This month is an oportunity to talk about adventure – Jonathan and Mark get a chance to talk with Jimmy McSparron (also known as trekkingnut) about his life as an adventurer in Peru, the Andes, and all over the world. A Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and operator of TrekkingNut Expeditions, Jimmy has visited over 31 countries and is the brand ambassador for Hennessy Hammock and Craghoppers. Listen as we hear about some of his experiences in the wild, and how he leads a life of adventure in the wild.

After our chat with Jimmy, Jonathan and Mark talk about some hammock camping “Life Hacks” and how they make our life a little better in surprising ways. Send your ideas to [email protected] for the opportunity to be featured on a future episode!

Show Notes and Links:

Learn more about the KaPoc Tree at its WikiPedia article.

Watch Jimmy get his paed tidt tattoo in his YouTube video.

Here’s a link to the Garmin Inreach SE+ two-way satellite tracker Jimmy mentions that he uses when he travels in the wilderness.

This month’s show sponsor is Audible, an online purveyor of over 200,000 audiobooks and other forms of audio content, available to listen to on your smartphone or other device of choice. For a free 30-day trial, go to https://hyohpodcast.com/audible and subscribe. You can cancel any time in the first 30 days and keep your first audiobook as a thanks for trying the product!

As always, we are also inviting comments and suggestions on our Facebook page – like us there at https://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 https://www.hyohpodcast.com or give us a review on our page in iTunes. If you’d like to buy Mark and Jonathan a cup of coffee, go to https://www.hyohpodcast.com/donate to make a one-time donation. As always, thanks so much for hanging around!

06. June 2017 · Comments Off on Episode 21 – Right Place, Right Time · Categories: Uncategorized

Wow, what a busy month! We start out with an interview of Brandon Waddy from Warbonnet Hammocks, in Evergreen Colorado. Starting camping as a teenager, a college friend introduced him to hammock camping, and the rest is a history that you get to hear about in this month’s podcast. After telling us about his business and his own personal backpacking kit, Mark and Jonathan chat with Brandon about the fun stuff we do in our downtime after arriving in camp.

Next, we move on to a discussion about the Amok Draumr and other 90 Degree hammocks, and some of the positives and negatives of this particular type of product line.

In this month’s new product review segment, Mark tells Jonathan about a prototype of the “HangTime Hook”, a ridgeline device holder designed to solve the problem of how to do in-hammock entertainment.

Finally, congratulations to Jacob Paquette, the winner of last month’s drawing for a Tato Gear Stove. Thanks everyone for participating and sharing your thoughts on our social media channels.

Show Notes and Links:

The new and improved MSR Pocket Rocket can be found on Amazon here: MSR Pocket Rocket 2

If you’re interested in checking out the prototype of the Hangtime hook before he starts a kickstarter, you can contact the owner here on facebook or send him an email at [email protected].

Finally, here’s a link to the Garmin Inreach SE+ two-way satellite tracker Ashley mentions in the listener comments.

This month’s show sponsor is Audible, an online purveyor of over 200,000 audiobooks and other forms of audio content, available to listen to on your smartphone or other device of choice. For a free 30-day trial, go to https://hyohpodcast.com/audible and subscribe. You can cancel any time in the first 30 days and keep your first audiobook as a thanks for trying the product!

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 https://www.hyohpodcast.com or give us a review on our page in iTunes. If you’d like to buy Mark and Jonathan a cup of coffee, go to https://www.hyohpodcast.com/donate to make a one-time donation. As always, thanks so much for hanging around!

This month we get a chance to talk to a couple of folks who have been involved in the hammock camping community for quite a while – Bryan Oates and John Gresham of Tato Gear. Not only making amazing stoves, Bryan has been solving those little problems with hammocks and hammock systems for a while (Jonathan, for instance, uses the ridgeline quilt hook for getting rid of drafts in his underquilt). We chat with the guys about how they got into hammock camping, the type of gear they use, and their experience doing kickstarters, like the one for their hammock stand.

**Notes on the giveaway mentioned in the podcast** – add a comment below anywhere we’ve posted (forums, website, or social media) and be automatically entered into a drawing for a Tato Gear Element woodburning stove! The comment can be a kudos, criticism, or suggestion for an upcoming guest. We’ll do a drawing before next month’s podcast and mention the winner on the podcast and in our social media.

We also chat about the media we check out online – podcasts and youtube content. Jonathan likes a couple of podcasts (of course), and Mark, John, and Bryan have some YouTube favorites.

Finally, Mark and Jonathan wax a little too much about their favorite “gadgets” they bring onto the trail.

