Greetings from a former avid lurker in West Texas. Why didn't someone tell me about hammock camping in my teens or twenties? My whole outdoor adventure life has been shaped by avoiding sleeping on the cold hard ground. I remember buying a bivy sack in the mid 80's thinking this is a really cool idea. It got used, maybe, 3 or 4 times. I quickly realized my comfy bed in the mazda b2000 camper shell was a much preferred bivy for my climbing adventures. Not being able to sleep comfortably seriously limited my desire to backpack and bicycle tour. I did some, but never enjoyed sleeping on the ground. What a shame, I love to hike, climb, and ride so much. Enter the hammock. I am absolutely foaming at the mouth rabid about sleeping in my hammocks; a JRB bridge and WBBB. The blackbird is my current hammock of choice. Hammock camping is awesome. At about 6 weeks of full timing I can't imagine going back to sleeping on a mattress for more than a few days at a time.
Thanks to all of the great posts that have guided me in my first few months. The posts and videos of Shug and Grizz/Prof Hammock are wonderful, entertaining, and informative. Just Jeff's great website provided a lot of info affecting my early choices.
Looking forward to many years of happy hanging as I approach the senior citizen ranks...