I am hooked and will never sleep on the ground again.
We had a group of 5 families get together for an camping trip this weekend. In preparation for the trip, I had spent the past few weeks reading all of the great article on the forum and then making my own hammock.
Friday started out interesting with flash flood watches and downpours. At one point in the afternoon, I asked my wife, "What's wrong?" The only reply she could give me was, "I'm trying to remain positive."
There is a happy ending to all of this, the rain stopped, we saw lots of stars, ate well and most importantly slept well. Ms. Chef slept in the tent with our girls and I slept in the hammock. The sleeping was very comfortable, but very warm & steamy. I made a DL, gathered end and used a thermarest pad and 40 degree bag, straps for suspension and a poly tarp. I ended up with the bag next to me and no cover. The temp only got down to 65, but was at about 95% humidity, quite steamy.
All in all it was a peaceful, comfortable sleep, just warm. BUT NO back pain!
I'll post pics later. Thanks to all for your information, it made it much easier for me.