Well, I finally got to try this thing called hammock camping. I got my Hennessy Exped Asym from my wife for Valentine's day, but haven't had time/weather where I felt comfortable trying it out overnight. I'd set it up a couple times, but I was itching to see how it actually slept.
I returned home from my clinical rotation this past Thursday, with my bag already packed and ready to head off to nearby Buffalo Mountain for my first solo hang. Unfortunately, my lovely wife had come down with a terrible cold/sinus infection. I decided my commitment to being a good husband outweighed my desire to be on the trail, so after making her tea and soup, I decided to head out to the mountain bike trails behind nearby ETSU campus. With only 30 minutes of daylight left, I didn't get far, but I found some fine trees from which to hang. After setup (roughly 10 minutes, thanks to my new ring/garda hitch suspension) I tucked in for the night. The overnight low was around 47 F, and with my Exped Synmat 7 pad and 30 degree Lafuma down sleeping bag, I might as well have been in my bedroom.
If reading about how comfortable hammocks were on these forums were enough to get me interested in trying it out, actually sleeping in one was enough to convert me for life. Other than the call of nature a couple times and a couple rude awakenings from the nearby train tracks, I slept peacefully from about 9:00 to 5:30. Getting the pad to sit still was a challenge, but it didn't take me long to figure out how much air to let out before I could rest peacefully, while still staying warm.
I also learned that the stock tarp attachments on the Hennessy are not all that and a bag of chips. I have since made adjustable tarp ties using utility line and 4 s-biners (similar to those sold on Arrowhead's webpage) which work quite nicely. I thoroughly enjoyed my first hang, and I'm looking forward to many more to come.
Anyone have any (very) budget-minded suggestions for making my hanging experience better? I'm thinking my next additions might be the zipper mod and a bigger tarp, maybe the Chinook. Still learning though, so anything you guys suggest would be greatly appreciated!