Hi, I'm Patrick from Grand Haven, Michigan. I started camping in hiking when I was a kid in Royal Rangers (scouting program through the Assm. of God churches) and did a little more when I got out of the military. Since starting and raising a family of daughters, camping and other "icky" activities fell by the wayside.

I am now planning my backpacking come back with a trip to Michigan's Isle Royale National Park with my wife. I have a bit of a back issue in that if I don't treat it well I can throw it out and sleeping on the ground seemed to be something that I wanted to avoid. So I have heard about hammock camping from some podcasts I download (Southwest Backpackers, Hike, Yeah!, etc) and thought this would be a good idea.

I have not bought my system yet and that is one of the reasons that I found this forum.