Either my kids are getting bigger or our 3 man tent is getting smaller. Either way, I ordered a silnylon tarp to increase our sheltered space and stowage. Then I thought, If I have the tarp, I could probably make a hammock pretty cheaply/easily to incease our sleeping space as well. So I ordered some 1.6 Oz Ripstop Nylon and after searching on the internet bought some whoopee slings for my suspension. I will be hiking in the Cascades and the Blues in WA in August and September. and wish to experiment with the hammock with items I have on hand or can get pretty cheaply. If I decide that the hammock will work for me, I can try and develop it better for next year. I have been reading a lot, but there is some serious informational overload out there, so I figured I would fire away questions and see what the concesus is!
I currently have a Marmot 40 degree sleeping bag that I intend to use in the hammock. My main worry the under insulation. I have an old Ridge rest pad, an old Therm a Rest pad, and a Synmat UL 7 (When it comes to pads and a few other things, I buy myself cool new gear and kick the old stuff down to the kinder). Which of these do people think would be best in a hammock? Why?.
Do I really need to worry about cold shoulders and hips? What is the best cheap and easy (and not too heavy weight) solution for this problem when using the types of pads I have mentioned? remember, the kinder are young and I am carrying most of the gear for 3, so extra insulation cannot add a whole lot of weight)
A home made bug sock of toulle looks to be inexpensive (even if it does not last more than a couple trips), which I am sure I will need where I hike,
Thanks for your attention and any other thoughts you may have on making due with normal backpacking gear while testing out a hammock...