After using my ENO hammock as a camping extra for a few years, I'm finally ditching the tent (well, actually it's finally fallen apart) to hang full time while on the trail. My mom and I are planning a multi-day trip next month, and I'm outfitting myself basically from scratch. I thought I'd post a list of the gear I'm pulling together — because voyeurism!
I'm hoping writing this all down will help my brain grasp it a little better. Fellow newbs, it might also help you as you stock up on gear. But I'm new, too, so take this with a big grain of salt. For the veterans, this is your chance to criticize (constructively, please) like the salty old codgers you are. If this is a dumb thread, oh well.
A few disclaimers: I realize there are cheaper (and more expensive) options. I realize there are lighter (and heavier) options. I'd love to hear about alternatives, but the hammock and tarp were heavily researched and are already bought and paid for. Rest assured, there will eventually be others in my quiver.
Hammock: Warbonnet Blackbird double-layer (1.1 inside, 1.7 outside)
Long story. I like the BB's features and probably don't need the extra length of an XLC. I need a double layer to use a pad. And I'm prone to back pain, so I wanted a firm lie (hence the 1.7 outer, which should also add durability). With Whoopies, it should be about the weight of a 1.1 DL with straps.
- Whoopies (included on hammock)
- tree straps (already have 6' straps, but may get bigger ones and/or Amsteel extenders; trees are big!)
- carabiners (smallish aluminum climbing biners)
I know there are other ways, but this is what I've used on my other hammock and I'm familiar with it.
Tarp: Warbonnet Superfly
I'm starting with a four-season tarp because I don't know what kind of weather we'll encounter on our trip and I want plenty of room for porch mode, plus the Superfly seems like a winner in general. Eventually I'll get a smaller, lighter tarp so I can choose based on the trip.
- 180' spool of Zing-It (ridgeline, guy lines; I still need to practice splicing)
- 25' hank of shock cord (for self-tensioning lines, possibly door guy lines)
- probably some Dutchware
- stakes, up to 12 (still deciding, but probably the 7.5" Y-shape variety)
I'm thinking I'll try a continuous ridgeline to start (probably along these lines), but I haven't quite settled. I'm going to keep poking around until it gets down to the wire and I need to decide. I don't have my tarp yet anyway, so I've got some time.
- MountainGoat snakeskins
I'm not sure what else I need. There's tons I want, but I'm hoping I'll be set with what's above.
Insulation: I already own a pretty nice Marmot down sleeping bag and a 3/4 Thermarest pad. Sure, I'd love some dedicated quilts, but that can wait.
Any thoughts on what I might be missing? I'd rather have someone bring it to my attention now than discover on the trail that I'd overlooked something.
As always, HYOH (which I've started to read as "hang your own hammock"). Big thanks to all the great minds on here, including Shug, dejoha, and many, many others. I even like the dumb questions people ask, because I was too embarrassed to ask on my own.