I just joined this forum a couple of weeks ago while preparing for my first overnight "hang", which finally happened last Thursday.
It was a very short outing, in lieu of a bachelor party, the night before a friend's wedding. He just moved to Lake City, CO, so a bunch of the guys that came into town went up the Alpine Loop, just under Engineer's Pass for a night while the wives went barhopping in town. My wife and I have been going up to camp on the loop every summer for the last 7 years or so, and were just out there for a week at the end of July, so we are familiar with the area. That said, we drag a utility trailer up, and a ton of gear, so this was a chance for me to go back to some much simpler camping.
From our July trip:
I purchased the ENO Doublenest One Link set, and after a good deal of reading here, also added the Whoopie sling structural ridgeline at 83% of the hammock length. It got chilly, down to 38*, but thanks to the great information from here and other sources, I stayed nice and warm, and had a pretty good night's sleep. I do think I want to try a little deeper sag next time, but overall was very happy and did not miss my huge tent and hundreds of pounds of gear. I look forward to some longer trips and this may be a foray into backpacking, which is something else I would like to try.
Here are some quick pics of the "morning after"..
Excuse the gnarly beard.. I slept with a balaclava, which always results in this..
Sun just about to "rise" over the mountains
The rest of the guys were in ground tents (8 of us total):
This was the first time I have been ther eafter the end of July, and the fall colors were pretty awesome..
I look forward to learning more and interacting with you guys more in the future.