I've been lurking this forum for a while. I'm pretty frequent hiker working my way through New Hampshire 48 4,000 footers. I'm planning to section hike some of the AT this fall with a friend on a SB through-hike. He's carrying a hammock and got me thinking about using a hammock set-up as a way to cut weight in my own solo over-nighting set-up and to ensure the same level of flexibility he'll have when stealthing.
I already own a Byers of Maine Miskito made by Amazona and while it may not be ideal I'm comfortable in it. I have used the DIY forums here for ideas on an improved more workable suspension. Just this weekend I assembled my tree straps from nylon webbing purchased from DIYgearsupply and fashioned 3 soft shackles using a guide I found on these forums. Next I will probably be a fashioning ridgeline or some whoopieslings although my tree straps are long enough that I can swing from two 8" trees more 14' apart and I'm not certain how much longer I really need.
I'm really looking forward to testing my creations and am hopeful that I'll love hammock camping. I don't know that I'll ever fully convert since even my three person backpacking tent is lighter when the load is split with a buddy or my wife. I guess time will tell.
Thanks for having me and for everyone's insight and passion for hammock camping it has inspired me thus far!
Barnstead, New Hampshire