Hello fellow 'Hangers'. I've been using a hammock for about a year now but just stumbled across this forum which looks like being a mine of information. I live in Queensland, Australia, which is sub tropical. Looking at some of the photos of ice and snow on this forum I have to salute the hardy souls that brave such conditions. Here, our problem is the opposite. A light sleeping bag is nesseccary only in the winter. I use a DD travel hammock and I love it!
Almost all of my camping is done either with a canoe, in which case the biggest bugbear is insects and Mangrove roots/inhospitable ground, or Bicycle touring using what I believe is known as 'Stealth camping' in the USA.
My hammock is ideal for these conditions. My hammock can be rigged as a comfortable 'Bivvy' if there are no trees available, but it is rare that I cannot 'hang out' for the night.
I'm 75 and I've been camping since I was about 12. My daughter put me onto hammocks and it has been a revelation. I suppose you might call me a slow learner.
I've just discovered 'Whoopie Slings'. What magic!
I have found that hammocks can almost always be orientated so that I can lay in comfort and watch the Sun rise and the only thing that gives me a bigger buzz than that is hearing my lovely wife call me for breakfast. Alas! My wife is smarter than me and has given up camping, so most of my trips are solo. Thats OK, one must not be too greedy for good things, and she doesn't mind me going on trips. She just checks the insurance policy and waves me off with smile.
I'm looking forward to communicating with new friends on the forum,
Cheers to all. Bobbo.