Show Notes and Links:

Tato Gear Ridgeline Quilt Hook

LuminAID PackLite Nova Solar Inflatable Lantern

Garmin inReach SE+

7800mAh Rechargeable Camping Lantern Power Bank 3-in-1 Portable Device – Defrost Labs Rechargeable Pocket Camping Lantern

Acknowledgements go this month to our episode sponsors – Arrowhead Equipment, filling gaps for hammock campers that other companies aren’t providing, at http://www.arrowhead-equipment.com. And many thanks to Yukon Outfitters, a Tennessee-based manufacturer of hammock camping gear and a line of outdoors-related products. Listen to the episode for a 15% off coupon code to use at https://www.yukon-outfitters.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 https://www.hyohpodcast.com or give us a review on our page in iTunes. If you’d like to buy Mark and Jonathan a cup of coffee, go to https://www.hyohpodcast.com/donate to make a one-time donation. As always, thanks so much for hanging around!

03. April 2017 · Comments Off on Episode 19 – Never Done · Categories: Uncategorized

This month, Jonathan and Mark get a chance to talk with Mark Orton – also known as Spiguyver. We chat about his experiences camping and backpacking and what got him into producing regular video content for hammock campers and backpackers alike. We get a little more in-depth talking like gearheads, and then talk about what we all love when we’re backpacking – food! Finally, we chat a little about mountain biking where there aren’t mountains.

We get a special treat this month with Spiguyver chatting with us about our trending topic this month, modding the infamous Costco Down Throw as an underquilt/topquilt.

Show Notes:

If you’re interested in trail food, you can find pack-it gourmet here: http://www.packitgourmet.com

Here is a video on how to build your very own spiguyver stove: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UCMjDYXnhw

Mark mentioned an imgur page with instructions for the CostCo down throw: http://imgur.com/gallery/ABzWn

And finally here is a link to the GSI Kung Foon, in Titanium (http://amzn.to/2nsFQzo) and Stainless(http://amzn.to/2orLC5g).

Acknowledgements go this month to our episode sponsors – Arrowhead Equipment, filling gaps for hammock campers that other companies aren’t providing, at http://www.arrowhead-equipment.com. And many thanks to Yukon Outfitters, a Tennessee-based manufacturer of hammock camping gear and a line of outdoors-related products. Listen to the episode for a 15% off coupon code to use at https://www.yukon-outfitters.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 https://www.hyohpodcast.com or give us a review on our page in iTunes. If you’d like to buy Mark and Jonathan a cup of coffee, go to https://www.hyohpodcast.com/donate to make a one-time donation. As always, thanks so much for hanging around!

05. March 2017 · Comments Off on Episode 18 – Best of Both Worlds · Categories: Uncategorized

In this episode, our hosts get a chance to talk about a new take on hanging from the trees – not a hammock, but not a tent. Alex Shirley-Smith from Tentsile shares with us his experiences in designing tents as portable tree houses. With a love of trees in his youth that was inspired by the Ewok Villages of Star Wars VI and a desire for preservation, Alex began a career architecting treehouses. Since then, he’s moved on to portable tree houses – tents under tension, straddling three trees. We talk about the solution and how it might bring the social benefits of tenting to the physical benefits of hanging, along with the obvious value of cupholders in a tent. Finally, Alex shares his concerns about the environment, and how his company is actively trying to plant new forests to offset the destruction of trees around the world.

Mark and Jonathan also discuss the challenges of getting a comfortable, flat lay in a traditional hammock, and have some tips on how to hang at an angle, and how to get that perfect pitch, even for a side sleeper.

Show Notes:

Check out someone’s tentsile stingray clone that they shared with Ripstop By the Roll: https://ripstopbytheroll.com/pages/customer-project-tenstile-stingray-clone

Here is a great link to Derek Hanson’s visual guide to getting a perfect hang in your hammock: http://theultimatehang.com/2012/06/tips-for-pitch-perfect-hammock-camping/

Acknowledgements go this month to our episode sponsors – Dutchware Gear, specializing in hammock camping accessories. Check out their updated website at https://www.dutchwaregear.com, which now includes products from http://www.makeyourgear.com. Finally thanks to Yukon Outfitters, a Tennessee-based manufacturer of hammock camping gear and a line of outdoors-related products. Listen to the episode for a 15% off coupon code to use at https://www.yukon-outfitters.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 https://www.hyohpodcast.com or give us a review on our page in iTunes. If you’d like to buy Mark and Jonathan a cup of coffee, go to https://www.hyohpodcast.com/donate to make a one-time donation. As always, thanks so much for hanging around!