Relaxing on a hammock in front of a river, watching a sunset cannot be compared to anything. The calming sense you get is a luxury itself.
If you are a hammock person, you will always pack your hammock whenever you are going camping or outing. And it is understandable due to the comfort that a hammock provides. No wonder small babies fall asleep in their cradle. The weightlessness makes it more comfortable as nothing is blocking our back like a bed.
But what happens if you have only one tree to hang your hammock to? You will need at least another tree within a 20ft distance to hang the other end of your hammock. So if there is no tree, do you abandon your relaxing afternoon? Of course not!
We are going to tell you how to hang a hammock with one tree with a few simple materials. And you will be left in aww thinking why didn’t you think about it before.
How to Hang a Hammock with One Tree, Paracords, and a Ground Anchor
As there is no second tree to hang your hammock end, you will need something else to support. And that is not a tree branch. We want something strong and sturdy.
Things Required to Hang a Hammock
- 40-60 ft. of paracord.
- A metal ground anchor.
- A paracord prusik loop.
- The hammock of your choice.
Select the Right Place
The first and most important thing is selecting the right place. You don’t want a tree on the slop. Otherwise, you won’t be able to level your hammock.
As there is no second tree to work as the anchor, we have to use a ground anchor. And the sloppy ground will not help with it. So select a place that is relatively leveled.
At the same time, check if the tree has a strong branch within 10 ft. If not, you might have to do some tricks on putting up the paracord/non-extendable rope over the strong branch. We are doing this to make our second anchor.
Start Setting up with the Tree
Put your paracords in one bundle and throw it over the strongest branch of the tree. You can use the paracord pack as a weight with some paracord in it.
After it is over the branch, tile a loop so that it doesn’t escape and can take on some weight. And then tie it to the tree.
Stretch about 30 ft. away and mark your second anchor location. This is where we are going to attach the paracord to the ground and form our hammocks hanging place.
Put Down the Ground Anchor
Ground the anchor in the selected place. It should be at the same angle as the tree. Remember to check the ground and put the anchor at least 2 ft in the ground.
If the ground isn’t strong enough, the anchor won’t do any good. That is why you should select a strong grounding place.
After the anchor is grounded, put the paracord through the anchor hole and pull with all your might.
Putting down your body weight will help you more than just pulling it upwards from the anchor.
After that form a butterfly knot 2 ft. from the knot. Put the free end of your rope in the anchor and tie it. Make sure it is strong and sturdy.
Paracord Prusik Loop Installation
Time to put up the hammock. Take the prusik loop and install it on the rope at eye level.
Use three to four knots to make it secured with the prusik loop. This will give the hammock some strength and won’t come off of the loop.
Tie the loop securely.
The Hammock Is up and Ready!
Now comes the easy part. Attach the hammocks tree attachment or rope to the tree on the same level you have tightened the prusik loop. And you are all set to go.
Things to Keep In Mind
Even if you have an angled slop, remember it shouldn’t be more than 30 degrees. Over that will cause your hammock to slide to one side and lose tension.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should be the distance between two trees while hanging a hammock?
The distance between two trees to hang a hammock should be between 15-20 ft. distance over 20 ft. will make the hammock to not have the right tension.
What is the right angle to hang a hammock?
The right angle to hang a hammock is about 30 degrees. It can go up to 40 degrees but never up to 60 degrees.
Can you call off of a hammock?
Yes. One of the hazards of using a hammock is you might slide off of it and fall on the ground. That is why it is suggested not to tie a hammock above 10 inches.
How to select the perfect tree to hang a hammock?
The first and most important point of selecting a tree to hang a hammock is to check for dead branches. If there are no dead branches, then the tree is safe. A dead branch can fall on you anytime.
Can you hang a hammock in the open without trees?
Yes. You have to make a tripod to act as a holding mechanism. This way the hammock will get the tension to hold on to some weight and won’t fall.
A hammock is the ultimate pleasure of any trip. Be it alone in the woods, or with friends. Hanging it properly will not only elevate your relaxing experience but also ensure your safety. Without a secure hanging place and grip, the hammock can cause you to fall and injure yourself. The angle is also an important issue to keep in check. Keeping these two things right, you can enjoy a perfect day with a hammock without any incident.