My wife and I took up backpacking during the spring and started buying the equipment that we needed. We did a week on the AT this summer in Mass. She was carrying about 25 lbs in her pack and I had a little over 30 lbs. I initially talked about getting us hammocks but she showed no interest so we bought a Big Agnes FlyCreek3 tent.
It was somewhat frustrating for me because I am an early riser and like to get up and start hiking early. She sleeps later than I do, had to have coffee in the morning and still wants her creature comforts. We normally did not get hiking till around 10:00.
We did enjoy ourselves but I did find her to be too high maintenance on the trail. Needless to say she will not be doing a thru hike with me on the AT next year.