Bdaabat, good job on troop safety!!! Well done!
Glad you made it through...
Originally Posted by cdnrogue
I would expect that once you have your hammock set up, in reality there is no room underneath. Is it just easier to use a ridge line and hang the basics and just garbage bag your back pack and hang it from a tree hugger line? I don't want to hijack this experience, but I think I am. sorry
I'd say it depends on the type of tarp you have at the size. I use a 12' x 10' BlackCat with DIY grizbeaks and I run a loose ridgeline underneath the tarp to hang light gear from (mostly the stuffsacks and toilet kit). I find that I can tuck my pack up underneath my head or feet (depending on the prevailing wind) and haven't had a problem getting things wet. If the weather's looking bad, I'd pack the bag up with all of the loose gear and put on the rain cover. In dry or slightly moist weather, you can get away with hanging it from a tree and again using the raincover.
Finally, it's nice to have a small plastic footmat to keep your feet/socks clean of dirt/twigs/pine needles before either going to bed or putting your shoes on. A good trick is to duct tape one corner and peg it to the ground so it doesn't blow away. You'll have a great chance to check out hammock rigs next month.