OK so I am pretty new at this and am putting together a UL hammock kit. I am coming from being a SUL backpacker with a base weight of 4.5 lbs for my 3 season kit. The only real hang up I am having is figuring out a tarp. I have considered the HG 4 season at 6.5 oz but realize that I then need more stakes and guy lines. An 8x8 from Zpacks is something like 4.5 oz and only needs two stakes. I am planing to make a ghost hammock like Sgt. Rocks from 1.1 ripstop with dynaglide USRs and using 6' tree straps with dutch clips and a marlin spike hitch to connect to the suspension. My plan is to also make a HUG for my bug net.
I am in the SF Bay Area and do not usually get a lot of rain but am plaining more hikes up in the sierras and doing the JMT in a year or so. Could I pull that off with an 8x8 or something even more minimalist or should I go the HG 4 season route? I am using whopieslings.com Dutchware ridge line for my tarp so it will be easily adjustable to cover the hammock. So many decisions LOL it makes my head spi.
I am 6' tall and 175 lbs.