I'm from the north central Piedmont area of NC. I'm 52, 5' 10", about 230 lbs, married with a 16 yo son. I'm retired from Public Safety, but with the economy like it is, had to go back to work . I've been "lurking" for a month or two here and learning about "hanging". I'm not a newb to camping. I use a tarp shelter and sleeping on the ground isn't all that comfortable any more. Now, I'm trying to decide if I want to buy a set-up or make my own. But, I'm not sewing literate, nor do I have a sewing machine. So I need all the help I can get. And from what I've read/seen so far, there's a ton of info here. I've also been checking most of the hammock websites as well as ebay. Looking forward to learning all I can.