I am new here and just began researching hammocks about 2 months ago, It had never really even crossed my mind to use hammock for camping, well after my first hang on Saturday I am convinced I made a good decision. I got the ENO Double nest from my wife for my birthday along with the bug net and slap strap pros. I set it up in my backyard to get an idea of the time requirement and was pleased at how easy it was. My wife and I took turns laying in it and both found it to be very comfortable.
The next day I wake up and meet my cousin for a overnight float trip on the James River in Virginia. We launched about 900am and baked under the sun for the day, it was about 88 degrees, hardly caught any fish at all but still had a good time. We finally found a site to set up on around 530pm and began setting up camp. I had to experiment with different rings on the slap straps to get the hammock tight enough to not hit the ground when I layed in it, got the tarp up and the bug net. Funny thing was that the ridgeline for the bug net was too short to go around the tree so I had to tie it to the strap. I rigged up a cheap wally world tarp over the bug net ridgeline and bungeed it around the trees and staked out the sides.
Of course it rained on us (which it seems to do on every overnight float we decide to do) the tarp did a good job but I still would get an occasional drip splatter in my face. I woke up around 8 am and the rain had just ended, looked over at my cousin who just crawled out of the tent and had to have myself a chuckle. He looked like he had just came thru a fight with a presence currently unknown to man.
Couple of questions.
1 Do the Slapstraps stretch? I woke in the middle of the night with my butt on the ground, had to get up and push the straps up higher to get back off the ground?
2. Does a structural ridgeline effect the distances you can span in your hammock?
3. Does anyone have a used silnylon tarp for sale cheap?