Hammock Camping Packing List

This list I got from a friend of mine who has been hammock camping for some time now.

Gear:
Hammock body
Ratchet straps x 2 (suspension)
Marlin spike toggles x 2 (suspension)

Tarp
Tarp ridgeline
Tarp guylines x 4-8
Tarp stakes x 4-6

Sleeping bag
Sleeping pad/underquilt
Pillow

Garbage bag/extra tarp for setting shoes/extra stuff on
Extra ‘biners for hanging gear
Extra rope for guylines, underquilt, whatever

Setup notes:
-If it’s raining or going to rain, setup the tarp first, then setup the hammock underneath =)
-Place the hammock attachment loop “on the knot, not the toggle” of your Marlin Spike Hitch
*Reference: http://theultimatehang.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/hammock-basics.jpg
– Make the foot end of the hammock a little higher than the head
– Aim for 30* angle of suspension to level (see diagram)
– Lie in the hammock “off-diagonal” (see diagram)
– Setup the tarp using a “V” to give the hammock suspension straps room: http://theultimatehang.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/no-knot-continuous-ridgeline-tarp.jpg

Setup knots:
– Ratchet straps and spikes use the Marlin Spike Hitch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7NZVqpBUV0#t=199
(Feel free to listen to intro for Shug’s entertainment value =], but Marlin Spike Hitch demo starts around 3:45.)
– Use tautline hitch or carabiners to setup tarp ridgeline
– Use a bowline on one end of the guylines to attach to tarp grommets: http://www.animatedknots.com/bowline/ , http://www.proknot.com/assets/images/bowline.jpg
– Loop the free end around a stake, tree, rock, pole using the tautline hitch for adjustability: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jkN3K5G8eE, http://www.netknots.com/files/1813/6996/2880/tautline_hitch2.jpg
– Use “Figure 8” wrap on the ridgeline and guylins to avoid tangles when you pack up: http://theultimatehang.com/2012/11/wrapping-tarp-guyline-to-eliminate-tangles/

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