I want to hear some of the old timers stories!
My brother and a few friends started hiking when I was 17 or so. I never went because I wouldn't find out they were going until the day they were leaving. Most the time I would be going to work and see his pack by the door and I'd ***** him out about asking me.
Fast forward 12 years. I start hiking with my buddy who use to hike with my brother. One trip he brought his hammock to sleep in on an overnight. I thought it was a great idea due to having 2 bad knees from playing football in highschool. So I picked up a cotton hammock and used a neat sheet as a tarp. Thank god it didn't rain.
What really hooked me was my feet and knees not hurting in the morning.
Before my next trip I bought a Travel hammock UL. I then found this site from the hammock forum on WB and realized about a week before I was leaving that I needed an underquilt. So I made a cheep quilt that I still use today. It's kept me warm down to 17 deg.
I took my boys (8,9) on thier first hiking trip last July and we all stayed in hammocks and they loved them.
I've been off the ground for 3 years now, not going back.