Suspension systems for your hammock
Clark does not endorse any particular system for hanging your hammock. However, we do endorse educating yourself on simple ways to hang your hammock that do not require extra gear such as caribiners, buckles, devices that allow you to adjust the tension of your rope, extra straps etc. There is a great feeling of power when you learn to tie a simple bowline knot with a slip (main base ropes), or when you learn a adjustable taut-line hitch to tie out the small lines from your rain tarp. It’s cheaper too!
For people who want a simple, inexpensive way to to adjust the tension of the main base ropes so that you don’t have to re-tie them, we recommend purchasing our Aluminum Drip-Rings (This video shows how they work). These rings only add an ounce to your pack while acting as a drip-line, and allowing you to tighten or loosen your base ropes with ease. Best of all, you can leave them on the ropes and pack them with your hammock without damaging the fabrics. If you can tie a simple overhand knot, Drip Rings will work for you. Plus, you’ll find no difficulty untying the knot in the morning.
In the end, we recommend finding a suspension system that works for you. If you like it and it keeps you off the ground, you could do much worse.
Packing up your hammock
Packing up a Clark hammock is easy. In fact, it never needs to touch the ground.
Since Clark hammocks can open completely with zippers, it’s easy to prepare your hammock to be packed away by turning the hammock upside-down and shaking out leaves or other debris that may have come in the hammock during your trip.
Most Clark hammocks come with a built-in stuff sack. When you pack up your Clark hammock, simply untie the foot-end rope from the tree. The stuff sack is located inside one of the storage pockets under the hammock. Simply turn the storage pocket containing the stuff sack inside-out. Then stuff the entire hammock, starting with the foot-end rope, into the inside-out pocket. When you come to the head-end tree, untie the rope and stuff it in last. You will be left with a pillow-sized bundle with a compression hanging from one end. Pull the compression sack over the bundle like a pillow-case and secure the velcro flap. A convenient handle allows you to carry or hang your stuffed hammock with ease.
Cleaning and storing your hammock
If your hammocks requires cleaning, simply fill a bucket with warm water and add a small amount of gentle detergent such as Dawn or Palmolive. Clean the hammock by hand and then hang it to dry in the shade. Make sure the hammock is completely dry before storing.
Checking your ropes
Ropes can wear over time. Each time you hang your hammock, examine the ropes for signs of wear. Ropes are usually inexpensive to replace. All Clark hammocks allow you to replace the ropes easily. When securing the rope to your hammock, we recommend a bowline knot.
Setting up on the Ground
Clark hammocks can all be set up on the ground. This works best as an emergency shelter. We recommend that you only use our hammocks when trees will be available at least 90% of the time. Be aware that since the bottom of Clark hammocks are breathable, you will want to use a sealed footprint or ground cloth. You will also need 8-12 stakes to make sure the tarp and hammock are secured. Trekking poles or sticks found in the woods are used to prop up the tarp and canopy. More details are included in your Owner’s Manual.