Originally Posted by secondechomatt
IMO, you don't need anything more than a sleeping bag right now. I'm another newb to this hanging thing. I have a HH explorer deluxe and have been sleeping comfortably the past couple of nights outside with nothing more than a sleeping bag under me and around me a little. Just get out there and enjoy it! If you get cold, go inside.
There is SOOOOO much great info here, it can be easy to get distracted by the things you think you need vs. what you will discover what you need by experience. Enjoying the outdoors comfortably is what this is all about anyway, right?
Thanks to all of you!!!!!
I got out the other night and slept in the yard.
Hammock between the logs on the cabin and the peach tree.
Sent a photo to a friend and he told me what I found out the hard way.
"Shoulder Squeeze" is what happens when you set up between points too far apart without raising it enough.
It was 22 ft.
I DID STAY WARM THOUGH!!!!
I used my Prolite 3 and my WM Summerlite.
Learned about what Shug said about the shoulders and thighs needing some foam, like the Speer pad and foam assembly.
And the pad is better slightly less full than when using on the ground.
So, I will stay tonight in the back yard.
Between the buckeye tree and the wood storage it is just over 12 ft.
I don't get shoulder squeeze, so I will try it again, tonight.
I know enough about spending nights outdoors to not give up the first few times I try something.
I learned first walking a few yards from the car and setting up camp.
If something went wrong, I could go back to the car.
Eventually I learned enough to stay warm anywhere.
Ken in NC