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    Long Time Lurker -- First Hanging

    After a lot of reading, research, and back yard testing, I finally did an overnight hang -- actually two overnight hangs.

    I set up a Grand Trunk double with a ridge line, using 1/8" Amsteel Blue and a couple of stainless rings. Since I'm not backpacking, I retained the metal hardware. The rings are tethered to each metal clip so that I can disconnect them and slide the snakeskins I made down over the hammock without having to stow the ridge line separately. I have about twenty feet of Amsteel connected to each end for lines. My tree straps are from Harbor Freight tiedowns, and my tarp is a 14' diamond fly from Sportsmans Guide.

    I am currently using two unzipped sleeping bags -- an older mummy bag under me as a pad, and a square bag over me as a quilt. I sleep at an angle of about 45 degrees in the hammock, seemingly pretty flat.

    Everything works pretty well, but there are a few wrinkles left to iron out. The suspension works well, although I think that I want to increase the size of the shackles so that the amsteel isn't wrapped around such a small diameter.

    My "underquilt" causes me the most difficulty, mostly from the difficulty of getting it aligned. It wants to align along the axis of the hammock rather than under my spine where I want it. It also compresses too much. I think that a true underquilt will solve this problem.

    My tarp gave me good coverage, but is definitely more breezy than a tent.

    The first night was perfect. Once I got the underquilt aligned, I slept more comfortably than I normally do at home. The wind didn't bother me. Everything was great -- until I finally forced myself out of bed in the morning. Halfway out of the hammock, I got a cramp in my lower leg and went sprawling on my face, right in front of half a dozen spectators.

    The second night wasn't as good. I had dropped the sides of the diamond fly to lessen the wind, and it cramped me as I was trying to align the lower pad. As a result, I wasn't as careful. Also, the wind deflected the fly until it bore on the ridge line, and bounced the hammock all night long, and the wind seemed to be funneled into the hammock. I think that experimenting with different setups will help this.

    All in all, both nights were good. I have a ruptured disk, bursitis, and carpal tunnel. Both mornings found me awake with much less pain than I normally suffer when sleeping in a regular bed. The concept looks like a keeper!

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    Welcome aboard and congrats on your first (and second) hang.

    As a suggestion you might want to try the rectangular bag under your hammock and mummy for a TQ, also try lowering your tarps ridge line, if you can, to help with coverage. Just my 2 cents.
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    Welcome.
    Try suspending your "underquilt" under the hammock on shockcord. It allows the bag to float around the underside of the hammock, and helps it not get compressed by your body weight.
    You may find that the full size sleeping bag/underquilt is to large and you may need to cut it down in size to work well with the hammock.
    Take a look at the underquilts available from the vendors here. It may give you an idea of what sizes of uq are popular and work with a hammock. If sewing and diy are not option, consider purchasing an uq.

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    Welcome to hammock forums! it sounds like you are off to a good start.

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    Welcome,

    You may find that your rectangular bag might fit over your hammock. Just unzip the foot a little and put your suspension line through the opening. You can push the bag toward the foot, get in, and pull it back over you. I have used this method many times for friends trying out hammocks. Of course, if you need a bug net that does not completely encircle the hammock, this won't work so well. Good luck with your set-up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gargoyle View Post
    Welcome.
    Try suspending your "underquilt" under the hammock on shockcord. It allows the bag to float around the underside of the hammock, and helps it not get compressed by your body weight.
    You may find that the full size sleeping bag/underquilt is to large and you may need to cut it down in size to work well with the hammock.
    Take a look at the underquilts available from the vendors here. It may give you an idea of what sizes of uq are popular and work with a hammock. If sewing and diy are not option, consider purchasing an uq.
    I started learning to sew (I'm STILL learning) shortly after I left home, back in the dark ages before the transistor, when vacuum tubes ruled.

    Since I no longer back pack, weight is not a concern to me, although bulk is. Since I sleep at a 45 degree angle in the hammock, the UQ would of necessity have to be at least four feet wide at the greatest point. Were it to be insulated throughout, it would be quite bulky. My initial thought is to make an outer wrapper that covers the hammock bottom for wind protection and alignment, with an insulated area that covers the portion of the hammock in which I sleep. I'm going to have to think on this some.

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