Hammock camping has gained a large fanbase that is just as passionate about nature as they are about hammocking. The often-preached phrase, Leave No Trace, is one of the things you’ll hear many hammock campers promotes.
What’s this LNT all about?
Hammocks are generally a minimum-impact shelter
But of course, with any human activities, we as campers have all the potentials to harm the environment. Hammocks, while used correctly, leave little to no impact on the environment. They are lightweight, extremely portable, and people love them because of the comfort they offer.
As they say, good campsites are found, not made
So don’t alter any of the nature-elements around you just to accommodate yourself. Don’t cut plantations just to make room for your belongings. Find established campsites instead.
Or campsites grounds with no vegetations safe for grasses. For setting up hammock camping responsibly, don’t harm the trees in any way either. Don’t drill holes into the tree trunk to set up eyes to hang your hammocks. Just don’t.
Instead, use a tree-friendly strap, often known simply as the eco-friendly hammock strap, to hang your hammock without damaging the mother nature around you.
Don’t hang your hammocks above vegetations
Setting up your hammock above the surface that is solid is the ideal option. Find surfaces with grasses, gravel, or rocks.
Avoid setting up your hammock above a surface such as bushes. Using established campsites would be ideal when it comes to preventing damages to the environment.
However, in places where there isn’t one, make sure that you minimize the possibility of altering the areas around you.
Don’t stay too close to water bodies
You will damage the plantations that are integral to preserving the soil and the environment around the area. Stay at least over 60 meters away from the areas around water. The vegetations around the area of the water body are important to preserve the soil from abrasion.
The interference by humans camping in the area would cause drastic damage to the environment around.
Don’t hang your hammocks too high
Aside from preventing accidents on your part from falling, the higher the tree trunk, the more susceptible it is to damage the tree. Make sure to choose a big, healthy tree. Lookout for dead branches and other signs of possible hazards. The trees are among the most important factors when hanging your hammocks.
Dispose of your waste responsibly
While no littering is the number one unspoken rule, there’s another thing that many dreaded to even talk about.
How are we going to dispose of our… well, human waste? This is where going to an established campsite has a clear advantage over. You’ll generally be able to find toilets.
You’ll be able to use the toilets. However, what to do when there simply isn’t any? It’s time to dig what they call a “cat hole”. Note that certain areas prohibit you from digging. If that’s the case, then simply bring a pack of disposable bags, also known as human waste disposal or disposable toilet. These are available to dispose of both urine and human waste.