Where is Linville Gorge? If it is anywhere near Linville, NC, it is probably 9+ hours away from the newbie. I'd like to make it to a Gorge trip sometime too, but that 7+hr drive time is a little much when the trips only last a couple days anyway.
oldgringo's reply to my worrying about owning extra hammocks:
How many pairs of underwear do you own? Do you refer to them as "extras", simply because you're not wearing all of them as we speak?