Organizers of the Utah Hammock Festival took a swing at a world record Saturday.
Hoping to beat the world record for the most number of people in hammocks at the same time, hammockers from all over gathered Saturday morning at the CLAS Ropes Course in Provo. A group in Germany set the current world record in 2016, gathering 269 people in hammocks in Mainz, Germany, west of Frankfurt.
Edward and Christina Graberitz and their two dogs drove three days from Pennsylvania to participate in the record attempt.
“I heard about it, and said that’s a great reason to take a road trip,” Edward Graberitz joked Saturday morning while sharing a hammock with his wife and dogs.
Most of the people at the event camped there Friday night. They were already swinging in their hammocks when organizers started the attempt, after piling people into a 20-hammock-high tower. Hammock Festival organizers then videotaped them all, scattered throughout the trees at the Ropes Course.
Organizers thought they might not have topped the record, but needed to go through the video to count heads.
“Even if we don’t break the world record, people are going to remember it as that crazy time up in a hammock with hundreds of other people,” said Alex Temus, a Brigham Young University student who helped organize the attempt.
Adriel Johnson, one of the head organizers, was excited to bring the festival back to Provo after a two-year wait. The last festival was in 2016, and the goal at that one was to create the biggest hammock tower. This time, they decided to go bigger.
Sam Loveland, another organizer, loves the people who love hammocking.
“We wanted to create the event we all wanted to go to. This is our dream event,” Loveland said. “Hammocking is a great culture of relaxation, enjoying the world and enjoying nature.”
That’s the same reason Isabel Truax, Katherine Biggs and Seth Kasparian came. They all love camping and the outdoors.
“Hammockers are people who like to be outdoors. That’s my kind of people,” Kasparian said.
About 300 people signed up to camp in hammocks or tents at the festival, stringing their sacks throughout the trees that dot the CLAS Ropes Course land. Saturday's event also included rock wall climbing, the ropes course, a giant swing, canoeing, volleyball and a Spikeball tournament.