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I've always used tents for camping, but I'm recently becoming interested in using my hammock/tarp set-up. My concern is staying dry in the windy rain storms that i love to sleep in so much.
I know that i'm gaurenteed to stay dry in my trusty tent. We've been places and seen things. My hammock is still relatively new to me, and very exposed to the elements.
I see all of these pictures online with people hanging their tarps diagonaly, but this seems like the bottom and ends of the hammock are left very exposed, and would get very wet in a high wind rain storm.
Some use bigger tarps, and just drape them over the ridge line, then fold in the ends to sort of make doors, but that still doesn't seem as weather proof as my tent. I know there needs to be drip lines tied onto the hammock suspension under the tarp, but what about the wind blown rain coming in the slightly open crack? My down sleeping bag gets useless when it's exposed to too many rain storms.
I love the comfort and compact-ness of the hammock, but I'm having trouble putting my faith in it for the long haul. My tent has never once failed me, but a tent is also idiot proof, while hammock camping seems to have a learning curve.
Any tips/tricks/guidance/shared experience will be greatly appreciated.
Currently using "kelty naoh's tarp 12" and either a "grand trunk minimalist" hammock, or an off brand nylon parachute hammock, sometimes with a klymit static v sleeping pad when needed.