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    Quote Originally Posted by Rider View Post
    I am a new convert. I discovered this thread via a google search after I saw a Hammock camper new Telluride CO. I was tired of hurting my back on the ground and the guy let me try out his HH. After lurking for a while and learning as much as I could I took the plunge. My setup is completely due to the great info you all have provided on this forum.

    I wanted to start somewhat inexpensively (without jumping in to make my own from the beginning). So I purchased a Trek Light Double hammock (the ENO colors available at a good price were horrid and Trek Light is a CO company).

    I set it up in the following way - the hammock comes with a hook attached to a larkshead. (Picture 1) - I removed the hook and replaced it with a Onrope1 buckle (Picture 2) - I ordered 2 12' lengths of polyester webbing from Strapworks (they sewed 2" loops for $0.75/loop) this is now attached to the buckle (Picture 3). I also got a Nano wire biner - it took me all of 5 minutes to setup my hammock up the first time (followed by a 1 1/2 hour nap break in the hammock - that was 5 exhausting minutes).

    The best part is the hammock the straps and the biners all fit in the attached (to the hammock) stuff sack. (Picture 4).

    Finally I got a 9X9 Sportsman's Guide camo tarp (or a Neo) along with 50' of 3.8mm spyderline from APS.

    You guys are a great resource - thanks for the advice and help.

    I would like to ask a couple of newbie questions.

    1. Should my tarp have sypderline ridgeline - that is can I get away with simply attaching a length of sypderline to the grommets (on diagonal) and attaching those to the tree and then staking? Or do I need a full length ridgeline?

    2. What is the best way to attache the tarp to the tree? Is there a particular lashing or method I should learn to get the tarp centered and tight as easily as possible?

    Thanks in advance for the help.
    welcome to the hanging community neo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rider View Post
    Thanks all, for your welcome and the your help with the questions. I went to REI and got a couple of 9's - they worked great!. I took my son and his patrol on a brief back pack trip. It is the first time in the last 20 years of scouting that I got a good full night of sleep. My son was very jealous of the hammock setup - as were the other boys. Picture included.

    The setup withstood a very strong Colorado PM Thunderstorm much better than the tents. I was comfortable and dry. After the storm was over, I did get a few insect attacks, so I guess my next project is some sort of bug screen.

    Thanks again.
    cool hammock pic neo

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    Welcome, Rider. Nice story and pics. Maybe you can covert a few of those Scouts.
    Stoikurt
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