Originally Posted by Peter_pan
Welcome to the hanging gang....
Getting wet is the short cut to hypothermia....and it will be fast coming in a hammock.... there is a reason for larger asymetric tarps.... find a way to stay dry....search the forums for good approaches....your is not a new issue.
Likewise there are many ways to stay warm.... make an adequate plan.... get what you need and test it in a safe hang out, with a bailout plan.
Agreed. Since I'm still in the experimenting stage of hammocking, I always carry a bivy and thermarest to go to the ground if necessary.
That got me thinking that I may want a tarp shelter for cooler trips where I'm not worried about bugs and can get snuggled in my down bag. Any suggestions for a tarp that works well as a shelter on its own as well as for the hammock? The original thought on the two tarps is that a relatively big tarp is needed for the hammock to have the coverage I want, but not so much for tarping by itself with bivy. The thought was I could get a smaller tarp and use it along with the stock HH tarp for additional coverage when using the HH.
Is that blasphemous for suggesting I'd want to go to the ground? It would just be until I splurge for the undercover. Using pads in the hammock has been just OK.