I tried mine out in the backyard. Made the mistake of not putting anything on the ground under it and had a lot of dirt stuck to the bottom when I went to pack it back up. So, make sure you carry something for a ground sheet. The set up though was fairly easy, just use your pacerpoles to hold out the tarp and stake your tarp lines really well. Add some stakes to the loops on the hammock main body to keep it positioned and it'll work just fine. Make sure you've got a cover or some way to keep your backpack dry if it rains because with your hammock on the ground, you don't have any dry area under you. And you can't hang it off the hammock.