I added a few pieces to my DIY hammock set up this afternoon, and wanted to share with my fellow outdoor gurus. I made the hammock and suspension last year, and added the bugnet and tarp skins this weekend. The only thing in the picture not made from these magical hands of mine is the tarp, and that project is planned for this summer.
Let’s talk hammock to start. There are many iterations of hammock styles that you can choose from when making your own, from a simple no-sew not and string, to a hammock with the bugnet built in. I went halfway between these two, sewing ‘end channels’ into the hammock that bunch up when I pass the whoopie slings through to create the hammock shape. I made mine around 10 feet long, and out of camo fabric to better conceal me when stealth camping (urban outdoorsman remember?)
The suspension for the hammock is nothing special, a paired set of whoopie slings and tree straps that took a total of 10 minutes to slap together. I plan on making some new whoopies soon since I have been sleeping on these ones going on two years now.
As for the bugnet, I simply cut some no-see-um fabric to shape and sewed Velcro in on both long ends. The bugnet drapes over the ridge line on the hammock, and is closed down with the Velcro. The bottom is left open, but held tight with shockcord that expands and retracts as I shift through the night.
Tarp skins are the final, smallest project I completed this weekend. Tarp skins, aka snake skins, are tubes of fabric that pull over your tarp giving it the appearance of a long snake. They were made from the last bits of fabric I had from my bugnet, and they work wonders. It is amazing how simple they make setup and take down, something valuable in those rainstorms that pop up out of no where. Just set up the tarp encircled in the skins and if the weather stays nice, leave it there for a view of the stars. If the weather turns for the worst, simply pull the skins back and stake out the tarp.
For everything I made, I spent a total far less than the $110 I spent on just the tarp. The homemade gear is also far lighter than any of their store bought counterparts, my diy bugnet weighs 3.1 oz and the one I purchased weighed in at 11.5 oz. The tarp will be pushed through the thread injector this summer as I get some more free time.
-The Urban Outdoorsman