Once you know the basics of hanging your hammock using the instructions below, you'll likely find yourself with more specific questions like how high to set your ropes on the tree (or how high to place eye bolts when hanging indoors), how far apart the hanging points should be, and how tight or how loose the hammock should be hanging for an ideal setup.
To answer all these specific questions and more we've created a handy guide with all the info you need - check it out!
The Hammock Hanging Guide
Hanging your Trek Light Hammock between two trees (or posts, or cars or...) couldn't be easier with the Go Anywhere Rope Kit.
Trek Light Hammocks can be setup in mere seconds and are 100% adjustable so you can quickly and easily modify the amount of curve/sag of your hammock or accommodate trees that are varying distances apart.
Take one of the nylon cords from your kit.
While holding the knotted end in your right hand, sling or wrap it around the tree, pole, post, etc. and grab the looped end with your left hand. (If you reverse the ends for this step, no problem - you'll just need to reverse the direction you rotate the cord in Step 3)
Take the knotted end of the Go Anywhere cord and feed it through the center of the looped end.
Continue pulling the knotted end towards you until it stops.
Now, while standing on the side/direction of the tree that you plan to hang your hammock, rotate the center point (where the cord pulls through the loop) around the left side of the tree away from you and pull tight on the knotted end.
You'll immediately see why this step is so helpful, by positioning the rope around the side of the tree it ensures that the cord is pulling tightly against itself (the loop).
This is what creates the knot-less 'friction hitch' which allows you to hang your hammock so easily.
If dealing with a skinny tree or pole you can wrap your rope around a second or third time at this point to prevent the rope from sliding, but it's usually not necessary.
You may have been wondering why there are a few knots in the Go Anywhere cord.
Just take the s-hook or carabiner at the end of your hammock and hook/clip it above any one of the knots on the rope (except the end knot, see below). Your cord comes with a few knots already, however you can add a new knot wherever you need along the rope.
This is how you adjust your hammock, if you want it to hang tighter you just add or use an existing knot that's closer to the tree and vice versa to hang looser. The knot you'll tie is a simple overhand knot (the easiest one there is!) so you don't need to be a Boy/Girl Scout to adjust your hammock exactly the way you want!
Repeat the procedure for the other side, relax and enjoy!
*The only knot you shouldn't hook into is the included 'end knot' at the very end of the rope. Because it's at the end of the rope, it's the only knot that could ever come untied during use. If you need to clip it at the very end of your rope to get the perfect hang, just add a second knot immediately above the end knot and use that one.
Always test your hanging points for stability and never set up your hammock at a height where a fall or malfunction could cause injury to you, or in any way that could injure the people around you.
Equipment, even brand new equipment, can fail. Trees or structures that appear sturdy are not always what they seem. Be smart and always think about your safety first.
We realize that our customer base consists of responsible and knowledgeable outdoor lovers capable of maintaining a safe environment even in situations that appear dangerous to the outside eye. If you choose to disregard our safety recommendations and hang your hammock from anything above a safe height (3′ or higher), you should always have a safety backup plan in case of failure – a harness, safety ropes, etc. that would protect you from any injury.
When used properly and on trees with healthy, strong bark, your hammock rope should not cause any damage to the tree. However, not all trees are created equal and some trees have a soft bark layer which can be damaged if you're not careful when you hang your hammock.
Killing a tree so you can enjoy a nap isn't a fair trade in our book. If you have any reason to think the tree you're hanging from could be damaged from your hammock use you should always add a layer of padding underneath your hammock ropes or hang elsewhere. Items like a towel or piece of clothing can be used to pad and protect trees while you're on the trail.
We always recommend getting out of your hammock and checking things out after a few minutes of use to make sure you're not causing any damage to the tree. It's up to you to be smart about your impact - leave no trace!!