Dave Gantz

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Hammock Camping: What Is It & How To Get Started

What Is Hammock Camping? Camping is a beloved pastime for families and individuals who want to leave the modern world behind and tap into their adventurous side. Recently, more campers have started to switch out their traditional tents for the simple and compact shelter of a hammock. Hammock camping comes with an array of benefits….

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Is it Too Hot to Go Hammocking?

Is It Too Hot to Go Hammocking? Summer is approaching, which means you may be wondering how hot is too hot for hammocking and camping. The answer usually varies depending on the humidity, night temperature, and your activities for that day. Below, learn some hot-weather camping hacks to help yourself stay cool. How Hot Is…

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Hammock Safety 101 — A Beginner’s Guide to Staying Safe and Sound in a Hammock

Hammock Safety 101 — A Beginner’s Guide to Staying Safe and Sound in a Hammock Recreational hammocks are fast becoming must-haves for camping and hiking trips. They’re comfortable to lounge in, lightweight and easy to carry, and quick to set up. Whether you’re just starting out or consider yourself a veteran “hanger,” here’s everything you…

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4 Hammock Date Night Ideas 

4 Hammock Date Night Ideas There are a few different components that go into a great date night. Quality time with your partner is key. It also helps if you have a unique element. There’s nothing wrong with dinner or a movie, but you might be looking for some ways to switch things up and…

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How to Set up a Camping Hammock

How to Set up a Camping Hammock Hammocks are the perfect way to camp — they’re protective, comfortable, and easy to carry no matter where you’re heading. When pitching your hammock, it’s essential you choose a safe campsite and achieve the correct height, angle, and sag for your setup. You also need to remain conscious…

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6 Tips for Hammock Camping in Bear Country

6 Tips for Hammock Camping in Bear Country There’s a lot to pack for a camping trip, from food and clothes to first aid kits and water bottles. If you are camping in a national park or campsite known for its bear sightings, expect your backpack to weigh a little more. Why? There are hammock…

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How to Reduce Your Environmental Impact While Hammocking

How to Reduce Your Environmental Impact While Hammocking The more we cut down trees to construct new neighborhoods and buildings, the more sensitive our world becomes. Right now, preserved forests and wildlife need more care than ever before. One of the ways outdoor enthusiasts can help do their part is by practicing eco-friendly hammocking when…

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Tips and Gear For Hammock Camping in The Winter

Hammock Camping in Winter: Tips and Gear Nearly half of surveyed campers say the reason they became interested in camping is because they love being in the outdoors — and there is no better way to truly experience everything the outdoors has to offer than from the comfort of a hammock. Compared to other forms of camping,…

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Nine Conversation Topics for Your Next Long Hike

Long hikes can be a fantastic way to connect with friends or family. There’s just something about the fresh air, physical endurance, and scenery that inspires memory making and unfiltered communication. If you’re searching for a way to make the most of your next long hike, try these nine conversation topics that cover the gamut…

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Five Travel Journal Prompts That Will Help You Savor Your Backpacking Experience

Backpacking is a uniquely invigorating way to reconnect with nature — and with yourself. Those who wander the trail for a time often find themselves able to think more clearly when freed from the noise of their normal, busy home lives. Whether you’re backpacking solo or with others, something about the fresh air and physical…

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Thru-Hiking for Beginners: Your Ultimate Mileage Cheat Sheet

The Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail and the Appalachian Trail make up the “Triple Crown” of thru-hiking. As a first-time thru-hiker, it can be overwhelming to think about completing a 2,000-mile or 3,000-mile hike. How many miles should you hike each day? The key to thru-hiking for beginners is to pace yourself. During…

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The Benefits of Sleeping in a Hammock

Camping is one of the best ways to truly appreciate the beauty and serenity of the great outdoors. Laying under the stars surrounded by the sounds of nature is the perfect way to fall asleep. As any adventure enthusiast knows, getting a comfortable night’s rest can be difficult without the right backpacking and camping materials….

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