Yeah, I gotta say, I was rather impressed by three things in my first trial:
1) How easy it was to find a suitable hanging spot. I wasn't concerned about a flat spot, level spot, possible runoff, etc. I did make sure there were no rocks or point sticks beneath in case the whole thing broke under my weight, but that's only because I couldn't be confident that my suspension system would hold.
2) The fact that my cobbled together system worked. I just mixed and matched various techniques I'd seen on these fora and in videos which I could employ using only materials I already had around the house.
3) How incredibly fast it was to setup and take down. Less than a minute, and I'd never even seen it done. So simple. Of course, I didn't bother setting up my tarp over it, but that was because my hammock was too short for camping in.
My wife was also suitably impressed by these factors, but until she can see a hammock with the proper length in which she can achieve a proper and flat diagonal lay, she won't go for it. So...I'm hoping to find some material somewhere to attempt another gathered-end hammock of the right length.
And as for adding to the confusion...don't worry about making suggestions. I'm already completely bewildered and lost amidst the possibilities. Suggestions from experienced hangers can't make matters worse in that respect. Bring 'em on!
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