Hi! I'm originally from Darlington and often wish I was back.
If I knew starting out what I know now, I think I would select a double layer hammock (so you can slip a pad in between the layers), no bug net for the mountains of NC, use a blue Walmart pad, probably whoopie slings, straps and a large silnylon tarp like the Hennessey hex. My first next purchase would be a top quilt to replace my sleeping bag. Also, I really like Permathrin sprayed on my clothes and hammock for mosquitos, ticks and red-bugs.
"A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company." Gian Vincenzo Gravina (1664 - 1718)