Originally Posted by Atreus
Maybe I should have asked this last time before I attended the last Hang in Pine Grove furnace. Are singles and newbies welcome? I just didn't get the Warm and Fuzzies last time at PGFSP which was the opposite from what I expected based on the chatter here. I packed up and left shortly after nightfall. This is not a criticism of the event. I just felt like I was intruding on a family reunion and I wasn't family.
It can definately be a little intimidating at first, but if you revel in your "newness", it helps break the ice. My first (and only) fall MAHHA was two years ago about a month after I decided to try hammocking. I'm a DIYer and cobbed together all my gear and headed out. I was "chosen" to show off my gear as an example of what are the basics you need and that you don't have to spend a lot of money to start out and have fun. Since then, I've built more and better gear, but plan on bringing a picture of what I had so people can once again, see you can hang without fancy equipment. I asked a ton of questions from the veterans and had a blast. I think if you give it another try, you'll have a better experience. My wife is actually kicking me out of the house for the weekend because I keep talking about how I really want/need to get back into the woods, so I'll be flying solo. Hope to see you there!