Whatever you ordered will probably have some stock way to hang it and directions for same. Just use that until you feel more adventurous, if indeed you ever do!
I still often just use a HH the way it came out of the box. Takes 5 or 10 minutes to learn the HH lashing ( a simple figure 8 hitch really). The only thing that should really cause some extra thinking is how to keep your back warm. And if you want, you can do that by just taking your ground pad and putting it in the hammock, though you will probably want to do that a little differently. But in the meantime, while you are deciding on all of that, just wrap your tree savers around the tree, tie the rope to the huggers and lay down!
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Look at say....fishing. You can get a boat, fish-finder, multiple graphite rods, lures, jigs etc, a cabin, fish-house, waders.......
Or just get a cane-pole, hook and bobber.
It can be as easy or complicated as you want or don't want.
Just take on bit at a time and just get the hammock up and you in it.
Best to you.
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I just recently started messing with splicing Amsteel...and everything else I can find.
I think the whole Whoopie thing took off around 2009. I played with a few commercially made sets just to see what all the fuss was about, but decided they wouldn't get much use from me. Two years later, I decided to take another look and learn the (extremely easy) skill of splicing. Now, I can barely feel my finger tips anymore.
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If you think about it that is probably pretty much how you felt about first learning to ride a bicycle or drive a car with manual transmission (if you ever did that). Now those things a second nature because you have done it enough to go on semi-auto. Keep it simple and don't get too fussed up by the advice of OCD gram counters or their cousin the DIY fiend (hi y'all! ). I use adjustable webbing (oh my gawd...they weigh X ounces more!!) and am experimenting with bungie cords with my tarp (again...).
You can do this and it is worth the effort.
Just remember. A lot of people like to tinker with their rigs. Hammocks do give you a tinker factor that is not found so much with tents. This is not necessary, just get the hammock and tarp, go hang, then you may find you want to tweek it a bit. Just start off simple
Don't listen to Shug about fishing! He has NO idea what he is talking about. You MUST have all the bells and whistles and repetitive gear or the fish won't bite and your house may burn down! at least that's what I tell my wife
Seriously, I am a tinkerer. I keep trying to find reasons to go away from the stock suspension, but I have had such a huge variation in tree girths and hanging distances that it just shines as the most obvious choice for me. I had very similar concerns about it being a complicated affair, but honestly, hammocking has proven to be very simple. I intend to keep it that way if I can. Enjoy!
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You have made an excellent observation. I think it might be a glass half-full/half-empty thing. Kind of like what made the Volkswagen Beetle successful, it was one model, functional, reliable, and standardized. Millions loved the Love Bugs. However, there are also those of us who want something more like a BMW Dual Sport motorbike (wish I had one). The fun is not only in the ride, but also in accessorizing to fit your needs and use habits. (Panniers? Leg faring? Heated hand grips? Helmet radios? Lowering/raising kits? Add-on tank? Tires? ...).
My recommendation if you're more a Volkswagen guy, a Hennessey with the Super Shelter and a nice down winter sleeping bag. Hammock, suspension, tarp, and insulation, all in one nice package.
But if you like to accessorize, I recommend a WBBB 1.0 DL with Dyneema Whoopies and carabiners used as toggles or Dutch Clips, 3 foot double looped AHE webbing straps, a Hennessey Hex-fly tarp (might look at the Warbonnet options) the Hennessey SS underpad (you can buy it separately for about $35), Tarp Flyz, DIY tarp-line tensioners made from surgical tubing and zap straps, and some titanium stakes from outdoor equipment.
Personally, I prefer the variety of options. Then whether I'm winter or summer camping I can adjust my gear to suit my needs.
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