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A hammock is a net or mesh strung between two points (typically either two trees or vertical timbers of a building) and used for sleep or relaxation. This video by Cryptic Cricket shows how to make a hammock out of nylon using two easy designs.
Anthropologists in Central America have found that ancient people there slept in hammocks since at least 700 years ago. The first hammock mentioned in writings was around 450 B.C. and is considered to have been invented by the Greek Alcibiades, student of Socrates. Whether you are out for a weekend camp or a quick shelter in a bug out scenario, hammocks can be a lifesaver. They’re lightweight, easy to put up, keep you up off the ground (important if their are bugs or certain animals) and only require a few basic things.
Hammocks are one of the most ideal methods for sleeping outside. Some terrains are rough or sloping and not suitable for ground camping. Sleeping ‘off the ground’ also protects against cold, damp ground and against some insects and bugs that travel along the ground. All that is required are two trees spaced apart by perhaps 12 to 18 feet, and a hammock can be set up. You can cover it with a bivouac and mosquito nets as required.
The most critical components of a hammock are its straps. The straps hold the hammock to two points and must be strong enough to support the person while being tied at varying angles and to various objects. The straps are constantly being tied and untied to trees or poles and this can cause them to fray. The hammock straps must be thick enough to hold a lot of weight but supple enough to be tied over and over again. Also, you should also consider getting the ideal length of the straps; if they are too short they won’t be very useful and if they are too long they will cost you extra money and material.
It is wise to consider a mosquito net – especially with certain mosquito-borne diseases on the rise.
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What REALLY Happens When You Bury a Shipping Container? (Hint: It's A Bit Crazy...)
Shipping containers are all the rage - but if you are thinking about buying one, you MUST watch this video first:
There's a general belief that if you bury a shipping container you can create an awesome root cellar / storm shelter / survival bunker.
But is a shipping container strong enough to handle the pressure?
Watch the video to see what happens: