- it's a community hammock history timeline. Feel free to edit.
I believe the real craze for camping hammocks, though started by Clark was inflamed by Hennessy*, the community, with it's DIY sensibilities, friendliness and helpfulness was started by folks like Ed Speer. This was the beginnings of the yahoo group (2001?). Around the same time Whiteblaze opened a hammock sub forum. (2002) Ed Speer, I think, started out the 'group hang' concept. Before Dejoha's amazing "Ultimate Hang", THE hammock book was "Hammock Camping" by Ed Speer. The yahoo group was part of that, but run by a slightly different group of folk to the forum here. Other websites to check out are imrisk.com (slightly old now, but still a really good resource for how things were done, which are still valid ways) and SGT Rock's website.
* (this was, as I recall, about the time that I started researching Ultralight stuff, and HH kind of jumped on the light, LNT bandwagon and took off among the back packing community.) (I started 03/04 getting into it, HH is 02 so I kind of saw this at THE BEGINNING (thunder) lol)