Originally Posted by chrislrob
I like the idea of being up and out of the elements (those elements being rock, root, mud, water, and snake).
You'll also be up in
another element, the air. You'll notice breezes more than you would on the ground. But that's part of the appeal of hammock camping. I tend to pay more attention to the general lay of the land while I hike. Instead of looking for a small flat space big enough to pitch a tent, I'm looking for a nice stand of trees on a gentle slope, usually East-facing and away from the wind and maybe halfway between the ridgetop and a stream at the bottom. Along a winding river there's amazing variety of shoreline habitats with the different angles of the sun. This is most dramatic when the wildflowers are coming into bloom. A bend in the river can take you into a different season. You'll have fun on those fishing trips.