Wow. Rarely have i ever felt at home in a forum as I do here. I've been snooping around for a few weeks on and off, but I've signed up now and I'll be purchasing my first hammock tomorrow (WB).
I am a transplant in Minneapolis from the west coast (Berkeley), and though I am not completely happy about the winter season here I am happy with the park system, the music scene, the food scene and the art scene. I love being outdoors, and have been an avid hiker, and sometimes backpacker, since childhood. All this time I've been a tent guy, MSR Hubba is my current love, but I've heard so much love regarding hammock camping that I had to start looking into it, and I have to say I'm intrigued.
I'll be doing Isle Royale this summer, and hopefully, also, a through hike of the SHT. I have the long term plan of section hiking the PCT, hopefully starting next year.