A friend and I just went on our first backpacking trip in a real long time. I chose a trail that although was very rewarding, pushed us pretty close to our limits and really kicked our butts. Two things I've learned is that I'm not as young as I used to be, and hammocks are the way to go. Every morning I felt completely recharged. All the aches were completely gone and that lasted most of the day till I started to get wore out again. I felt better than waking up in my bed at home. My buddy slept on the ground and I think he felt worse in the morning than the night before. I am sold, hammock camping is the real deal. If you can't get comfortable right away don't get frustrated all the info on insulation and getting the hang right is in these forums. I just skimmed through and found everything without even having to ask. Thanks to all the experienced people on these forums that helped get here with out even knowing it.