National Geographic Adventure Online – Getting the Hang of Hammocks

The word “hammock” derives from a term in the Taíno language meaning fishnet. And that’s just what my first hammock looked like. It was a diamond weave of thin nylon army green cord. It served me well in my ignorant youth at Scout camps for overnighting, as well as (literally) just hanging out during the day. Now, a number of manufacturers are building hammocks for lounging and sleeping.

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