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How to Hang a Legit Camping Hammock

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Author: Matt JohnsonPhotos/Graphics: Mike HawthornePublished: Jul 9, 2022Updated: Dec 24, 2023

Hanging a camping hammock can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors without sleeping on the ground. However, it can be tricky to set one up correctly; if done incorrectly, you could have a sore back or neck. Ready to learn how to hang a Legit camping hammock?

Don’t worry, we’re going to walk you through it.

Follow these simple steps, and you’ll enjoy the great outdoors in no time. Here’s what we recommend when hanging the hammock, but we’ll go into more detail.

  1. Find the perfect spot to hang Legit camping hammock.
  2. Consider total amount of vegetation, spacing and sturdiness of the trees, smooth bark, and the surrounding area for a perfect camp spot.
  3. Use rope and carabiners to secure your hammock in place.
  4. Test out your setup before spending a night in your hammock.
  5. Make sure you have everything you need before hitting the road.
  6. Keep bugs away with a bug net.
  7. Relax and enjoy the great outdoors!

Seem pretty simple and straightfoward? We’re here to help!

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Find the perfect spot to hang Legit camping hammock.

One of the best parts about hammocking is that you can do it anywhere. That’s what makes portable camping hammocks so awesome — especially Legit camping hammocks.

Whether in your backyard, deep in the wilderness, or at a fun and adventurous camping destination, all you need two trees, and you’re good to go. Heck, it can even be a double hammock if you want to hang with your loved ones.

Camp spot considerations.

Of course, not all spots are created equal. When trying to find the perfect location for your parachute hammock, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Total amount of vegetation. If you’re in a spot with little or no vegetation, you might not be able to hang up your portable hammock. At least not with hammocking trees. If there’s too much vegetation or dead branches, you might not have enough room for your Legit camping double hammock or any other type of hammock you have.
  • Spacing of the trees. Look for two trees that are roughly the same size and distance apart. Your hammock will be saggy in the middle if they’re too far apart. If they’re too close together, getting in and out of the hammock will be difficult. You might want to bring a tape measure with you just in case. We like to shoot for trees that are around 6′-8′ apart.
  • Sturdiness. Make sure the trees are sturdy, have a thick trunk and free of dead branches that could break under your weight. We look for the right trees with trunks at least 6″ in diameter.
  • Smooth bark. Try to avoid trees with rough, sticky bark. This can damage your hammock’s lines. You can always protect your line/rope with an old towel between it and the bark.
  • Look at the surrounding area. Is there enough space to set up your hammock without being too close to hazards like sharp rocks? You’ll want plenty of room to set up your spot. We’ve found that the best camp spot are the ones with sturdy trees, but little to no underbrush.
Sturdy Tree Trunk with Smooth Bark
This tree trunk is around 6 inches and has smooth bark. It’s perfect to hang a Legit Hammock.

Once you’ve found the perfect spot, setting up your hammock will be a breeze.

Use rope and carabiners to secure your hammock in place.

It’s the perfect spot. You’ve found two trees the ideal distance apart, with a stunning sunset view. Now it’s time to set up your hammock and enjoy the tranquility of nature.

Fortunately for you, all of the Legit camping hammocks come with the appropriate tree-friendly straps and steel carabiners to help you get your entire hammock off the ground.

Their wide straps keep the bark abrasion to a minimum.

Carabiner Strapping Hammock to a Tree
This shows the effectiveness of a carabiner with nylon straps for your hammock.

The first step is to wrap a nylon strap around each tree trunk, about waist-high. If you place it too high, getting in and out of your hammock will be difficult. Too low, and you might as well be sleeping on the ground.

Next, take your hammock and clip one end to each rope using one of the steel carabiners. Make sure the carabiners are closed tightly, so they don’t come undone. Steel carabiners ensure that your Legit camping double hammock can hold your weight.

Ensure that the ridgeline length is at a slight angle with the side your head is going to go on the upper end. We find that the best angle is about 15° or so.

Not too much because you don’t want to be standing up, but not downward because you don’t want all of your blood to go to your head. And of course, you’ll want your feet to be towards the lowest point.

At this point, you should be all set.

Test out your setup before spending a night in your hammock. 

There’s nothing quite like spending a night under the stars; hammocks are a great way to do it. But before you pack up your camping gear and head into the wilderness, it’s essential to test your setup.

After all, you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere without a place to sleep!

Pro Tip: We recommend testing your hammock in a setup that will be similar to that on your camping trip. If you have rough-bark trees at home, then set up on rough-bark trees at the campground. We don’t recommend using rough-bark trees, but if that’s all you have then that will work.

Start by setting up your hammock in your backyard or other safe location. Ensure everything is secure and the fabric is not torn or frayed. Also check out the tree friendly straps are not frayed.

Then take it for a test spin!

Lie in the hammock for a few minutes to ensure it’s comfortable and that you feel safe and secure.

Once satisfied, you can pack up your gear and hit the trail, confident you’ll have a great night’s sleep.

Make sure you have everything you need before hitting the road.

If you’re planning on hitting the road for some camping, make sure you have everything you need for your hammock.

You’ll need a hammock, some rope or webbing to attach the hammock to the anchors, and a tarp to protect you from the elements. Of course the Legit hammocks come with all of this, but you might want some extra tree friendly nylon straps on hand just in case.

If you’re planning on sleeping in your hammock (we call this setting up a hammock camp), you’ll also need a sleeping bag or at least something a little softer and more comfortable. And don’t worry about the weight, most hammocks can easily accommodate you inside a heavy sleeping bag.

Keeping the bugs away.

And finally, don’t forget a bug net to keep the insects at bay. Some hammocks have all of these features, so look into them.

Unfortunately, from what we’ve seen, the Legit Camping portable hammock doesn’t have a rain fly or mosquito netting that comes with it. They might have other models other than the Trek Light Hammock that come with netting, but these don’t.

You can always get an aftermarket mosquito net that can go over your travel hammock.

You’ll have a comfortable and enjoyable camping experience with all these items.

Relax and enjoy the great outdoors!

Hammock Swinging Between Two Trees in the Forest

Whether you’re hanging your cozy hammock in the backyard, outside of your vacation yurt, or out on the beach, you’re going to love hanging out in your hammock.

Just kick back and relax, swaying gently in the breeze. As you watch the colors of the sky change, you’ll be glad you took the time to hang your Legit camping hammock. Wherever you go for your amazing adventures, you can enjoy a peaceful evening in your private paradise with a bit of planning.

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Matt Johnson


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Matt is an experienced camper and glamping enthusiast with a Master's degree in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M University. Authoring posts for GlamperGear, he shares his wealth of knowledge on picturesque campsites, luxurious accommodations, and the best gear for outdoor adventures. His passion for nature and knack for comfort in the wilderness make him an expert guide for your next camping endeavor.

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3 thoughts on “How to Hang a Legit Camping Hammock

  1. Jared Shine

    Finding the perfect spot to hang the hammock is key. Typically I use 550 cord (aka paracord) to hang my hammocks. It’s cheap and easy to find at WalMart.

  2. camping_expert

    I love the idea of hanging a camping hammock. Seems simple enough, but I’d still be scared I’d roll over like a cartoon lol

  3. josh w.

    I never realized there were so many factors to consider when hanging a hammock. This post has given me some great insights and I’m excited to give it a try.

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