Hello all, Great to join this forum!! I am new to hammock camping having not done it in 15 years, and then it was a $5 fishnet hammock that I didn't sleep in, just hung out in it when not sleeping on the ground under a tarp. With a backpacking trip in the near future (after 15 years ) I was inspired by Shugs 2 hours of instructional videos (thanks Shug!!) on youtube and I have my hammock made, bug net done, tarp ready and whoopie lines made! Having never slept in a hammock before I almost got a nap in today outside until the neighbor started mowing the lawn.
I sleep on my side (in a bed) and am wondering how I will do on my back for the first time...I have a nice Northface sleeping bag I will use as an over quilt and camping mat for underneath me.
Everything is DIY, netting is from fabric store (not real netting but only weights 3 oz).
Hammock is fabric store ripstop 11ft long...HELP with knowing what the weight of it is, what is the ripstop from the store if it doesn't say?
Tarp is a "coleman sunwall" that goes to a popup canopy, it was only $22 at Walmart and is 12' x 6' made of heavy nylon (finished weight is 28 oz ??! ) I had to silicone treat it 4:1 on body and 2:1 on ridge line and corners. the 4:1 works well. I had to reinforce all the corners and side pulls...would have been better to spend the extra $18 and buy ripstop from the fabric store but I am 220 pounds so I can handle an extra 10 or so ounces of extra weight.
1/8" whoopie slings (DIY as well) and webbing to go around the trees.
This forum has been a big help with my bug netting and tarp.
???? I am having issues getting sideways, I am 73" tall and heavy. I have a ridge line and have what seems like a good amount of sag in it but can't get sideways...any advise would be great. Does it even matter if I can get sideways...just want a good night sleep in the mountains of Colorado for my first backpacking trip in 15 years!!