Cool! Thanks guys, for all your creative ideas and work. I submitted my journal's link just now. Leaving in 13 days....feet will be on Springer walking north in 15 days!!! YIPPY & YIKES!! Seeing I'm fairly new at hammocking, I'm anticipating some big learning situations out there. I'll do my best to always mention these things and to prove that yes, you CAN thru-hike totally w/a hammock and keep your pack weight under 35 lbs in the winter!