Well my wife and I are planning a thru hike in 2010 on the AT and I've been thinking of hammocks as an option for our shelter because I like the options it gives us. She gave me the ok to buy one and now I'm wondering which one I should get. I'm going to try it out some in the backyard and hopefully on many trips this summer and let her try mine out and if she likes it enough, we will go with some hammocks. If not, back to the ground for us
At first, I thought I would go with a hennessey ultralite or hyperlight since these seemed to be the lightest, but lately I've been reconsidering and looking at the Speer Hammocks or the JRB bridge hammock with a large tarp. The large tarp seems like it would be fantastic on bad weather days. I'm leaning towards the JRB bridge with the JRB 11'x10' tarp. Any objections or praises with this hammock?
Or recommendations for a hammock and tarp to thru hike with?
My main concern is keeping warm. We are planning to start in maybe February. Do you think something like the JRB no sniveller quilt and hudson river underquilt would work ok with a cheap blue pad and a few clothes or should I look towards a heavier quilt?
I'm planning on getting a hammock and tarp soon, and if we like them enough (seems like we will from other's experiences with hammocking) then we'll probably get quilts and underquilts later on.
Anyone wish they had a smaller tarp or larger tarp than the one they took?