June 3, 2019
Written by Maria Campanella
College and hammocks seem to go hand in hand. We’ve got so many opportunities here at Liberty to hang and relax in a hammock. We have put together a full checklist for all your hammock needs. In order to make your day the most effective, these are all the things you need to know!
- Snacks (lots of snacks)
- Laptop (Netflix Binge anyone???)
- Hammock and Straps (obviously)
Locations on Campus
Liberty has some great spots on campus to set up your hammock without having to worry about driving somewhere! Idea number one is the trees by the South Tower and behind the quad’s laundry room, that is an underappreciated spot that can be forgotten about. Some other options include the trees in front of the circle dorms and the trees right next to the tunnel entrance on your way to east. I’m sure there are many more spots, but these are some good ones for hammocking newbies.
Everyone knows of ENO of course, and I would highly recommend their brand. ENO actually stands for Eagles Nest Outfitters and they are the company that sparked the “hype”, if you will, around hammocking culture and they were the first to design the double nest hammock. ENO was founded in 1999 and are now the leading company of the product. They started selling the hammocks out of a van and quickly grew to their home base in Asheville, NC. ENO values adventure and encourages Leave No Trace principles and preserving the beauty of the outdoors. They also plant two trees for every hammock purchased, fun fact! They are a company that practices what they preach and are a wonderful brand to support!
Places at Hydaway
In case you didn’t know, at Hydaway Outdoor Recreation we rent out ENO hammocks at our Outfitter! They are free to use them at our facility for LU students! We have several grouping of posts set up just for hammocks called “Hammock Haven.” It is a perfect spot designed specifically for relaxing in your hammock. We also have around 60 miles of trails on the mountain with plenty of trees to set up on! My personal favorite trail is Clear Cut, it has a beautiful overlook and is very peaceful, a great place to spend a day. Come see us on August 15 when we open for the fall semester and enjoy these great features we have to offer!