3:30 am … my left shoulder hurts caused by that big rock which crawled under the tent all by itself during the night. When I chose my campspot I did not notice it. I scanned the area I was to put the tent visually and with my feet. Heck, I even crawled around and smelled the earth. Nothing but as smooth and soft underground for my tent.
The next day was miserable because I was tired, sore and grumpy. Fishing sucked of course with such a start.
Cool soft spot. Brilliant sleep. However – it rained. Heavy. Good I had this super modern “let-no-water-in” tent because the soft spot I found was in a bit of ditch, which now looks like a swimming pool with a small tent in he middle ..
Have you been there? I am sure you have and like me, sort of gave up tenting … tent camping is now a last resort for me.
But than came the change — hammocking. Lawson style …
Through Paul Arden I was introduced to Wes at Lawson Hammock. He was so kind get me one of their Blue Ridge Camping Hammocks and I’ve been using it this summer. None of the above has happened and I am convinced that this tent hung between trees is a small revolution. It works much better than a traditional tent. At least for those who only need shelter for small tours and sleeping.
Lawson’s Blue Ridge Camping Hammock also keeps the bugs away and lifts me up above all the rocks, roots and other nasty things disturbing my sleep.
I am convinced – actually so much that I decided to import and sell it. Just so you know ….
So what do you need …
a Lawson Hammock (rainfly and netting is included)
2pcs 6mm thick rope, 8m each – you don´t need any shakles and fancy hammock hanging “stuff” – you can of course, but better to save that money
tent plugs/stakes & tent ropes in case you want to use the Lawson like a conventional tent. This gear can also be used to stop the hammock from swinging. Useful in very windy conditions.
This connection is very secure as it tightens on it self under load, but is very easy to untie. Just take the rope out through the last loop and pull. It come undone like a “knitting”.
Fastening the hammock is very simple. As you have two rope ends you can simply tie the hammock with an overhand knot. Make sure the knot sits uniform on side of the knot of the hammock´s attachment point. No shackles and other “stuff” needed. This makes the hammock´s hang very adjustable.
Than it´s time to fix the bugnet which is included with the hammock. It´s kept upright by tentpoles.
Attaching the rain cover
There are several attachment point on the rain cover. A hook at each end, two clips at each end and velcro points which fit to their mates on the bottom of the hammock and two bungee cord loops each end.
Inside the Lawson Blue Ridge
The hung tent does not feel closed-in or tippy at all. It´s roomy and ariflow is very good. There are pockets for small stuff as well as a point each end to attach a lamp or similar. Along the “bottom” there are a number of velcro attachment spots for a insulation mattress cover.
it´s a tent too
using the Lawson in a traditional tent arrangement is very simple. Just fix the attachment point to the ground with tentplugs.
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