> So my questions are, what would be a good place to start?
The best place to start is find a couple of trees you can get to easily
(that's a neighborhood park for me) and try a bunch of different things
with your hammock - change the sag, raise and lower the foot, change the
distance from the ground, and so on. Try camping out in a place where
you can bail out easily if things just don't work out that night. I've
spent a couple of nights in a local state park, just to play with
Tom, Mark and Santiago have already sent you to
hammockforums.net, tothewoods.net, and hammockcamping.com
All great sites with a lot of info (grab some coffee and expect to stay
up way too late reading stuff)
> An easy/dependable way to rig a tarp and
Both tarps I have used have a seam running down the middle of the tarp.
I pitch the tarp in a A frame configuration with the seam running
between the trees and then just tie the four corners out at an angle. I
have tried a smaller tarp that I had to pitch so that two opposite
corners were at the trees but I did not like it.
> a method/equipment to hang the hammock?
I use 1" nylon straps around the trees. Means the bark is generally not
I have two rings made into buckles on each end of the hammock (cinch or
ring buckle) and I feed the ends of the straps through these. That lets
me adjust the hammock quickly.
I also have added a structural ridgeline to my hammock (like yours, a
double) and like it very much because it means the sag is exactly the
same each time I hang.
I use a rope called Amsteel for my hammock suspension - it is used for
rigging for bluewater sailing. It is very strong and light. It is also a
There are lots of photos in the group file. You can see both hammocks
and tarps that I use in the folder Liz's stuff.
liz young (eay on hammockforums.net)