First post, so please be gentle. I'm a Finnish hiker interested in lightening the load and trying out new things to add to my camping experiences. I do some of my own gear, so sewing is no problem. I've sewn tarps, stuffsacks and backpacks.
Now my first camping hammock is in the mail, and I'm contemplating on using it on several of my trips, including the upcoming winter. The Finnish winter temps can drop to -30C (-22F), so good insulation is a priority. I've been previously camping on the ground with a combination of two 3-season sleeping bags on top of each other, a CCF pad and a tarp.
So, a load of questions for you experienced winter hammockers out there...
The hammock I will be using is the "Tenth Wonder Black Compact Camping/Bushcraft Hammock", with a 3x3m (10 ft) square tarp.
The goal? To make the my winter sleeping more comfy and to have less digging in the snow. I think I have two options:
1: Use the pads and sleeping bags I've used before in the hammock and deal with the negative effects. What are my worst scenarios here? Crimping on the shoulders? I can make winged CCF pads myself, would this be enough?
2: Make an underquilt. My budget for this is near zero, so I can't buy one. I recently acquired an old 4-season down bag for $8. It has been molested - the hood has been cut off and there is no string to tighten the top. If I modify it to an underquilt, what should I take into consideration? Should I keep the footbox intact and just make a hole in it and take the hammock straps through there? Would there be anything to gain by doing this, or should I just cut the whole footbox off?
How about attaching the quilt to the hammock - how can I minimize the the amount of airspace between the quilt and the hammock? I've been thinking about setting up cords on the edges of the quilt and pulling them tight, so the quilt would rise up to the hammock. Would this work?
What other ideas do you have on my upcoming setup? Is it realistic to even try to have this work in the winter?
Lots of questions, because of zero experience in hammocking.
Thanks in advance for all the answers!