So we're back home from a brutal weekened where the only thing that was comfortable was our sleep time. During the day, we trashed our bodies, literally climbing until our fingertips bled, and then at night, I was batoning my Cold Steel LTC Kukri through some firewood to make kindling. At least I slept well, in my awesome Warbonnet Blackbird hammock.
We set up our two hammocks from three trees, with separate tarps:
On the right is my fiance's blackbird, set up under a Speer 8x10 tarp. She had the foot end closed for wind protection, and the head end corner up on a hiking pole for easier entry. She used an Exped Downmat 7 in a Big Agnes 0 degree down bag. Temps didn't drop much below 50, although it was crazy windy. She was plenty warm.
My blackbird was under a warbonnet big mambajamba tarp, with hiking poles on both corners of one side to create a patio. The windward side was billowing badly into the hammock, even with some serious tension on the two tieout points. I added a grip clip in the center of the tarp, and used my fiance's spare hiking pole to pull it out, and it worked beautifully. I had an Exped Downmat 7 DLX in the warbonnet pad pocket, and was using an REI 15 degree down bag as a quilt, with bits of clothing stuffed in beside me to prevent any cold spots. I was also exceptionally warm, but it was easier for me to vent using the bag as a quilt.
We saw a ton of other hammocks there - probably at least 10 ENO's, only one of which had a bugnet, at least two or three byer's, and one that looked like a HH in the distance. We were the only ones with elaborate setups, or even tarps, as it was forecast as a clear weekend. I'm glad we had the tarps, because we took a post-lunch nap Saturday to recover from the toll hard bouldering takes on your body, and the tarps kept the sun out of our eyes. There was also quite a bit of moonlight at night, and the tarps helped darken things up a bit. The poor kids in the ENOs right next to our hammocks had no bottom insulation and they froze all night. I think they decided to bring thermarests next time.