I've been lurking a while on the backpacking light forums. I remember first getting on there and being slightly annoyed with all the people suggesting hammocks. Well, it took a while but with the help of Shug's videos I've became very interested. Some people love the beach, I however love being in the mountains. What better way to enjoy the side of a mountain and not have to try to find a flat spot for a tent!
I just have a few questions before I drink the kool-aid.
1. Hammocks seem great if you're hiking alone or with a friend who has less than perfect hygiene but what about if you're going with family? I figure I'll buy a two person tent for my wife and daughter and I'll take the hammock. We can always sit up in the tent and play cards or talk in the tent at dark or rain together.
2. How durable are these hammocks? Specifically the Blackbird which I like the most? It would make it easier to spend the cash if I'm able to frequently use a hammock in the house or in the backyard as well as to camp.
3. About how low in temperature can I expect to be comfortable with a backpacker thermarest and a 15 degree down bag? I know everyone's different but just an estimate.
Thanks for any responses.