I had a thought earlier today after thinking about these gatherings.
How often do noobs show up with their shiny new gear, without very much experience, and how much love and patience is shared trying to get them properly set up to have a better time?
I would be hesitant to attend and become a burden until I am more comfortable.
As an example, I have been hanging in the living room in my new hammock and haven't quite been able to get it optimized for some reason. My plan is to get familiar with the gear and move to the backyard with it and see how the DIY UQ and cold weather stuff is going to work.