Originally Posted by hammock engineer
I use 9' all around with self tensioners on the sides. Some do shorter, but I have used all of the length a few times. When one side of the tarp is on a hill, or on the side of a creek, the extra line is nice to have. The longer on the ridgeline gives me the option to hang on longer distances than some. I also have longer webbing on the hammock for this reason.
I would stuff it where ever. Look into mesh snake skins. They are really nice and make setting up the tarp really fast.
I'm still not sure how snake skins work. I just took a 11 day trip on the AT, and setup and take down time were a problem. My hammock is an ENO, so it is in it's own stuff sack. My underquilt and bugnet are in a compression sack, my top quilt is in a compression sack, and my tarp is in it's own stuff sack. The good thing is that since everything is in small little sacks they pack real nice into gaps in my pack. It's just a lot to keep up with, and takes a while to put up and down.