Hammock camping with no trees/in desert
In a few weeks I will be heading out to Colorado to spend a couple months hitchhiking from there out to California, SF, with a good friend of mine. Since were saving all our for the trip, he doesn't have money to get a hammock and thus will be stuck in a tent. Either way, we will be heading across the desert and I was wondering what solutions or suggestions anybody has for hammocking without a place to hang (as I am only bringing my hammock, no tent). I have seen the hiking pole solution, but i don't typically use hiking poles and have limited room in my pack...I am also not taking a bike, just thumbing my way. Are there any cheap/DIY/lightweight solutions to this, as I will only be using it when stuck in a flat place, would love to hear any ideas. perhaps something like a collapsible pole? Thanks!