This is an excellent Method to Manage Hammock Tarp Doors. It’s fast and simple to use. It keeps the tarp doors neatly and securely out of the way in dry weather or when you are getting in and out of the hammock. But it quickly secures the tarp doors if needed—like when a rain storm quickly moves in. This is a great do-it-yourself DIY project—instructions are below.
I learned about this Method to Manage Hammock Tarp Doors from David Meck of Hammeck at a fall hammock hang along the Appalachian Trail in PA. After the hammock hang, David kindly sent me some photos of his setup. (BTW my wife, Alison currently uses an Envy-S Hammeck.)
Practical Light Gear List Appalachian Trail (5-6 lb) and 8 Pound – Appalachian Trail Gear List and this three part intro to hammock camping: Hammock Camping Part I: Advantages & disadvantages versus ground systems
This is a Great DIY Project
- These Safety Side Release Buckle clips
- 15 to 25 feet of 3/32″ shock cord or the more available 1/8″ shock cord works too
- And a bit of 3/32″ (2.4mm) cord like: Nite Ize Reflective Cord, Lawson Reflective Cord or other reflective 3/32 (2.4mm) cord in a bright color. The Lawson is also my favorite for tarp tie-out line. [REI carries this slightly heavier 1/8″ (3mm) Reflective Utility Cord which will also do.]
- You need to appropriately alternate male and female clips ends. Clips need to correctly mate in both open-and-stowed position (Picture 1), & in the closed position (Picture 3 & Picture 5) .
- Use about 3 ft. of shock cord attached to each clip. This is a starting point as tarps are different.
Instructions – Method to Manage Hammock Tarp Doors
The instructions on how to setup this “Method to Manage Hammock Tarp Doors” are in the photo captions below. The tarp pictured is a Hammock Gear Standard Cuben Fiber Tarp with doors