You’ve most likely purchased your first hammock for camping if you’re reading this article. That’s amazing, but the only issue is that you’re going to have to learn how to tie a hammock knot so that it can be secured tightly to a structure.
Many first-time hammock users tend to overlook this little problem, and that’s an issue. Tying your hammock can make the difference between spending your night on the ground or huddled up nicely in the air.
When you tie your hammock up on a structure, you’ll be less bothered by any animals or bugs around the area. To do that, you’ll need to consider a lot of things and learn to create different knots.
Choosing Your Location
Unfortunately, you can’t just hang your hammock anywhere you want. While it would be nice for you to set up wherever you want, it just simply can’t be done because the number one rule is that you should never hook up your hammock to a structure that could potentially be harmful to you.
Always look for trees that are healthy and avoid dead trees, trees that house animals, and ones that can’t support your weight. Also, never tie your hammock to trees that can be knocked over, as sometimes, wind can cause a tree to fall on top of you.
Additionally, look for a pole or a tree that has the right height to support your body. You want enough space between your body and the hammock to be able to reach your legs from the hammock to the ground. This is approximately similar to when you sit down in a chair.
You should also know what direction the wind is blowing and how fast the speed is. This can sometimes mean life or death or avoid a significant injury. You also never want to put your hammock above uneven ground because if you fall, you can seriously injure yourself.
Choosing Your Knot
One of the factors every person seems to overlook when they are new to hanging a hammock is learning the different types of knots. These knots are essential when it comes to securing your hammock to another structure safely.
The difference between a professional and practiced knot and one that you’re just trying to secure your hammock can make a world of a difference. Different knots can ensure that your hammock will stay tied and be safe to use as well as can reduce your chances of falling or the knot coming undone if too much weight is placed on the hammock.
The first type of knot to learn is called a bowline knot. It is by far the most accessible type of knot to learn how to tie, and it can ensure that your hammock is secure since it can hold a lot of weight and can keep your hammock from slipping during the night.
All you have to do is create a loop like you would to make a circle, then loop the rope through as if you were creating a knot to tie your shoes. Lastly, tighten the knot until it is firmly in place. You can quickly create more knots after this to ensure that your hammock doesn’t slip or move from the position you desire it to be.
Two Half Hitch Knot
A knot that is a little harder to learn but can guarantee that your hammock is secure is called the two half hitch knot. It’s not really that complicated and can help ensure that your hammock stays in the same place throughout the night
Start by making a single half hitch and then continue to loop around and make a second knot. Pass the rope around the tree and secure your hammock by moving the rope around under the previous one.
Next, you’ll want to pull it through the rope. Lastly, make another loop around the tree and pull tightly to the end of the rope which is located under the one you just created.
Figure Eight Knot
The last knot is a method that is usually used and taught to people who enjoy climbing. The crucial element of this knot is that it can hold massive amounts of weight, ensuring that the knot will never come undone.
The figure eight knot first starts out by you laying the rope flat. Next, pass the tail end over itself and begin to form what is called a bottom loop. The end of the rope needs to be secured and tucked underneath the beginning of the rope.
You should notice the circles forming a number eight figure. The end of the rope should then be slipped into the loop and tightened.
Learning how to tie a hammock knot can come in handy for tying your hammock and can benefit you in other aspects in life. Don’t be afraid if you mess up as you’ll have plenty of time to learn from your mistakes.
Ensuring that your hammock is secure can save you from falling or injuring yourself. It also is a lot more comfortable than laying on the ground with bugs or any critters in the area. Just ensure that you practice and you’ll be good to go on your next camping trip.