oh wow, thanks for all the rapid replys!
Are you in the air force?
yeah... and they unfortunately dont teach us antiquated, yet useful skills like tying knots.
and solely because of your enthusiasm about straps, i will plan on getting some.
i have read about the foam pads being huge as far as insulation. ive got one of those walley world mats and just planned on using that, its good to hear it does the trick, at least in your experience
and ive heard of the BB hammock, but im pretty sold on the NA due to the features it has.
and thank you for your support
although i have not yet deployed, our boys and girls overseas certainly appreciate the affirmation of our countrymen (largely regardless of political views unlike in previous conflicts, which is awesome) to help them thru the tribulations they face.
if your right on the line at 6'5", 250lbs, and have no problems with the NA then i certainly wont have problems with it haha
i have seen pics of hammocks set up on the ground, so i know it can be done, i was just more curious about how difficult it would be especially for a newb like myself. but when i was a kid i built some pretty killer forts out of no more than a sheet, surrounding furniture, and some couch cushions, so im sure if push came to shove i could figure it out especially if i came prepared with some collapsible poles and stakes or something.
and if i reeeeeally had to, desert weather is usually quite dry (sorry for stating the obvious) and i could probably get away with just sleeping on a tarp or even the rain fly, under the stars. id have to be weary of the critters tho...
well im pretty much sold at this point unless anyone can give me a really good reason to get a backpacking tent intstead