Sesa, second the advice Rick gave you and a thought on tarps for all...
- I spend much time on the AT- year around - and 20F as a low is
something to plan AROUND but realize that if you are looking at an
early March start anything weatherwise can and will happen-and that
includes 2 foot snows in April! I wanted to especially point out the
suggestion of a larger tarp being subbed for the OEM HH tarp as a
good one. I subbed mine with a Golite Cave2 which is monstrous but
not something I would suggest for you unless you can share-load with
another hiker since this tarp weighs 18oz. The real estate gained
underneath is awesome however. Just remember that if you are suddenly
faced with a 16 degree night on March 2cd and shivering in the
hammock, you can always go to ground for the night using your pad and
Now a thought on tarps....
If carrying a larger tarp why not engineer it is such a way as to
turn it into a tube-tent or support system for insulation under the
hammock? Tarp turned taco so-to-speak? I have to carry a tarp anyway
right, and I have been carrying a sil-nyl taco to suspend the
insulation beneath the HH- why cant the tarp do double duty at sleep
time? Again it is the bottom entrance that will provide a minor
obstacle in the design process but in a way that problem was
addressed in the original Garlington Taco wasnt it?
Oh well just thinking out loud I suppose.