I decided to do an overnight test in the gathered end hammock I made. It started out pretty good. It was a tad chilly at 10 pm the temp was 55F. By the time 5am rolled around it was in the upper 40s and I woke up and decided to pack it in and sleep on the couch.
I probably could have made it in a tent because it would have blocked some of the wind but all in all it was probably the most comfortable 7 hours I spent sleeping outside other than being too cold when I woke up. Typically I would have woken up cold and stiff from laying on the hard ground but with the hammock I just woke up chilled. Man its hard to goto sleep with so much going on above you. Being able to see the night sky is such a temptation its hard to keep your eyes shut at first. Thats going to take some getting used to.
The next piece of gear that I tackle making is going to be either an underquilt or a tarp. Im tending to lean towards a tarp because the summer months are here and I think this week will be the exception for temperatures rather than the norm. what do you guys think?