I completed my first real camping outing in my new hammock with a couple of ground dwelling friends in Red River Gorge, KY. Had a great time and slept better than I ever have on the ground in my tent. I used my new MacCat Dlux which arrived just in time the day before my trip.(THANKS BRIAN!!) Even though I was not able to apply a very tight pitch due to the sand below me, the MacCat still performed great in the thunderstorm that hit us early Sunday morning.
Until my crowsnest is ready I am using a GG 1/4 wide pad along with a Cat's Meow 20 deg bag. I also laid an Adventure Medical emergency bivy bag between the GG pad and my sleeping bag. Even though the temp dropped below 30 deg Friday night, I did not get cold with this combination. The GG 1/4 pad really is amazing though admittedly a pain in the neck to actually get situated. I look forward to the comfort of crowsnest.
Red River Gorge had great rock outcroppings to hike up to and explore and water was springing from the hill sides all over the place. I did not get to explore any of the designated trails but choosing an interesting rock formation and setting out after it was lots of fun. I will return.