Old school backpacker, used to anvilweight packing. I'm trying very hard to move to at least lightweight packing, as the years add up. I've never used a hammock, but am very interested. I've tented for years, and I just finally got sick of the hard spots, the water pooling, and generally the closed-in feeling a tent gives. I backpack to fish, primarily, although I enjoy nature and spend a few hours a day just enjoying sitting around. I like photography, although I have no skill at it, and spend some time taking pictures also.
I backpack in Montana, close to Billings, offering me some of the most amazing fishing, hiking and camping in the world. Not that I'm biased.
I went to Base Camp today, and priced a semi-starter hammock/tarp combo.
What I looked at was
Eagle Nest Outfitters SingleNest Hammock
Eagle Nest Outfitters Guardian Bug Net
Eagle Nest Outfitters Dry Fly Rain Tarp
This would run about 190$, and weigh at 56oz total weight.
I'd be able to drop my 59oz Trekker Tent, saving me 3oz.
I'm curious if anyone has tried these hammocks, and if so, what you thought. Also, any feedback on my newbie hammocking ideas would be much appreciated.
Thanks very much in advance,