Originally Posted by redrob
Well, full disclosure time. I already own the Ultimate Hang. I was wondering if Ed Speer's book is redundant or should I pick it up.
Well, shamefully, I have not read Dejoha's book, only Ed's. Someday I will ( maybe the next edition even more up to date! ).
But I can speak highly of Ed's book. I had already completed my 1st ever hammock trip, actually did that September ( but cold weather ) trip as a total ignorant NOOB, figuring it out as I went with my brand new HHSS. Yes, I know, STUPID! However, I was still able to go to ground when needed. So I had that week plus a couple of other overnighters behind me before I ever read Ed's book, but it was still a big help at coming to understand some principle's which remain unchanged.
Don't know how UH handles things, but what was really helpful to me were the interspersed personal experiences Ed reported about. Reporting some of his truly far out adventures and how he used hammocks to make them more pleasant and even safer, often hanging in normally unusable ( for ground dwelling) places. How about, on long solo Kayaking trips in AK, hanging way high in the trees, or out on rocky islands with just enough trees for his hangs, in order to avoid grizzly bears? And especially several examples of when the wind was about to blow him off a ridge, dropping off of the ridge and camping on a steep slope which was blocking the wind?
Lot's of stuff like that, from his real life experiences, which made me realize how versatile and handy a hammock could be, allowing camping in otherwise unusable places while still being more comfortable than ever! This made me realize more than I had from my own experiences, the many benefits of sleeping in a hammock rather than on the ground.
Highly recommended, but just get both!