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cold weather camping in winter

5 Helpful Tips For Cold Weather Camping Adventures

Cold weather camping is different from summer camping and not just because of the temperature. It’s beautiful in its own way and more peaceful and serene, with fewer people venturing out than in summer. However, it comes with its own challenges and you need to plan ahead to avoid being caught in the cold.


With the right prep, cold weather camping can be comfortable, enjoyable and definitely worth it. Even if you’re camping in an ultralight camping hammock, you can still have fun in the winter. Whether you’re looking to go fishing, hiking, or just being outdoors, staying warm is a major key to enjoying winter camping.


Make your own DIY Hammock under quilt and top quilt for camping

How to Make a DIY Underquilt and Topquilt in 6 Steps

When hammock camping, the most important aspect is insulation. For the same reason that a hammock feels cool and breezy during a sunny day at the beach, a hammock can get very cold when camping overnight. The breathable nylon allows cool air to freely pass through the fabric without the right hammock insulation.


The most effective and most comfortable insulation system for a hammock is the topquilt-underquilt combo. Simple in design, the quilts keep you incredibly warm while also allowing full range of movement that you wouldn’t get when using a sleeping bag and pad. The downside is the cost. A solid underquilt is a pretty hefty investment of a few hundred dollars. If buying a topquilt as well, that’s can add up to a significant chunk of your gear budget for the year.


Thanks to Costco, you can pick up a 60” x 70” 700 fill down throw for only $19.99. From this you can make your own topquilt and underquilt for just a fraction of the cost.
$20 down throw from costco to make your own hammock insulation



Hammock with underquilt and topquilt.

Everything You Need To Know To Choose Your Perfect Hammock Underquilt

When you’re heading into the woods for a couple nights out in your hammock, you’re going to want to make sure you’re equipped to stay warm. Proper insulation is crucial for a happy camping experience. Even in the summertime, it’s the real difference between waking up refreshed and waking up cold and tired. A proper hammock underquilt is the insulation of choice, but getting the perfect insulation will boil down to a few factors. Will you be primarily car camping or backpacking? What’s your budget? How cold do you expect it to be? These are just a few of the considerations to make when choosing how to insulate your hammock.


backpack and backpacking hammock

A Hammocker’s Guide to Wilderness Backpacking, Part I

Making the jump from car camping with your hammock to backpacking with your hammock can be intimidating. While more difficult than planning a weekend trip at a drive-in campground, a backpacking adventure offers an experience you won’t get anywhere else. With a little preparation and know-how, you can feel safely and confidently start venturing out into the wilderness.


transforming your hammock into a daypack

How To Make A Daypack With Your Hammock

On longer multi-day treks or climbing trips, it’s important to have rest days to keep your energy levels up the entire trip and not burn out too quickly.  But that doesn’t mean that on those rest days you’re stuck at camp the whole day!  Some people like to bring along a small daypack in their main backpack just for such occasions, but for those of us more conscious about our pack weight and size, it doesn’t mean that you’re out of luck.  With your camping hammock, you can fashion a makeshift daypack to carry your essentials from base camp without needing to bring an entirely separate bag.


How to Maintain and Care for your Hammock

A successful adventure will leave some dirt and grime in your hammock. Getting dirty is one of the hallmarks of a life outdoors. But don’t worry, with the proper care and love, it’s easy to keep your hammock clean and like new for many more years on the trail. Luckily, nylon is a material that is naturally resistant to getting dirty, but every once in awhile, you’ll want to give it some tender loving care. With your brand new Serac Sequoia, you’ll want to make sure that it’s in top condition to really maximize the life of your hammock.


yosemite national park condition

10 Little Known Free Campsites In and Near Yosemite National Park

We at Serac love Yosemite National Park. It’s our favorite national park. With 4 million visitors a year, the stunning granite landscape has captivated people for generations. For those on a budget, the cost of paid campgrounds can add up, especially if you’re planning a long trip to the park. Luckily, there are a number of free campgrounds located in Stanislaus, Sierra, Eldorado, Sequoia and Inyo National Forests. These forests border Yosemite as well as providing unique and stunning scenery of its own for adventurers to explore. Here are the 10 best free campsites near Yosemite.


Triangle Hammock Tower

Three Easy Ways to Turn Hammock Shelters Into A Hammock Village

Sometimes, hammock camping can seem like a solo affair. Most hammocks can only comfortably sleep one person. Instead of sharing a tent, every camper has to bring their own hammock. However, there are still ways to get that same group camping atmosphere with hammocks. Learn three easy ways to enhance your next hammock outing with friends as well as the pros and cons of each.READ MORE

Jess hanging out in a golden state serac camping hammock while enjoying a view of half dome in yosemite national park

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Hammock Camping

The first thing I do when setting camp up is dig out my hammock. This is always followed by stares while everyone else is setting up their tents. Sleeping under the stars in a hammock might seem a little crazy for those used to sleeping in a tent. The confusion usually leads to questions. “What about the bears and bugs? Aren’t you going to be cold? Won’t that hurt your back?