Originally Posted by bdaabat
Thanks folks! I appreciate all of the feedback!
@Dave: Glad you ended up being safe and doing OK. Yes, I'd forgotten the garbage bag as well. Since I was car camping, I had a waterproof bag though. Unfortunately, I didn't have a good system to keep the Scout neckerchief in place... sometime during the night, it fell into a mud puddle. Grrr...
BTW: Excellent idea, sorting stuff into piles of used vs. not. Agreed that the tweaking of setup will likely become a life long process. In fact, I've been doing major tweaking already... I've dropped the tent and the cot!
So, what hammock are you going to switch to?
My personal snapping point was when I was putting 4 people and a dog in my Subaru AND pulling a loaded trailer. Tents, cots, dutch ovens, propane tanks, coolers. It was madness! We still do those kinds of trips, but since my hammock epiphany, I've dialed it way back. I'm still working on getting the wife into a hammock, but she's a much harder sell. Hopefully by next summer we'll both be hanging and can ditch the tent and cots completely.
As for my next hammock, I just picked up two Grand Trunk Ultralights for $12 each at Green Life Outfitters, so I'm going to rig one up and see how I like it. At that price, it was a total impulse buy. The fabric for a DIY one would cost me more than that!
Since I doubt I'll be camping again until January, I've got a bit of time to mess around with it before I take it out on a trip. My goal is to change the suspension over whoopies, and a ridge line, and find a lighter silnylon tarp. I might find a bug net too depending on how motivated I am over the winter.
My goal is to spend around $150-175 and for the whole rig and to be at or less than 3lbs. The Safari clocks in at over 5lbs and takes up way too much pack space for my liking. It's a great hammock, but it's just not for backpacking. I'm debating selling it to fund the new one(s), but it does make a good car camper...plus I'd need another 40+ posts to sell it on here!
The GTUL's arrive Friday, so I'm going to do a quick basement hang w/ some ratchet straps as suspension and see how it feels. Hopefully it's what I'm looking for.