I've been lurking for the past couple of weeks trying to decide whether hammock camping is for me or not. My personal conclusion may not be the typical one for most people on this web site but, I have found over the years that camping is NOT for me. However, since I have 3 boys who do enjoy it (I also have 2 girls + 1 Foster daughter), and since I just became the Varsity Scout leader of my boy's patrol, I figure that I might as well be comfortable while "enjoying" the great outdoors.
I spent my youth actively involved with scouting so I did my fair share of hiking/camping and remember enjoying it then. What I most remember was spending time with my father hiking in the Sawtooths. I'm hoping to create similar memories for my boys.
As I've gotten older, my body has decided that sleeping on the ground is best reserved for God's woodland creatures. As I was researching (something that I tend to do in excess) the best type of ground pad, I came across a post from someone who mentioned that he doesn't use a pad; he uses a hammock. The rest, as they say, is history.
I just finished placing my order with Brandon and got a Blackbird 1.0 DL. Now I'm off to purchase all the materials to make my own Whoopie sling suspension system. After that I'll be attempting to make my own tarp, as well as top and bottom quilts. (Aside from over-researching things, I also have a bad tendency to go overboard on all of my endeavors. My wife is FAR too patient with me and my hobbies).
I just wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself as well as thank all of you for everything I've already learned from all of your posts and videos.