I FINALLY had the opportunity to set up my new Switchback, Leigh's UQ and Guide Gear tarp in the back yard. I only have one tree (which is 2.5 ft in diameter) but have an old clothesline base in the ground 25 feet from the tree . I bought steel thick walled 10 ft conduit and anchored it to a fence corner; works great. The SB is super comfy. i really like the netting with spreader bars. I can sit upright inside with full bug protection and not hit my head on the top. It also makes me yearn for the WB shelf, but I will just have to get creative about inside storage.
First is the 10 pole with lots of straps going everywhere for support. The next two photos are of the SB with PVC spreader bars and my Montbell superstretch sleeping bag I use as a quilt. Funny thing is I've always used it as a quilt on the ground; I've only been in it once as a bag. It is stretchy but I don't like bags. The 4th image is the GG tarp with mods on the ridgeline. The last two photos are of Leigh's UQ. It is the perfect weight/warmth for my summer camping needs. I haven't spent all night in it yet but did take a good nap yesterday. One question though. The GG is 12 x 12 and the SB is 11 ft I think. However, the ring buckles and whipping protrude on both sides which concerns me if it rains. Do I actually need a 13 ft tarp? I realize the distance of the hang is extreme but frankly I can't imagine I'd want that much more sag that would allow for the hammock ends to be under the tarp. Does anyone make a 13 x 12 tarp? I probably should wait to hang the correct distance before making a tarp decision but I am curious about options.
Thanks for looking and especially thanks for the knowledge base provided here. Without it, I would have yet another summer on the ground! I hope to get to one of the hangs and thank you all in person!