I'm a long-distance bike tourist- mountain and road. Have great older tent set-up I like a lot and no NEED to replace it- except I was smacked down by a car on my bike about 3 years ago and 3 reconstructive surgeries later, my shoulder's arthritis flares up something fierce with nothing but a pad between me and the ground.
I'm riding the Colorado Trail Denver to Durango this summer and the only thing I'm worried about is this shoulder issue- it's bad. Looking at a hammock as one possible solution- so here's my questions/needs:
1) I have ZERO interest in making my own hammock.
2) Will the hammock potentially address the shoulder/arthritis issues?
3) I will potentially be camping above treeline 1 or 2 days. How realistic is the bivy set-up some have listed as options- I, obviously, will not have trekking poles but will have a bike (potential "pole").
4) If I still wanted to use my existing pad (for warmth), what might work?
And, finally, I'd like to have something that would fit in my pack set-up- this means about 18" at longest.
Think 150 or so in budget- I was looking at Hennessy and the JRB-bridge thing from first persuals.