When searching for your campsite, remember that with a hammock you are free from the constraints of those with tents - no need for level ground, no
worries about rocks or roots, no concern for drainage, etc. One of the most important factors in the suitability of a hammock site is how exposed
it is to the wind. Search for sites with natural windblocks like dense vegetation, boulders or cliffs.
Camping on the leeward side (as opposed to the windward side) of ridges and hills can make a substantial difference. Also think about which side the
sun rises if wind is not an issue.
Additionally, sleeping at the top of a hill or ridge will expose you to the wind, but sleeping at the bottom will also put you in a cold zone. As
warm air rises, cold air sinks to the lowest elevation, creating a "cold sink" as temperatures drop during the night. Search for sites midway up
ridges and hills.
If a stream is running along the valley floor, the temperature could be up to 4Â°C / 10Â° F colder than the temperature of a site with only forty
feet or so of elevation gain! Lochs/ lakes can have the same effect, so look for sites that are slightly away from water, especially running water
such as streams and rivers.
Hammock orientation also plays a role. If the wind is coming from the West, orient the hammock North-South and pitch the fly/ tarp close to the ground
on the windward side. This will add another layer of windblock to your hammock.
Avoid setting up in areas prone to heavy dew, such as open grassy meadows on cold windless nights where all objects above the ground, including the
hammock, will collect excessive condensation. (see 'Winter Camping' above left for advice on staying warm)