Sorry guys I couldn't help myself...but I'm JUST KIDDING . I've searched this topic thoroughly and have read every thread here and watched several videos and have decided on a Warbonnet XLC DBL 1.1. My apologies for starting my first post playing a trick on you guys, but everyone here seems so nice I figured it would be taken well.
I'm 6ft2 200 and my main use will be backpacking, hence the 1.1 I'm looking to potentially use a pad for colder weather (I've spent so much on gear lately I'm pushing off the inevitable UQ purchase as long as I can ) thus the double layer. I appreciate all of the great information I've read here from what seems like a great group of people.
I do have some actual newb questions I was hoping to get some help with however. This information is also readily out there, but I've done so much searching these last couple weeks I'm having a difficult time differentiating the smaller stuff now. I did just purchase the Ultimate Hang and am looking forward to reading through it. But here are my two main questions currently.
1. I'm a complete newb who has never hung my own hammock. I will be getting the webbing strap suspension as opposed to whoopies. Despite weight being important to me, the 3oz penalty for what I've read is a very easy system seems worth it to me. Once I receive the Hammock from Warbonnet, what else should I get to ease the learning curve a bit? I've read about dutch clips and all kinds of other after market tools, but I am quite lost as to what I would need and why. Any suggestions? Remember I've never hung a hammock and I also live in a city so my back yard practice options are extremely limited. Unless I can rig something on my deck, my learning time will be on the trail. Which brings us to question 2.
2. My buddies and I do some pretty remote backpacking and like to go in the cold weather. I was originally planning to just wait until warmer weather to debut the hammock, and I may still be forced to do so, but as I'm sure many have shared with me, I'm excited to get it out there ASAP. I would like to practice on my deck if possible to see how my set up would work in the cold. I'm including a picture of my deck to see what my options are. I'm assuming I should just buy a hammock stand (recommendations please) or put together a DIY one, but given I have some other structural possibilities due to having the deck at my disposal, I wanted to ask if there were some options I should consider instead that would be easier or more cost effective.
Picture of deck from when I was testing some ground dweller set ups during the coldest day we had in Philadelphia in 30 years:
The deck is long but narrow. No more than 10 feet wide, if that. Could measure it if there were some options to use the walls, but I'd probably prefer to not drill into them if I could avoid it.
Sorry for the long winded first post, but thank you for taking the time to read. Any and all suggestions for how I should go about anything discussed here (and even things not discussed) would be greatly appreciated. Thank you guys!