I've been reading forum threads for a couple of months now, getting lots of great advice and ideas. I originally was looking for a lighter way to backpack, now that I'm single and have to carry all the gear myself -- no splitting up tent vs stove, etc. Although my tent is a backpacking tent -- L.L. Bean Microlight -- at approx 5 pounds, it seemed pretty hefty. I stumbled upon this forum and became enthralled with the thought of hanging. I decided on a Warbonnet Blackbird and I found out from Brandon that he had a Mamajamba prototype tarp, so I bought that too. I've taken some naps in my Blackbird and last night I slept in it, in my backyard. I absolutely love it. I'm only 5'1", so it's HUGE for me. I don't think my feet even reach the footbox and if I stake out the sides, it's nearly as roomy as my Microlight.
I hadn't tried to put the tarp up yet, until this afternoon, when I realized I need guylines. I'm going backpacking in the Ouachita National Forest, in Arkansas, for the weekend on Friday and I'm feeling a little panicky. I need some guidance on how I should plan to set it up this first time. I want to make sure I have coverage in case a rainstorm blows in. If there's no chance of rain, I generally don't put my rainfly up on my tent when I'm camping, so, if the weather looks good, I'll probably just sleep under the branches. I started watching Shug's video -- #5 -- and I do like how, with the winter tarp, he created a ridgeline and kept it all together with snakeskins, but I don't think I have the time to do that this week.
Thanks in advance for the help.