I'm new to the hammock scene. Bought a Trek Light Double on a whim at an outdoor expo last fall. I'm a whitewater rafter and I've been using the hammock primarily for napping in camp. Last month I slept in the hammock the last two nights of a Main Salmon river trip. Very comfy, but cold, even with temps in the 50s. Thanks to the forum I now know about how to stay warm in a hammock.
I started using a roll-a-cot / thermarest combo about 6 years ago, and it was a huge step up in comfort on the river. However, I still toss & turn a bit, and never can get totally comfy on my back. I try not to pitch my tent whenever possible, prefer sleeping under the stars. I think hammock sleeping with a tarp may be a good thing for me. Quicker and easier to take down & pack each morning? We'll see. I'm planning on taking the hammock set-up on an eight day MIddle Fork Salmon river trip in two weeks. I'll bring my tent / cot as a back-up. The beauty of rafting is that you can carry a lot of gear for comfort (chairs, tables, kitchens, dutch ovens, etc.).
Questions I have .....
1. What purpose does a ridgeline serve and can I do without one?
2. I own two Kelty tarps, 9X9 and 12X 12. Will the 9X9 be enough coverage for my hammock?
Thanks for all the great info on this forum.