First post here in the hammockforums. Looks like a bunch of great people here, with lots and lots (did I say lots?) of good info.
So here it goes:
So I've never camped with hammocks before. I do however love how comfortable they are, and would like to get a good setup to get started.
(Please excuse lack of acronyms, or odd ways to describe hammock features.)
So here's where my brain is at while I'm typing this:
I'm not anal about weight, so if some weight is gained through ease of setting up that is fine. Just don't want to go overboard either.
I want a good quality hammock. The two hammocks I'm thinking of are
Grand Trunk ultra light travel hammock, or the eno doublenest. I know there is a decent price gap there, but I really can't decide between the two. I want to be able to lay in the tarp with a sleeping bag.
I will be using a cheap tarp setup up with a diamond pattern. I will use the ridge line to hang the mosquito net. I camp during the summer in California and the rest of the year I live in texas. So snow is not a problem.
Now comes the most confusing and complicated part of hammock style camping, but I think I've got it figured out. How to attach thr hammock to the tree. I know there are a ton of variables that play into what kind of setup you do, but there two ways that strike me as easy, and pretty light.
this way looks super simple and appeals to me alot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYl403js9nU
The only thing I don't like about this way is the fact that it doesn't use tree huggers. But could you not just use thicker diameter rope to help protect the tree?
Way 2: This way is probably one of the most recommend that I could see on the forum: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iJTjful66M
The ring buckle setup. This one really appeals to me. However there seem to be two different ways to set it up. One is the way right there, and then this way in which the rings are attached to the tent itself?
I kind like this way better since you have a long piece of "tree hugger" webbing and would be easier to accommodate for different size trees, right?
So for my theoretical setup, here's what I'm thinking:
Some carabiners like these
Some rappel rings
Some tree 6' tree huggers (although I have 2 pieces of seat belt webbing about 5'10 long)
(need some help on some cord? Since paracord is to stretchy I don't what else to buy, and where.
Whew this is a long post...Hope you guys can help me out (if you feel like reading all this crap)
Thanks a ton everbody,