Originally Posted by wisenber
Glad you made it!
To have to face that on your own would have been more than a challenge. Trying to keep track of your children and seeing them at risk as well must have been a nightmare.
Hopefully your daughter will give backpacking another chance once enough time has past.
I hope she will too. I'm not sure though, shes not really the outdoor type. My son is and he is my go to hiking buddy. With everything that happened, my son slept in the car and my daughter slept in the 1 man tent. I slept in my hammock and loved it. I woke up sore but not from the hammock. I know that for a fact. It took some time to figure out my lay in it. It's still not perfect and I almost fell out of it.
I'm going to work on it. I think I have way to much sag in it. I couldnt get the sides to stay up high enough. I've laid in it in my back yard and got it just right but the trees I strapped up to this time were closer together and I had the straps higher. It may have been a mixture of both. I dont know yet, I'll have to work on it. I think I might stay the night in the back yard tomorrow night. My wife wants to cook out at the fire pit so I think that might be a good chance to play around with it. Tell you what, if it werent for advice from everyone on here I wouldnt have a clue on how to hang right. I'd be wrapped up like a banana and miserable. I did take my sleeping bag and do it like Shug said some people do. I unzipped it almost all the way and used it as a type of top quilt. It worked great too. My sleeping bag makes me HOT though. If I get in it and zip up I sweat a lot in it, even in 30 degree weather. I found that out this past winter.I didnt even have to use an underquilt (dont have one anyway), although i would have used my therma-pad.