I joined a few months ago and have been spending a lot of time here reading and watching video. Last summer we meet up with my brother camping for the week at Lake Trinity. He brought a few hammocks and one good nap started the down fall. When I got home I was at Costco and they had a guy there selling hammocks. Most were the rope kind. He did have a box of camping hammocks. $40 dollars later I had a double hammock. It was the middle of the summer so it was hot. I tried to sleep all night but could not get the whole thing working. I was either too cold or too hot. Then I used my Thermarest with little air and a blanket. It worked pretty good. Then I found a place up on my deck where I could hang under the eves. Before long I was sleeping out there three or four night a week. My brother and mother made me a DYI UQ. What an improvement. About that time it started to get cold at night so I had not been sleeping in my hammock as much. Last week I finally found a place in my house to hang. Just finished it and will probably sleep there tonight.
I ordered a WBBB 1.7 double layer. It is my Christmas present so my wife won't let me sleep in it. My mother and brother are making me a top quilt for Christmas. I have made two sets of whoopie slings. This weekend may be my first camping trip with the hammock.
I have noticed that most photos show a tarp over the top. When I was sleeping outside I enjoyed the stars. Do you have to use a tarp? Is the tarp for dew or rain? I figure I will need a tarp so I thought I would start with a Kelty Noah. Which size would you recommend?