Well folks I am getting ready to do a 100 mile section of the AT starting on May 7th. This will be my first extended trip using my hammock. I can't wait. One thing I am doing different is that i am not taking a pad with me I am going to use my sleeping bag as a pad if needed. I will also be taking my Nest and No Sniveler. I just need to get my hammock out and remove the stock tarp as I have the MacCat Deluxe. Whis me luck and you can keep up with me at my trailjournals page.