I've always setup my hammock and tarp in the same configuration as Ray Mears demonstrates here ...
One of the Uk bushcraft instructors put up a thorough tutorial on http://www.bushcraftuk.com/forum/sho...light=tutorial so you can get an idea of how I do it if you're interested. One of the other members has kindly hosted it for us at ...
Click on the pdf in the top left corner to download.
I've slightly changed my system over the years and have moved to a bigger Nomads Land XXl hammock and various other square or rectangle tarps depending on the weather. I've also played around with thermarests, CCF and the Snugpak Underblanket, recently treating myself to one of unsponsereds 3/4 UQ and one of Eds Universal Snugfits, mmmm toasty.
The reason I like this setup is there's very little in the way of points of failure, it's nothing more than a few carabiners and knots.
A pic from a recent trip to Loch Sween, west coast of Scotland
DD 3x3m tarp, Nomads Land XXL hammock & Snugpak Underblanket
If any of you bother to have a look at the file then what would you suggest I could do to make camp life better. I'm new to the US way of hammock camping and there's so many ideas on this forum alone that I'm struggling to pick up new techniques without getting brain ache.
p.s Merry Christmas from over the pond