Originally Posted by Mockingbird
Hi Gang! I'm a newbie at hammocking, and just received my OES MacCat Deluxe (silnylon) with a single panel pull-out on each side and sewn-on doors by 2QZQ (both highly recommended!)...I've enclosed some photos of my first official hang with it (used a continual ridge line), and would like some constructive criticism.
A couple of questions:
1) How long should the "drip line" for rain water runoff be (see extra orange line in pic)?
2) I'm taking this tarp on an AT thru-hike next year: since I'm new to this, is it best to just stick with the stock webbing or is it lighter/less fiddle factor to go tree huggers-whoopie slings?
3) (Adding to #2) Is it lighter/less fiddle factor to use a continual ridge line or two separate lines?
Your set up looks very good.
1) Drip line does not to be very long and you may not need one depending on how you rig. Your buckle and strap is under your tarp so you likely do not need to mess with a drip line. You can always throw a wet sock or bandana on if needed in a deluge.
2) I like whoopies, marlinspike,toggle, straps. Less bulk in the pack. Lighter.
3) I have done both....and both work well. Now I am back to two separate lines.
I did a video series for new hangers...it may help you out in some places: Hammock Stuff