We hello ladies and gentlemen, I stumbled across hammock camping three months ago try to determine how to get my kids into backpack camping. We have do a few car camping trips in a tent. And not the most comfortable nights sleep. I am looking to improve there experience and get them into this like I was as a kid. They have done lots of day hikes and love to get out in the woods. We happened across a Jeffs site and that lead me down the journey of hammock camping. Then I found Shug doing some google searches and now for some reason I am addicted to the idea. He is who lead me to the foroum. So most of the concept is not new to us. We continue to try to determine the most cost effective way to start, we are a rather large family. We have five girls ranging in age from 16 to 2, most of them will be able to carry some of there own load but the majority of the load will be my burden. So weight and there for cost is obviously a concern.
We look at how to build a lot of our own equipment so we hope that reduce the investment to get started. We just not sure where to get started, there comfort is the most important. Is it better to have a inexpensive mass produced hammock or build a small DIY hammock. We no we are going to need to have bug nets, under quilts and tarps. We live in the south and have lots of bugs and it cools off in the evenings where we camp. We have to be able hang it in trees and amoung the rocks, we have Piney woods with swamps, canyons with little to know trees, creek and river bottoms, mountains and valleys. We have lots various places to go hiking and enjoy the outdoors. We just want them to get outside and forget the modern world. So we look forward to learning more.