welcome to the group buckowens.
i was recently asked about my back injury & told the person that i should find another place on the web to tell that story in more detail for those that are occasionally interested. then i could just share a link to that site.
but in short, i broke my back & a bunch of ribs when i slipped & fell from a tree while recovering a hung-up bear bag line w/ it's rock sack in the panthertown wilderness area, nc, in 2002.
back injuries vary from person to person of course & broken bones are a whole different ball game from disk problems. from all i hear, i'm thankful to have had a broken back rather than disk problems.
as much as anything, i believe in recent years, any discomforts i still have from that accident are associated w/ more w/ the broken ribs & the scar tissue from the two surgeries rather than the broken vertebrae.
but those things have continued to improve to the point that i can sleep fine on the taught fabric of the hammock, but the extra comfort of the insulated air mats that i have become accustomed to keep drawing me back<g>.
i use the big agness (BA) insulated aircore in warmer times & the exped down air mat (DAM) in colder temps. ...tim
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