This is my first post, I've been reading the forums for a couple weeks. Lots of great information here. I work for a school in Texas and will be doing my third 8 day camping trip to Pecos, NM with our wilderness program. The last 2 years I slept on the ground with a piece of 6 mil. plastic for a tarp. I've never really gotten a good nights sleep on the 2 trips. I bought a ENO RestNest from Sierra Trader for about $20, then I started researching hammock camping and found this site.
I'll be leading a group of 11 kids and we'll have one of longer routes 40-50 miles with 50-60 lb. packs. Most of our nights we'll be above 10,500 feet with 2 of them at about 12,000 feet. Lows at night at those altitudes can sometimes be in the lower 30's.
I've been using a 20-30 degree synthetic fill sleeping bag with CCF foam folding pad the first year and then I tried a Big Agnes 'air mattress" type last year. I have a new Hardwear Phantom 32 degree down bag coming that weighs a 1.5 pounds, that will cut my bag weight in half.
Would I be okay sleeping in the hammock with CCF pad or a therma rest and the down sleeping bag? For a tarp I was thinking of making something light than 6 mil. plastic tarp, maybe tyvek.
After looking over the forums I'm not sure if the RestNest is the right hammock. It's an 8' hammock and I'm 5' 7". I was thinking about returning hammock and getting something or finding some material and making one.
Any ideas, help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.