Greetings from Knoxville. I came across this forum a few weeks ago and was blown away by the wealth of knowledge and experience of this community. I've learned a tremendous amount just by lurking about and decided it was time to join.
My family and I love to camp, but we've never backpacked. Started out in tents and moved to a travel trailer when we took our first trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons in 2005 (we went back again last year and also included Glacier NP!).
My son's been hammocking at the campgrounds for several years now, and I decided I would like to try backcountry camping since the Smokies are just next door. So I'm in the process of gathering gear for spring while trying to minizing the startup costs!