or, New Guy from Kansas (and ain't that Shug entertainin'?)
Hiya, all! I'm Chris. I've been reading HF for a week or two now--I'm loving the concept of hammock camping. I've started to put together a beginner's set, and have done a couple of dry runs in a local park and then a single night's hang at a nearby lake's "primitive campground" (gotta love free!).
My gear so far:
ENO Doublenest Hammock
ENO Slap Straps Pro
A cheap $10 mosquito net (cover pic shows it over a camping cot)
An $8 9x12 tarp (hardware store)
$5 sleeping bag from a thrift store
Exercise mat borrowed from a friend
guyline with homemade shock cord tensioners, for the tarp
550 paracord for various ridgelines and whatknots
My first overnight hang was...a success, but tweaking is needed. Judging from what I think I'm getting in reading up since, the fact that I slept fetal most of the night (I don't normally sleep fetal) indicates I didn't have adequate sag. After doing some research, I installed a structural ridgeline to the hammock. We'll see if that helps me lie flatter (more flat? Michael Flatley?) on more of a diagonal next time.
I think my next investment is going to be whoopie slings. One for the structural ridgeline and two to hang the hammock--the slap straps don't give me enough versatility. The trees have to be pretty close or the hammock won't reach!
Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself and say "hi"...so, um...hi. Thanks, Shug, for roping me in (I showed your videos to several friends and family...most of them looked back at me and said, "Oh my god...it's YOU." Must be the random singing, character voices, and errant absurdity. Gotta love a performance background!)...and Prof Hammock and others for lots of good info. Maybe someday I'll get to meet some of you and maybe, hope against hopes, get to help you look for ticks at trail's end!
(Just kidding. About the ticks.)