First Overnight Hang
I just wanted to post a few pics of my first overnight hang. My setup uses seatbelt webbing for the tree huggers down to a marlin spike hitch with arrow shaft toggles. From there I have an improvised whoopie sling out of boat anchor rope larksheaded onto the DIY hammocks. One hammock is ripstop nylon from Walmart at $1.50 a yard. The other (gray) is a heavier rayon maybe for the same price. The tarp is a 10x10 shelter top that I got with poles from Academy sports for $17.88. The concave nature of the tarp prevents a tight hang, but I think using treking poles I can use the poles that came with it to get a dome going. Not sure how secure that would be but all tie outs have two cords which is nice. We used oversized sleeping bags as pods. It was only in the mid 40s but we were very toasty.
First o/nighters are great fun, I think i found out more on that night than any since.
Looks like you have some bulk there that you'll be able to trim down for pack size if you wanted?
Sounds like you enjoyed it!!!
Rock on, great report. Looks like you have a lot of things dialed in. As Lepmeister said, you learn a lot on a first hang. Way to go!
And the addiction is just beginning. Glad you got out and had a good night of sleep. Many people can't say that on their first night.
Way to go. Lots of fun/dollar.
Way to jump right in with both feet. Fun, ain't it?
Please post your experience with the rayon in terms of stretch, wet/dry, weight, comfort. Many happy re-hangs!
Proof of concept
Yes there is some "bulk" but I'm happy with the savings of not carrying a tent. I am looking to upgrade the suspension and the sleeping bags were overkill but on the first hang I didn't want to take any chances being cold and I haven't had time to work on any TQs or UQs. Luckily in Alabama it's hot more than it's really cold so keeping warm shouldn't be too hard. The biggest advantage I think is the ability to camp where the ground is unlevel, rocky, etc. It really opens up opportunities for basecamps.
As for the "rayon", at least that's my best guess of what it is, the feel of the material is amazing. So far I think the stretch is similar to that of ripstop, but it makes repositioning much easier because it isn't as slick. It's definitely heavier though, but for my first hammock, I just wanted to make sure I had something that would keep me off the ground.
Thanks to all of you guys for your insight and instruction. I never would have made it without you.