Well I have been lurking this site for around a month and figured it was time for an introduction. Ta-Da...
I was a camp ground attendant (not a Ranger, they carry guns) at Custer State Park in South Dakota when I was first introduced to hammocks as more than lounge chairs. First by one of the regular campers, who helped pass along his malady of G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome as he put it), and then by one of The Trek-light guys.
The first placed the bug, the second came bearing the hook and I had to buy one. I spent the rest of the summer hanging in that park using what I had on hand for suspension...luckily it was a decent set of poly tie downs.
I haven't been able to get out hanging until recently and the tie downs have vaporized. I was going to try 550 cord, but read and learned, and am now looking at amsteel. I need a little guidance there. How bad does it slip? What knots can be tied in it? how hard is it to work with?
I appreciate any help.