It's great to be a member of Hammockforums now, and I have already gotten tons of information from the site. My first hang was last winter in the Shenandoah Valley. Up until that point, I had always had hiking buddies with gear, ie. a tent, but without them I needed a tent. I had a friend flying in from New Orleans to come with me and was planning to buy the cheapest tent they had a REI (what can I say, I'm cheap). Anyways, it was early January and when I went to buy the tent, they had been cleaned out from Christmas and only had expensive tents left. My stingy nature took over and I managed to convince my friend that we should buy hammocks instead.
Well, I know many of you will cringe, but there we were with our blue ww yard tarps, cordolette suspension and no underquilts (it never occurred to me that all the loft underneath my +15 degree bag would get compressed and lose its warmth ). Well, it got down to 9 degrees that first night with 25mph winds, and although we cut the trip short and it was the coldest night of my life (and I think I was only saved from frostbite due to some handwarmers) I have been hooked on hammocks.
I know that I am already wiser from the info on these forums and I am getting psyched for the repeat trip this January. I am planning on making my own, whoopie slings, winter tarp with beaks, underquilt (probably synthetic because I'm poor), and maybe even hammock.
Glad to be here,
CBS (Cold Butt Stephen)