi-Cone, and Smartwool.