I've been interested in trying out hanging to see if it fits my needs for backpacking while checking off peaks in the Adks and Cats on my way to becoming a 46er and 35er.
So...I went to my local EMS, purchased a ENO DN and set off on the Finger Lakes Trail to set up and test it out. I hung it from the rafter (horizontal) underneath as I did not have a tarp and we had just had a ton of rain and the forecast for the evening was iffy.
I didn't sleep a wink.
First there were coyotes nearby. Then there were moths attracted to my citronella candle. (those I could have easily gotten over and fallen to sleep)
Then there were the main issues as to why I promptly went and returned it Monday afternoon.
I was cold. I couldn't figure out how to get my mummy bag around my torso and head without falling out, so my underside from my butt up had no protection. It was a balmy 53 degrees, but I was freezing. (Mind you, I will most likely be backpacking in the fall and the past couple of years I've seen temps drop into the low 30s in the mountains at that time of year).
I was not comfortable at all. Was this because of the angle of the hang presumably? Has anyone ever hung from underneath something vs stretching it out between two vertical trees or posts?
I most likely will try again, I know one thing I would like an enclosed hammock. I did have a large beetle in my sleeping bag when I finally decided enough was enough at 0430 and packed up.
Looking forward to everyones insight. Thanks.