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What’s the coolest way to camp? In a hammock!

Pam LeBlanc
pleblanc@statesman.com

Camping in Texas this time of year means sun-baked days and stifling tents. Unless, of course, you sleep in a hammock at night.

Hammock camping, I’ve discovered, extends the camping season in places where you need hot pads just to touch the steering wheel of your car. No, camping here in July will never equal camping in Colorado or Michigan, where you actually need a sweatshirt at night, but a hammock allows air to flow beneath you, which eases the inferno.

Saturday marks National Hammock Day, and Austin is headquarters of Kammok, which specializes in high-end hammocks suitable for camping.

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I’ve got a couple of Kammoks myself. I first tried hammock camping in West Texas in January. A small group of us slung brightly-colored hammocks from trees in the Davis Mountains, about 30 minutes outside of Fort Davis. Temperatures dropped below freezing, but we attached under-quilts to our hammocks and I put a Therma-rest sleeping pad inside mine to keep me warm.

Friday, Kammok will host a one-night campout at Reveille Peak Ranch near Burnet, about an hour from Austin. The company is trying to set the record for the most people camping in one spot at one time. (You can also join in by hammock camping on your own, wherever you are.) For more information about the event, which starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday and wraps up at 11 a.m. Saturday, go here. 

And even if you don’t camp out, celebrate National Hammock Day on July 22 by hanging out under some trees.