It all began a little over a decade ago. My very first backpacking trip, I took one of those $5 sting hammocks with two wooden dowels, along with my tent. Hadn't planned on sleeping in it, but there I was one night, in my sleeping bag, in the hammock. Only fell out twice.
The next summer I camped on Manitou Island, still in a tent, and woke up the final morning in three inches of water. I knew at that point there had to be a better way.
I had this thing with this gal who was a cub scout / boy scout den leader or pack mom or whatever you call them, and she mentioned camping hammocks, and I bought my first Jungle Hammock. lol, what a learning experience!
After a couple years of experimenting with the Vietnam era shelter, trying to make it warm and bearable, I finally wondered what would happen if I tied ropes to the ends of a bedsheet, and the other ends to trees. Then I discovered Wally-Word's buck-a-yard fabric section, and started getting creative.
After a dozen different failures, in 2006 I finally came up with something I really liked, and I've been camping in the very same hammock with little modifications since then. Same hammock for five years now, and it's even my main bed in the house at the moment, and it's calling my name as I type.
Then I few weeks ago I planned to camp on Manitou Island, but the trip was cancelled because of weather. But in the parking lot I met a few other not-so-happy campers, who just happened to be talking about hammocks. They introduced me to this site, and here I am!
I just got back from a two week solo trip to the island, in my hammock of course (the "Delta House Homeless Shelter"), where I tried a few things I picked up from those guys and this forum.
I'll post about that in another thread. :-)