I am not really new to hammocks, I lived in South America for a couple of years and slept in a hammock for a while down there. I have also had one in my back yard on a stand for years. But I have to say, that joining the forum and seeing/hearing what you guys are doing with them has been a bit of a revelation.
So I made my first DIY gathered end hammocks (a light single layer for my 11 year old boy and a more heavy duty double layer for me.) Last night was my first "night out" in mine.
Here's the setup:
DIY double layer (1.1/1.7) hammock (Risk's Z-hammock style)
7/64 amsteel Utility constricters
tree huggers and marlin spike toggles (thanks Paul at AHE)
40* slumberjack bag (23 years old, it's the one I got when I joined the boy scouts many moons ago)
5/8 inch CCF pad 25x50 (not really a backpacking pad as it would not roll up very well but, a good test anyway.)
3/16 yoga mat 24x72
Since I am a virtual noob (at least to the cold climate overnight) I was pretty worried about the cold. I laid the pad diagonally and slept great!. I moved off the pad (laying on the opposite diagonal) just to try it, and was freezing in just a couple of min I was surprised how much difference the pad actually makes. The weather station 4 blocks away says it got to 31* last night. I had no problem. Apparently I am a pretty warm sleeper. I did get up to "go" once in the night so I guess I must have been a little cool, but I was not uncomfortable at all.
Honestly after reading the forum for a while I was convinced that I would have to have an underquilt right away, for some summer camps this year. After last night I think I may be able to get away with CCF this summer.
For those of you worried about the 7/64 amsteel, I am about 255# and had Both of my 5 year olds and my 3 year old in the hammock with me, bouncing with no slippage! Each UCR has a 9 inch bury and the prusik to keep the tension on it.
I just want to thank everyone on the forum for your insight and enthusiasm.
I am convinced that this was the first night of many wonderful nights under the stars.
I will get some of the pics up shortly.
Dyn-o-mite! (Y'all knew someone was gonna say it). :D
Very useful attention to detail - you're going to be an asset to this forum. Thanks.
Originally Posted by phatpenguin
Pics from this morning
Great posts, great pics. Kids love them hammocks!
Hey there phatpenguin....
Kids in the hammock with ol' Dad ...... sweet and Whooooo Buddy