heatherandjoshIn this episode, Jonathan and Mark have a chance to chat with Heather and Josh Legler, hosts of The First 40 Miles podcast, a podcast that introduces beginners to backpacking and backpacking skills. Earlier in the summer, we challenged Heather and Josh to try out hammock camping for the first time and then do a podcast episode chatting about their experience as first-timers. Heather and Josh also hosted an episode about Hammock Camping on their own podcast, which includes more about their experiences as well as a review of the gear that they used. You can find that podcast episode here.

Heather and Josh share their experience sleeping overnight in their hammocks, including the positive and negative points of working through hammock camping for the first time, getting the bugs out, and their thoughts about going camping again.

After discussing their first night, Jonathan and Mark talk with Heather and Josh about their different experiences backpacking and camping with kids.

Mark and Jonathan also discuss full-time hanging at home and the advantages or disadvantages of it, along with some of the risks of not doing it right.

Show Notes:

The article about sleeping poorly the first night when traveling: Half Your Brain Stands Guard When Sleeping In A New Place

Here is a link to the 2 hammock camping forums sites where you can find a group hang near you: https://hammockforums.net/forum/forumdisplay.php/44-Hangouts-Campouts-and-Trip-Planning and http://hammockhangers.net/viewforum.php?f=6

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In this episode, Jonathan and Mark welcome an amazing guest co-host! Melanie Lamere, known as lilprincess in Hammock Forums, leads a round-table conversation with Junebug, Baja, Connie, Colleen, and Sue about their experiences and concerns as women when they go hammock camping. After talking about their experiences, they discuss the idea of “packing to your fears”. If you have a spouse or daughter you would like to introduce to hammock camping, this is the episode to share with them!

After the round table, Mark, Melanie and Jonathan discuss the costs of hammock camping, how they sometimes build up, and how a frugal camper can avoid spending a lot of money at once.

Acknowledgements go this month to 2 episode sponsors – Haute Hammock, a fine purveyor of hammock-related t-shirt designs, and Yukon Outfitters, a US-based manufacturer of hammock camping gear, along with a line of outdoors-related products. Listen to our episode for a discount code on your next order!

Show Notes:

Backpacking Adventures discusses the idea of “packing to your fears” in this interesting blog article.

As always, we are also inviting comments and suggestions on our Facebook page – like us there at http://www.facebook.com/hyohpodcast and join the conversation. You can listen to or subscribe to the podcast from a link on our home page online at http://www.hyohpodcast.com. If you are really enjoying our podcast and want to see us reach our goal of two podcasts per episode, please be sure to become a patron at https://www.patreon.com/hyohpodcast. If you’d rather not become a monthly patron but would still like to buy Mark and Jonathan a cup of coffee, go to https://paypal.me/hyohpocast to make a one-time donation. Thanks so much for hanging around!

nicol-headshotIn this episode, Jonathan and Mark get a chance to talk to someone who has been hanging around in hammocks for quite a while – Grizz, or Professor Hammock (depending upon which YouTube series you choose to view at the time). Grizz brings a lot of experience in the industry, along with some interesting conversation about types of hammocks, his new Ariel hammock, fun with DIY, and some truly sage advice to backpackers about carrying your fears and concerns. We even get in some chitchat about the remote possibility of a Hammock Camping Merit Badge!

After chatting with Grizz, Jonathan and Mark have a discussion about some of the knots they’ve learned from working with hammocks.

Acknowledgements go this month to 2 episode sponsors – Haute Hammock, a fine purveyor of hammock-related t-shirt designs, and Yukon Outfitters, a US-based manufacturer of hammock camping gear, along with a line of outdoors-related products. Listen to our episode for a discount code on your next order!

Show Notes:

The orginal ‘Bridge Hammock’ thread: https://hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/1297-Bridge-Hammock

A pic of Grizz sleeping on his stomach: https://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/4/2/3/nap-time.jpg

The sewing video we talked about: https://www.facebook.com/141871842631180/videos/639982352820124/

Grizz’s first hammock video, not under ‘Professor Hammock’ but made for the ‘build a patented hammock design’ contest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmiSmcelD1Y

A link to the Professor Hammock youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL2uKv540t4pv0S1TNQRbhw

Finally, a link to Grog’s Knots (a site with animations showing how to tie the knots that we discuss in today’s discussion segment, along with many many others: http://www.animatedknots.com/

As always, we are also inviting comments and suggestions on our Facebook page – like us there at http://www.facebook.com/hyohpodcast and join the conversation. You can listen to or subscribe to the podcast from a link on our home page online at http://www.hyohpodcast.com. If you are really enjoying our podcast and want to see us reach our goal of two podcasts per episode, please be sure to become a patron at https://www.patreon.com/hyohpodcast. Thanks so much and keep on hanging around!

TDlogo-smFor this episode, Mark and Jonathan travel to Trail Days in Damascus, VA to interview some long-distance hikers who have found that hanging from the trees lets them get the rest they need to make their miles. They also interview some of the hammock camping vendors who attended the Trail Days festivals to show their new products and let folks interact with their product.

Also in this episode, we discuss safety for hammock campers, and camping in general. They touch on a recent incident in which a young hammocker was killed by an improper hang, and discuss some general ideas for safely camping and being prepared for the worst.

Finally, thanks to HauteHammock.com for being an Episode Sponsor for this episode – get 15% off of your next order by using the code “HYOH15” in the shopping cart.

Show Notes/Links:

News article about hammock camping incident: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2016/05/16/brick-pillar-collapse-kills-child-des-moines-home/84471340/

Web app with “deadman switch”: https://www.hikeralert.com/

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02. May 2016 · Comments Off on Episode 8 – Treefool: Hangin’ High · Categories: Uncategorized

For our eighth episode, we kick it up a notch – a notch high up in a tree, that is. Jonathan and Mark interview Logan Spader, also known as “TreeFoopicl”, and find out why he loves to hang way up in a tree. We learn about his climbing techniques, tricks for staying safe and warm, and even get some sage advice for those of us who don’t like to get out of our sleeping bags in the middle of the night. Logan also shares with us his concerns for the world he’s bringing new life into, and what he’s doing to try to make it a better place.

After chatting with Logan, Mark and Jonathan discuss hammock stands, and how they allow anyone who wants to hammock camp without trees the opportunity to get off of the ground when there aren’t any other options.

Finally, Jonathan and Mark have the first of several quick chats with Tyler Conlin from Ultimate Hammocks. He’s bringing a brand-new lightweight hammock suspension to market on Kickstarter and we’re going to follow him through his process.

Show notes/links:

The Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv (Amazon link)

Mosquito Hammock, maker of the batwing hammock.

NY Times article about sleeping in New York’s Central Park Trees

Hammock Forums thread about the turltledog stand

Handy Hammock – engineered hammock stand (UK Manufacturer)

Trail Days Map – Jonathan and Mark will be there on Saturday in space #617