Re: Backpacking Noob: solo trip (pic heavy)
I like the first camp site. My first time using a hammock was on a steep slope. How many L is your pack. I have a 85L osprey and I know the feeling of packing to much. I cut out all clothing except extra socks and underwear. I only have sleeping bags so I need to look in to a TQ and UQ. BACON is awesome for a one or two night stay but the long trips bringing the meats can be a major weight problem and clean up. Learning the leave no trace principles of packing food is something that can cut down on weight and clutter. taking everthing that you can out of wrappers and putting them in one ziploc bag saves some Oz.
I might use one BIG dry bag to shove everything in but thats about it. I recently tried just shoving my sleeping bags in the pack to save space, when in a dry bag they are stuck to one shape and can eat up space.
I'm glad you enjoyed backpacking, and hope you continue to. Really enjoyed your story. Good luck.