Great thread...had to read them all!
I likely found HF from reading the message boards at paddling.net. All the enticing posts had me giving it a try! It is an acquired skill for me....the first night wasn't that great....but a tent will always be second choice now. Actually third choice....as the bug has bitten me and I now have TWO hammocks.....I am often the only woman on the BSA trips and really enjoy a solo shelter and time to myself after a busy day with boy energy. I was still resting comfortably one morning along Village Creek when one scout said to the other " I slept on a root ALL NIGHT" I was quietly grinning in my hammock...
Besides comfort and NO sore pressure points in the morning.....part of the attraction beyond physical comfort is somehow psychological. Hard to find the words.....but the motion in the air, the snug but comfortable wrap that is like a womb, a fort, a cocoon, being cradled.....hard to explain but it is a mental comfort as well. Maybe someone else will artfully describe what I mean.
Being suspended in the air is really different from the daily experience of the last 50 years and that is FUN .....for the easily entertained!
The best sleep on a Buffalo river gravel bar!