Originally Posted by jaiden
I'm now back at home (Just a weekend on the AT, not a thru!)
Well the HH stock tarp did hold up, but only after I moved one side down. After my post the rain died down quite a bit. I did manage to keep the hammock dry enough, though I got positively soaked under my poncho when I went out to fix the pitch. Lesson learned: HH stock tarp needs both sides DOWN. No fooling around.
My hammock kept slipping down one of the trees a tiny bit at a time ALL NIGHT which kept waking me up. It gave me the feeling I was going to crash to the ground, but in the morning it didn't look like it slipped any visible amount. I'm not sure what was going on or what I did wrong and even tried re-tying it at one point. it was too dark and wet to figure out. I was glad that as wet as I was it was relatively warm. It was kinda fun hiding from the storm in my floating cocoon and posting on the internet.
You might have been feeling the tree move in the wind. It is a fun feeling of up and down in the hammock and the tree sways back and forth. Scary the first time. Cool after that.