hellow. i am 16. I have been back packing since i was 6. My father (on the trail "sherwin williams") just reminded me that i was 9 when i actually started backpacking (before i just walked and he carried my backpack). I enjoy backpacking. Every part of backpacking appeals to me, the aching muscles, the smell of my sleeping bag, the food (i refuse to eat dehydrated meals). The only thing i don't like is taking craps in the sticks.
I'm a sophomore in high school. I am smart, not to tot my own horn, but because if this i like to think, therefore i enjoy making my own gear. Like anyone, i want to lighten my load, so i can go farther and have more fun. Hammocks just make sense.