On the weekend of October 14th a friend and I are going to give this hanging thing a try. Since we live outside of Chicago, the worst place on earth for people who like the outdoors, this is be a basic trial run at the Mississippi Palisades state park. We are going to "backpack" the short distance to their rustic sites and give it a go. If we survive it, the next trip will be to the Porky's!
I have a GT single, replaced the S-hooks with desending rings and am using polyester straps as suspension lines (biner in the loop to secure round the tree). After reading here for a while I finally tried the structural ridgeline and....yep I like it so added that too. Stitched in a couple guyout points too. Tarp is the light gray Sportsmans Guide tarp, single ridgeline, 3-mm cord from REI for ridge and tie down points. Self inflating matress inside the Northface Bighorn bag seems comfy and warm enough (at least it has been in my backyard).
Have an ENO bugnet but doubt I will need it this time of year.
So far I have tinkered around with a few different DIY underquilts. The one I like best is a layer of Stormshield (like Tyvek only better) sandwiched between two layers of some camo fleece I had lying around. Okay, it is not the lightest and probably not good for real cold temps but it is a work in progress and definitely made a diff hanging in the yard.
So after all my tinkering (went through a bunch of different suspensions...Prussiks, JRB Triglides, camlocks, etc....stitching guyouts on the tarp and my GT, etc) my buddy really likes what he sees and decides to give hanging a try with me....but what does HE do? Drops a couple hundred on the HH oversize with zipper. Oh well at least I will have the satisfaction of doing some of my own work and mixing/matching components.
I will post some pictures after our adventure. If it is anything like the car camping trips we have been taking for many years now....it will be cold, windy, rainy and we may even enjoy a little sleet or snow.
Thanks for reading my long post...hang tight and hang safe!