I've been hanging around the site for awhile & thought I'd better introduce myself.
As a newbie, I started out by joining a group hang - the SC Fall Sprawl, even though I only had a tent. Gunner76 helped me out, and it was just the beginning of being welcomed into the HF fold.
My intention had been to go slow gearing up.. but, well, somehow credit card numbers got entered on various sites. Now I'm waiting not-so patiently for a WBBB to arrive this week.
I have backpacked in the past, living in Oregon spoiled me; I've canoed the Boundary Waters, after living in Minnesota. And I've been learning more about NC (just visited the proper Linville Gorge this weekend). Got back into backpacking more this year after replacing old heavy gear with lighter stuff.