I am new to hanging. I actually have had a GT ultralight for about a year and slept in it twice. I do not do a lot of hiking or backpack camping. I do a lot of camping with the family and I am not new to outdoor living.
What I am wondering is what would be a good fairly low cost starter setup? I will be using this setup once or twice a year during our boundary waters trip to northern Minnesota. Is is slightly an issue on these trip as anything that you want to bring in has to be portaged, hauled from lake to lake. But, Most of the time the packs are in the canoe and weight would not be an issue. This past year on our trip I brought my GT to use as a chair and to relax while reading. I did not intend to sleep in it. The campsite that we found had NO soil it was bare rock and the first night I was miserable. On the second night I had put down an layer of pine needles to act as a cushion, it was only slightly better. On the third night I had just figured on another restless night. After waking up several times I finally decided that I would just get up and read until the others got up @4:30. I pulled my bag and pad out to the hammock and don't remember much as I fell asleep almost immediately. I didn't wake up until almost 10:00 After that I was hooked.
As my GT has no netting I was forced to start out each night in my tent until the swarms of mosquitos had subsided. Now I am ready for the next step hammock with a net and decent tarp. Any Ideas? I should mention that I did notice the ridge of fabric under my calf in my GT.
I am 5'10" 190 muscular, side sleeper