I've been invited to go on a backpack trip this weekend into Hells Canyon (Oregon-Idaho border) on the Snake River with a bunch of ground dwellers. From what I'm told (and looking at the area with Google Earth), finding a pair of trees/boulders to hang from is going to be difficult, probably impossible.
After much deliberation I've decided to leave the tent at home and take my hammock and setup on the ground (after searching extensively for the elusive trees, of course). These ground dwellers are very curious about this thing called hammock camping and I'm hoping to be able to show them how it works.
I did a practice ground setup run in the yard this last weekend . I was fortunate enough to have a good wind come up to test the stability of my setup. I was surprised at how well it held up.
There is a chance of some rain so I'm a little concerned about water running in under the tarp. I will have a plastic ground cloth but that doesn't have the vertical lip/wall like a tent does. It's not that warm yet so rattlesnakes shouldn't be a concern... I hope.
If any of you have any words of wisdom from past experiences of going to ground - your pointers would be greatly appreciated.