I did half of an AT thru with a tarptent in '02 and I'm gonna be joining friends on a thru hike in about 6 weeks to do the other half. I'm thinking of changing some of my gear around here at the last minute and was considering a hammock.
I currently have a Western Mountaineering ultra light summer bag (dunno the name, I bought it near the end of my attempted '02 thru and its still in pretty good shape and I often use it as a pseudo quilt), would this work for a hammock?
Any suggestions on hammocks? I've been reading articles/reviews on various hammocks and its hard to tell the important differences. My biggest concern is something lightweight and easy to set up.
I'm a side only sleeper so I think a hammock would work a lot better than anything on the ground based on screwing around in them at trail days. I'm also only 5'10 and under 180 pounds so I don't need anything longer or heavy duty.
The skeeter beater with a tarp seemed like a solid, cheap option. Thoughts?