I'm getting sick of this sort of sensationalism in journalism. The Backpacker "cites" some research that hammocks might be more dangerous than tents in bear country. Hog wash. Show me the research!
This is just the sort of click-baiting that these sites rely on for page views and advertising sales.
Hammocks are just as safe (or vulnerable) as tents. This column is, in my opinion, worthless as the advice is always the same: odors attract bears. Keep "smellable" items away from your sleeping area. Enough said!