Hello all, thought I'd swing by and introduce myself.
I'm a guy who used to do a lot of backpacking (mostly solo) and camping (mostly by motorcycle) up until about 14 years ago when life's twists took me away from it. Now, at 48, I'm feeling the lust to get back outside before I'm too old to do it anymore.
The last time I went backpacking, I carried 55 lbs. My backpack alone was over 6 lbs, and my tent must have been at least 10 lbs (some old Eureka 2-man thing with metal poles and stakes.) Now, as I've started researching some of the new ultralight backpacking techniques, I've become intrigued with the idea of hammock camping.
I like what I'm hearing, but I'm still nervous. It comes from past experience. Back in about 1977 I was camping with my Boy Scout troop in Northern Minnesota, and I thought I'd try sleeping in a hammock overnight. The mosquitoes were thick. I found that I could get in my sleeping bag to keep them off of me, but then I'd just sweat. Or I could get out of the sleeping bag and turn into a mosquito smorgasbord. It was the single-most uncomfortable night of my life. At the time, I swore I'd never do THAT again.
So now here I am, considering backpacking with a hammock.
I've been thinking about trips into the Sierra Nevada high country in the summer, or into coastal wilderness areas (Big Sur and south) in the winter time. My initial impulse has been to go with a Clark's North American, but as I've been reading through these forums I'm seeing a probable need to use an under quilt, considering the temperatures I think I would run into. This represents an additional weight and expense that I thought I could avoid by going with a Clark's NO. It might therefore be wiser to just go with a different setup entirely. So I'm still pondering things.
Anyway, I just wanted to say 'hey' before I went back into lurking mode. Thanks in advance for all the great advice that I'm cherry picking from all your posts.