Used my HHED for the fist time on the AT in GA. My setup was a Speer 4x4 with 1/2 pad and wings, 45 degree bag and flecce blanket. I wore long johns. First night at Slaughter Creek campsite temps in low 50's. No issues with staying warm. Unfortunately I have a "3-hour bladder" so up and down alot. I found the full length pad cumbersome getting out the bottom so cut it in half. No issues with warmth remainder that night. I tied my standard tarp to the tree below tree-huggers but tied "sides" to the tree...started pouring early in the morning...result was my left shoulder got a little wet...not to bad. Packed up in the rain so most everything wet. Stopped at Neel's to dry out. At Low Gap the temps got down to 41 degrees. My core was warm but since I cut the pad in half, I found my legs kept getting cold. I wore long johns with watchcap and gloves. I figured out my tarp problem so got it tied correctly...no issues..didn't rain....but think I would have stayed dry this time. Hang at Blue Mountain was uneventful....temps around 50 with light wind.
It was great...loved the hammock....comfortable...it's a keeper!!! But....did I make a mistake by cutting the pad in half? Was I hanging wrong? It just seemed very cumbersome getting out the bottom with the full length pad. Any thoughts or ideas greatly appreciated. bill