I am getting ready to place an order and try making my own hammock. I have a sewing machine and know how to use it. I am eager to try out the hammock thing and
figure I can order some material, make a simple gathered end hammock that will let me see if hammock camping is for me, then decide where to go from there. But I want to ask some questions here before I place an order.
I am planning to order from DIY gear supply and was going to get 4 yards of the 1.1 ounce ripstop (this will only cost me about $20) and go from there. BUT - is this too
thin and delicate, should I really be going with the 1.9 ounce fabric (I can be careful and I weigh just under 170 pounds, and am 6 foot 1 inch tall).
With that and some tree straps (I'll probably order these, a pair 6 feet long so I can
get nicely sewn ends), and I'll buy some 7/64 amsteel blue from the same outfit to use
for suspension lines and ridge line (I'll probably buy 25 feet, cut 10 feet for the ridgeline and then have 2 6 foot pieces for suspension lines - no whoopee slings for now.)
I'll be trying this all out in blue sky weather here in Arizona, so I am not worrying about
a tarp or bugnet for now -- but that will come along soon enough since I expect that
I will like this way of camping and have some trips to the Sierra in California coming up later this summer (where bugs for sure are waiting, and you always have to be ready for rain).
Someday an underquilt, but for starters I'll go with a foam pad. I plan to go to Gossamer Gear and order one of their 39 inch wide 1/4 inch thick thinlight pads.
BUT, I am actively soliciting comments on all of the above!! Please clue me in
and set me straight! This is just a starting point for discussion (and ultimately experimentation).