yes i am new to hammock backpacking in fact, I am still looking for my hammock. Any advice when it comes to buying a hammock? Any at all will help out a great deal ? I have been backpacking for about a year and i must say i love it, the sound of sleeping up off the ground sounds great to me. I mainly go backpacking in the spring ,fall and winter. I am 38 with a bad back, some mornings i wake up and cant walk because i sleep on the ground so I hope that this hammock helps. I am going on a trip in october and in november and cant wait. Happy hanging to all.