Since I'm a total newb to hammock camping, and really interested to switch from tenting to hanging, I'm trying to think through what I need to get this party started.
For starters I need a a hammock and to get familiar with using it.
I have about 25 x 4 ft of green parachute nylon fabric. It's not ripstop however. Should I focus on making a hammock with that if it's pretty easy? Or should I just spend the bucks and buy a setup? I know I'll eventually want the complete setup with bug mesh, tarp and hammock anyway.
These are some of my options in Canada that I know of(inc shipping)
the Hennesy Asym zip at MEC $130
Portec Double at MEC $65
Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Hammock at Amazon $55
Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock at Amazon $18
Vivere Parachute Nylon at Home Hardware $25
So many choices, which to choose? Any better options in Canada?
It'll be Fall, Winter, then Spring camping for a while. Before I go camping with a set up and freeze my *** off, I was considering putting some bolts up in the garage which isn't heated. And if in the middle of the night I'm dying from the cold I could always migrate back inside the house. It can get sub zero in there, so that would be a realistic test of if my bags & pads are warm enough. But it wouldn't be a good test against wind chill though. Does this sound like a good idea for testing it out?