Anchoring the hammock using a double strap
This method can be used with thinner branches/tree trunks or any other type of anchoring support system regardless of the thickness of the support. You wrap the straps/ropes two times over the thicker tree trunks/branches, or 3-4 times in the case of thinner branches/tree trunks or poles, thus creating friction that eliminates the possibility of the strap slipping, also the knots have less tension distributed to them (this makes it easier to untie them too).
2. “Hug” the tree trunk once again, getting ready to make a securing nod. To finish the anchorage, make knots at the end of the ropes (they can be simple like the one in images 3’ and 3’’).
3. It takes less than 5 minutes to learn how to make this knot and it can take even less than 30 seconds to actually make it when you are mounting the hammock. You grab one of the ends and make a loop with it, then you pull the second rope through the loop, making with it another loop on the other side, then you pull the end the second rope through the first loop like in the image 3’’ (effectively making a double knot). This type of loop is strong enough to hold up to 3 people as long as the rope has been wrapped around the supporting surface at least twice to begin with (to create enough friction).
Positioning the hammock horizontally
Find two stable anchoring points which are approximately 4 meters apart (when using your standard rope). Anchor (as mentioned above) the two ends at the desired altitude.
With your back to the hammock grab a bit of material in both of your hands from both sides. Make sure that you aren’t holding too much material and your hands, so as to not have enough of it left for you to sit in.
Sit down with all your weight on the hammock and find a comfy spot! We recommend using a sleeping pad, a sleeping bag or any other insolating material if you plan on sleeping in the hammock. Also if you plan on sleeping for longer periods of time we recommend that you position your body diagonally in it, so as to let your body sleep in a comfy and horizontal position.
Positioning the hammock as a swing
Find a horizontal tree branch or any other two stable anchoring points that are on the same level. Make sure you can reach these points otherwise you might need to climb up a bit to them. If you only have one anchoring point you can tie the ropes to the same anchorage point to form a pendulum.
Anchor the two ends one by one, making sure that the ends are on the same level. For the knot you shall be using the one illustrated in image 3’’ that can be found at the “Anchoring the hammock using a double strap” section on this page (just scroll up a bit).
After you anchored it correctly you can sit in your swing in any position you’d like. You have enough material to sit comfily and in any position your heart may desire.
Anchoring the Easy-fix kit
The Easy-fix kit contains two 10m-long looped cord and two 8mm steel carabiners. The loops are folded into two and knotted, thus forming “eyes”, making the positioning of the hammocks easier. With the help of this kit you can extend the length between the two anchoring points and at the same time you can ease your work when mounting the hammock.
Wrap one of the looped cord around the tree once; determining the exact height from the ground you want to position your hammock in (take into consideration that you will pull the hammock a bit more down than you would normally do if you’d only used the standard rope).
The knotted end of the looped cord goes through the first “eye” forming a noose. Do the same thing with the other looped cord on the other anchorage point. Make a knot on the standard double rope (the one that is already built into it) on both ends (you can make more than one) of the hammock, adjusting its length.
Use the loop made by the standard rope to attach it with a carabiner to the already installed looped cords at both ends of the hammock to anchor it.